TUMS FAST RELIEF 500 - MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY


NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MICHAEL WALTRIP

What is the update on Tony Cardamone who was injured last Saturday night at Charlotte?
“After a visit to his doctor yesterday, he was diagnosed with a hair-line fracture of his ankle and has torn ligaments. He won’t be able to jack the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for the remainder of the season. I called Tony Saturday night after the race and asked him how he was. All he wanted to talk about was the messed up pit stop. The NAPA team was running good up to that point. We were fast and on the lead lap. We had a chance to get a good finish. He hated that he fell. I had to remind him that his ankle was broken and to get over it. I just love his type of attitude and it’s the attitude all my NAPA guys have. They are awesome.”

What are your thoughts on The Chase going into this weekend’s race?
“At Charlotte, Jimmy Johnson won the first, second and third practices. He won qualifying and then the race. He currently has the biggest lead that anyone has ever had at this point in the Chase which is 90 points. But I do not think he is guaranteed the championship.

“The last time we were at Martinsville, we saw one of the best drivers in the world, Kyle Busch, wipe out Scott Speed. The same thing can happen this weekend. The next two of the five races – Martinsville and Talladega – can change the face of this championship. Nothing can be taken for granted.”

How difficult is it to pit in a curved pit stall at Martinsville?
“It’s a challenge, but it is just another dynamic we have to deal with. Drivers are used to dodging cars and getting into the box in a straight line. At Martinsville, you have to be turning, dodging cars and getting into your box. It is more difficult. I think if the folks at Martinsville saw what Bristol did first – making two pit roads become one – I think Martinsville would have done the same thing.”

What additional challenges do you face at Martinsville?
“At Martinsville, I always like to say it is controlled chaos. What we ask our cars to do and how we ask them to do it is not natural. We are always on the edge for 500 laps and working our brakes a lot harder which isn’t easy so I am glad I’ve got NAPA’s Adaptive One Brake Pads paint scheme on my Toyota for this weekend. It’s appropriate for this place. Another new element to consider is this will be the first race at Martinsville where we will have double-file restarts. It’s going to be a shootout on Sunday.”

Michael Waltrip Fast Facts

  • NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Michael Waltrip will start in his 754th NASCAR Sprint Cup race when he competes in the Tums Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.
  • The No. 55 Toyota Camry will once again have the NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads paint scheme. Adaptive One Brake Pads are designed to reduce noise and brake dust without sacrificing the ‘stop-on-a-dime’ braking
    power.
  • He will start in his 47th race at the .526-mile track. His best Martinsville start is seventh, three times (Sept. 25, 1988, Sept. 23, 1990 and April 24, 1994), and best finish is third (April 9, 2000). Waltrip has completed 21,323
    of 22,866 laps (93.3%) at the track and has led a total of 17 laps in competition.
  • During his career at Martinsville, Waltrip has earned one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average start is
    25th and average finish is 21st.
  • Earlier this season, Waltrip rallied back from being down a lap – three times -- to race his way onto the lead lap
    to finish 13th in the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500.
  • Entering this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, the NAPA team is 33rd in the owner points standings
    and is guaranteed a starting spot in Sunday’s race.

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics - Auto Club Speedway

YEAR START FINISH YEAR START FINISH
4/27/1986 25 11 9/29/1997 27 32
9/21/1986 11 14 4/20/1998 27 21
4/26/1987 18 10 9/27/1998 27 20
9/27/1987 20 18 4/18/1999 29 39
4/24/1988 23 22 10/3/1999 18 33
9/25/1988 7 25 4/9/2000 34 3
4/23/1989 12 25 10/1/2000 42 24
9/24/1989 15 12 4/8/2001 35 24
4/29/1990 23 8 10/14/2001 34 19
9/23/1990 7 30 4/14/2002 33 13
4/28/1991 29 7 10/20/2002 37 18
9/22/1991 17 25 4/13/2003 30 23
4/26/1992 8 27 10/19/2003 15 26
9/28/1992 18 29 4/18/2004 39 15
4/25/1993 10 16 10/24/2004 30 19
9/26/1993 24 8 4/10/2005 31 30
4/24/1994 7 17 10/23/2005 39 27
9/25/1994 31 19 4/2/2006 33 29
4/23/1995 35 15 10/22/2006 33 34
9/24/1995 9 25 10/21/2007 29 18
4/21/1996 27 17 3/30/2008 16 35
9/22/1996 26 14 10/19/2008 31 18
4/20/1997 34 26 3/30/2009 21 13

2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS PIT CREW

Ryan Langley Front Tire Changer
Eric Wakeland Front Tire Carrier
Getty Cavitt Jack Man
Lee Cunningham Rear Tire Changer
Britt Caulder Rear Tire Carrier
Art Harris Gasman
Shawn Soules Catch Can
Ron Otto Eighth Man
Craig Harper Gas Runner
Mark Maloney Second Gas Can

EVENT FACTS
Race: 32 of 36
Tums Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway

Length: .526-mile oval
Distance: 500 laps/263 mi.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
ABC, MRN, Sirius XM Radio

08 Winner: Jimmie Johnson
08 Pole: Jimmie Johnson

Notables
Sprint Cup Qualifying:
Friday, October 23
3:10 p.m.
ESPN 2

Sprint Cup Practices:
Friday, October 23
11:30 a.m.
SPEED

Saturday, October 24
10:00 a.m. &
6:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
ESPN 2

This Week in NASCAR
8 p.m., Monday, October 26
SPEED

All Times Eastern