CARFAX 400 MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY


NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MICHAEL WALTRIP

MICHAEL WALTRIP:

You have said in the past that Michigan is one of your top five favorite tracks. Why?
“It is definitely on my list. MIS is one of those tracks that a lot of drivers consider one of their favorites. It’s simple why they feel that way. Just watch the action on Sunday. There will be guys running up high, down low, all over the place. It also allows drivers to run wide open, side by side. I just love that and I think most race car drivers want to have the opportunity to go down into the corner and pick a line where somebody is not running and try to make your car go faster. I pulled off a top-10 finish not too long ago because I was able to run right up against the fence. Some guys didn’t go that high. It worked for me. It’s a track where you can run any line and have success.”

Can you draft at Michigan?
“Drafting does come into play. Any time you have two cars beside each other, the guy in the back can get a tremendous run. I think it is more exaggerated with the new car. They really draft well. NASCAR also implemented a gear rule a couple of years ago. By doing that, they have taken away a whole lot of the pain that the engines were going through. The gear rule has made more cars finish the races and it has made the competition more even because you can only operate in such a small box.”

BOOTIE BARKER:

What does it take to run well at Michigan?
“Qualifying is pretty important because track position is very critical there as far as aerodynamics. The further up you are to the front the more clean air you are in. The more clean air, the faster you will run. You also have to keep that good track position throughout the race. Then near the end of the race, you must have an efficient engine. Good fuel mileage is critical because this race normally comes down to fuel mileage more times than not.”

Will you consider a two-tire stop to help pick up track position?
“It will more than likely be four tires during each stop. That’s because the track has aged. You need as much grip as possible so four tires will probably be the way to go for us.

Michael Waltrip Fast Facts

  • NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Michael Waltrip will be competing in his 746th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
    when the 23rd event of the 2009 Sprint Cup season, the CARFAX 400, gets underway at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan on Sunday.
  • Waltrip has competed in 48 events at MIS. His best start is first (June 23, 1991) and best finish is fourth
    (June 16, 2002) in the NAPA machine. In total, he has two top-five and nine top-10 finishes at Michigan.
  • Waltrip has completed 8,953 of 9,491 laps (94.3%) at the track and has led a total of 16 laps in competition.
    His average start is 23rd and average finish is 21st.

Waltrip has raced in 11 Nationwide Series events at MIS. He has collected one win, two top-five and six top-10 finishes. He has led 68 laps in Nationwide Series competition at the track.

  • Entering this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Waltrip is 31st in the owner standings. The NAPA team
    is 202 points out of the top-25 in the championship standings. Waltrip is guaranteed a starting spot in
    Sunday’s race.

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics –Michigan International Speedway

DATE START FINISH DATE START FINISH
8/11/1985 31 18 8/17/1997 31 22
6/15/1986 36 22 6/14/1998 24 21
8/17/1986 29 32 8/16/1998 30 22
6/28/1987 15 39 6/13/1999 16 15
8/16/1987 28 20 8/22/1999 20 13
6/26/1988 34 28 6/11/2000 15 22
8/21/1988 28 7 8/20/2000 18 21
6/25/1989 28 16 6/10/2001 35 29
8/20/1989 22 31 8/19/2001 7 36
6/24/1990 16 21 6/16/2002 2 4
8/19/1990 34 30 8/18/2002 3 15
6/23/1991 1 34 6/15/2003 9 5
8/18/1991 21 9 8/17/2003 13 7
6/21/1992 41 27 6/20/2004 19 10
8/16/1992 26 22 8/22/2004 17 17
6/20/1993 10 37 6/19/2005 30 7
8/15/1993 28 16 8/21/2005 24 27
6/19/1994 11 8 6/18/2006 28 25
8/21/1994 10 14 8/20/2006 22 23
6/18/1995 24 12 6/17/2007 18 10
8/20/1995 25 11 8/21/2007 11 40
6/23/1996 20 32 6/15/2008 38 23
8/18/1996 10 25 8/17/2008 42 19
6/15/1997 38 16 6/14/2009 36 30


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
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

EVENT FACTS
Race: 23 of 36
CARFAX 400
Michigan International Speedway

Length: 2-Mile, D-Shaped Oval
Distance: 200 laps/400 miles

Date: Sunday, August 16
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

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

2008 Winner: Carl Edwards
2008 Pole: Brian Vickers

NOTABLES
Cup Qualifying
Friday, Aug. 14 at 3:30 p.m.
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Cup Practices
Fri., Aug. 14 at 12:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 15 at 12:30 p.m. &
1:30 p.m.
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