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... I wish Toyota would sell a Camry with that exact paint scheme!!!!

As much as I love Auburn, I would NEVER drive a car with a full NASCAR paint scheme. Well, maybe if you gave it to me free.

As much as I love Auburn, I would NEVER drive a Toyota. ESPECIALLY if you gave it to me. :blink:

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I think this is pretty AUsome!!!! i leave 10 mins from the track so i go all the time, although I am not really a nascar fan, it's fun to get a babysitter and go party for a little while. I think the car is truely AUSOME!!!

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Michael Waltrip No. 15 Auburn Toyota Talladega NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preview

It'll be impossible for most of the 125,000 people attending Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway to sit quietly by as Michael Waltrip makes his 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup start on the 2.66-mile Alabama track.

That's because the two-time Daytona 500 winner's No. 15 paint scheme honors BCS National Champion Auburn University. It marks the second consecutive year Aaron's and Michael Waltrip Racing honor an Alabama university celebrating a football title. Last year MWR's David Reutimann raced a red and white University of Alabama paint scheme honoring the Crimson Tide's 2009 BCS Championship.

Waltrip knows his "War Eagle" paint scheme is sure to stir the emotion of many partisans in the crowd including Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik who is the race's grand marshal and asked for a picture with Waltrip by the Auburn car before the green flag flies on Sunday.


AUBURN PAINT SCHEME: "Wait 'til you hear me introduced at driver introductions. I bet I get as many boos at Kyle Busch and as many cheers as Dale Jr. I don't care if they boo or cheer. The cool thing is people will notice the Aaron's car. I mean think about it; a Kentucky guy driving an Auburn car in front of a lot of Alabama fans in a NASCAR race at Talladega. You can't write stuff better than that."

GOALS: "That's easy. It's to win this race. We led twice in this race last year and several laps in the fall. Crew chief Bobby Kennedy and these boys that work on the No. 15 give me a good car each time we race. There are a few races during the course of the year that I think I can still win and Talladega is one of them. That"s the goal. Race for the win."

PRESSURE: "Gene Chizik went undefeated last year. He was 14-0! Nobody does that in racing. I went 0 for 462 once. But, I got a best selling book out of it. I'll ask him if he has any advice when I meet him on Sunday, but I'm pretty sure he's going to say just win."

50TH TALLADEGA START: "That's a lot. I'm proud of that. There's no track that puts on as good of a show for the fans at Talladega. I love everything about the place. I wish I could make 50 more starts there."


Waltrip will appear with Auburn University head football coach and race grand marshal Gene Chizik Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Talladega media center.

Sunday's race marks Waltrip's 50th career start at Talladega. He won the fall race in 2003 and has led 211 laps.

Waltrip and Michael Waltrip Racing Co-owner Rob Kauffman will test at Le Mans on April 14 then race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans - the world's oldest and most famous endurance race - in June driving an AF Corse Ferrari in the GTE Pro class.

Waltrip's book "In the Blink of an Eye" spent several weeks on the New York Times best-seller list peaking at fourth.

This race marks his 1,053rd start in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. He and Mark Martin are the only drivers to win in those series in four different decades.

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Waltrip is one of the good guys...he always has an outstanding sense of humor :lol:

I remember one quote where he was talking about following people through a road course...

and I should know, I follow a lot of people!
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... I wish Toyota would sell a Camry with that exact paint scheme!!!!

As much as I love Auburn, I would NEVER drive a car with a full NASCAR paint scheme. Well, maybe if you gave it to me free.

Are you serious?!?!?! I even live in Tuscaloosa and I still want one( and a matching Tundra or FJ) .

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Talladega Superspeedway

42nd Annual Aaron's 499

NASCAR Statistics - Sat, April 16, 2011 @ 02:14 PM Eastern

Starting Position Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying Speed (mph) Qualifying Time (sec)

1 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger / AARP Chevy 178.248 53.723

2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 177.844 53.845

3 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST / GoDaddy.com Chevy 177.807 53.856

4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / AMP Energy Chevy 177.765 53.869

5 27 Paul Menard Schrock / Menards Chevy 177.702 53.888

6 9 Landon Cassill(i) Security Benefits / Thank A Teacher Chevy 177.685 53.893

7 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 177.438 53.968

8 22 Kurt Busch Shell / Pennzoil / AAA Dodge 177.379 53.986

9 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 177.369 53.989

10 33 Clint Bowyer BB&T Chevy 177.353 53.994

11 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Good Sam / Camping World Ford 177.353 53.994

12 15 Michael Waltrip Aaron's / Auburn National Champ Toyota 177.317 54.005

13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 177.182 54.046

14 0 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 177.143 54.058

15 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Toyota 177.120 54.065

16 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford 177.087 54.075

17 16 Greg Biffle 3M Scotch Blue Ford 177.074 54.079

18 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevy 177.061 54.083

19 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 177.032 54.092

20 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 177.006 54.100

21 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevy 176.872 54.141

22 87 Joe Nemechek(i) NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 176.695 54.195

23 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevy 176.659 54.206

24 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 176.575 54.232

25 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black Ford 176.519 54.249

26 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 176.477 54.262

27 31 Jeff Burton Cat Financial Chevy 176.461 54.267

28 38 Travis Kvapil(i) Long John Silver's / TMone Ford 176.425 54.278

29 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 176.370 54.295

30 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevy 176.347 54.302

31 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota 176.298 54.317

32 97 Kevin Conway(i) ExtenZe Toyota 176.195 54.349

33 35 Steve Park(i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 176.162 54.359

34 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Pretzel Toyota 175.939 54.428

35 36 Dave Blaney Golden Corral Chevy 175.806 54.469

36 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 175.410 54.592

37 71 Andy Lally # Interstate Moving Services Ford 175.349 54.611

38 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 175.154 54.672

39 34 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 175.134 54.678

40 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota 174.595 54.847

41 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford 174.271 54.949

42 7 Sam Hornish Jr. Fast Five / Speed Energy Dodge 000.000 00.000

43 46 Bill Elliott [PC} Red Line Oil Chevy 169.983 56.335

DNQ 60 Mike Skinner (i) Big Red Toyota 175.090 54.692

DNQ 37 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 175.000 54.720

DNQ 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing Toyota 174.840 54.770


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coach looked good on interviews :au:

the "War Eagle" was a good touch too...but a little reserved :blink:

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Listening to Waltrips radio he just said he think's it is a bunch of Alabama fans that won't hook back up with him..Raging his own team mate said I own that damn car whats his problem..

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So, he finished 28th. It figures he would be in the 27-28 range :P

Yeah, but he had zero help. Looked awesome the first 40 laps though :thumbsup:

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As a NASCAR fan, I thought Mikey had a good shot until the 33 car bailed on him for his team mate, who ironically is one of my favorite drivers (#31 Jeff Burton). It was the only time I wanted his arse to back off. lol

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