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Good Move On Mikeys Part

Posted on: July 7, 2009 1:38 pm
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. 
Category: Auto Racing

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:17 am

Good Move On Mikeys Part

It was a very good move on MW's part.  As an owner, he gets a good driver in Martin Truex Jr. to put in the NAPA car, makes the sponsor happy, and best of all, he can still race when he wants to.  Can't do that in the stick and ball sports.

Mikey did a great job in recognizing that his days of racing full time are over.  Racers seem to have a tough time doing that with just a few exceptions.  He is doing well in ownership now, and can concentrate even more on making his team better.

Mikey better do well in the 56.  I used that number in NASCAR 2003 and 2005 and had great results.  MW needs to continue the proud tradition of the 56 car in 2010. lol....

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2009 3:01 pm

Good Move On Mikeys Part

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.
I'm sure all 2 of you are broken up about it. j/k. In all seriousness I think this is a good move. Martin is a good, not great, but a good driver, and I think he will do well at MWR, similar to Ruetimanns run this year. Of course looking at the credentials you listed, 2 Nationwide Championships and a win at the cup level remind me of another driver. He has two Nationwide Championships and 17 wins at the Cup level, is driving for one of the premier teams, but hasn't done much there, and will likely miss the chase this year. Any guesses who I am talking about?

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