Waltrip has extra incentive at LVMS By Shawn A. Akers LAS VEGAS (March 1, 1999) Michael Waltrip has waited a long time to win his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If he does it at Las Vegas, it just might be well worth the wait. If...
Waltrip has extra incentive at LVMS By Shawn A. Akers
LAS VEGAS (March 1, 1999) Michael Waltrip has waited a long time to win his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If he does it at Las Vegas, it just might be well worth the wait.
If Waltrip can make it to victory lane in Sunday's Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he'll not only notch his first NASCAR Winston Cup victory in 396 attempts, but he'll also earn an extra $1 million in the process.
The driver of the No. 7 Philips Chevrolet is one of five drivers eligible for the Winston "No Bull 5" bonus by virtue of his fifth-place finish in the Daytona 500.
Winning a NASCAR Winston Cup Series points race is Waltrip's biggest incentive this weekend. He won the The Winston, a non-points race, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1997. But with an extra $1 million on the line&
"Just to race at that beautiful facility in Las Vegas is a tremendous amount of fun," Waltrip said. "And now, we have something extra that we can all talk about and prepare for, and that's the chance for this Philips team to win an extra million bucks from Winston.
"I've been to Las Vegas lots of times thinking I was going to win a million dollars, but this is the best chance I've ever had to actually win it."
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Waltrip will be paired with a lucky fan, who will also win $1 million if Waltrip can make it to Victory Lane in the Las Vegas 400.
"The neatest thing about that whole program is the fans," Waltrip said. "That's just like hitting the lottery. For a fan to get the chance to team up with a driver and win a million dollars is an awesome deal."
Waltrip finished 14th in last year's inaugural Las Vegas 400 at the 1.5-mile oval. He's currently in seventh place in the point standings after solid performances at both Daytona and Rockingham.
But it was his determination at Daytona that earned him a chance at the Winston "No Bull Five" bonus this Sunday at Las Vegas. It certainly has had the crew members of the No. 7 Chevrolet team at Mattei Motorsports buzzing since Feb. 14.
"It's been great to talk about it for the past couple weeks," Waltrip said. "But, when you get in the race car, you stop thinking about what it pays or what you're going to win. You're just totally thinking about the race car and the race. When it's all over and we're standing in Victory Lane at Las Vegas, then it'll be a lot of fun to celebrate."
Jeff Gordon won this year's first Winston "No Bull Five" million when he won the Daytona 500.
Source: NASCAR Online