Charlotte Phillips Racing Team Race Report

Sunday's result misleading for Philips Racing Team CONCORD, N.C. (June1, 1999) - Many times in sports, the final results of a contest are not indicative of the way things really went. Sunday night's Coca Cola 600 was just that type of event...

Sunday's result misleading for Philips Racing Team

CONCORD, N.C. (June1, 1999) - Many times in sports, the final results of a contest are not indicative of the way things really went. Sunday night's Coca Cola 600 was just that type of event for Michael Waltrip and the Philips Racing Team.

Waltrip battled hard for more than 500 miles Sunday, putting himself in a position to earn a solid top 15 finish after starting 26th. But, with about 50 miles left in NASCAR's longest race of the year, Waltrip's engine let go, sending him to the garage to watch his spot in the final standings plummet to 37th.

Needless to say, it was a hard pill to swallow for a driver that had spent the late stages of the race reeling in positions with lap times that were equal to that of eventual race winner Jeff Burton.

"Everybody's going to blow up," said Waltrip. "It's just the timing of blowing up that kills you. It's just disappointing to run all day long, and have the car as good as we had it, and then blow up."

The finish dropped Waltrip to 17th in the Winston Cup point standings after 12 events. The loss of three spots in the standings added to Waltrip's disappointment following the race.

"Like I said before, everybody is going to blow up.  But we've just not run
good enough to afford something like this yet.  We needed to be better."

Waltrip and the team will look to rebound this weekend when the series heads to Dover Downs for 400 punishing miles on the high-banked mile oval.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Michael Waltrip