Daytona Twin 125: GM - Michael Waltrip press conference

MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: WOULD YOU GO UNDER HIM IN THE 500? "Oh yeah. But if there's 50 to go it might be the time to make the winning pass. You have to figure out when you're going to make the winning pass. If it's...

MICHAEL WALTRIP, NO. 15 NAPA CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:

WOULD YOU GO UNDER HIM IN THE 500? "Oh yeah. But if there's 50 to go it might be the time to make the winning pass. You have to figure out when you're going to make the winning pass. If it's 50 laps into the race you're not going to make the winning pass then. There's a lot of stuff that's going to happen. So that's the difference. You just don't do those things early no matter if it will benefit you. You just wait until it comes down to where you think that you can win the race by passing your teammate you go for it. Just like we saw Dale Jr. do here last July."

IS THERE ANY CONCERN OVER PARK'S ENGINE? "I think that there is concern right now to try and figure out what happened. That's the great thing about being involved in an organization like Dale Earnhardt Inc. Because they'll know exactly what happened to it tomorrow and we'll take care of any concerns that we have right now by then. We have an unbelievable engine room. I wish everybody could come see it but you can't."

IS SUNDAY SHAPING UP TO BE A WAR BETWEEN DEI AND RCR? "I can see where you would say that but there's so much stuff that is going to go on between the start of the race and the finish. That's the cool thing about Dale Jr. We've never made plans. We've never one time figured out that we're going to do this or that. It changes. Every time a caution flag falls you change your strategy. Every time you understand what your car is doing 50 laps into the race, your plan needs to change. Todd Bodine's car was as fast as anything I saw. Mike Wallace was a rocket. You can't rule out anyone at a plate race because they get the right push and hit the right setup and they're right up in there fighting with you. I was impressed with Mike's car when it blew up behind me. A lot of time you can tell how fast a guy is when he gets behind you because he really speeds your car up. Mike and Todd's car both really gave me some options with Dale Jr as far as trying to get a run on him. I did once but I couldn't finish it off."

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE OR WHEN WOULD YOU SEE YOURSELF PASSING DALE JR? "To win the race. Everybody understands that we're teammates and we're going to help each other survive and help put ourselves in a position to win but I was going to pass him today. I tipped you all off to this last year and I hope you remember the reason why I didn't is because his car is faster. I just couldn't. But I wanted to really bad. It's kind of silly to think that we're here at the Daytona 500 and we wouldn't pass each other. It's just very difficult. The second race was cool because you had lots of options. You had people blowing up and a lot going on. After the first race they kind of laid there in line. We didn't have that at all in the second race."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Mike Wallace