Charlotte II: Michael Waltrip race report

Waltrip's Top-10 Run Tarnished With 15 Laps To Go Harrisburg, N.C. (Oct. 18) -- Michael Waltrip wound up 28th in Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but competed for a top-10 finish until lap 319 when Chase...

Waltrip's Top-10 Run Tarnished With 15 Laps To Go

Harrisburg, N.C. (Oct. 18) -- Michael Waltrip wound up 28th in Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but competed for a top-10 finish until lap 319 when Chase contender Matt Kenseth nudged the rear of the NAPA Chevrolet sending Waltrip skating into the wall.

Waltrip ran as well as third under the lights of Charlotte, North Carolina's 1.5-mile racetrack, but the damage to the No. 15 Chevrolet was too much to complete the race.

An apologetic Kenseth was quick to let Waltrip know that his tap was unintentional and lacking any malice. Kenseth said the wind was taken off his car and in an effort to correct, he hit Waltrip.

"Our car was pretty tight - skating the right front at the beginning of the race," Waltrip explained, "but Pete (Rondeau) made good calls in the pits and got the car loosened up for me. I know Matt didn't purposely get into us, it just stinks that we were unable to finish up front like the NAPA Chevy should have. This was one of our best race cars."

"The track bar mount was too severely broken to fix in such a short amount of time. The NAPA team did a good job all weekend preparing for the race and Michael did a great job behind the wheel. We ran well. Some situations just can't be avoided," said newly appointed crew chief, Pete Rondeau.

The NAPA team will test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week before heading to the short track of Martinsville Speedway where they hope to improve on their 15th-place finish from the spring. The race will be broadcast live on NBC and MRN radio at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip