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.”

Michael Waltrip Fast Facts

  • NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Michael Waltrip will be competing in his 741st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
    when the 17th event of the 2009 Sprint Cup season, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, gets underway at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in Loudon, New
  • Waltrip will start in his 27th Cup race at the 1.058-mile track. His best start is 4th (July 25, 2004) and best
    finish is 2nd (June 29, 2008) in the NAPA machine. In total, he has two top-five and five top-10 finishes
    at NHMS.
  • Waltrip has completed 7,381 of 7,672 laps (96.2%) at the track and has led a total of 78 laps in competition.
    His average start is 22nd and average finish is 23rd.
  • Last year, a fast NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry and good pit strategy enabled Waltrip to record his best
    finish of the season by scoring second place in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. The event was shortened
    due to rain and washed out Waltrip’s chance to challenge Kurt Busch for the victory.
  • Waltrip has raced in three Nationwide Series events at Loudon. He has collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He has led 13 laps in Nationwide Series competition at the track.
  • Entering this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, the NAPA team is 29th in the owner standings. The
    team is less than 70 markers out of 25th and less than 175 out of the top 20. The NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota
    Camry is guaranteed a starting spot in Sunday’s race.


NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip New Hampshire Motor Speedway Statistics

7/11/1993 12 23 11/23/2001 29 40
7/10/1994 12 37 7/21/2002 16 20
7/9/1995 9 14 9/15/2002 14 8
7/14/1996 31 10 7/20/2003 5 28
7/13/1997 33 29 9/14/2003 5 26
9/14/1997 22 36 7/25/2004 4 6
7/12/1998 38 24 9/19/2004 16 9
8/30/1998 29 27 7/17/2005 28 17
7/11/1999 8 19 9/18/2005 36 15
9/19/1999 20 38 7/6/2006 39 36
7/9/2000 39 35 9/17/2006 35 23
9/17/2000 13 20 6/29/2008 36 2
7/22/2001 18 28 9/14/2008 32 25



Ryan Langley Front Tire Changer
Chris Hall Front Tire Carrier
Tony Cardamone Jack Man
Mike Ellershaw Rear Tire Changer
Eric Wakeland            Rear Tire Carrier
Art Harris Gasman
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
Lenox Industrial
Tools 301
New Hampshire
Motor Speedway

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.

Cup Qualifying
Friday, June 26 at 3 p.m.

Cup Practices
Fri., June 26 at Noon
Sat., June 27 at 9 a.m. &
11:30 a.m.

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Monday, June 29 at 8 p.m.
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