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How One Night Derailed the Future of Michael Waltrip Racing in Sprint Cup

It is difficult to believe that only five weeks ago the future of Michael Waltrip Racing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series seemed so bright. On the eve of the Sept. 7 race at Richmond International Raceway, driver Clint Bowyer already had clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and the hope of the organization was that teammate Martin Truex Jr. soon would, too. A confident Bowyer seemed poised to actually contend for the championship. Truex needed to race his way into the Chase at Richmond, but his future seemed secure and full of untapped potential with primary sponsor NAPA Auto Parts already signed to serve as primary sponsor on his No. 56 Toyota for the next two seasons. Then…boom! It all changed in a Bo...

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