CROWN ROYAL 400 -
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY


NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MICHAEL WALTRIP

Daytona 500 The No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry will have a different look for Richmond as well as Darlington. What’s on the hood?
“I have a new paint scheme on my car for the next two weeks. NAPA doesn’t do that very often with their car. However, we’re going to have a NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads paint scheme. Look for that on my car this weekend and next. Adaptive One Brake Pads provides superior stopping power without a lot of noise or brake dust. Fans can go to AdaptiveOne.com for details and a rebate.”

What are your thoughts heading into this weekend’s race at Richmond?
“Richmond is a great track for me. I love it. It is one of my favorites. I am looking forward to seeing how the No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine team will do since David Reutimann led the most laps there last fall. It’s a unique venue. It has options and that is all a driver really wants. I can run high. I can run low. Richmond offers more options than any other track you can think of. You can run right up next to the wall. You can dive low. Inevitably, I believe the guy that is going to win the race on Saturday night will be on the bottom.”

Thursday night at 8 p.m. your guest appearance on the NBC sitcom, “My Name is Earl” airs. How was that experience?
“Over the years I have been real fortunate to make some great TV commercials for some wonderful companies like NAPA AUTO PARTS, Aaron’s, Best Western, Coca-Cola and Toyota. When I did those commercials I like to think I am acting, but it’s not a whole lot of acting. I’m pretty much being a goofball. But, I think this opportunity on My Name is Earl is the next step for me. I can’t believe it happened. It was so much fun! It was cool to have Geraldo Rivera asking me questions as part of the storyline and then to actually get to work with Jason Lee and everybody on the show was a real honor. I enjoyed stepping out of my world for a few days. In my opinion, the show is an instant classic. I promise you that the demographics of a My Name is Earl fan, a NASCAR fan and a NASCAR driver are pretty identical. I think when people see my guest appearance on the show; they’ll understand why I am doing it.”

You played yourself. What was the premise of you being in Camden?
“A few years ago I met Ernie at a NAPA store appearance and we struck up a friendship so any time I was traveling through Camden I would stop in and see Ernie. I just happened to be in town the night that Ernie disappeared. Randy and Earl end up getting in big trouble, but I get them out of it as I can provide them with an alibi.”

Michael Waltrip Fast Facts

  • NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Michael Waltrip will start in his 735th NASCAR Sprint Cup race when he competes in the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.
  • The No. 55 Toyota Camry will boast a new paint scheme at Richmond and Darlington. NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads will be Waltrip’s car. Adaptive One Brake Pads are designed to reduce noise and brake dust without sacrificing the ‘stop-on-a-dime’ braking power. During the month of May, NAPA is offering a great rebate on a four-wheel brake job using NAPA’s Adaptive One Brake Pads. For details, go to AdaptiveOne.com for all the rebate details.
  • Waltrip will start in his 44th race at the .75-mile track. His best start is second (Sept. 9, 1990) and best finish is ninth in the NAPA machine on May 14, 2005.
  • During his Cup career at RIR, Waltrip has earned two top-10 and 21 top-25 finishes. His average start is 24th and finish is 25th.
  • Waltrip has completed 15,320 of 17,203 laps (89.1%) at the track and has led a total of 81 laps in competition.
  • Entering this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Waltrip is 24th in the driver and owner points standings. The NAPA is guaranteed a starting spot in Saturday night’s race.

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics – Richmond International Raceway

DATE START FINISH DATE START FINISH
2/23/1986 21 25 3/2/1997 14 27
9/7/1986 19 14 9/6/1997 29 35
3/8/1987 14 12 6/6/1998 33 40
9/13/1987 7 19 9/12/1998 31 26
2/21/1988 26 31 5/15/1999 38 22
9/11/1988 6 12 9/11/1999 36 38
3/26/1989 22 13 5/6/2000 38 19
9/10/1989 9 23 9/9/2000 40 43
2/25/1990 23 27 5/5/2001 12 35
9/9/1990 2 14 9/8/2001 41 20
2/24/1991 15 17 5/5/2002 27 24
9/7/1991 31 30 9/7/2002 26 36
3/8/1992 7 34 5/3/2003 37 12
9/12/1992 23 33 9/6/2003 33 32
3/7/1993 26 23 5/15/2004 18 10
9/11/1993 15 19 9/11/2004 19 13
3/6/1994 5 31 5/14/2005 23 9
9/10/1994 20 26 9/10/2005 28 31
3/5/1995 35 23 5/6/2006 30 31
9/9/1995 19 28 5/3/2008 27 37
3/3/1996 35 36 9/7/2008 34 28
9/7/1996 22 14

Media Alert: Michael will make his acting debut on the first of a two-part episode of the NBC sitcom, My Name is Earl. “Inside Probe Part 1”will air Thursday night at 8 p.m.

He will also be on the set of NASCAR Race Day on SPEED. Michael will be talking about his new NAPA paint scheme for Richmond and Darlington. The show will air on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS PIT CREW

Ryan Langley Front Tire Changer
Chris Hall Front Tire Carrier
Tony Cardamone Jack Man
Andy Thurman Rear Tire Changer
Dwayne Moore Rear Tire Carrier
Art Harris Gasman
Shawn Soules Catch Can
Ron Otto Eighth Man
Mike Ellershaw Hose and Sign
Craig Harper Gas Runner
Mark Maloney Second Gas Can

EVENT FACTS
Race: 10 of 36
Crown Royal 400
Richmond Intl Raceway

Length: .75 mile-oval

Distance: 400 laps/300 miles

Date: Saturday, May 2

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV:FOX
Radio: MRN; Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 128

2008 Winner: Clint Bowyer
2008 Pole: Denny Hamlin

NOTABLES
Cup Qualifying
Friday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.
SPEED

Cup Practices
Friday, May 1 at 12 p.m. &
2 p.m.
SPEED

This Week in NASCAR
Monday, May 4 at 8 p.m.
Only on SPEED

All Times Eastern