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Scanner chatter reveals odd driver/owner relationship at MWR

By admin | July 7, 2013

 Michael Waltrip and Clint Bowyer didn’t exactly sound like teammates in Daytona.

 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?

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6 Responses to “Scanner chatter reveals odd driver/owner relationship at MWR”

  1. Sue Rarick Says:
    July 7th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Well Boyer did call him the worst driver in Nascar history. Doesn’t mean he refuses his money.

  2. Offkilter Says:
    July 7th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    In general, there seems to be an acceptable lack of respect for the owner by the driver. I never liked it, but in this case, i can see why. Mikey has quite the natural ability when it comes to jawin’ and not so much when it comes to driving.

  3. Tony Geinzer Says:
    July 8th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I think ever since 00’s Dismissal, their Elite, but not Elite Enough to beat JJ with Regualarity. If 00, my preferred name for Reutimann was there, MWR would have been 1-2-3 in last years Cup Standings and Penske would still have no Sprint Cup.

  4. Sue Rarick Says:
    July 8th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I agree with you Tony. If 00 was winning with MWR’s crappy cars imagine what he would have done with the Miller MWR cars.

    But that’s just speculation … BTW I wonder how Arron’s feels about all the great results now ….wait…there hasn’t been any.

  5. banzaibonnie Says:
    July 8th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I believe Bowyer came with a sponsor,and they didn’t have one for Reut,just like Bayne’s situation. I,too was sick to see Reut leave, but no sponsor means no ride,and clearly Aaron’s wanted Mark, and/or Mike in that car.

  6. mikeyfan5599 Says:
    July 8th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I think there is nothing about this. You can’t push these cars as the bumpers don’t line up and the pit incident didn’t hurt as they came in 4th and 5th during the race. In fact Mikey coming out last may have helped as he was able to avoid the big one. And I’m a Waltrip fan. As for those who say he can’t drive. Go back and look at the teams he broke in with and then say he can’t drive. He took teams like todays Front Row Motorsports and keep them in contention of top 10 point finishes. Very underfunded teams, with very limited resources. If you put him with a Roush, Hendrick or even JGR in the 90’s he would have won many times.