BUSCH: Michael Waltrip test at Daytona

After Busch Series Victory, Waltrip's Team Back At Work At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (April 12, 2004) -- Michael Waltrip's NASCAR Busch Series team didn't get too much time to celebrate their victory in Saturday's Busch Series race at ...

After Busch Series Victory, Waltrip's Team Back At Work At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (April 12, 2004) -- Michael Waltrip's NASCAR Busch Series team didn't get too much time to celebrate their victory in Saturday's Busch Series race at Nashville, Tenn.

With test driver Matt Crafton, the No. 99 team participated in a one-day test session at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for both the upcoming Aaron's 312 Busch Series race on April 24 at Talladega Superspeedway and the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo Busch Series race on Friday night, July 2 at the "World Center of Racing."

"We had a good time for a few minutes after the race (on Saturday)," said crew chief Jerry Baxter. "We did our tear down and inspection and made it back to the shop about 8 a.m. Sunday morning. We switched out the cars from Nashville and put in our Daytona test car. We sent it out (Sunday afternoon) and flew down here 5 a.m. this morning."

Most of the crew completed their work at the shop by Sunday afternoon and spent the rest of the Easter holiday with their families.

"I hate it that they couldn't spend all day, but we needed to get (this test) in," Baxter said. "Michael is pretty darn good at these speedway races and I like to be as good as we can possibly be. I didn't want to pass up this opportunity."

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo being tested by Crafton was rebuilt after Speedweeks 2004. Waltrip was involved in an incident during "Happy Hour" before the Hershey's Kisses 300 and the team was forced to use a backup car in the race.

The Chevrolet damaged in "Happy Hour" has been rebuilt and the team wanted to shake down the car before the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.

"It's all fresh, new body," Baxter said. "It's a new car basically. You have to shake them down and get the fenders to the clear the tires and all that stuff."

With Waltrip unable to participate in the test, the team tapped Crafton, who wheels a Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"He's just really consistent," Baxter said. "He's a good little driver. Michael was busy with a deal today he had to do. Matt just works out well. He can fit in the car and he's real consistent on his laps. That's the thing you've got to have at these speedways -- somebody that hits the mark every time. He seems to do a really good job."

Tickets for the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo and the Pepsi 400 are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton