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Elliott focused on helping Waltrip team get ready

Updated: July 13, 2006, 4:56 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

Back in the saddle for just the second time this season, Bill Elliott's weekend at Chicagoland Speedway didn't go exactly as planned.

Still, his 35th-place finish in the USG Sheetrock 400 marked a new beginning. Not necessarily for Elliott, but for Michael Waltrip Racing.

The team has run Cup races in the past, but it was never more than a part-time deal. Waltrip's team would focus on the Busch Series, with only an occasional foray into Cup. And Waltrip thought that's how it ...

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