Brooklyn, MI--Winston Cup regular Michael Waltrip dominated the second half of the 250 mile event at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. After qualifying was delayed and the Busch Series happy hour canceled on Friday, Waltrip was the rain on...
Brooklyn, MI--Winston Cup regular Michael Waltrip dominated the second half of the 250 mile event at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. After qualifying was delayed and the Busch Series happy hour canceled on Friday, Waltrip was the rain on the remainder of the field's parade. In actuality, the top four finishers ruined the day for the Busch regulars.
Roush Racing's Jeff Burton finished second, followed by Jeff Green and Todd Bodine all grabbed the top four spots.
The highest finishing Busch driver, Team Rensi's Bobby Hamilton Jr, who finished fifth, wasn't too happy with the lack of practice and feels that played a big role in the finish. "All asked NASCAR to give us twenty minutes and they couldn't even do that. But we capitalized on the points so we'll just take the Marines Ford and go to Bristol."
ppc's Scott Riggs was the highest finishing rookie and echoed Hamilton's sentiments. "Due to the circumstances this weekend with those guys being able to get out there and practice an hour and 25 minutes, that was a little wrong."
Only 18 laps into the event points leader Greg Biffle's engine expired in his No. 60 Ford. Just when it appeared as though second place pointman Jason Keller could pick up major ground on Biffle with a solid top 10 run, he too lost his engine on lap 103.
With the win, Waltrip picked up his ninth career win, the first on the two mile oval. "I always liked his track but could never get it figured out."
Under the final caution flag on lap 95, Waltrip's 99 team took on only two tires and gained tremendous track position while other top contenders took on four. "I just got fortunate to stay there, that was big. But the last 30 laps, I was tight."
Waltrip who crossed the finish line while the rest of the field was exiting turn four says "It was really fun to look in my mirror and see them racing so hard."
Bill Davis Racing's Scott Wimmer, ST Motorsports' Stacy Compton, another Cup regular Jimmy Spencer, and Robert Yates rookie driver Kasey Kahne closed out the top 10.