Daytona II: Michael Waltrip preview

Mooresville, N.C. (June 27) -- Michael Waltrip and the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS racing team scored their third top-five finish and seventh top-10 finish of the season on June 27 in the Dodge/SaveMart 350 and would like nothing better than to...

Mooresville, N.C. (June 27) -- Michael Waltrip and the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS racing team scored their third top-five finish and seventh top-10 finish of the season on June 27 in the Dodge/SaveMart 350 and would like nothing better than to continue running up front under the lights Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Nothing less than a win will be a disappointment for the four-year old Dale Earnhardt, Inc. team, who has gone to Daytona's Victory Lane every year since its inception.

"You've got to be perfect," Waltrip explained. "You have to be as good as you can be every lap. You can't make any mistakes. Nothing can go wrong with the car. The pit crew has to do their job on pit road. The driver has got to be game-on from the time the flag drops. There's a lot of pressure you put on yourself to make sure you don't make any mistakes and you make all the right moves. One wrong drafting move late in the race can take you from the top two or three cars to 20th. You can't recover from that. You just have to be smart and not make any mistakes. The main thing it takes is a fast car. You can overcome a lot of shortcomings if your car is fast. But you can't overcome them all, so making a mistake is not an option."

The 41-year-old Kentucky native is ranked 18th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after 16 races. Waltrip is 281 points out of the 10th position and 96 points out of the top-15.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip