The Frontstretch: Lowe's NASCAR Notebook: DW "Revealed," Arnold Team Gone by Thomas Bowles -- Saturday May 27, 2006

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Lowe's NASCAR Notebook: DW "Revealed," Arnold Team Gone

Thomas Bowles · Saturday May 27, 2006



The Waltrip brothers unveiled a special fiery Aaron’s paint scheme entitled “Another For My Brother!” that Darrell Waltrip will use to drive the Martinsville Busch Race on July 22nd. He’ll drive brother Michael’s #99 Busch Dodge in a one-race comeback effort after “retiring” following the Truck races at Martinsville last year.

“We have pretty nice flames on here but we don’t have chrome,” quipped Waltrip about his new ride.

The race will not only be the debut for Waltrip in a Busch car at Martinsville, should he qualify it will become his first start in a Busch race since the 1995 season. Despite over a year layoff since he last ran in a major NASCAR Series, Waltrip’s expectations are high.

“I will finish in the Top 10,” claimed Waltrip. “I know that is a bold statement. But I honestly believe that.”


Meanwhile, brother Michael found himself struggling, 42nd and 37th in both practices Saturday, but at least he was in the Coca-Cola 600 field. After failing to qualify his own NAPA Dodge, Waltrip “purchased” the #74 ride of McGlynn Motorsports, who qualified in the 43rd position with driver Derrike Cope. Monetary terms were not disclosed.

Under the rules, Waltrip must use the car Cope qualified in but fitted it with his own engine and setup throughout the day, with McGlynn’s crew sticking around and offering assistance in was was to be a “team effort,” according to Waltrip. NAPA will be on the car as the sponsor and the car will be numbered 55 for the race; unfortunately, the owner points from any finish received on Sunday will still go the #74 team, meaning Waltrip’s #55 operation will find itself buried further down in the standings after Sunday’s event.

“I still believe we can make it back to the Top 35,” said Waltrip. “We just need to get our program running better.”


As if it needed any confirmation, the two-and-a-half year experiment for Florida businessman Don Arnold in Nextel Cup has come to a close.

According to a former employee, the No. 50 Nextel Cup shop shut down last month, and the building at 160 Performance Road in Mooresville the team had occupied is on the market.

Employing journeyman drivers Todd Bodine, Derrike Cope, and Jimmy Spencer among others during its short tenure in the Nextel Cup Series, the team last attempted the Daytona 500 with Larry Foyt behind the wheel.

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05/28/2006 05:48 AM

Too bad about Arnold. Rememberwhen NA$CAR wouldn’t let Redneckjunk sponsor their car?


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