Daytona 500 field drops to 40 thanks to charter system

The field for the 2016 Daytona 500 will drop to just 40 entries. Previously fields for the season opening race have consisted of 43 cars but a new charter system ensures that that number will drop by three. The new charter system will begin with 36 teams guaranteed a starting spot in each race. Teams were determined by those who have run races dating back to the 2013 season meaning...
Via Tireball.com
17 minutes ago  |  Discuss

NASCAR formalizes details of revolutionary new charter system

In one of the most significant announcements in NASCAR history, chairman and CEO Brian France confirmed that a deal has been struck between the sanctioning body and the Sprint Cup team owners to create a charter system.Each of the 36 Cup teams that has attempted to qualify for every race since 2013 will be given a charter by NASCAR that will guarantee them a spot in each week's Sprint...
Via Fox Sports
35 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Robert Richardson to drive fourth BK Racing entry at Daytona

A few days ago it appeared that BK Racing would run two cars at the season opening Daytona 500. In addition to David Ragan and Matt Dibenedetto it was recently announced that Michael Waltrip will drive for BK Racing. On Monday it was announced that Robert Richardson Jr. will expand the BK Racing entry total to four. Veteran crew chief Mike Ford will be calling the shots for the...
Via Tireball.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Psyched for Super Bowl, NASCAR mostly pulling for Panthers

It's very obvious that the NASCAR community is psyched about Super Bowl 50.Winston Kelley, the executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, recently toured the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and came away wondering how a certain piece of hardware he discovered there might look in Charlotte, North Carolina.FOX Sports NASCAR analyst Michael Waltrip and his daughter, Macy...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Waltrip driving for BK Racing in Daytona 500

Getty Images Michael Waltrip Racing may have shut down but that will not keep driver Michael Waltrip from running in the 2016 Daytona 500. Waltrip, a commentator for Fox Sports, will drive a third entry for BK Racing when the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season gets underway. Waltrip will be driving the No. 83 car which typically will be driven by Matt DiBenedetto while the second...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Waltrip to attempt to make 30th straight Daytona 500 start

Michael Waltrip will attempt to make his 30th consecutive Daytona 500 start with the 58th running of The Great American Race on Feb. 21.Waltrip, who won the 500 in 2001 and 2003 with Dale Earnhardt Inc., announced on Twitter that he will compete at Daytona for BK Racing.Waltrip, a FOX NASCAR analyst and winner of four Sprint Cup Series races in 781 starts, is making a cameo appearance...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Waltrip to attempt to make 30th consecutive Daytona 500 start

FOX Sports television analyst Michael Waltrip announces plans to run the 2016 Daytona 500 in a cameo role for BK Racing.
Via Shake and Bake
3 days ago  |  Discuss

FOX NASCAR ready to roll with 100 hours of Speedweeks coverage

Headlined by the addition of four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, FOX broadcasts the 58th running of the DAYTONA 500 -- the Great American Race -- from the newly-renovated Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. ET, with live coverage beginning at Noon ET with FOX NASCAR Sunday.Marked by the network's 16th consecutive season covering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Waltrip Racing is up for sale, and the price is fairly hefty

Michael Waltrip Racing was closed for business, effective the day after the final race of the 2015 NASCAR season in late November at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Now, the race shop and property belonging to the organization founded by its namesake in 2007 are up for sale.According to the real estate company handling the sale of MWR, the price tag on the 11.479-acre Cornelius, North Carolina...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite a lengthy history, the No. 30 has found wins hard to come by

Despite a lengthy history in the sport of NASCAR that goes all the way back to 1950, the No. 30 has struggled to find Victory Lane.Interestingly, the only driver to ever win with the number -- Speedy Thompson -- raced it just twice.His victory -- at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 16, 1955 -- came in a Carl Kiekhaefer-owned Chrysler that started 17th and led 64 of 200 laps.The driver...
Via Fox Sports
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tommy Baldwin Racing restructures with an eye toward improvement

A week after announcing a new agreement with sponsor Nikko RC/Toy State, Tommy Baldwin Racing has restructured the organization ahead of the 2016 NASCARS Sprint Cup season.The single-car operation that fields the No. 7 Chevrolet for Alex Bowman has brought on new members from Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing with the hopes of building the program...
Via Fox Sports
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Clint Bowyer 2016 paint scheme leaked (Photo)

Clint Bowyer will apparently keep the No. 15 as he moves over to HScott Motorsports for the 2016 season. Bowyer has run the No. 15 since joining Michael Waltrip Racing. He brings with him some existing sponsorship to HScott Motorsports for next season in the form of Peak and 5-Hour Energy as evident from the photo above which leaked on twitter on Tuesday. Following the 2016 season...
Via Tireball.com
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: David Ragan Continues to Search for Ride

