Michigan: Michael Waltrip preview

Michael Waltrip will compete in his 38th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday where he will look for his seventh top-10 run, his third top-five run and his second pole at the Brooklyn, Mich., race track. His best ...

Michael Waltrip will compete in his 38th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday where he will look for his seventh top-10 run, his third top-five run and his second pole at the Brooklyn, Mich., race track. His best finish at Michigan was fourth in 2002, and his second-best finish of fifth came one year ago, again driving the No. 15 car.

Father's Day Tribute Michael will join 13 NEXTEL driver's that will showcase special paint schemes that honor their favorite "NASCAR" Dads-their own. Each driver who participates in the Father's Day program also is eligible for a $25,000 bonus. The prize will be rewarded to the highest finishing driver, who will then present it to his father or Dad's favorite charitable organization.

This Week's Race Car is Chassis #28, the same car Waltrip ran in the All-Star race finishing fourth and the Coke 600 where he finished second. The same engine Waltrip ran in the Coca-Cola 600 will be used in this weekend's DHL 400. Chassis #28 last visited the wind tunnel on May 20th.

In Last Year's June Michigan Race The NAPA Chevrolet held its own in the top-10 until it began "plowing" mid-race. The No. 15 car fell back as far as 19th battling the ill-handling car, but a long green-flag run helped Waltrip in his return toward the top 10. The NAPA car was running 10th when the caution flag waved for the ninth time on lap 191. Knowing only a few laps would remain and the cars would line up single file when the race restarted, Slugger and Waltrip agreed to pit for four fresh tires along with five other teams. Waltrip exited the pits 10th. A five-lap shootout determined the team's final position. New tires and skilled driving gained Waltrip five positions in the last laps, giving the NAPA team its fourth top-five finish for 2003.

Thoughts on last weekend's accident with Rusty Wallace "Last week was bitterly disappointing after running in the top-10 all day, making up a lap and racing back into competition," Waltrip said. "It really hurt to leave there with a 33rd-place finish with the type of race car we had. We'll get with it Sunday and start another streak."

Busch Series Waltrip will go back and forth from MIS to Kentucky Speedway. While Paul Menard will practice and qualify the car the first part of the Friday, Waltrip will run Happy Hour Friday evening and will race the Aaron's Dream Machine on Saturday night.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Paul Menard