Sunday was the first time you were not at a track since November of 1985. What was it like watching the race as a car owner from home?
“It was awesome to be able to see all the cars on the road course and follow all the strategies that were being implemented by the teams to try and win the race. Marcos Ambrose started last. His crew chief Frankie Kerr made an awesome call by having him pit on lap 13. You will find that if you do the same thing the leaders do all day long at Infineon Raceway; you are never going to catch them. You have to mix it up there. Frankie went out on the edge and had Marcos pit early and out of sequence. Marcos ran fast times by himself and did not get mixed up in all the traffic. They ended up having a really strong day by finishing third. I also enjoyed watching Patrick Carpentier do a nice job for us by finishing 11th in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. Reutimann was 23rd with a couple of laps to go and got knocked off course so he ended up 31st. That’s much better than the 41st-place finish he earned the year before. He’s now only 40 points out of ‘The Chase’ so the way he runs week in and week out, he can certainly wedge his way back into it.”
This weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a short race. As a driver, do you approach the race differently by racing hard as soon as the green flag drops?
“I think it has gotten that way for all of the races. The competition is just so tough. You have to be on your game at the drop of the green flag. You can go a lap down if you are just a little bit off. You have to push from the very start. The event doesn’t race any different to me because of the intensity you need in order to have success at this level at all tracks.”
You’ve always liked racing there. Why?
“I just love what Mr. Bahre accomplished over the years and all the work he did to bring NASCAR racing to that part of the country. When going up there at this time of year, the weather is refreshing. It is just a fun stop on the circuit. I also love the changes they made to the track. They made it even flatter down low so you have more options. When you go into the corner, you can try to hold it down low on the low line, but there is also some banking up high so it allows for more options when you get down into the corner.”
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NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip New Hampshire Motor Speedway Statistics
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: 17 of 36
Length: 1.058-Mile Oval
Distance: 301 laps/318 miles
Date: Sunday, June 28
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN; Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 128
2008 Winner: Kurt Busch
2008 Pole: Martin Truex Jr.
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