by Michael Lowrey
Glad you asked. Try $160,000 a year for one of the guys that goes over the wall and changes tires during the race. That figure, as reported by ESPN, comes from a lawsuit against Michael Waltrip Racing by a former tire changer for the team.
A former Michael Waltrip Racing tire changer claims he was fired from his $160,000-a-year job in August after he demanded to have surgery for an injury suffered on pit road, while the team states he was released because he stole a specially made gun on the day he asked for permission to talk to other race teams.
Brandon Hopkins sued the team in January in North Carolina Superior Court in Charlotte, and Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) filed its response last week while also having the case moved to North Carolina Business Court.
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