CORNELIUS, N.C. — March is filters month at NAPA AUTO PARTS, and to celebrate the month-long promotion, Clint Bowyer’s Toyota will carry NAPA’s iconic blue and yellow colors this weekend when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Bristol Motor Speedway.
Bowyer’s No. 15 Toyota Camry will promote NAPA’s $20.99 oil change special, while Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 56 Toyota Camry will adorn the traditional NAPA AUTO PARTS scheme. NAPA and the No. 15 car have a rich history, scoring two Daytona 500 wins together with Michael Waltrip behind the wheel. This will mark the first time since 2005 the NAPA AUTO PARTS shield will be on the hood of the No. 15 race car.
ON RACING THE NAPA COLORS: “To race a No. 15 NAPA car for Michael Waltrip Racing carries a lot of meaning for everyone involved. (Team founder) Michael Waltrip raced those colors with that number to some very significant wins – including two Daytona 500s. I think it will be great to see NAPA back on the No. 15 this weekend. I know it will mean a lot to Michael, the folks at NAPA and also to me. I’d love to put that car back in victory lane for Michael and the folks at NAPA – plus, it’s Bristol baby! I’d just love to get a win there because I think it’s such an amazing racetrack. We ran well at Daytona and Phoenix but struggled last weekend at Vegas. We’ll be much better this weekend. Bristol is just good old-fashioned racing and I think the fans will see a heck of show Sunday. It’s good to be back short track racing again.”
Bristol: Bowyer will make his 15th NSCS start Bristol on March 17. In 14 previous starts, Bowyer has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes – two third-place finishes and two fourth place finish. In 2012, Bowyer finished fourth in the spring and seventh in the fall. Bowyer has an average starting position of 20th and finish of 17th. He has led 82 laps, including 81 at the spring race in 2008.
Chassis Chatter: Primary chassis No. 740 is the same chassis that Bowyer won with in Charlotte in October. It also finished 10th at Chicago and sixth at Texas in November. The backup chassis (No. 727) raced last season at Fontana, Darlington and both Michigans.
NAPA Filters: Started in 1966 NAPA Filters was the first branded product under the NAPA name. NAPA is the world’s largest distributor of light and heavy duty filters in the automotive aftermarket, serving domestic and import vehicles sold in the U.S., as well as heavy equipment and industrial hydraulic applications. NAPA Filters are sold exclusively through NAPA AUTO PARTS stores. For more information, visit www.NAPAFilters.com.
Speeding for a Cure: Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip attended Speeding for a Cure: An Evening Benefitting Autism Speaks and the Gillen Brewer School at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday night in New York City. The event will help further the missions of both Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School and has raised over $9 million since its inception.
INSIDER PROGRAM: Michael Waltrip Racing launched its Insider Program at Daytona that offers all race fans sponsor discounts, specials on merchandise, exclusive pictures and video content plus fan giveaways throughout the 2013 season. Fans can access the MWR Insider Program through the CardStar application available on most smartphones. MWR will work on behalf of the fans to expand the offerings beyond just its current sponsor line-up, aggregating industry-wide deals and discounts. Fans can text MWR to 42828 get card for FREE. Offers include 20% off tickets, free headset with rental of a FanVision unit ($19.99 value) and 25% off Toyota Racing merchandise at ToyotaRacing.com.