PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 5, 2000) - Michael Waltrip and the No. 7 BAND-AIDÂ® Brand team made their final appearance together in the Outback Steakhouse 200 in Phoenix on Saturday. The event marked the finale of a five-year run together as team ...
PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 5, 2000) - Michael Waltrip and the No. 7 BAND-AID® Brand team made their final appearance together in the Outback Steakhouse 200 in Phoenix on Saturday.
The event marked the finale of a five-year run together as team and sponsor. Waltrip started the event in the 17th starting position. He was running consistently in the top-20 as the No. 7 car developed a "push".
On lap 51 Waltrip brought the car into the pits under a caution as the crew worked hard and made air pressure and wedge adjustments to alleviate the condition. Waltrip remained in the top-20 as he was forced to pit under green flag conditions at lap 140. The crew made a track bar adjustment, put on four fresh tires, and sent him out in the track in 20.37 seconds.
On lap 164, Waltrip radioed the crew and said something was very wrong with the BAND-AID® Brand Chevrolet and brought the car in for the crew to examine. They looked things over, tightened things up for safety reasons, and sent Waltrip back out on the track.
When it was all said and done, Waltrip finished in 37th position.
"The car was a lot better than the finishing order showed," stated Waltrip. "We were running lap times as fast as the leaders for a while there. I don't know what happened there when the car started shaking. This team did a good job today."
After the race Waltrip stated, "Johnson and Johnson has been an important part of my team and this series and we wish them luck in the future. NASCAR just keeps on getting bigger and better and hopefully my wife Buffy and I have done a good job representing them. I hope if they decide to come back to the series they will contact us and we can get back together. I appreciate working with them and hope they have has as much fun as I have."
Waltrip finished the season 36th in Busch Grand National Series points with 12 starts, 2 top-5's, 4 top-10's, and winnings totaling $174,200.