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Waltrip sorry - Embarrassed driver apologizes for cheating scandal
SportsIllustrated ^ | February 15, 2007

Posted on 02/15/2007 9:22:32 AM PST by nuconvert

Waltrip sorry

Embarrassed driver apologizes for cheating scandal

February 15, 2007

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Waltrip humbly apologized Thursday for his team's role in NASCAR's biggest cheating scandal, saying he was so embarrassed he almost pulled out of Daytona 500 preparations.

Waltrip, who lost two key crew members Wednesday when NASCAR penalized his team for using a fuel additive, said he had to be talked into racing by his wife and Toyota officials who are seething that Waltrip tainted their Nextel Cup debut.

"I didn't want to damage the integrity of the sport further by going out there and having people doing out there?"' Waltrip said. "I came real close to not running today."

Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, needs to race his way into NASCAR's premier event in a qualifying race Thursday.

After his car failed inspection Sunday, Waltrip said he was devastated when his 9-year-old wondered why her father had cheated.

"That will hurt you pretty bad,"

(Excerpt) Read more at sportsillustrated.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: chat; daytona; daytona500; nascar; racing; waltrip

1 posted on 02/15/2007 9:22:35 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Well, it is the first apology I've heard in a long time that actually sounds like an apology.


2 posted on 02/15/2007 9:26:55 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prevent Glo-Ball Warming ... turn out the sun when not in use)
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To: nuconvert

I can't believe you posted something from Sports Illustrated, with no swimsuit pictures. Don't we have rules on this forum?


3 posted on 02/15/2007 9:28:27 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: willgolfforfood

But only the body painting pics meet our, ahem, standards ....


4 posted on 02/15/2007 9:30:25 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: NonValueAdded

yup..first one I've seen in a long time that didn't start.."I'd gladly apologize if anyone has been offended..yada yada yada.."..(the typical non-apology apology)..


5 posted on 02/15/2007 9:31:36 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: nuconvert

I generally like Mikey, but I think he knew about this from the beginning. Just watch his initial interview once this was discovered. Oil getting up into the intake manifold? Give me a damn break.


6 posted on 02/15/2007 9:31:44 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Point your toilets towards Mecca!)
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To: nuconvert
Sounds like NASCAR really dropped the hammer on these guys.

Good for NASCAR.

7 posted on 02/15/2007 9:33:08 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: nuconvert
Well, he could pull a barry Bonds and say that if he used additives he had no knowledge of it.

Kudos to him for not insulting our intelligence like Bonds.

8 posted on 02/15/2007 9:34:08 AM PST by libs_kma (Monica blew while Al-Queda grew.....Oh well, Clinton happens!)
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To: RacerF150

When I raced, I once got oil up into the intake manifold, but only when I briefly passed 11,000 RPM and kinda got oil EVERYWHERE ...


9 posted on 02/15/2007 9:34:10 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: willgolfforfood

10 posted on 02/15/2007 9:35:30 AM PST by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: NonValueAdded
Well, it is the first apology I've heard in a long time that actually sounds like an apology. - his car was Toyota first foray into NASCAR sponsorship (I believe I heard) they are probably not too happy and he has been advised his sincerity better appear very real. That or hari-kari.
11 posted on 02/15/2007 9:35:40 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: nuconvert

His punishment: Must make one clockwise lap against the field.


12 posted on 02/15/2007 9:38:00 AM PST by Carl LaFong ( Hi !)
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To: nuconvert

u duh man.


13 posted on 02/15/2007 9:38:01 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: Blueflag
When I raced, I once got oil up into the intake manifold, but only when I briefly passed 11,000 RPM and kinda got oil EVERYWHERE ...

LOL. Yea, I think Mikey’s connecting rods were still attached.

14 posted on 02/15/2007 9:38:08 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Point your toilets towards Mecca!)
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To: nuconvert

"damage the integrity of the sport further"

Integrity of the sport??!!??!!??

I grew up in Daytona and knew from fairly close association that there is NO integrity in the sport. It is all cheat, all the time. It is just how it's done. Waltrip is only putting on a hound-dog show to make up to Toyota and smooth things out. Toyota is only "seething" because they got caught.

What is remarkable is that NASCAR and the Frances (1 and the same) allowed this scandal to develop by actually going after these infractions the way they have.


15 posted on 02/15/2007 9:39:27 AM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: nuconvert
"Waltrip said he was devastated when his 9-year-old wondered why her father had cheated."

