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NASCAR Legend Michael Waltrip

Pumped About Meeting Donna Summer

... Who Died 2 Years Ago

3/23/2014 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

032314_michael_waltrip_launchNASCAR legend Michael Waltrip had the thrill of a lifetime today -- HE MET DONNA SUMMER ... at least, he thinks he did ... despite the fact she died two years ago.

Waltrip was doing some pre-race work for FOX at the NASCAR Auto Club 400 race today when he THOUGHT he spotted the disco queen.

He even sang some, "Last Dance" on his way over to interview the icon ... who was really just a woman who kinda sorta looked like her.

Once he got there, it got more awkward when he attempted to talk to her -- "Hi Donna how are you? Enjoy the races today, I love your music. You’ve got a great body of work that you’ve put together!”

Moments later, he told team owner Richard Childress, “If you like Donna Summer, she’s right back there.”

Of course, Summer passed away in 2012 ... the woman at the track is just a NASCAR fan named Star Walker.

But Star says she was flattered by the mistake because she's a HUGE Summer fan -- and even went to Donna's induction to the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame!

Ya gotta watch the clip.

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Scuba Girl    

Oops... Poor Mikey...

177 days ago
2.

Canadasux    

I see the resemblance. But, how the h*ll did MW miss the news that Donna Summer had died? Was he in a coma at the time?

177 days ago
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CaMeO    

Not sure who Waltrip is, but I assume he's some sorta comedian

177 days ago
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Teresa andrews    

How did he not know Donna had died, especially if he was a huge fan of her music? Embarrassing.

177 days ago
5.

willhowcoop    

Imagine his excitement when he meets Elvis...

177 days ago
6.

antony    

Dim(wit) all the lights.

177 days ago
7.

fifithepoodle    

THIS MADE MY DAY

177 days ago
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lajanla8@yahoo.com    

OMG If you don't know who Michael Waltrip is please don;t make a comment. For some of you who do you know he is one who likes fun . It was a joke people! ! Thats all. That is what he does when he running up and down the pit road talking to the drivers.

177 days ago
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murph1975    

Have you ever seen his pre race stuff or commercials? He was most likely joking....hes got a crazy sense of humour...hes works the crowd looking for funny stuff.

177 days ago
10.

2manycelebs    

Take joke people. He saw someone on pit road that reminded him of her.

177 days ago
11.

think101    

Funny but really wanted to see when he found out she was deceased.

177 days ago
12.

John    

mikeys a trip

177 days ago
13.

john    

Waaa waaaaaah, a legend?

177 days ago
14.

Denese    

I don't think Faux "News" can get anything right, can they?

177 days ago
15.

kathy    

Idiot...

177 days ago
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