Ward Burton Pulls Double Duty At Miami Homestead Speedway
"At least we dodged the hurricane anyway. We had a real good test at
Homestead a few weeks ago and we feel like we'll have something for
the competition when we return. We had a great run going last year, we
were running sixth and had a mishap in the pits and came out 14th. Then,
we just got wrecked from behind and our day was over. Hopefully, we can
go back there and put together a solid run."
-Ward Burton, No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge
BURTON ON HOMESTEAD
"It really is a nice track. I have enjoyed racing there, especially since we have some really good cars there in the past. We had a great qualifying run in both races and that's important, since it seems to be tougher and tougher to pass. Track position has been the key to a successful finish a lot this year. I hope we can get a good qualifying run and then have a solid race set-up for Sunday's race."
BALDWIN ON RUNNING HIS SECOND BUSCH SERIES RACE
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to run another race with Ward driving and Pillsbury's backing. We had a great race at Charlotte and if we hadn't been caught up in that wreck, we'd been right there battling for the lead. We're still working on some things for next year and hopefully we'll know something in the next couple weeks.
"Ward can get the job done behind the wheel and the guys working on the car have plenty of experience. We'll use our same pit crew on Saturday, so we should have good pit stops. If things come together like they should, we could see victory lane this weekend. Ward had this Busch race wrapped up in 1999 until NASCAR black-flagged him for jumping the restart with three laps to go. He'd driven away from the field and that late-race caution cost him the race. That gives us a lot of confidence heading into this weekend for both the Busch race and the Cup race.
BALDWIN ON THE WINSTON CUP RACE
"We had a great car here last year until we got behind on the track and then we got wrecked from behind. We had run great all weekend and then we had a great run going in the race until that happened. Hopefully, we can go back there and run as well as we have the past few weeks and get another solid finish. We've picked up a few spots in the points and that is helping to build momentum among the team. We've put a string of good finishes together in the past month and we need to continue doing that."
* Tommy Baldwin Racing will compete in their second Busch Series event with driver Ward Burton driving the No. 5 Pillsbury Chevrolet Monte Carlo. In their debut at Charlotte last month, they ran up front until getting caught in a wreck. The team made needed repairs and returned Burton to the race and finished eighth. They will compete with the same car that they had at Charlotte.
* The Caterpillar Racing team will race a brand new car that they tested a couple of weeks ago. They tested a couple of cars, but felt that the new car was stronger. <pre> Year Event ST FIN Earnings 2000 Pennzoil 400 8 39 52,300 1999 Pennzoil 400 5 14 51,050
Starts Wins Top Five Top 10 Poles Earnings Total 2 0 0 0 0 103,350
WCS 2001 PERFORMANCE
STARTS POLES WINS Top 5 Top 10 LC/TL % Complete Earnings 33 0 1 5 9 9437/9962 95% 3,034,340
Races Wins 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6-10th Poles Outside Poles Money Won TOTAL 246 3 5 5 4 3 47 6 7 12,345,120