Dover: Michael Waltrip preview

Mooresville, N.C. (June 2) -- The NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Michael Waltrip jumped from 30th to 24th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points challenge in just one weekend. Momentum snowballing, the NAPA team heads to The Monster...

Mooresville, N.C. (June 2) -- The NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Michael Waltrip jumped from 30th to 24th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points challenge in just one weekend. Momentum snowballing, the NAPA team heads to The Monster Mile in Dover, Del., for qualifying on Friday and the MBNA America 400 on Sunday afternoon.

"Dover (International Speedway) has been a pretty good track for me over the years," Waltrip said. "We are once again pumped up for another strong finish. If we head up to Delaware and continue to do the things we've been doing, then we know we'll end up on another positive note and maybe even break into the top-20 in points. This team is as determined as ever to go to Victory Lane."

Last week's race at Lowe's (Motor Speedway) is a perfect example of the progress exemplified by Waltrip and crew.

"We got our best-ever finish at Lowe's," stated Waltrip. "There isn't one specific reason. I think we were just all on the same page and the changes Slugger has made to our cars recently have helped us gain on the competition."

Michael Waltrip will compete in his 37th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday where he will look for his seventh top-10 run and his second pole at the 1-mile racetrack. His best finish on The Monster Mile was fifth in 1990 and in 1991, while his best start was also his first career pole in 1991.

This Week's Race Car is Chassis #19 which was last run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. Since its 23rd-place run in Atlanta, Ga., crew chief Slugger Labbe and crew have put on a new body and the car has been to the wind tunnel.

In Last Year's June Dover Race Waltrip started the NAPA car from the 16th spot and started the race strong, moving to the 10th position by lap 113. Solid pit stops kept the NAPA Chevy on the lead lap for 372 circuits of the 400-lap race. A change to the set-up after the halfway point set back the NAPA team causing them to finish one spot out of the top-15.

Look at the Numbers
23 - Number of points out of the top-20
582 - Number of career Cup starts for Waltrip
3 - Consecutive seasons Waltrip has won a Cup race
955 - Number of laps Waltrip has led in his career
34 - Career top-fives for Waltrip

Championship Points Michael Waltrip currently holds the 24th position in the point's chase where he is trailing the top-20 by 23 points and the top-15 by 153 points.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip