Sunday’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks Michael Waltrip Racing’s final weekend of full-time competition.
Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, began the team in the mid-1990s at his house in Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In 2007, MWR began fielding full-time Sprint Cup entries as the flagship team for Toyota Racing Development, USA.
MWR is the only original Toyota team still in competition.
MWR owns seven Sprint Cup victories and four Chase berths. Going into Homestead, MWR cars have made 780 starts, earned seven poles and posted 73 top-five finishes. MWR victories by driver: Clint Bowyer, 3, David Reutimann, 2, Martin Truex and Brian Vickers with one each.
In the XFINITY Series, MWR won four times with Waltrip behind the wheel and once with David Reutimann. MWR also fielded entries in eight truck series races.
Sunday also marks the end of a partnership with 5-hour ENERGY and MWR. The company has been a proud partner of the team and Bowyer since the driver joined the organization in 2012. Bowyer earned three wins, 27 top-five and 69 top-10 finishes with 5-hour ENERGY on board his Toyota.
PEAK and AAA Mid-Atlantic also enjoyed a multi-year relationship with MWR and Bowyer. Peak also supports Bowyer’s dirt late model teams.
Maxwell House joined with the organization earlier this year and sponsored Bowyer in four Sprint Cup races.
On the season ending race:
It’s been an incredible four years. There’s a lot of friendships and a lot of good relationships we have built. I’m proud that 5-hour ENERGY has supported me along with Peak, AAA and Maxwell House. We had a heck of a run together. Michael put together a great organization with great people and great sponsors. Not every team can say that. I hope we can go out on top this weekend. It sure would be fitting for everyone who has worked so hard over the years to try and put these Toyotas in victory lane.