Michael Waltrip to enter Indy IRP event

INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2004) Michael Waltrip, one of the most popular personalities in NASCAR, has announced he will race in the Kroger 200, NASACR Busch Series race and the Power Stroke Diesel 200, NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at IRP on August...

INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2004) Michael Waltrip, one of the most popular personalities in NASCAR, has announced he will race in the Kroger 200, NASACR Busch Series race and the Power Stroke Diesel 200, NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at IRP on August 6th and 7th. During the Power Stroke Diesel 200 Waltrip will be racing against his brother Darrell Waltrip who has once again entered in the race.

In the Kroger 200 on August 7th, Waltrip will be behind the wheel of the #99 State Fair Corn Dog Chevrolet. Waltrip is currently 9th in Busch Series points, trailing leader Martin Truex by 570 points.

On August 6th, Waltrip will be running the Andy Petree owned Monaco Coach Corporation Chevrolet truck in the Power Stroke Diesel 200.

"We are really excited to have Michael joining us and helping give Monaco Coach Corporation a great ride at IRP," said Petree. "We've had some great runs with our Truck, and haven't done too badly at Indianapolis the past few years. We're working hard to give Michael a solid piece and we know he'll be working hard to get this Monaco Coach Corporation team back to Victory Lane."

Tickets are still on sale for the 2004 Kroger SpeedFest, taking place on August 5th, 6th and 7th and will feature three nights of racing under the lights on the .686 mile oval. On Thursday August 5th the stars of the USAC Silver Crown Series will take to the track in the J. D. Byrider 100. Past winners of this exciting open wheel race include A. J. Foyt, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman. On Friday, the Power Stroke Diesel 200, featuring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will bump and bang all the way to victory lane. The weekend concludes with the 23rd Annual Kroger 200, NASCAR Busch Series race. Past winners have included Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.

One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to five annual USAC races, and an exclusive Saturday Night Series. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Greg Biffle , Ryan Newman , Andy Petree , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers