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NASCAR: Is Michael Waltrip Racing Headed Towards Elite Status?

When you think of the elite teams in Sprint Cup, you think of Roush Fenway Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing and possibly Stewart-Haas Racing. Meanwhile, Michael Waltrip Racing has seemingly been in the second-tier of teams. However, it appears that the recent surge behind the MWR cars may shoot them up into "elite status". Clint Bowyer won on Sunday at Sonoma, the first win for MWR this season. Before Bowyer's victory at the tricky road course, no MWR driver had ever finished higher than eighth at the track. Bowyer easily took care of that problem, as he led a dominating 71 of the 122 laps. And when you think about it, the win at Sonoma should not have been the first for MWR this season. The...

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