Hello Everyone –

It was a tough weekend for us at Pocono. Our car wasn’t quite the way we were hoping it would run when we unloaded on Friday. I got sideways in practice. I ran off the road to save it and when I did, it tore up the splitter. I had to go to a back-up car. All and all, we made a lot of progress during the race. We had a chance to have a solid top-20 run and the longer the race went on; the car got even better. It went pretty well. Unfortunately with about 20 laps to go, there was a wreck. I was on the bottom and somebody came down from the top and I had nowhere to go. I hit him. It really messed us up.

The new car is certainly very track-position dependent especially at a place like Pocono. David Reutimann was able to get some track position and run right up front. Unfortunately he got spun around and when he did, he got into our teammate, Marcos Ambrose. All three cars had a tough day.

Marcos is currently in Dover today participating in a Goodyear Tire test. The test is really beneficial for all of us. When a car gets to test like that we should be able to gain some great information from it.

Patrick Carpentier is going the drive the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for me at Watkins Glen. It should be a lot of fun for me to watch.

I am looking for Marcos to be the main man to beat up there at The Glen. I expect Patrick to give him a real run for his money. I think it would be awesome for MWR or JTG-Daugherty Racing to have a car find its way to victory lane up there.

This past Saturday, I left Pocono after practice for Nashville Speedway. SPEED was broadcasting the NASCAR Camping World Series event. I saw a lot of good fans from that area. I consider it my old stomping ground. Darrell does too. I saw a bunch of NAPA Racing fans there. It is always good to go to a different part of the country and see folks that support our team. I really appreciate that.

Today I am off to Iowa for a couple of days with Kenny Wallace. I am doing some dirt racing. I don’t plan on actually driving but I will be there for support and signing a bunch of autographs. Then it is up to Watkins Glen on Sunday to support my teams and cheer them on. Our goal for this weekend is to have all three teams have solid top-five or top-10 finishes. That’s not a bad goal to have is it? 

Have a Good Week!

Michael Waltrip

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