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Michael Waltrip To Hire Road Racer For Infineon and The Glen

LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 27: Michael Waltrip, driver of the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Shelby 427 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 27, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
David PhillipsAnalyst IJune 7, 2009

Michael Waltrip Racing is rumored to be replacing one of its drivers for the two road course races later this year, and it is none other than team owner himself Michael Waltrip.

Waltrip currently sets 32nd in points, while his two teammates (David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose) sit 11th and 18th in points respectfully.

Waltrip will enlist the help of road racer Patrick Carpentier, who had been un-heard of until Tommy Baldwin Racing released Scott Riggs earlier in the season. Carpentier looks to be very interested in the No. 55 NAPA Toyota for the two races.

Waltrip has an average finish 16th at Infineon (best of any active track), and 20th at Watkins Glen. Carpentier only has a 23rd- and 21st-place finish at the two tracks, so the move to me is a surprise.

This could be a sign of Waltrip's exit from the Sprint Cup Series, which he has been racing in since 1985 and has over 735 starts.

There have been rumors surfacing since early last year about Waltrip's future.

 

Source www.jayski.com

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