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Michael Waltrip Racing breaks into top tier

Some people say it’s impossible to break into the fraternity of successful teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing.

Nobody can compete with the Richard Childress Racing/Hendrick Motorsports/Roush-Fenway Racing/Joe Gibbs Racing teams, they say. Impossible.

Of course before that they said nobody could compete with the Petty Enterprises/Wood Brothers/Junior Johnson & Associates/Bud Moore Engineering teams. And before that, still others.

It is difficult but not impossible. Then or now.

Michael Waltrip Racing is proving that. They showed they are reaching into top- tier of teams this past weekend at Bristol.

Sunday marked the first time in Michael Waltrip Racing’s five-year existence that all three of its cars finished in the top-five in a single race. The organization only scored four top-five finishes during the entire 2011 season.

Martin Truex Jr. – the only driver left from MWR’s 2011 lineup – was the highest finisher in third followed by former Childress driver Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers, a part-timer who is slated to run five more races with MWR this season. Future Hall of Famer Mark Martin will run the rest of the schedule.

Team co-owners Waltrip and Rob Kauffman made a plethora of staff changes during the off season and brought in some new talent behind the wheel and in the shop. With all three teams situated in the top-10 in owner points, it looks like they’re on track for a successful season.

And proving to other that through hard work and the right investment you can compete at the front of the field with the top teams.