David Ragan issued a statement Friday on his current status, following the closing of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the season: “I’m still looking for the best opportunity for me for 2016. I’ve had conversations with several teams – some went farther along that others – but haven’t gotten anything locked down yet. I definitely fell like I have a lot to give to...
Via On Pit Road
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Hammond: What NASCAR hiring Scott Miller as senior VP of competition really means

As reported earlier Wednesday, Scott Miller has replaced Robin Pemberton as senior vice president of competition at NASCAR, effective immediately.For the past four years, Scott has been executive vice president of competition for Michael Waltrip Racing.What I can draw from this move by NASCAR is that the sanctioning body was looking for someone who had a little bit newer and more...
Via Fox Sports
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Miller named NASCAR's new senior VP of competition, replacing Robin Pemberton

NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that Scott Miller has joined the organization as senior vice president of competition, replacing Robin Pemberton whom it was announced Tuesday is stepping down from the position at year's end.Miller, a garage area veteran who was most recently Michael Waltrip Racing's executive vice president of competition, will be responsible for managing all...
Via Fox Sports
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael Waltrip Racing set for final NASCAR race

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Clint Bowyer wanted the epilogue on Michael Waltrip Racing to focus more on the good times and good people than the missteps that affected the organization since its berth. Jet fuel scandal. Race manipulation. Chase probation. All were part of the fabric of the MWR story. MWR's rocky nine full years in operation ends Sunday when the organization folds, leaving...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: David Ragan/No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Homestead Preview

CORNELIUS, N.C.  —  Sunday’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks Michael Waltrip Racing’s final weekend of full-time competition. Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, began the team in the mid-1990s at his house in Sherrills Ford, N.C. competing in the XFINITY Series. In 2007, MWR began fielding fulltime Sprint Cup entries as...
Via On Pit Road
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael Waltrip driving No. 98 Maxwell House car at Talladega

Getty Images Michael Watlrip returns to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action this weekend at Talladega driving the No. 98 Maxwell House Toyota Camry. Waltrip and Maxwell House do have a bit of a history as he drove a car sponsored by them in 1990. #98 @Maxwell_House for Michael Waltrip @TalladegaSuperS. @MWRteam/@PremiumMSNASCAR pic.twitter.com/zKkJjJhuV8 — Premium Motorsports (@PremiumMSNASCAR...
Via Tireball.com
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Catching up with Ryan Langley – No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing

Photo credit: Brett Moist, NKP Posted by Matt Lovisa – follow on Twitter @mattlovisa October 12, 2015 During the race at Richmond International Raceway, we had a chance to talk with Ryan Langley, the front tire changer for Michael Waltrip Racing’s 55 car driven by David Ragan. Langley has been a tire changer in NASCAR for 14 years, nine of those have been at NASCAR’s highest...
Via Motor Racing Digest
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael Waltrip to run Talladega Chase race, 2016 Daytona 500

Michael Waltrip Racing may be closing its doors at the end of the 2015 season, Michael Waltrip's days behind the wheel are not over just yet.The team owner confirmed reports late Wednesday night that he will be racing at the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, as well as the 2016 Daytona 500.Waltrip was answering fan questions on Twitter when he confirmed...
Via Fox Sports
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

NASCAR penalty against Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing upheld

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Wednesday upheld NASCAR's penalty assessed against driver Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing for infractions two weekends ago at Chicagoland Speedway, site of the opening race of the Chase for Sprint Cup. This means crew chief Billy Scott's three-race suspension, which was deferred through the appeal process, will take effect. NASCAR...
Via Fox Sports
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Tony Stewart to retire from NASCAR after 2016 season

Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart plans to retire after the 2016 season, reports Motorsport.com. Stewart will run one final season before handing over the driving duties of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 car to Clint Bowyer in 2017. Bowyer is driving for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2015, but will switch to HScott Motorsports in 2016. Stewart won the Sprint Cup...
Via Sports-Glory
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: Michael Waltrip Racing Appeal to Be Heard Next Wednesday

NASCAR announced that Michael Waltrip Racing’s appeal of the penalties following Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway will be heard next Wednesday. MWR officially filed for the appeal on Thursday. NASCAR penalized Bowyer 25 driver points, which dropped him to 16th in the current Chase for the Sprint Cup standings. It currently has him 52 points out of the lead and 31 points...
Via On Pit Road
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

MWR appeal of penalties against Bowyer to be heard Wednesday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Waltrip Racing has filed an appeal of the penalties levied against Clint Bowyer's team. Crew chief Billy Scott's three-race suspension has been deferred through the appeal process. The appeal will be heard Wednesday. NASCAR said the No. 15 team had parts not properly installed on its Toyota during the opening inspection last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway...
Via AP on Fox
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Clint Bowyer's title hopes hit hard by NASCAR penalties

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Clint Bowyer's slim shot at winning the Sprint Cup championship in Michael Waltrip Racing's final season took a huge hit Wednesday when NASCAR penalized the team for an infraction in the opening playoff race. NASCAR said the No. 15 team had parts not properly installed on its Toyota in the opening inspection Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. Bowyer was docked...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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