Michael Waltrip adopted his manufacturer's old slogan "moving forward" as the theme for Friday morning's meeting with the media, following this week's announcement that team sponsor NAPA would part ways with the No. 56 MWR Toyota at the end of this season.
NAPA's Thursday decision came 11 days after the debacle at Richmond International Raceway, where Clint Bowyer's spin and Brian Vickers' blatantly orchestrated pit stop changed the outcome of the race, the composition of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup and the future of the sport.
Two days after the race, NASCAR tried to set matters right by issuing a 50-point penalty to each of the three Michael Waltrip teams, effectively knocking the No. 56 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. out of the Chase.
Waltrip is remorseful but still insists Bowyer's spin was unintentional. He reiterated Friday, "We didn't have a master plan to manipulate the race." Waltrip also acknowledged that the organization is working to regain trust after the company "...