May 31, 1996 |
Unaccustomed as Michael Waltrip was to visiting victory lane, he still enjoyed the experience. After an 0-for-309 career in Winston Cup racing, Waltrip won the Winston Select at Charlotte Motor Speedway this month. "It was probably more than I thought it would be, especially at Charlotte the way they do things," Waltrip said yesterday from North Carolina before heading to Dover Downs International Speedway in Delaware for Sunday's Miller 500. "We jumped out of the car and fireworks were going on. There were a lot of people there, and they were all cheering for us. " Waltrip also received a hug from his older brother, Darrell, a three-time Winston Cup champion who's still on the circuit.
August 19, 2005 |
Michael Waltrip may be leaving, but Tony Eury Jr. isn't going anywhere. Yesterday, the crew chief of the No. 15 Chevrolet driven by Waltrip agreed to a long-term contract that will keep him at Dale Earnhardt Inc. "for many years to come. " "Having such a loyal employee and talented crew chief like Tony was an important objective for the continuity of our program," DEI president Teresa Earnhardt said in a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eury, 32, started out sweeping floors at DEI in 1991.
May 25, 2002 |
The U.S. soccer team arrived for the final round of the World Cup yesterday and was met in Inchon, South Korea, with the largest security force it had ever seen. After a 14 1/2-hour flight from New York, the players looked tired as they quickly moved through Inchon International Airport. About 500 police formed a corridor the players walked through as they came out of customs, with SWAT team commandos mixed in, automatic weapons slung from their shoulders and hands on pistols.
September 24, 2005 |
Ryan Newman was pole-perfect yesterday at Dover International Speedway. Newman was the fastest qualifier for both NASCAR races this weekend. His qualifying time for tomorrow's Nextel Cup race was 158.103 mph. For today's Busch Grand National race, Newman was clocked in 156.419 mph. The Cup pole was a series-leading sixth for Newman this year. Dover sweeps aren't new for Newman. Two years ago, he won both Cup races at Dover. Suddenly, Newman is the hottest Cup driver.
February 26, 2012 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It's the elusive Holy Grail of stock-car racing, the last piece of business that will validate the greatness of a three-time NASCAR Cup champion: A Daytona 500 victory. To be clear, Tony Stewart doesn't need Daytona for a ticket into NASCAR's Hall of Fame. But it's one of those bucket-list deals. Like the late Dale Earnhardt, Stewart has mostly spun in circles here trying to win the Great American Race - he is winless in 13 starts. Overall, his record is fairly impressive: six top 10s, a second-place finish in 2004 ,and a third-place run in 2008.
July 6, 2006 |
With only nine races remaining to determine the Chase for the Championship contenders, it's time for a review of the Nextel Cup season. Seventeen races tell us who's hot and who's not. Drivers having terrific seasons: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart. Right behind them are Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. Drivers on the rise: Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch. After nine races, Biffle was 23rd in points. He's now 11th. Despite a win at Bristol, Busch was 19th six races ago. With three top-five finishes and a top 10 in his last four races, he's now 13th, 103 points out of 10th place.
April 5, 2001 |
Tragedies can bring out the best or worst in people. In Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s case, it's the best. Following the death of his father in the Daytona500, Dale Jr. hasn't missed a race. He also has increased his involvement in Dale Earnhardt Inc., which owns the race cars driven by Dale Jr., Steve Park and Michael Waltrip. "I've seen incredible changes in Dale [Jr.]," Park, in fourth place in the points standings, said before Sunday's race at Texas. "He went from being a young man to being a grown man in one weekend.
February 19, 2001 |
Michael Waltrip had waited his whole NASCAR career for this moment. Waltrip, the younger brother of former Winston Cup champion driver Darrell Waltrip, had made 462 starts in his career but had never won a race. Yesterday, he made it to Victory Lane in the most famous stock-car race in the country, the Daytona 500. But Waltrip's joy was quickly overshadowed by the death of Dale Earnhardt, a seven-time Winston Cup driving champion and the owner of Waltrip's racing team. Earnhardt died of head injuries suffered in a crash on the last lap of the 200-lap race around the 2 1/2-mile Daytona International Speedway track.
September 20, 2005 |
Robby Gordon and Kasey Kahne avoided suspensions yesterday when NASCAR penalized them for incidents in New Hampshire. Gordon was fined $35,000 and docked 50 points in the driver standings for intentionally trying to hit Michael Waltrip's car during Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway, throwing his helmet at Waltrip's car, and cursing during a television interview. Kahne was fined $25,000 and penalized 25 points in the standings for intentionally hitting Kyle Busch's car in retaliation for an earlier accident.
February 18, 1999 |
Race for more than a decade in the Winston Cup series and you become a realist. Fresh from his impressive fifth-place finish in last Sunday's Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip believes he is closer than ever to his first career Cup victory. He'd better be: Waltrip is 0-for-396 starts. "I started this season thinking this could be my last season," Waltrip said this week. "I've got a great ride, a great team, a great sponsor. If I don't win races and run well, I might not be able to get a ride next year.