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The No. 15 team will carry car ...

The No. 15 team will carry car #15, "Ol' Faithful", to the Brickyard 400. This car has run in four races this season with a worst finish of seventh. The car finished seventh in California, fifth in Michigan, fifth in Chicago and fourth in last weekend's race at Pocono.

Michael Waltrip scored his sixth top-five finish of the year - more top-fives in one season than any other of his 18-year career seasons.

The NAPA team is sixth in points, seven points out of fifth and nine points out of fourth.

Richard "Slugger" Labbe:

"We decided after the Pocono race to take Ol' Faithful to Indy. The car returned from Pocono at 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning. By 7:30am it was stripped, washed and up in the fab shop. The front end of the car got beat up some, so we'll hang new sheet metal, put on a new hood, and a new nose, give her a new transmission and a new engine and pack her back up. We'll have the same shock and spring package on her to begin practice on Friday as we raced in Pocono."

"We chose not to test Indy this year for a couple of reasons. First, the 81 and the 1 are testing and that's what teammates are for. Second, the track temperature changes so much at Indy that everyone is constantly trying to keep up with the always changing racetrack. We decided to save a test and we'll be testing Bristol, Atlanta and Rockingham."

"Being on the verge of fourth in points feels really good for the 15 team and for Michael. We could sit back and play the 'should of, could of, would of' game and pout about the points we lost in July, but instead, we continue to be pumped up. All five races in August are fantastic tracks for Michael. It's been interesting to watch how the 24 team, the 48, and the18 are all getting lots of hype for their points placement. No one seems to be worried about the 15 - like they keep waiting on us to fall out of contention. We are not going to fall. As the season winds down, we won't!"

Michael Waltrip:

"The same guy that won Pocono last year won Indy. We ran 14th at Pocono last year and 16th at Indy. The tracks are a lot alike and so are the cars that we run at each. The guys at the shop are thrashing to turn around the car we just finished fourth with at Pocono. While I wish that the team didn't have this pressure on them, I am sure this is the best car we could run in the Brickyard 400. I feel great about our chances to secure my career-best finish at Indy and move forward in points."

"We are turning up the heat in a really fun points battle. Second is a reasonable goal for us as far as points are concerned today. (Dale) Junior is only 207 points in front of us. First is more of a stretch. Matt (Kenseth) has shown no signs of straying from his amazing consistency and with how the points fall, it would be tough to catch him from where we sit."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip