Michael Waltrip: Pit Strategy and Rain Help in Top Three Finish!

Jeremy TurnerSenior Analyst IJune 30, 2008

As many people anticipated, this weekend's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was cut short due to rain. Many drivers used pit strategy and a helpful prayer to get their cars into a top position...hoping for the rain to come.

To the joy of some, and dismay of others, it came. The race was called due to being past the halfway point, and Kurt Busch was the lucky man who got the win. But I am not gonna talk about him. I wanna speak for a moment about someone else who had a season-best day:

Michael Waltrip.

Everyone knows this guy has been having the worst luck. Flirting with being in-and-out of the Top 35 in points has made this a rather hectic season.

When the race started, Michael was sent to the back of the pack because of an engine change. I immediately considered his day to be over before the flag dropped. But to my pleasant surprise, Michael did good. I should never consider a race over until the checkered comes out.

Pit strategy helped Waltrip move into the second position behind Kurt Busch. Just as the race seemed to be getting underway, a caution came out due to a wreck, and then the caution for rain came out. Soon after, the race was called.

But I am not complaining. Sure, I would have loved to see Waltrip battle Busch for the win...but considering how this season has been so far, a second place finish is far better than what could have been.

I enjoy being a Michael Waltrip fan. Many people may not like him due to his shady acts last season, but he has rebounded and is currently 28th in Owner's Points.