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Executive VP of operations Wells out at MWR

July 25, 2011, , NASCAR.com

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Michael Waltrip Racing parted ways Monday with executive vice president of operations Cal Wells in what co-owners Rob Kauffman and Michael Waltrip said in a release was a mutual agreement.

Wells was responsible for the day-to-day operations of MWR's three Sprint Cup Series teams and one Nationwide Series team, which will field Travis Pastrana in his series debut Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway.

"We want to thank Cal for his strong contribution to getting Michael Waltrip Racing to where it is today. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors," Kauffman said in the release. "We plan to go forward now with the solid management team that is in place, and bring MWR to the next level."

MWR fields Cup cars for Martin Truex Jr. and David Reutimann. Truex, in his second season with the organization, is suffering through a winless streak that reached 150 races July 17 at New Hampshire. Reutimann has two Cup wins with MWR, the most recent coming in July 2010 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Prior to joining MWR for the 2007 season, Wells was the owner of PPI Motorsports. The team won two races -- both with Ricky Craven -- including the well-known Darlington Raceway win in which Craven bested Kurt Busch by .002 seconds.

As a team owner, Wells also had three poles, 10 top-fives and 26 top-10s in 260 starts in the Cup Series. In addition to Craven, Wells also fielded cars for Andy Houston, Scott Pruett, Bobby Hamilton Jr., Ron Fellows and Travis Kvapil.

Sporting News Wire Service contributed to this report.