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Guys hint at holiday gifts they really want
by A. Scott Walton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
9 December 2004

Mikey talks about what he wants for Christmas...

Fast pace:
Running gives me a physical and mental edge

by Michael Waltrip, Racing Milestones
January 2005 issue

Our fund-raising effort for the Victory Junction Gang Camp is based on my competing in the Las Vegas Marathon on January 30. We're hoping to raise $1 million for the camp with this event.

You might be wondering why I like to run, or how I got started. Like a lot of things in life, it started out just as an activity that I thought I'd give a try and it wound up being something that's very important to me.


In Review: M. Waltrip
by Lee Montgomery, NASCAR.COM
4 December 2004

The good news for Michael Waltrip is that he moved up 19 spots in the Nextel Cup points standings from where he was after two races.

The bad news is he was 39th after two races.


Waltrip responds to changes
from race2win.net
3 December 2004

December 3, 2004 - Michael Waltrip quotes regarding DEI crew changes:

“We have been looking to make some changes at DEI in the last few months to further improve the direction we are going. Richie Gilmore and the management decided this would be a positive move for both team’s performance.

“I am happy with this decision. I feel we have a strong NAPA Team right now that will serve well for Dale Jr. next season. Obviously Tony Eury Jr. and the guys from the Bud car are some of the very best in the garage and I can’t wait to work with them. Ultimately this switch is to strengthen our effort as an entire team by using the very best resources from both sides. I know this switch will be talked about a lot in the days to come. I am just looking forward to Daytona testing in January when we can start to show everyone what a smart decision has been made.”

DEI shuffles crew chiefs:
Rondeau to run No. 8 team, Eury Jr. takes over No. 15 garage

by Tim Packman, Dale Earnhardt, Inc
1 December 2004

Tony Eury Jr. will now be crew chief of the No. 15 of Michael Waltrip. Eury Jr. was car chief of the No. 8 team the past five seasons and was also instrumental in Earnhardt Jr's two Busch championships.

The core members of the Nos. 8 and No. 15 teams will collectively transfer intact with the promotions of Eury Jr. and Rondeau.


The Norman Agency Teams Up With NASCAR's Michael Waltrip to Raise Funds and Awareness Through Radio PSAs - for OPERATION MARATHON
by Norman Agency PR
1 December 2004

TORONTO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The next time you hear a radio commercial, it may be helping send a severely ill child to camp. At least that's what NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Michael Waltrip and The Norman Agency of Toronto are hoping for.


Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Announces Exclusive Partnership with NASCAR
by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. PR
1 December 2004

Three-year Sponsorship Provides Promotional Opportunities and Driver Endorsements

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. today announced a three-year sponsorship with NASCAR, in which Jackson Hewitt Tax Service will be known as "The Tax Service of NASCAR." Jackson Hewitt's motorsports marketing strategy also includes an endorsement sponsorship of three NASCAR NEXTEL Series drivers - Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford, recent winner of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Ford 400 at Homestead - Miami Speedway; Michael Waltrip, No. 99 Chevrolet, two-time Daytona Champion; and Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Dodge, 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Rookie of the Year. These sponsorships, which were brokered by motorsports marketing agency, Just Marketing, will run through the 2007 tax season, and will also feature promotional offerings, guest appearances and use of the NASCAR trademark in marketing communications.


Check out Michael's official website for other news stories!

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