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May 31, 1996 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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August 19, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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May 25, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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September 24, 2005 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
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.
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February 26, 2012 | Orlando Sentinel
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.
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July 6, 2006 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
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.
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April 5, 2001 | by Bill Fleischman Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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February 19, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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September 20, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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February 18, 1999 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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October 8, 2012 | Associated Press
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The championship contenders said Talladega Superspeedway would be the wild-card race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That was an understatement. Talladega delivered yet another "big one" Sunday, when defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart triggered a 25-car pileup as he tried to protect the lead. His bid to block a long line of traffic on the last lap backfired, and his car was sent sailing through the air in a chaotic crash that collected 10 of the 12 title contenders.
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February 26, 2012 | Orlando Sentinel
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.
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August 3, 2007 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Through this stressful racing season, Michael Waltrip hasn't lost his sense of humor, or his mind. After running the Las Vegas Marathon 2 years ago in 3 hours and 56 minutes, Waltrip thought "mission accomplished. " "All I wanted to do was run a marathon in less than 4 hours," Waltrip said earlier this week as he prepared for qualifying for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. "It took a little bit of training, a little athleticism and a whole lot of commitment. When I finished that race, I felt like Forrest Gump: All right, I'm done running now. "Since '05 I've put on about 25 pounds.
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September 15, 2006 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has proudly carried on his family's racing tradition. He has won 17 Nextel Cup races and earned millions in racing and from endorsements. Earnhardt still has goals in racing, though. "I need to win a championship," he said yesterday, during NASCAR's media blitz in New York City for the Chase for the Championship. "I'll be 32 in October. I want to retire when I'm 40. "I've won the Daytona 500. I've won on several different types of tracks. I am very proud and satisfied with my accomplishments.
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July 8, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The big brown truck is driving to the other side of the NASCAR garage. UPS, in its sixth season as the primary sponsor on Robert Yates Racing's No. 88 Ford, announced yesterday that it would join driver Dale Jarrett in making the jump to Michael Waltrip Racing - a start-up program that will help usher in Toyota's debut in the Nextel Cup Series next season. The new team features two likable drivers whose ability to reach consumers proved stronger than the sponsors' loyalty to established teams.
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July 6, 2006 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
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.
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September 24, 2005 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
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.
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September 20, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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August 19, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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June 12, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Michael Waltrip may not know what team he will be driving for in the future, but he's certain about which crew chief he wants calling the shots on his car. Waltrip clinched the top starting spot in today's Pocono 500 with a lap at 169.052 m.p.h. during qualifying yesterday at Pocono Raceway. Then he followed up his pole-winning effort with a few words that won't exactly silence the controversy swirling around Dale Earnhardt Inc. The organization's two teams swapped crews and equipment before the season, with Tony Eury Jr. moving over to become crew chief of Waltrip's No. 15 Chevrolet.
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