CHARLOTTE, NC - Memories of victory lane after last year's All Pro 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway are still fresh in the minds of Michael Waltrip and the No. 7 BAND-AIDÂ® Brand team. Weighing heavier on Waltrip's mind is defending that title and ...
CHARLOTTE, NC - Memories of victory lane after last year's All Pro 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway are still fresh in the minds of Michael Waltrip and the No. 7 BAND-AID® Brand team. Weighing heavier on Waltrip's mind is defending that title and driving his way back to the winners circle to sweep two fall races in a row.
Flashback to October 1999 - Michael Waltrip is running in the second position behind race leader Mike McLaughlin with one lap to go. Waltrip went for the pass and got into the back of McLaughlin's car. McLaughlin ran out of gas, as Waltrip completed the pass. Waltrip wins.
"Last year's win was just awesome," reflected Waltrip. "The race turned out to be pretty much contingent on pit strategy and fuel mileage. So in addition to our team being in contention to win the race, I also caught some breaks near the end and things just went our way. There are a lot of things that factor into winning races and you have to be smart. A little bit of lady luck on your side never hurts either."
Even though Waltrip is a full time Winston Cup driver running a limited schedule in the Busch Series, he feels the competition in the Busch Series is incredibly tough.
"I consider racing in the Busch Grand National Series a big challenge. You don't see 60 or 70 teams showing up in any other series trying to make races. So when you make the field in a Busch race, that is an accomplishment. Then to win makes it that much sweeter. It's just so competitive. I'm so excited to return to Lowe's Motor Speedway as the defending champion of this race. The way things are going for us right now, we have a great shot at back to back wins in Charlotte.
"The first half of this season, our Busch program was not where it needed to be. So we decided to go test the car and the results have really paid off the second half of the season. I'm very happy with our program right now and think we can put the BAND-AID® Brand Chevrolet back in victory lane where it belongs."
Bud Pole qualifying for the All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 takes place Friday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The green flag will drop for the event on Saturday, October 7 at 1:10 p.m. EST. TBS and the Performance Radio Network will broadcast the action live as it happens.