Loudon: Ward Burton preview

"It's always exciting to get back to New Hampshire and race in front of a hometown crowd. I see friends and family, so I like getting back there twice a year. I've been fortunate to have some success at this track over the years and I hope this...

"It's always exciting to get back to New Hampshire and race in front of a hometown crowd. I see friends and family, so I like getting back there twice a year. I've been fortunate to have some success at this track over the years and I hope this weekend can bring the same success."
     - Frank Stoddard, crew chief of No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge

STODDARD ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE INTERNATIONAL RACETRACK--

"The Bahre family has done a great job with the racetrack. They put Loudon, NH on the map with a first class facility. Everything the drivers, owners and NASCAR have asked them to do, they've made an effort to accommodate their requests and concerns. They are listening and they are always making the effort to make the racing better and safer. The soft walls they are hoping to get in for the September race is something that a lot of the drivers have asked for and they, so far, are one of the only tracks taking the initiative to do it. The Bahres are racers and they understand what it takes to have a successful racetrack."

BURTON RETURNS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE AS THE DEFENDING RACE CHAMPION--

"Last year's win at New Hampshire was a very exciting day for us. It had always been a track where the CAT team had struggled, but last spring, our short track program really came together. We saw the results of our improving program at the Richmond spring event where we sat on the pole and led the most laps. That race at Richmond set us up for our strong run at Loudon where we were able to back it up with a win. It was really great to win because we were able to conquer a place that had been an obstacle in the past."

CAT EQUIPMENT--

* The Caterpillar team goes to New Hampshire International Speedway with car #63. It is the same car that the CAT team ran at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Speedway.

CAT NEWS--

*       The Caterpillar team will partake in a New England feast following Friday'
s qualifying.  The team will indulge in a lobster feast.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton