What kind of race do you expect to see on Sunday at Kansas Speedway?
“We got to see a great race out in Kansas last year and I expect we’ll see another good show. It’s a mile-and-a-half track that provides a ton of grooves for us to run. We can run low and high. I saw Carl Edwards run into Turn 3 and if I tried to drive in as far as he did, I would have gotten around the competition, but it would have been by going backwards. He did some amazing moves. I would have never thought that you could run in that deep at Kansas and not spin out. It was like he was in his own video game.”
Do you consider Kansas to be a so-called cookie-cutter track?
“I really don’t like to hear people categorize the 1.5-mile tracks as cookie-cutter tracks. Those of us who actually race on them don’t buy into that common characterization especially now that the track has been weathered.
Kansas provides us now with so many options to run. There are several grooves. Kansas truly is a track that has come into its own. You will see lots of passing. We can go all over the place and that’s what we like and that’s what the fans like too.”
After two races, is the Chase over for some of the contenders?
“The points are starting to separate a little bit, but I don’t think you can rule out Carl Edwards who is 153 points out. I think he’s going to get on one of his rolls like he’s been on before and become a contender. Jeff Gordon is another driver to keep an eye on. He’s 122 points out and jumped up two positions after Dover. He’s quietly making a move up the ladder. They both have huge deficits to overcome, but those cars have proven over the course of the season that they can run right up front and that’s what they’ll have to do. They’ll also need some help, but I don’t think you can count Edwards and Gordon out of the mix yet. As for the other guys that are down there around them, I really don’t see them having the same chance. They haven’t proven to me this year that they can do what Carl and Jeff have shown that they can do. I think after two races, their bid in the Chase is pretty much over.”
NAPA GOES PINK! NAPA and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are teaming up to raise $250,000 for this important cause. During the month of October, consumers who spend $25 or more at participating NAPA AUTO PARTS Stores or NAPA AutoCare Centers will receive a free NAPA/Susan G. Komen for the Cure travel mug.
Then on October 17, Waltrip will climb behind the wheel of the No. 55 NAPA/Susan G. Komen Foundation Toyota Camry for the NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Michael Waltrip Fast Facts
NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics - Kansas Speedway
Media Alert: Michael will be a contestant on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” on October 6. It’s all for a great cause as he’ll be raising money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp. He’ll be joined by Roush Racing’s David Ragan. The special back-to-back episodes will premiere on MyNetworkTV (8 PM ET / PT).
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: 28 of 36
Price Chopper 400
Length: 1.5-Mile Oval
Distance: 267 laps/400 miles
Date: Sunday, October 4
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN; Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 128
2008 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
2008 Pole: Jimmie Johnson
Fri., Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. & 1:50 p.m.
(Delay – 6:30 p.m. ESPN 2)
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