Michael Waltrip finds inspiration in Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Team owner Michael Waltrip and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, celebrate in victory lane after Bowyer wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

Team owner Michael Waltrip and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, celebrate in victory lane after Bowyer wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

When Michael Waltrip left Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and decided to start his own NASCAR Sprint Cup team in 2007, not many expected that the team would ever become a contender. It took two years before the team scored its first win with MWR former driver David Reutimann.

Now, two years from that first win and five since the team started and suddenly MWR is a player on NASCAR’s biggest stage.  After the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway MWR has two cars in the Chase; Clint Bowyer who has two wins, including the victory at Richmond and starts the Chase in sixth, and Martin Truex Jr. who starts the Chase in 10th.

For team owner Waltrip having his two fulltime teams in the Chase shows just how far the organization has come in five years.MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.