Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday pit notes 2

Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - Friday, March 6, 2009 WALTRIP IN NEED OF GROOMING SPONSOR: In a case of "oversharing" Friday morning in the media center, Michael Waltrip announced a developing ear-hair dilemma. "I have hair ...

Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - Friday, March 6, 2009

WALTRIP IN NEED OF GROOMING SPONSOR: In a case of "oversharing" Friday morning in the media center, Michael Waltrip announced a developing ear-hair dilemma.

"I have hair growing out of my ears now," Waltrip said. "I might be the only guy in the Chase who's got that going on. I did not realize that until yesterday, when there was this little white hair coming out of my ear. I pulled it out and said, 'OK, I guess this is next.'"

When the topic finally -- and gratefully -- returned to racing, Waltrip addressed the drastic improvement in his team since its creation two years ago.

"I'm very realistic, and there were days when we thought, 'If we get out of here with a top 20, that's a successful day,' and now we're looking at top 10," Waltrip said. "And that's not just a coincidence, the cars are better now. It's fun to unload them at the track."

It's even more fun to watch those fast cars translate into top results. For the first time in the team's history, both of Michael Waltrip Racing's Cup cars are in the top 12 in points. And last weekend at Las Vegas, David Reutimann notched his first career Cup top-5 finish.

"I'm so proud of David, getting his first top 5," Waltrip said. "I remember my first one of those and it was a wonderful feeling."

BRIAN SCOTT IS EXTREME: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brian Scott spent his off-week relaxing with the family. They went helicopter skiing.

"It was awesome; it's one of my favorite extreme sports," said Scott, a native of Boise, Idaho. "I come from a very adventurous family, and I try not to pass up any opportunity to try something new."

Growing up, Scott's father owned a parasailing company, and he said the family regularly passes time by going helicopter skiing, extreme snowmobiling and powerboat racing.

There isn't much that scares Scott, although he admits that his first bungee jump made him a little "nervous".

"I would definitely do it again, but that first step was a little nerve-wracking," Scott said.

Scott lists helicopter skiing and extreme snowmobiling as his favorite extreme sports, but he actually ranks racing higher on the "extreme" scale.

"There are not many things you can do and just get that raw speed that you get in racing," Scott said. "It's a pretty thrilling sport, and that's why so many people love it and follow it."

Scott has three starts in Atlanta, including a 10th-place finish last spring.

-credit: ams

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Reutimann