Charlotte Michael Waltrip Review

Michael Waltrip enjoys "decent" day CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 11, 1999) - Philips Chevrolet driver Michael Waltrip wasn't able to pull off a "Lowe's Motor Speedway sweep" this weekend, but still followed up Saturday's Busch Series victory with a ...

Michael Waltrip enjoys "decent" day

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 11, 1999) - Philips Chevrolet driver Michael Waltrip wasn't able to pull off a "Lowe's Motor Speedway sweep" this weekend, but still followed up Saturday's Busch Series victory with a much-needed top 15 finish in Monday's Winston Cup event.

Waltrip, who started 23rd on Monday, climbed steadily through the standings during the final 200 laps to place 14th. The finish marked his first inside the top 15 since placing 13th at Michigan on August 22nd.

The day began without a lot of promise as Waltrip fell back as far as 35th in the field, with a car that he described as "terribly, terribly loose." But, with a few adjustment early on, the handling improved, which gave him hope for a solid run in the 500-mile event.

"I'm not sure fans realize how tough it is to finish in the top 15 in one of these Winston Cup races," said Waltrip. "So when you get one of those finishes, you have to know that you've had a decent day. That's about what we were today - we were decent. We pretty much had a top 15 car today, and that's what we achieved."

Waltrip's finish moved him up one spot in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings to 26th with five races remaining. After a one-day test at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C., Waltrip and his Mattei Motorsports teammates head to Talladega Superspeedway with their sights set on a great run. Back in April, Waltrip qualified 10th, led 25 laps and ran with the front runners all day on the 2.66 mile high-banked tri-oval.

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