Mechanical problems end Michael Waltrip's night early at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 1999) - Philips Chevrolet driver Michael Waltrip suffered a huge disappointment Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, when mechanical ...
Mechanical problems end Michael Waltrip's night early at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 1999) - Philips Chevrolet driver Michael Waltrip suffered a huge disappointment Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, when mechanical problems ended his hopes of another great restrictor plate run under the lights in the Pepsi 400.
The first caution flag of the event flew just past the halfway point, and for Waltrip, it was a welcome site. He and his crew had worked on his car during the first 80 laps, and were nearing the balance Waltrip needed for a run to the front. The caution allowed the Owensboro, Kentucky-driver to come to pit road for regular service and an adjustment, while bunching the field back up for the restart.
But, Waltrip never saw the restart. As he pulled away from his pit stall, a gear broke, disabling his machine. He pulled behind the pit wall where he sat for 29 laps while his Mattei Motorsports teammates made the necessary repairs.
"This is disappointing," said Waltrip. "The Philips Chevrolet was right. We could have raced with them tonight, and wanted to. But instead, we just had to go back out and get as many points as we could."
Waltrip returned to the racetrack in 41st position, and went on to gain two more spots in the final rundown, finishing 39th. The finish lowered him to 19th in the NASCAR Winston Cup points with half of the 34 races remaining on the 1999 schedule.
The series visits the one-mile oval at New Hampshire International Speedway this week, with the race slated for Sunday afternoon.