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NASCAR Top News for Friday, February 6, 2009

Waltrip Mulling Retirement Following 2009 Season

Michael Waltrip, driver of the No. 55 Toyota and owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, has been quoted more than once in Daytona that he is thinking about retiring at the end of 2009 if he is not competitive in the No. 55.

“I want to race the NAPA car in ’10 and beyond, because I’m the best guy for it,” Waltrip said in Daytona. “But if I notice David Reutimann out in front of me and I’m not able to catch him, and if I don’t see the results that I think can get the No. 55 car the results it deserves, then as an owner, I want to get somebody in there that can post those results.”

Waltrip has been driving the No. 55 for three years, first in 2007 for Bill Davis Racing and the last two years for his own team. He has four top 10 finishes in that span, including a second place finish at Loudon last year.

David Reutimann And MWR Lands Full Sponsor For No. 00

Michael Waltrip Racing on Thursday announced that Aaron’s, the rental store chain that has had a long standing relationship with Waltrip, will be sponsoring the No. 00 car driven by Reutimann for the entire 2009 season.

“It’s going to be the Aaron’s Dream Machine from Daytona to Homestead, and I’m really, really happy about that and proud that Aaron’s has made that commitment,” said Waltrip. Aaron’s originally had only committed to partial sponsorship for the season.

Reutimann was sponsored by UPS last season, taking over the No. 44 vacated by the retiring Dale Jarrett. UPS moved to the No. 6 of David Ragan, and Reutimann is back in the No. 00 that he had originally driven for MWR.

David Green To Run Full Nationwide Season With SK Motorsports

The new Nationwide team SK Motorsports has announced that 1994 Nationwide Series champion David Green will be driving the No. 07 Toyota for the 2009 season.

“This is a great opportunity to return to the Nationwide Series with a group of people who are racers and are dedicated to racing,” Green said. SK Motorsports was built and is co-owned by Pete Szekeres and Jared Keeney.

“David Green brings to the table a championship and many years of experience,” Szekeres said. “His image within the NASCAR racing community is one of respect and admiration. These are certainly qualities that we all want to aspire to.”

Green raced in only one Nationwide event in 2008, driving the No. 0 for JD Motorsports at Homestead. He finished 29th.

NASCAR Drivers Clean In Drug Tests, Some Crew Members Failed

In the first round of the new drug testing policy instituted by NASCAR for all of its series, all of the drivers from all series came out clean and drug-free.

Kevin Harvick, Incorporated has already let two members from the Truck Series team go after failing drug tests. Harvick was among the most vocal supporters for drug testing after Truck Series driver Aaron Fike admitted to racing while under the influence of heroin.

“I wasn’t pleased with a couple of tests we got from our team at KHI,” Harvick said. “We had a couple of people that didn’t do so good, but that’s what it’s for. The pit crew guys have known this stuff was coming. I don’t have any tolerance for that stuff.”

Random testing of drivers and crew members will continue throughout the season.

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