Fan Awards: Most Embarrassing Moment

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Michael Waltrip came into the 2007 season on top of the world.

His fledgling Michael Waltrip Racing NEXTEL Cup operation was entering its inaugural season as the flagship team for Toyota's debut in NASCAR's top division.

But when the opening bell rang at Daytona, things fell apart for Waltrip and the entire MWR team.

Waltrip's NAPA Camry was caught using an illegal jet fuel substance in qualifying at the season-opening Daytona 500.

But in an Emmy award-winning performance in the DIS media center later that week, a teary-eyed Waltrip claimed no knowledge of what happened.

"I am ready to bear all responsibility for what happened," Waltrip said in a whispered tone. "You can't hurt me any worse than I am right now."

"A beautiful nine-year-old asked her mom on Monday why Daddy cheated the rules," Waltrip said, referring to his daughter. "That will hurt you pretty bad."

And with that, Waltrip locked up the award for the season.

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