Rockingham: Michael Waltrip pre-race quotes

"North Carolina Speedway is a fun racetrack and I think you'll hear all the competitors say that," said Michael Waltrip. "We race right to the top of the track to the bottom. The speeds really fall off which means handling comes into play and I...

"North Carolina Speedway is a fun racetrack and I think you'll hear all the competitors say that," said Michael Waltrip. "We race right to the top of the track to the bottom. The speeds really fall off which means handling comes into play and I love racing there. Rockingham (N.C.) is a track that offers everything.

"Competition is intense and of course there is a lot of green flag racing. I think you see a lot of green flag racing because at The Rock the drivers do all they can not to spin their own car out because of the challenges that the track presents. You can't rub on someone or run into them, because you have to have plenty of space to get your car around the track.

"You'll see guys trying all different lines; it's not single-grooved. There are several different lines to choose from so if someone is in yours you just choose another one and go.

"Last fall we had the fastest Chevy I have ever had at Rockingham. We had an unscheduled stop, made a lap up and was just about to make another one up when we had problems under the hood. The performance of the NAPA car when we were there last was right on and we look forward to the challenge of hitting it again. We'll be back on track this week."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip