CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Winston has long been regarded as Winston Cup's All Star event. It is a non-points event, which allows drivers and sponsors alike the opportunity to shine. It is no different for Ward Burton and his sponsor Caterpillar. ...
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Winston has long been regarded as Winston Cup's All Star event. It is a non-points event, which allows drivers and sponsors alike the opportunity to shine. It is no different for Ward Burton and his sponsor Caterpillar. Both Burton and Caterpillar intend on glowing at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 19.
This year, Caterpillar chose to highlight CAT Truck Engines, while allowing Burton to "borrow" a CAT C-16 from the factory. The special paint scheme gives the illusion of a see through hood with a CAT C-16 engine underneath. Although Terry Elledge, head engine builder at Bill Davis Racing, does an outstanding job supplying horsepower to the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge, Caterpillar couldn't pass up the opportunity to add a few more horses under the hood.
The CAT C-16 truck engine is the largest over the road truck engine offered by CAT. With its normal output in the range of about 600 horsepower, CAT has summoned help from one of it's own - the Caterpillar Supertruck team - to increase the power of the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge. That shouldn't be a problem for them, since they turn a 430 horsepower engine into one that produces over 1600 horsepower. That's over twice as much as a Burton has under his hood during all point's events on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit.
The Caterpillar Supertruck team competes, with driver Harri Luostarinen, in the FIA European Truck Racing Cup with a CAT C-12 engine. The Supertruck team has already won several races, in fact it has also won two championships.
Together, Burton and his beefed up CAT C-16 Truck engine can power their way to victory lane this weekend at the Winston.