By admin | July 7, 2013
By Richard Allen
“All’s well that ends well” might very well be the motto on Monday morning at Michael Waltrip Racing following this past weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. After all, team owner Michael Waltrip drove the organization’s #55 Toyota to a 5th place finish while Clint Bowyer piloted his #15 to a 4th place result.
But in getting to that finish, there was some rather odd chatter over the team radios of the two drivers that might make for some interesting conversation at the next team meeting.
Early in the race, Bowyer had fallen back from the lead pack and was in need of drafting help to move back up.
“You can push Michael(Waltrip) when you get to him if you want to,” Bowyer’s spotter informed him. “I’m gonna stay away from him,” the driver replied.
Things can be said in the heat of the moment that might not be said otherwise. However, this was very early in the race and nothing had really happened to have caused any sort of ill will. It just seemed like an odd comment to come from a driver regarding another driver who is not only a teammate but the team owner.
Bowyer’s remark could have easily been brushed off for any number of reasons except for the fact that there was another situation between the two later in the race.
During one particular round of pit stops in the midst of a caution period, TNT television cameras(no, they weren’t in commercial) focused on Waltrip’s #55 being serviced in his pit stall while facing the wrong direction. Obviously, when the work on the car was completed, the #55 was the last off of pit road.
Bowyer’s stall was located just two spaces in front of the one Waltrip had been assigned.
As he left the pits, Waltrip came over his team radio to voice his disapproval of Bowyer’s pit entry, “Call me a motherf***er.” To which his crew chief replied, “How in the hell our teammate didn’t know we’re pitted behind him, I don’t know.”
“That’s horses**t,” Waltrip added as he sped back onto the track.
So what do these two radio transmissions mean?
They may very well mean nothing as two competitors made statements during the heat of battle. But who knows? Maybe there’s more to it than that.
Remember this Bowyer/Waltrip moment from Bristol in 2008? http://youtu.be/qgVrXq_Iie4
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