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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2001
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Nearly five months after the death of Dale Earnhardt, the Winston Cup Series has returned to Daytona International Speedway, where the seven-time champion died in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in February. Driving in, you can't miss the big black banners with the white No. 3 outlined in red hanging from the outside pillars of the race track grandstands. You also can't miss the Earnhardt stickers in the backs of car windows and on the bumpers. But stock car drivers are a hardy bunch, and in the garage it seems almost like business as usual as these men prepare for tomorrow's Pepsi 400. "I don't think coming in here stirs it all up again," said Jeff Burton, who drives the Roush No. 99 Ford.
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January 26, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox Sports Chairman David Hill isn't shy with words or opinions. He has offered both in bunches during the NASCAR media tour, sharing his perspective on what it will take to get NASCAR out of its doldrums. A few things come to mind: Ditch the homogenized Car of Tomorrow, make the focus on drivers and shorten race times. "The Car of Tomorrow became the biggest red herring in the history of this sport," Hill said. "It took the emphasis away from the heroes.
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January 26, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox Sports Chairman David Hill isn't shy with words or opinions. He has offered both in bunches during the NASCAR media tour, sharing his perspective on what it will take to get NASCAR out of its doldrums. A few things come to mind: Ditch the homogenized Car of Tomorrow, make the focus on drivers and shorten race times. "The Car of Tomorrow became the biggest red herring in the history of this sport," Hill said. "It took the emphasis away from the heroes.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2001
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Nearly five months after the death of Dale Earnhardt, the Winston Cup Series has returned to Daytona International Speedway, where the seven-time champion died in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in February. Driving in, you can't miss the big black banners with the white No. 3 outlined in red hanging from the outside pillars of the race track grandstands. You also can't miss the Earnhardt stickers in the backs of car windows and on the bumpers. But stock car drivers are a hardy bunch, and in the garage it seems almost like business as usual as these men prepare for tomorrow's Pepsi 400. "I don't think coming in here stirs it all up again," said Jeff Burton, who drives the Roush No. 99 Ford.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
Say the name Waltrip at a race track and heads spin. Darrell Waltrip? Where? Where? But this Waltrip isn't the three-time Winston Cup champion. This one is Michael, Darrell's "little" brother, and while the older brother has soared to the top, the younger one is in danger of being labeled mediocre."
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 1, 1991
DOVER, Del. -- Most NASCAR drivers don't expect to accomplish milestones in their careers on the infamous high-banked Monster Mile at Dover Downs International Speedway.But Michael Waltrip won the first pole position of his seven-year career on the Winston Cup racing circuit yesterday, turning in the fastest qualifying lap, 143.392 mph, for tomorrow's Budweiser 500 at Dover Downs.Waltrip, 28, will be driving a Pontiac Grand Prix (No. 30) from the No. 1 starting position at 12:15 p.m. in the 23rd running of the race.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,Orlando Sentinel | February 15, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip's Toyota team yesterday took the hardest hit yet in what has mushroomed into the toughest cheating crackdown during Daytona 500 week in at least 31 years. Waltrip's crew chief and his vice president of competition were ejected from Daytona International Speedway for the remainder of Speedweeks and suspended indefinitely from NASCAR competition. Gatorade Duels Today, 2 p.m., Speed Channel
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October 5, 2011
It seems Clint Bowyer finally has decided whether he will stay with Richard Childress Racing or move over to Michael Waltrip's team. The envelope, please: Michael Waltrip Racing it is. All signs point in that direction. Waltrip has scheduled a news conference at Kansas Speedway on Friday to discuss "the future of Michael Waltrip Racing," going on to imply that the Bowyer contract is all but a done deal. "I feel good about everything we're doing," Waltrip said at Dover International Speedway last week.
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By BILL ORDINE | March 15, 2008
It won't get nearly the attention of Brett Favre's tearful farewell, but NASCAR will be bidding adieu this weekend to one of its longtime stars. Dale Jarrett, 51, will take his last spin this weekend at the big race in Bristol, Tenn., in his No. 44 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Jarrett comes out of the North Carolina racing tradition and ran for 24 years and won 32 races, including seven in 1997 and three at the Daytona 500. His father, Ned, was a two-time Grand National champion, and his son, Jason, drove in the Busch Series.
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February 15, 2012
Michael Waltrip will make a historic run in this year's Daytona 500. He will make his 75th start on the fabled superspeedway — the most of any driver — on Feb. 26. He will drive the No. 40 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota for Aaron Racing. "When I was a kid thinking about Daytona, I never dreamed I would start more NASCAR races there than anyone," Waltrip, 48, said. "That's amazing. " Hopefully, Waltrip will bring plenty of 5-Hour Energy — one of his sponsors — down to Daytona.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
Say the name Waltrip at a race track and heads spin. Darrell Waltrip? Where? Where? But this Waltrip isn't the three-time Winston Cup champion. This one is Michael, Darrell's "little" brother, and while the older brother has soared to the top, the younger one is in danger of being labeled mediocre."
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 1, 1991
DOVER, Del. -- Most NASCAR drivers don't expect to accomplish milestones in their careers on the infamous high-banked Monster Mile at Dover Downs International Speedway.But Michael Waltrip won the first pole position of his seven-year career on the Winston Cup racing circuit yesterday, turning in the fastest qualifying lap, 143.392 mph, for tomorrow's Budweiser 500 at Dover Downs.Waltrip, 28, will be driving a Pontiac Grand Prix (No. 30) from the No. 1 starting position at 12:15 p.m. in the 23rd running of the race.
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By PETER BLAIR | April 17, 2006
NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Subway Fresh 500 Site -- Phoenix When -- Saturday, 8:25 p.m. TV -- Ch. 45 (8 p.m.) Track -- Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile oval) Distance -- 312 laps, 312 miles (502.1 km) 2005 winner -- Kurt Busch 2005 pole-sitter -- Jeff Gordon Last year -- Busch, who started second, led 219 of 312 laps and beat Michael Waltrip by 2.315 seconds in the first Nextel Cup night race at the track. Jeff Burton was third. INDY RACING LEAGUE Indy Japan 300 Site -- Motegi, Japan When -- Saturday, 12:01 a.m. TV -- ESPN (Saturday, noon, tape delay)
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February 18, 2007
Another sports star has fallen victim to substance abuse. It's a familiar tale but with a twist: The star is Michael Waltrip of NASCAR fame, and the performance-enhancing substance was administered to his Toyota Camry, not to him. NASCAR's punishment was swift and severe - the ejection of his crew chief and team vice president, a $100,000 fine and the loss of points toward the season championship. But it's bad news for stock car racing. Today is NASCAR's Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, and Mr. Waltrip is a two-time winner.
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