DICKIES 500 - TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY


NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MICHAEL WALTRIP

What do you like about the track at Texas?
“It reminds me of Atlanta Motor Speedway. At Texas, you put on new tires and you can go out and run over 190 miles per hour. It’s fast. After 10 laps, you start to slide around like the old Darlington Raceway. That’s what I like the most about this track. It creates diversity between how you start and how you finish a run. Your car will have to be good at the start as well as at the end of a run. It is really a fun track for the drivers.

“Another reason why drivers like this track is it gives us options. You’ll see cars running at the bottom and at the top. As the track has matured, the groove has widened out. You can make good time on the bottom, but if my car handles well, I prefer to run up at the top.”

In comparison to other 1.5-mile tracks, do you find Texas to be more technical?
“Yes, especially when looking at Turn 2. It seems to tighten up more off that corner than any other track that we go to on the entire circuit. You carry a lot of speed, and when you get ready to exit off of Turn 2, you really have to hit your mark early on the exit so that you are positioned properly when you get out onto the back straightaway.

“Qualifying is a whole different deal when you are talking about the technical aspects of Texas. There’s nothing technical about it. You are running wide open and hammering it as hard as you can. When you get done, all you care about is the time you ran. Sunday, however, lap after lap, to make 500 miles, you better be technical.”

Is there anything new happening at Michael Waltrip Racing to report?
“Actually, we will be making a few announcements this weekend at Texas in regards to sponsorship and other stuff. I can’t go into the specifics right now, but we’ll be releasing the details as we continue to gear up for the 2010 season.”

Michael Waltrip Fast Facts

  • NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Michael Waltrip will start in his 756th NASCAR Sprint Cup race when he competes in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • He will start in his 16th race at the 1.5-mile, tri-oval. His best TMS start is fourth (April 8, 2002) and best finish is sixth in his NAPA machine (April 17, 2005).
  • During his career at Texas, Waltrip has earned three top-10 and six top-25 finishes. His average start is 27th
    and average finish is 24th.
  • Waltrip has completed 4,587 of 5,020 laps (91.4%) at Texas and has led a total of 14 laps in competition.
  • Entering this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, the NAPA team is 32nd in the owner points standings
    and is guaranteed a starting spot in Sunday’s race.

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Michael Waltrip Sprint Cup Statistics - Texas Motor Speedway

DATE START FINISH DATE START FINISH
4/7/1997 21 9 4/17/2005 21 6
4/5/1998 40 9 11/6/2005 31 41
3/28/1999 29 14 4/9/2006 42 26
4/2/2000 21 29 11/5/2006 38 43
4/1/2001 7 39 4/6/2008 20 31
4/8/2002 4 28 11/2/2008 15 27
3/30/2003 37 17 4/5/2009 34 24
4/4/2004 41 20


2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS PIT CREW

Ryan Langley Front Tire Changer
Richard Coleman Front Tire Carrier
Getty Cavitt Jack Man
Mike Ellershaw 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: 34 of 36
Dickies 500
Texas Motor Speedway

Length: 1.5-mile tri-oval
Distance: 334 laps/501miles

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8
Time: 2:30 p.m.
ABC, PRN, Sirius XM Radio

2008 Winner: Carl Edwards
2008 Pole: Jeff Gordon

Notables:
Sprint Cup Qualifying:
4:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6
SPEED

Sprint Cup Practices:
1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6
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9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7
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