Loudon: Michael Waltrip preview

Michael Waltrip will compete in his 19th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday where he will look for his second top-10 run at the 1-mile speedway. His best finish is eighth - in the fall race of 2002 in the...

Michael Waltrip will compete in his 19th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday where he will look for his second top-10 run at the 1-mile speedway. His best finish is eighth - in the fall race of 2002 in the NAPA Chevrolet.

"We really had it going on the last time we were in New Hampshire," Waltrip reflected. "We led a lot of the race and were obviously the fastest car on the track last fall. We will be racing the same car we raced last fall, so it is really cool to go into this race knowing we will have a competitive race car. We will try and capitalize on the performance of the NAPA Chevy over the last nine races (the no. 15 car has finished in the top-10 in seven of the last nine races including the NEXTEL All-Star event). Over the last five races we are fifth in points, but due to a horrific start to the season that has us in a bit of a bind as we try to get into the top-10. But if we can get there, I know we can finish in the top-five at the end of the year. We are currently 18th with our eye on 10th. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and specifically New Hampshire."

This Week's Race Car is Chassis #18. This racecar ran both races last year at NHIS and ran the 2004 Las Vegas, NV race as well as the race at California Speedway this year. The car was tested at NHIS in June, and visited the wind tunnel the beginning of June.

Testing The NAPA team will go from New Hampshire to Watkins Glen, NY where they will test the NAPA car in preparation for the road course race on August 15, 2004.

Championship Points Currently in the 18th position, the No. 15 car is 75 points out of 15th and 213 points out of 10th, it may seem far fetched to reach the top-10 in eight races, but the NAPA team continues to close the gap.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip