Team owner Michael Waltrip minces no words when it comes to talking about the importance of getting one or more of his team's cars into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR's season-ending, 10-race playoff round.
"Our business model doesn't work without us making the Chase," Waltrip said. "We invest in our cars and our team and we tell our sponsors that with the way we built our team, we're going to make the Chase, we're going to win races."
With eight races left in NASCAR's 26-race regular season, Michael Waltrip Racing is one of the teams furiously digging for two of the 12 slots in the final Chase field. Right now, MWR's Clint Bowyer is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings and a virtual lock to make the Chase, while teammate Martin Truex Jr. is 11th and teetering on the edge of qualifying.
The top 10 drivers in points after 26 races will qualify for the Chase, as well as the two drivers in positions 11-20 who have won the most races.
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