Hi Everyone –
Watkins Glen was really disappointing because our team made such great strides at Infineon Raceway from the time they got there and to the checkered flag. They got an 11th-place finish. I was really proud of the effort at that race. Patrick Carpentier did a great job. This time around, it seemed like they got off on the wrong foot after having that practice crash. They were able to rebound in qualifying and on Saturday. Then on race day, they put themselves in a position where they thought they could be competitive. They certainly ran well to be competitive at the start, but then they kept getting caught up in messes. There were a lot of messes in that race and we were involved in a couple of them that hurt us a lot. We didn’t get a very good finish so that was disappointing. We had high hopes for Watkins Glen.
As for the rest of the organization, I was very proud of the JTG-Daugherty team and Marcos Ambrose. They got us a second-place finish. It shows that our cars are where they need to be. David Reutimann ran competitively. It was the best finish he has ever had on a road course. I am proud of him as well. With all that said, our Sprint Cup teams are done road racing for the rest of the season.
After Watkins Glen, Reutimann is still in a position to make The Chase. It is going to be difficult, but he is still in a position to make it. That’s fun for all of us at Michael Waltrip Racing to watch. Marcos is gaining on just about everyone around him. We still have 14 more races to go and I am looking forward to every single one of them as I’ll be back in the NAPA Toyota for the rest of the season. I plan on having the best runs of the year in these last 14 events. I feel like that is very possible to accomplish because of all the effort and preparation we are doing with our cars and our teams.
One thing I am hoping for when it comes to this weekend is good weather. The weather needs to cooperate with us. It would be nice to actually race on Sunday like we are supposed to. So far the weather is looking like sunny and 85 degrees. Let’s hope it stays that way.
I’m going to go now and I hope you guys enjoy the race and can catch me on Monday for This Week in NASCAR on SPEED. Have a good rest of the week and enjoy your weekend.
Bye for now,