Hi Everyone –
It’s a busy week here at Michael Waltrip Racing as we are home this week for the race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Today I have a bunch of media interviews this morning and then we host our second Fan Appreciation Day. The weather isn’t all that good but that hasn’t discouraged the fans. They are lining up out front so it’s going to be a great day no matter what.
Last weekend at the Auto Club Speedway was a mixed bag for us. The NAPA AUTO PARTS team did a good job on pit road. I’m really proud of them. Gene Nead (crew chief) used strategy and got us a couple laps back. Then at the end, there was a huge crash. I got through it which was refreshing considering we’ve gotten caught up in our share of wrecks that weren’t of our own doing. I made a good move and got through it unscathed.
This season we’ve seen the NAPA team run OK at times. But every time there’s a bumpy track like the Auto Club Speedway, our NAPA car is evil. It just bounces too much. I report it and we work on it but we were never really are able to improve on it. I’m disappointed in the way we performed, but I’m equally as enthusiastic about our work ethic. Sunday we worked hard and we didn’t give up. We knew there were options and opportunities. We took advantage of those and I couldn’t be happier about that for my team. Our top-20 finish was well deserved.
Before I go, I want to say how proud I am to be associated with the partnership NAPA has forged with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I’ve been wearing the pink NAPA All Out For The Cure hat and it is amazing how many fans have come up to me and thanked me for supporting the cause. This weekend we’ll be going all out as I will be driving the No. 55 NAPA/Susan G. Komen Foundation Toyota. My car has a lot of pink on it and I really want to have a good run so that we can get the guys up in the broadcast booth talking about NAPA and Susan G. Komen. It’s a big weekend for us and I hope to have a lot to talk about next week.
Talk to you next week!