Well, for those of us who have rooted for Michael Waltrip, it is kind of a sad day as he announced that he is moving to a part time driver next season. However, he also announced that Martin Truex Jr. Will be moving into the number 56 NAPA Toyota next year. This in my opinion is a great move. Martin is a 2 time Nationwide champion and has won a race at DEI. He was in the chase in 2007 and I believe his struggles this year is basically do to him trying to secure a ride with a solid team for next season.
The rumors have been flying since last year that Martin would be moving to a new team, with most speculating that it would be with Tony Stewart. However, Michael made a move that was shrewed and opened the door to Martin. That move was he hired Martin's little brother as a development driver. You can tell Martin has a lot of love for his little brother just listening to him talk about his win at Watkins Glen and maybe the chance to race as a teammate with him was a clincher to move to MWR. That and the fact that he sees the 00 running up front and viaing for a spot in the chase was all he needed.
For those who have not seen the MWR shop, if you ever get the chance take the tour. All areas are open to the public to be seen except on area, the expermint booth. They have guides to tell you what is going on, you can even say hi to the crew members and they will acknowledge you. It is a first class shop and for it to be so well run and less than 3 years old shows, Michael did it the right way.
So to Michael and Martin, I say good luck, Michael, you picked a great driver and I'm sure we will see that NAPA Toyota in victory lane next season.