How special was it to win the All-Star race in 1996?
“It was a great night to be able to celebrate with the Wood Brothers. I remember when Eddie (Wood) and Len (Wood) and Glen (Wood) and Leonard (Wood) handed their car over to me. I thought that was a big deal and they trusted me with the family car – I didn’t get a lot of that when I was a kid. For them to do that and for me to be able to go out there and perform and win the All-Star race for them and us as a team was just one of the highlights of my career.”
Did the Wood Brothers give you special advice the night you won?
“They worked with me on the car. They told me that on my second ignition system that there was more timing – the car would go faster and use that only at the end though because it won’t last. They walked off and I switched it on right there at the beginning because I figured I would need everything and we did.”
How stressful is it to have to race your way into the All-Star?
“I’ve done it before and while it isn’t ideal, you want to go there with a plan of racing in the All-Star race. It’s not a bad thing either. Not only have I done it, but Kasey Kahne did it last year and Ryan Newman has done it before. It’s not a death sentence. If you can transfer in then you’re in good shape to try to win.”
What makes Lowe’s Motor Speedway so tough?
“The question is interesting because it changes all the time. They will always do something to that place. The latest paving job I think has made the track consistently really fast. It’s high-banked, it’s a mile-and-a-half with a lot of grip so it makes it real fast. When you say what do you think of Lowe’s Motor Speedway – I say speed because that’s what you feel there maybe more so than anywhere.”
Michael Waltrip Fast Facts
You’re Invited!! Please join Michael Waltrip for Michael Waltrip Racing’s Fan Appreciation Day at Raceworld USA on Wednesday, May 20th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year it is bigger and better! We are holding the event as a big thank you to all of our fans and we are pleased the JTG-Daugherty Racing team is joining us to celebrate the fans continued support of our teams and sponsors.
Waltrip, David Reutimann, Marcos Ambrose, Scott Speed, Ryan Truex, Michael McDowell will be on site to welcome everyone and sign autographs for the two hours. The first 300 people that receive a wristband will be guaranteed an autograph and a goody bag. Many of our partners will be on site with displays, show cars, giveaways…there will be something for everyone. We will also have food and beverages available so please join us.
Vote for Mikey! Fast track Michael into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Sprint customers, vote on your phones by texting “NASCAR” to 7777 to download NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM to cast a vote. (Standard text messaging and data rates apply.)
Or, visit http://sports.sprint.com/speed/?id9=vanity:speed
Vote Now! Vote Often!
2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS PIT CREW
|Ryan Langley||Front Tire Changer|
|Chris Hall||Front Tire Carrier|
|Tony Cardamone||Jack Man|
|Mike Ellershaw||Rear Tire Changer|
|Eric Wakeland||Rear Tire Carrier|
|Shawn Soules||Catch Can|
|Ron Otto||Eighth Man|
|Terry Spaulding||Hose and Sign|
|Craig Harper||Gas Runner|
|Mark Maloney||Second Gas Can|
Lowe’s Motor Speedway Length: 1.5-Mile Tri-Oval
Date: Saturday, May 16
Showdown: 7:30 p.m.
Two (20 laps) segments- 40 laps/60 miles
All-Star: 9 p.m.
Four segments (50, 20, 20, and 10) 100 laps/150 miles
Radio: PRN; Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 128
2008 All-Star Winner:
2008 Fan Vote:
2008 Showdown Winner:
Friday, May 15 on SPEED
Showdown: 5 p.m.
All-Star: 6 p.m.
Friday, May 15 on SPEED
Showdown: 12 p.m.
All-Star: 1:30 p.m.
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Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
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