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Just Asking: Is 2010 the Final Year for Michael Waltrip and NAPA?

Michael Waltrip said he’s made some mistakes over the years. His biggest mistake, he says, was figuring the cost of owning a race team. He admits he missed it, made a mistake and there was nothing he could do about it. When Waltrip left DEI in 2005 to drive for Bill Davis, he took sponsor NAPA with him. In 2007, with primary sponsor NAPA in tow, Waltrip formed his own race team, Michael Waltrip Racing. NAPA’s requirements for Waltrip were simple: They said “Michael Waltrip needs to make races.” Waltrip assured NAPA he would. 2007 turned out to be the worst possible year it could be for MWR. Being fined at the Daytona 500 for an illegal fuel additive and missing the next 11 races in a row wasn’t the type of advertising NAPA had hop...

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