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Here is the press release from NAPA regarding the massive $300,000.00 penalties that were given to Michael Waltrip Racing by NASCAR after the Richmond race.
“The actions taken by Michael Waltrip’s Racing team this past weekend leading to the penalties assessed by NASCAR, are very concerning. We are disappointed that a partner associated with our organization would make such a significant error in judgment. In addition, we have launched our own review to determine the future of our partnership with Michael Waltrip’s Racing team. The NAPA AUTO PARTS organization is proud of its long-standing NASCAR relationship. We share a passion with our customers for high quality racing and seek to determine the best course of action for our customers, NASCAR fans, and the NAPA organization.(NAPA Facebook page)
AND From 5 Hour Energy:
“We respect NASCAR’s penalties against MWR and are addressing our sponsorship relations internally. We appreciate your understanding and patience.”(5 Hour Energy Twitter account).
From the above statement from NAPA, it appears that they, NAPA, are analyzing and reviewing their relationship and future with Michael Waltrip Racing. This could spell disaster for MWR! NAPA has long been a corporate partner for Michael Waltrip, dating back to his initial relationship with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and his two Daytona 500 victories!
If NAPA chooses to terminate their relationship with MWR, that racing organization could suffer immeasurable harm. At this late stage of 2013, if NAPA pulls the plug on Michael Waltrip Racing, and the #56 Toyota team of Martin Truex, Jr., it may be very difficult to replace the sponsorship dollars for 2013. Additionally, there may be not enough time to secure an adequate primary sponsorship for the 2014 season, as well!
It appears to be that, what was a questionable, and at the time, a seemingly semi-harmless team maneuver by MWR, has turned into an embarrassing race fixing and potentially sponsor loosing decision by MWR!
This is the second black mark against Michael Waltrip Racing!
If you memory has failed, think back to the very first Daytona 500 that MWR AND Toyota entered into. Michael Waltrip’s car was busted in inspection for “a foreign substance” found within the intake manifold area. It was determined to be some type of performance, or horse power enhancing substance. More simply put, a NASCAR banned substance. The penalty for that action was such that the team started out that year with negative points, and it took several races for Waltrip’s team to score enough points to get to zero points!
The potential fallout from NAPA’s re-evaluation of it’s relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing might possibly be catastrophic for that organization! The next few days, or weeks, may deal a hand the MWR that could set that race team into a deep spiral that spells disaster!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!