Jimmie Johnson takes pole but Michael...

Jimmie Johnson takes pole but Michael Waltrip feels like a winner

There are 13 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 10, 2008, titled Jimmie Johnson takes pole but Michael Waltrip feels like a winner. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

But Michael Waltrip felt like the real winner. "There's no way they're as happy as me," Waltrip said.

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Bud Lite

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Feb 11, 2008
See ya at the 150's on Thursday.

Since: Apr 07

Green Valley, AZ

#2 Feb 11, 2008
w00t, Mikey and Reut done good.
nasfan55

West Monroe, LA

#3 Feb 11, 2008
Thats because Michael Waltrip is a winner.
Whoyakidding

Raleigh, NC

#4 Feb 11, 2008
Mikey and Reut did do good. I complement them. However, If the top 35 rule wasn't in effect I don't think their accomplishment would have been quite as easy, not meaning that getting the outside pole was easy to do. Mikey and Reut had no choice but to lay it all on the line to try and lock themselves into the race. 35 other drivers did have to take that big of a chance. Johnson had a vest interest to show he still THE man. The others put just enough effort into qualifying to get a decent spot to start the qualifying duals on Thursday.

Since: Oct 07

New Jersey

#5 Feb 11, 2008
I think most people were seriously trying for that pole. Look at the times and see how close they were. Not all the "star" cars were at the top of the charts like it was in Talledega. I think it was a truely spectacular performance by MWR. Hopefully the fact that all 3 cars are in the same 150 will benefit them with getting DJ in the race and getting Ruet a good starting position.
nasfan55

West Monroe, LA

#6 Feb 11, 2008
Mikey Fan in NJ wrote:
I think most people were seriously trying for that pole. Look at the times and see how close they were. Not all the "star" cars were at the top of the charts like it was in Talledega. I think it was a truely spectacular performance by MWR. Hopefully the fact that all 3 cars are in the same 150 will benefit them with getting DJ in the race and getting Ruet a good starting position.
I agree, if you remember last fall in Talladega, Michael said that the car was set up for the race and that the qualifying trim was pretty much the same as the race trim. I'll bet its the same way in Daytona. No matter what, it was a truly great effort on the part of MW racing. I hope he gets his 3rd Daytona 500 win!

“KAIZEN!”

Since: Apr 07

Gambier , Oh.

#7 Feb 11, 2008
Whoyakidding wrote:
Mikey and Reut did do good. I complement them. However, If the top 35 rule wasn't in effect I don't think their accomplishment would have been quite as easy, not meaning that getting the outside pole was easy to do. Mikey and Reut had no choice but to lay it all on the line to try and lock themselves into the race. 35 other drivers did have to take that big of a chance. Johnson had a vest interest to show he still THE man. The others put just enough effort into qualifying to get a decent spot to start the qualifying duals on Thursday.
With out the top 35 rule- meaning the fastest 43 run the race? In that case I think the times would have been closer, different? Possibly, more Fords and Dodges quicker, but then a few blown engines and Mechanical problems also, so not much change!

“KAIZEN!”

Since: Apr 07

Gambier , Oh.

#8 Feb 11, 2008
I forgot to add that Not much change because you still have the Duals to run! So some teams would rather race in than try for just 2 or 5 spots in qualifying? You could take Inside, Outside(1st and 2nd in qualifying) then the next four fastest, that would be 6! The Duals would consist of 24 cars each (this year 54 car total)the last 11 cars to finish would go home? That's screwed up enough NASCAR might bite?
SE Idaho mwfan

Boise, ID

#9 Feb 11, 2008
What a relief. this guy deserves the best. a truly good human being. watching the barage of misfortune and hard times this guy went through, unbelieveable. 99% of people in the sport would have walked away. his brother put it best,"he is the true defintion of perserverance."

“KAIZEN!”

Since: Apr 07

Gambier , Oh.

#10 Feb 11, 2008
SE Idaho mwfan wrote:
What a relief. this guy deserves the best. a truly good human being. watching the barage of misfortune and hard times this guy went through, unbelieveable. 99% of people in the sport would have walked away. his brother put it best,"he is the true defintion of perserverance."
No doubt! Talk about someone who has been rung out, in the media and by his own guy's(Daytona last year) Try this link http://www.thatsracin.com/topstories/story/10...

Since: Apr 07

Green Valley, AZ

#11 Feb 11, 2008
Here's the thing though, if not for the top 35 rule, Michael would have made MOST of the races last year but maybe 4 of them. Chew on that.
SE Idaho mwfan

Boise, ID

#12 Feb 11, 2008
great link gmwr. like the article a lot. not the usual bias that u get from most. stays centered and just tells the story with out taking sides. especially like this quote which i hadnt heard before.“I didn’t like our direction. We had three one-car teams, not one three-car team. That was our fault. We had problems at Michael Waltrip Racing.” WAY TO BATTLE MIKEY!!
SE Idaho mwfan

Boise, ID

#13 Feb 11, 2008
Renee29404 wrote:
Here's the thing though, if not for the top 35 rule, Michael would have made MOST of the races last year but maybe 4 of them. Chew on that.
excellent point. and i am not a fan of that rule at all. put your car in the race on the track and prove you deserve to be there. i understand big boys could get bounced. if they are that good that is what provisionals are for. those who have them, deserve them.

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