Michael Waltrip to Mattei in 1999

Mattei signs two-year deal with Waltrip NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Michael Waltrip has landed a ride for next season and beyond as Mattei Motorsports has signed Waltrip to a two-year contract, with options, to drive its No. 7 Ford...

Mattei signs two-year deal with Waltrip

NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Michael Waltrip has landed a ride for next season and beyond as Mattei Motorsports has signed Waltrip to a two-year contract, with options, to drive its No. 7 Ford Taurus beginning in 1999, it was announced on Monday.

Waltrip will fill the seat vacated by Geoff Bodine. It was announced last week that Bodine would not return as the driver of the No. 7 Taurus next year. Waltrip announced earlier this year that he would not return as the driver of the Wood Brothers' No. 21 Citgo Taurus next season after three years with that team.

In 92 races with the legendary Wood Brothers, Waltrip scored one top-five finish and 22 top-10s. He also won The Winston at Charlotte in 1996. He has yet, however, to win a series points race in 390 career starts, including 237 starts in eight seasons with Bahari Racing. Waltrip is currently 15th in the series standings. His best finish this season has been ninth, which he has accomplished three times.

Source: NASCAR Online

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