Dover II: Waltrip Friday interview

GM Racing Friday interview Dover International Speedway Michael Waltrip - ...

GM Racing Friday interview
Dover International Speedway
Michael Waltrip - #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet

Note: Michael Waltrip and NAPA on Friday announced they have entered into a partnership with Bill Davis Racing (Dodge) for the 2006 Nextel Cup Series season. He spoke on Friday morning about last weekend's incident at Loudon involving Robby Gordon.

INTERVIEW EXCERPTS

RE: PENALTY

I do not know why they called me out on that-I did not do it. Robby threw his helmet at me and I simply stuck my hand out my window to get some air. And then in doing that I looked in the mirror and he was standing there and I waved. And if you watch the tape and the progression of the tape, I go into turn 3 and 4, I come off turn 4 and I do the same thing again. I didn't do it. And I went to NASCAR and I said, show it to me, show me the tape. They said you can't tell on this TV. So I guess I just have to appeal it.

EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED ON THE TRACK

I didn't run into anybody at Loudon. I passed a lot of cars. You just have to respect one another. Somebody that, first time you see them, sure mistakes are going to happen. But, eventually, it happens enough and you realize that's just how somebody races. And when somebody races that way, maybe you explain to them that they need to not race you that way. Then you need to do it and you need to figure out what you're going to do next.

HOW DO YOU THINK A DRIVER SHOULD RETALIATE?

Hopefully you get out of the race car and say, don't hit me again or we are going to have a problem on the race track or off. You address it. You stomp it out before it gets to be a problem at all. I agree-I think there is not enough racing and too much wrecking as well. It starts by the guy that starts it. And then it balloons from there-escalates from there. They just need to get the first guy.

ROBBY WAS IMPRESSED THAT YOU CALLED HIM THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS THE INCIDENT

Well, I know passion and I know what Robby's doing and I know what he's doing for his team and I see the improvement here. The bottom line (is that) I did not mean to crash him. And he obviously felt like I did and he was really, really mad as you might expect. So, once I gave him a day or two to cool off I just wanted to call him and say, look, I know I did wreck you, but I didn't mean to. That was not my intent. My intent was not to crash you and I'm sorry it happened. I want to help you anyway I can. And that's just basically the end of it.

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon
Teams Bill Davis Racing