Charlotte: Ward Burton preview

CAT Team builds new car and chassis for 600. "We just want to run good, like we've been doing most of the season, but this week we'd like to have the finish to show for it. We led some laps here in May and I think we can do it again this ...

CAT Team builds new car and chassis for 600.

"We just want to run good, like we've been doing most of the season, but this week we'd like to have the finish to show for it. We led some laps here in May and I think we can do it again this weekend."
- Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Dodge

BURTON ON THE COCA-COLA 600...

"I am really looking forward to getting back on the track at Charlotte. We weren't entirely happy with the way the Caterpillar Dodge ran in the Winston, so we decided to bring back a brand new car for the 600. It is another in-house chassis and I know I am pumped up about it because we sat on the pole and led a bunch of laps at Richmond with our first in-house chassis. They obviously are doing something right because we have never ran that well at Richmond and then we show up there with a new chassis and run great the entire weekend. That's why we are looking forward to this weekend.

"We had decent runs at Charlotte last year (finished third in the fall and came back from a lap down to finish ninth in the Coca Cola 600) and that gives us some optimism heading into this weekend's race. If the Winston is any indication of how the race will go, we need to qualify up front and run up front to be a contender for the win. It is so important to get out front in the clean air. That will be our goal for this weekend."

CAT TEAM TESTS AT THOMPSON (CT) SPEEDWAY WITH MIKE STEFANIK...

"We decided to go to Thompson to test a few things for our short track program," said Baldwin. "We took Mike (Stefanik) because he is the king at Thompson in the modified series. We worked on brakes and other things that can help improve our short track program without using a test session up with Ward. I think we learned a few things that can improve our program when we get back to racing at the short tracks."

BURTON TO APPEAR AT SPEED STREET IN CHARLOTTE...

Burton will make an appearance at Speed Street in Charlotte on Friday, May 24 from Noon until 2PM. Burton will join Kyle Petty and John Andretti and sign autographs for the thousands of fans attending the races at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

-bdr/cat-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Kyle Petty