FT. WORTH, Texas (March 31, 1998) Pennzoil Monte Carlo driver Darrell Waltrip feels this weekend will really be his first race at Texas Motor Speedway. In NASCAR's inaugural visit to the Fort Worth track last year, rain limited ...
FT. WORTH, Texas (March 31, 1998)
Pennzoil Monte Carlo driver Darrell Waltrip feels this weekend will really be his first race at Texas Motor Speedway. In NASCAR's inaugural visit to the Fort Worth track last year, rain limited practice and eliminated Bud Pole Qualifying. Then a first-turn accident ended the three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion's race seconds after it began.
Additionally, Texas will mark Waltrip's first full-fledged start as the driver for Dale Earnhardt Inc. The team named Waltrip its interim driver until Steve Park returns from injuries suffered in a March 6 practice crash at Atlanta. At Bristol, Waltrip finished 23rd in a car built by his former team and serviced by a combination crew of that team and DEI. Texas will mark the first time Waltrip races a Dale Earnhardt Inc. car.
"I didn't get to run at Texas," Waltrip said. "We didn't qualify because of the rain and we were taken out on the first lap. So really, I feel like I never even went to Texas last year. I know the place is a lot like Atlanta where you are going pretty fast and you have to respect it. The guys tell me we have a great car and I'm excited about that.
"It will just be up to the driver to step up and get qualified good. That is where I struggle. We just have to work real hard to get a comfortable car so when I pack it off in the corner it will stay with me. Once qualifying is over then I think we will race great.
"All day Sunday I never thought about the Pennzoil Monte Carlo being Dale's car, my car, Teresa's car, or whoever's car it was. My goal was to do the best job that I could do. The relief for me is the whole weekend of not having to worry about running the show. I'm a lot happier than I was this time last week."
Source: NASCAR Online