Now with seven races complete, Michael Waltrip Racing is continually being mentioned as a top-10 contender each week. Battling with Roush and Hendrick at Texas, the MWR organization adds more top-10s to their finishes with Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. while Clint Bowyer struggled and finished in the top 20.
|Walking the grid at qualifying, Bowyer looks|
a bit lonely but Skirts and Scuffs photographer
Debbie Ross caught him.
Bowyer reported to the team early that the car would not turn. Making adjustments and being patient, Bowyer cracked the top 10 at Lap 229. Again battling loose conditions, Clint was lapped by the leader at Lap 261.
|The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Mark Martin.|
Credit: Debbie Ross / Skirts and Scuffs
|Credit: Debbie Ross / Skirts and Scuffs|
The NAPA Know How team is on point in 2012! Starting the weekend with winning the pole award, Martin Truex Jr.’s weekend stayed on that positive note after a sixth place finish at Texas.
Leading four separate times for a total of 69 laps, handling issues also plagued Truex. “At the start it was really good. Then, we kept getting looser all night. Every time we’d tighten it up, we would lose a ton of grip and not gain rear. It was a big challenge. Just could never get it perfect.”
Speaking of the weather’s impact on the race, Truex said, “It was bad. There was times when it hit me weird on the front straightaway and I was thinking I was losing a cylinder. It was just crazy going off into (turn) three.”
“I’m proud of Chad (Johnston, crew chief) and the whole NAPA team. He called an awesome race. The pit crew was phenomenal tonight. It’s just nice to keep this thing going - running upfront,” Truex said following the race.