Sometimes only a child can make you feel like you're an inch tall.
16 posted on 02/15/2007 9:39:52 AM PST by mtbrandon49
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To: nuconvert
Smoky Yunick. If for no other reason Smoky deserves a place due to his “creative use” of the NASCAR rule book. His infamous black and gold number 13 Chevelle at first glance looked “stock,” but when sitting beside it’s showroom cousin revealed it to be 7/8ths size replica. When NASCAR mandated a maximum fuel tank size, Smokey noticed there was no rule about the length of the fuel line. He ran a fuel line back and forth the length of the car four times allowing his drivers to carry an extra five gallons of gas. The man was a genius, an evil genius to the NASCAR Tech inspectors, but a genius none the less.
17 posted on 02/15/2007 9:41:06 AM PST by Sax
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To: nuconvert

Fuel additive? No brand name? Idiot, he's missing an endorsement opportunity.


18 posted on 02/15/2007 9:46:13 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NonValueAdded

He's sorry--for getting caught.

And if anybody was really trying to police this sport, they'd ban Waltrip and the whole team from Daytona.


19 posted on 02/15/2007 9:54:55 AM PST by CivilWarguy (CivilWarGuy)
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To: nuconvert

This is what NASCAR has been reduced to:

-events off the track receive more publicity then the races
-drivers as pitchmen first, racers second
-cheating 'scandals' - does anyone think good/winning teams didn't have an advantage in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s? Does anyone think they did it honestly 100% of the time?

I'd like to get excited for the Daytona 500 'race' but I can go to an overpass and get a great view of 3 lanes of gridlock in 3-D rather than watch Sunday's restrictor plate borefest.


20 posted on 02/15/2007 9:59:14 AM PST by relictele
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To: nuconvert

This is the second time that I haven't been able to understand what Waltrip is trying to say.


21 posted on 02/15/2007 10:02:40 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Old Professer
I heard on the radio this morning that the additive was "Jet fuel."

Could it be?
22 posted on 02/15/2007 10:11:33 AM PST by 4yearlurker ("Nothing is true,and everything is permitted"--7 th Satanic vow. Sounds like Liberalism!)
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To: nuconvert
I came real close to not running today

Wow, he's so sorry and broken up that he came real close to actually doing something to attone for it. Thats sincerity.

23 posted on 02/15/2007 10:26:40 AM PST by thepatriot1 (...brought to you courtesy of the Red, White and Blue)
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To: willgolfforfood

http://thesuperficial.com/2007/02/2007_sports_illustrated_swimsu.html

you wont be sorry


24 posted on 02/15/2007 10:27:49 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: 4yearlurker
I heard on the radio this morning that the additive was "Jet fuel."

I highly doubt it. Jet Fuel is closer to Kerosene/Diesel fuel than Gasoline. Adding that to a Gasoline engine would probably make it run like a POS.

25 posted on 02/15/2007 10:33:07 AM PST by Malsua
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To: Sax
When NASCAR mandated a maximum fuel tank size, Smokey noticed there was no rule about the length of the fuel line. He ran a fuel line back and forth the length of the car four times allowing his drivers to carry an extra five gallons of gas.

LOL!

It took me a few minutes before I could stop laughing, but it's not funny.

This is exactly what happens when controllers, elected or not, try to control people's lives with laws and rules.

Unintended consequences...

26 posted on 02/15/2007 10:46:09 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: SF Republican; All
You know how the Japanese are about their games...


27 posted on 02/15/2007 11:01:33 AM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: Publius6961

I really dug that one! Just imagine the smug satisfaction he must have felt cramming an extra five gallons in without even breaking any rules.


28 posted on 02/15/2007 11:01:42 AM PST by Sax
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To: Malsua

Maybe it was something like JP-7 that they used in the SR-71?

Now, THAT'S rocket fuel!

(Actually...it IS just fancy kerosene...:)


29 posted on 02/15/2007 11:05:08 AM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: nuconvert
Whether he knew about it or not, Mikey will still be my favorite NASCAR personality. Ken Schrader is my second favorite. I don't think I've ever heard anything negative about Schrader.

One way to put the name "Toyota" on people's lips is to have something memorable occur. Whether it's positive and short-lived OR negative and remembered for an entire season . . .a lot of people will be watching Toyota and Michael Waltrip racing.

Was it planned this way? I doubt it. However it won't just be racing fans who will be watching Toyota and Michael Waltrip racing with new interest this NASCAR Season and even negative publicity is better than no publicity.

Mikey is bigger than this embarrassment and if Toyota and he can pull out a great racing season, all this will become just another NASCAR story.
30 posted on 02/15/2007 11:40:06 AM PST by HighlyOpinionated (Everybody should have the right to carry a firearm openly. And to use it if necessary.)
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To: Huck

OMG ...


Did you see her bodypainting pics?


31 posted on 02/15/2007 12:43:31 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: Blueflag

Not yet. But I will. Oh yes...I will.


32 posted on 02/15/2007 7:37:09 PM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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