Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/24/12
Five years ago, Michael Waltrip wondered how his company would survive. After Clint Bowyer's first win for Michael Waltrip Racing on Sunday, the owner/driver's organization might be wondering what it could take to win the Sprint Cup championship. Since 2007, when Waltrip decided to take MWR Cup racing full time, the organization had scored just two wins, both with David Reutimann, before Sunday's NASCAR race at Sonoma. Not only had none of the MWR drivers qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but just one year ago Martin Truex Jr. and Reutimann were 18th and 25th, respectively, in the standings. Wow, what a difference a year makes. With help from his friend and co-owner Rob Kaufmann, Waltrip has revitalized his organization. Since late last summer, Waltrip has made sizeable changes, starting with the addition of Scott Miller as executive vice president of competition. Drivers Bowyer and Mark Martin, along with crew chief Brian Pattie, have been added to the roster. Bowyer,...
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