CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darlington, otherwise known as the "Lady in Black" and the "Track Too Tough To Tame" will meet her match this weekend when Michael Waltrip and the No. 99 Aaron's Chevrolet team unload and prepare for battle. Waltrip has not ran...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darlington, otherwise known as the "Lady in Black" and the "Track Too Tough To Tame" will meet her match this weekend when Michael Waltrip and the No. 99 Aaron's Chevrolet team unload and prepare for battle.
Waltrip has not ran a Busch car at Darlington since 1998. "I feel like this may be the weekend for the Aaron's team. We have worked so hard on improving the program, and with a sponsor like Aaron's coming aboard, it would be nice for everyone to go to victory lane," stated Waltrip.
"The key to a good finish at this track is a good starting position. The race is only 200 laps, and maybe one pit stop. This means we need to concentrate on our qualifying effort and start up front. There is not much time at Darlington to make up much ground if you don't qualify well."
Momentum of the Aaron's Chevrolet team is strong and on the upswing. Two weeks in a row Waltrip has kept his stats in the top-10. He qualified 9th for Michigan and finished 2nd by a margin less than the length of his car. Last week at Bristol, a track notorious for collecting cars in wrecks, Waltrip qualified 4th and finished 8th.
"We have really concentrated on our Busch Grand National program and I have to say I am very proud of what we've accomplished. Testing at both Michigan and Bristol paid off. Although we have not tested at Darlington, we will apply things we learned to this car, track and race setup," stated Waltrip.
Waltrip will certainly have his work cut out for him this Labor day weekend since he will also drive in the Winston Cup race on Sunday.
Bud Pole qualifying for the Dura-Lube All Pro Value Bumper to Bumper 200 will take place Friday, September 1, at 2:05 p.m. EST. The event will take place on Saturday, September 2, at 1:00 p.m. EST for 200 miles of tough racing. ESPN and the Performance Racing Network will broadcast the event live.