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JJ, Waltrip among Daytona half marathoners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will log some extra miles around Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

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Waltrip is one of four NASCAR drivers running in the Daytona Beach half marathon, which begins and ends at the famed 2 1/2-mile superspeedway. The 13.1-mile course also goes to the beach and back.

Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola also are trading in their racing shoes for running shoes.

``Well, I ran my last marathon in 2005, and I ran the Vegas Marathon in 3:55,'' said the 50-year-old Waltrip. ``I was really proud of that. I think I ran both halves in about the same amount of time. I haven't really run since then. I used this as motivation just to try to get back into better shape.

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