Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) recently announced that veteran crew chief Pat Tryson will lead Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry beginning in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
“Pat is a passionate competitor, a winner and a championship contender. Those were the traits we were looking for in a crew chief that would help Martin deliver on the track for NAPA for years to come. We couldn’t be more proud to add a person of Pat’s caliber to our organization.”
Are you surprised as to what happened in The Chase after Richmond?
“Wow! I knew getting into The Chase for the Sprint Cup was going to be crazy. Matt Kenseth ended up being out. That’s the first time he has missed it since The Chase started. Brian Vickers made it in for the first time. Congratulations to Brian and his young Toyota team. They had a good season – a win, some poles and now he’s in The Chase. Anything can happen. Now it is game on and we’ll see what happens next. It’s going to be an exciting Chase for the Sprint Cup as always. We were a contender this year with David Reutimann and that’s a very respectable accomplishment for my young Sprint Cup Series organization. Next season, it is our goal to have one of our Toyotas in it.”
What is unique about New Hampshire?
“I think it has to do with the progressive banking. The track promoters did something smart a few years ago. They flattened out the bottom of the track. That means if you want to pass someone, it is shorter on the bottom. However, you do not have the banking to lean on. I love that layout. I think it would be a shame to change it. It is fun, and it is now tradition. The banking has created hard-nosed, flat-track racing. The easy way around is up top. The fastest way around is on the bottom, but you have to have your car handling better to work down there. It’s a really cool scenario, if you think about it.”
There have been some rumors that NASCAR is considering fuel injection. Do you think NASCAR should go to fuel injection engines?
“I don’t see why not especially if it makes it more efficient. It would also give the teams an area to learn and work to make our cars more relevant as to what is going up and down the road every day. I don’t have a problem with fuel injection. I also would like to see NASCAR take some power out of them if and when they go to fuel injection.”
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NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics - New Hampshire
2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS PIT CREW
|Ryan Langley||Front Tire Changer|
|Eric Wakeland||Front Tire Carrier|
|Tony Cardamone||Jack Man|
|Mike Ellershaw||Rear Tire Changer|
|Don Marvel||Rear Tire Carrier|
|Shawn Soules||Catch Can|
|Ron Otto||Eighth Man|
|Craig Harper||Gas Runner|
|Mark Maloney||Second Gas Can|
Race: 27 of 36
Length: 1.058-Mile Oval
Distance: 301 laps/318 miles
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN; Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 128
2008 Winner: Greg Biffle
2008 Pole: Kyle Busch
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