What all has happened to you since winning your first NASCAR Sprint Cup race as a car owner?
“I got a bunch of messages. It was a record for me when I turned on my phone after the race. I had over 163 messages and I have probably gotten another 100 since then between texting, instant messaging and e-mailing. It is just really nice when people care. The thing that’s special to me about the whole deal is the smiles that are on all of the faces of the people who work at MWR. Whether they work on the No. 55, No. 47, No. 99, or No. 00 teams, they are a winner now. It’s the way we built this company. There may be four or five cars, but there is only one team. Everyone in this organization is responsible for Monday’s victory and they all understand that. That’s awesome and that’s what we strive for when running our organization. We want everyone to be happy when there is success – regardless of what team experiences it.”
What has the win done for Michael Waltrip Racing?
“It might be too early to answer that. It certainly has meant a lot to our sponsors like Aaron’s who has been with us for 10 years. NAPA AUTO PARTS has been with us for nine years. Best Western has been with us for five years. Toyota has been with us for three years. It means the world to the folks that have stepped up and made MWR a reality. We had to have a manufacturer first and then sponsors. After that, we had to have people. If it weren’t for all of the support, we would not have gotten all the right people into place. Sports is extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. That’s what happened on Monday. David Reutimann was in contention and Rodney Childers made the call that won the race. I am really proud of those guys.”
What grade would you give MWR heading into this weekend’s race at Dover?
“I believe we have a grade of “C”. We were an “F” in 2007. We were a “D” in 2008. We are a “C” now. That’s progress. Our team got TRD a win which was their first. Their plan was a three-year plan. They wanted to get their feet under them in 2007. Contend for a win in 2008 and win in 2009. We contended for a couple of wins last year as an organization. They have a master plan and MWR is a part of that plan. I am happy that we were able to deliver for them.”
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NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics - Dover
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|
Race: 13 of 36
Autism Speaks 400
Dover International Speedway
Length: 1-Mile Concrete-Oval
Distance: 400 laps/400 miles
Date: Sunday, May 31
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN; Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 128
2008 Winner: Greg Biffle
2008 Pole: Jeff Gordon
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