There’s been another round of last-minute owner points shuffling prior to the start of Speedweeks 2012 at Daytona.
|Mike strikes again!|
Traditionally a major player in the annual transfer of owner points from one team to another, Michael Waltrip Racing is a big winner again this year, orchestrating a deal to obtain owner points from Frank Stoddard’s FasLane Racing for MWR’s No. 55 Toyota, to be driven in 25 races this season by veteran Mark Martin.
Martin will now be a guaranteed starter in the Daytona 500, while FasLane Racing will rely on the Past Champion’s Provisional owned by driver Terry Labonte to ensure itself a spot in the “Great American Race.” Meanwhile, FasLane has reportedly worked a deal with Roush Fenway Racing to acquire 2011 owner points from RFR’s No. 6 Ford for the four races immediately following Daytona. Roush Fenway will field the No. 6 with driver Ricky Stenhouse. Jr., in the Daytona 500, but has no plans to enter the car after that. FasLane will run the entire Sprint Cup schedule with drivers Labonte, Ken Schrader and others.
Waltrip will drive the #55 entry in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout, before turning the car over to Martin for the remainder of Speedweeks and campaigning the No. 40 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Hillman Racing in the Daytona 500.