Fresh Off Daytona 500 Victory, National Media Blitz -- Ward Burton Heads to Rockingham WoO Series Opens Friday ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2002) - Ward Burton won NASCAR's Super Bowl last Sunday at Daytona International Speedway by capturing the...
Fresh Off Daytona 500 Victory, National Media Blitz -- Ward Burton Heads to Rockingham
WoO Series Opens Friday
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2002) - Ward Burton won NASCAR's Super Bowl last Sunday at Daytona International Speedway by capturing the 44th annual Daytona 500 in his No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T. Now the 40-year-old driver will return to the track where he won his first NASCAR Winston Cup race and try to take another giant step toward an even bigger trophy.
Meanwhile, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will open its 25th season at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., on Friday and the NHRA POWERade Series will resume round two today through Sunday at Phoenix, Ariz.
Here is the weekend lineup for Dodge- and Mopar-backed cars and trucks:
* Thursday, Feb. 21-24 - The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series hosts the 18th annual Checker, Schuck's Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz. Qualifying will be shown on ESPN2, Saturday, 9-11 p.m. Final Round coverage will be shown on Sunday, 7-10 p.m. on ESPN2.
* Friday, Feb. 22 -The Pennzoil World of Outlaws will kickoff the 2002 season at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.
* Friday, Feb. 22 - First-round NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying at Rockingham. Two laps for positions 1-36 at 3:05 p.m./et. TV-Fox Sports Net (FSN) live and MRN Radio.
* Saturday, Feb. 23 - The Pennzoil World of Outlaws will be at Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, Calif.
* Saturday, Feb. 23 - Happy Hour NASCAR Winston Cup practice at Rockingham. 11:15 a.m.-noon/et on TV-FX.
* Sunday, Feb. 24 - Subway 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Rockingham, 1 p.m. on FOX. Pre-race show begins at 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Ward Burton joined Bill Davis Racing in 1995 at Bristol, the 22nd race that season. It didn't take long for Burton and Davis to reach the winner's circle as the 40-year-old driver from South Boston, Va., won seven races later at Rockingham. Burton led the last five laps last Sunday at Daytona and came away with a $1.3 million payday in the Daytona 500.
He also took the early lead in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings and already has begun thinking about the Dodge Million Dollar Bonus for any team that can capture the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup championship. The driver will be awarded a 2003 Dodge Viper.
Two other Dodge drivers have also won races at Rockingham. Bill Elliott has three victories, and Kyle Petty also has three to his credit at Rockingham. Kyle's father, The King, Richard Petty, leads all drivers with 11 wins at The Rock. The King also scored the last win for Dodge at Rockingham in the spring of 1977.
Two Dodge drivers will attempt to make their 2002 debuts at Rockingham this weekend. Hut Stricklin, in the No. 23 Hills Bros Dodge out of the Bill Davis Racing stables and Jimmy Spencer, driver of the No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T failed to qualify last week at Daytona. They'll be ready to rumble this weekend at The Rock.
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
The series returns to action this weekend in the 18th annual Checker, Schuck's Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz. Dean Skuza, Mark Osborne, Darrell Alderman, Larry Morgan and Bart Price and Greg Stansfield will represent Dodge in that event.
World of Outlaws
Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., will kick off the Pennzoil World of Outlaws (WoO) 25th season tonight.
Mark Kinser, the 2001 series runner-up, will return in his No. 5M Mopar Parts Maxim machine. Kinser finished second in championship points last season, just 30 points out of the lead.
"I feel like a prize fighter waiting on a 12-round decision," Minser said. "We won everything last year but the trophy. We're going to go after the title again this year."
The Outlaws will compete in 66 events at 44 tracks in 26 states this season.