Michael Waltrip Spokane Preview
CORNELIUS, N.C. — Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip flies to Spokane County (Wash.) Raceway this week to compete in Saturday night’s K&N Pro Series West race on the half-mile oval.
The founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will drive the No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing in the 10th race on the 15-race schedule. Waltrip finished fourth at Talladega and fifth at Daytona in Sprint Cup competition in 2013.
Saturday night’s race marks the 50-year-old Waltrip’s first K&N start in 2013. In addition to Spokane, Waltrip is slated to race Oct. 12 at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. He owns one win (Pikes Peak—1997), three top-five and 5 top-10 finishes in six series starts. Waltrip finished sixth at Colorado in his only series start last year.
WALTRIP ON RACING AT SPOKANE: “I can’t wait to fly out to Washington State to see all the fans out there. I watched the 2011 race from Spokane and the track and fans sure made it look like a great place to race. I have a blast whenever I get to race and that’s a part of the country we don’t get to visit too often. I enjoy racing in the NASCAR K&N Series. It’s a place where you get to see the upcoming stars of NASCAR. That’s where drivers like Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer learned their lessons. This series is fun to race and you’re helping develop the future of NASCAR.”
• PEAK Challenge’ Winner To Compete: The winner of the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, Patrick Staropoli, is slated to race in the K&N West event at Spokane. In the Challenge, which premiered on FOX Sports 1 earlier this month, nine stock car racing hopefuls competed for the chance of a lifetime. Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr. and others coached the drivers in front of a panel of judges. Staropoli – a Florida driver who in his racing career, progressed from karting to late model stock cars – will be competing for Bill McAnally Racing at Spokane.
• The Race: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisional. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps and begin at 9:50 p.m. Practice is 2:30—3:15 p.m. and 4:15-5 p.m. on Saturday followed by qualifying at 7:30 p.m. All times Eastern. The race is not broadcast.
• NASCAR Stats: Waltrip has 1,061 starts in NASCAR’s three top series. He owns 16 wins, 103 top-five and 241 top-10 finishes. He won the Daytona 500 in 2001 and 2003.
NAME: Michael Waltrip
HOMETOWN: Owensboro, KY
RESIDENCE: Huntersville, NC