Michael Waltrip, Michael Waltrip Racing
Mon, 26 May 2014 18:37:28 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing will have driver Jeff Burton running a limited schedule. He will drive for a test Tuesday, May 27, at Pocono Raceway, and his first Sprint Cup Series event in an MWR car will be June 15 at the Michigan International Speedway. Burton has already made one start this season for MWR, and he placed 17th in that event in March back at Las Vegas. "I've really enjoyed the situation I'm in, I really have. When (NBC executive producer) Sam Flood and I first sat down and talked, one of the things that he was me was, 'Are you going to be ready to do this?' I told him I was, and I thought I was, but to be absolutely honest, how do you really know? It's all I've ever done, and it's been such a huge part of my life," Burton said.
Fantasy Tip: Burton will be a nice play for savvy fantasy owners in pools which allow limited starts for drivers. Since Burton is running a limited schedule, there is no worry about exceeding his starts. He is a sleeper at Michigan, and a guy you need to remember when the circuit stops in the Irish Hills.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:07:49 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver and owner Michael Waltrip will be behind the wheel of the No. 66 Toyota this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway for the Aarons 499.
Fantasy Tip: Waltrip will be a low-end fantasy option, but he has shown well in restrictor-plate stops in the past. If you're in a salary cap format, you could certainly do worse for your final roster slot.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:41:20 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday, Oct. 17, that driver Elliott Sadler will fill in in the No. 55 Toyota in each of the final four Sprint Cup Series races this season, starting next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Owner Michael Waltrip will drive this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Driver Brian Vickers (calf) will miss the rest of the season with a blood clot in his right calf.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:58:08 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday, Oct. 14, that they will only run two full-time cars in the Sprint Cup Series next season because of the loss of sponsor NAPA. Driver Martin Truex Jr. was told to start looking for another ride, and he has been talking with Furniture Row Racing.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:08:24 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer was docked 50 Championship driver points for his actions at the end of the race at Richmond International Raceway. MWR was fined $300,000 and all three team drivers were docked 50 points. In addition, the three crew chiefs, Brian Pattie (Bowyer), Scott Miller (No. 55) and Chad Johnston (No. 56) were placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:07:43 -0700
Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman has made the Chase, after NASCAR penalized Michael Waltrip Racing $300,000 and docked each driver on the team 50 points. Martin Truex Jr. had previously been determined to have made the Chase, beating out Newman on a tiebreaker, but it was determined that MWR driver Clint Bowyer intentionally spun his tires on a restart to help his teammate, violating Section 12-4 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing).
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:59:10 -0700
Michael Waltrip Racing was fined $300,000 by NASCAR, and all three drivers were docked 50 points. That means Martin Truex Jr. is out of the Chase, and Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman is in. The penalties and fine were a result of what was determined to be an intentional spin on a restart by teammate Clint Bowyer.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:42:21 -0800
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin said he doesn't expect to drive the team's No. 55 car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014. "I don't expect to be in it (in 2014)," Martin said. "That's not my goal. My goal is to see … the 55 car race for the championship driver-wise." Co-owner Michael Waltrip will drive the car in three races this year while driver Brian Vickers will be in it for nine. Vickers has talked about a full-time ride with the team in 2014, and it may be in the No. 55 car. However, Martin isn't saying that he's ready to retire just yet.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:57:15 -0800
Swan Racing announced Thursday, Jan. 10, that driver Michael Waltrip will enter the Daytona 500 and will drive the No. 30 Toyota in a one-race deal. Driver David Stremme will be used full time by the team for the rest of the Sprint Cup season.
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:51:15 -0800
Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 points and put on probation for the rest of the season for intentionally crashing Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer in the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend. "I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack," Gordon said in a statement. "I accept NASCAR's decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead." Bowyer finished in 28th place, eliminating him championship contention with only one race left. Also, owner Rick Hendrick was docked 25 owner points and crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation for the rest of the season. Bowyer's crew chief, Brian Pattie, was fined $25,000 and put on probation through Dec. 31. Gordon's loss of points dropped him to 11th in the standings.
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