W. Burton looks for safe weekend at Talladega

Ward Burton, driver No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge BURTON ON TALLADEGA - "This is going to be a real difficult weekend for the families and the competitors. We all have been dreading it since we left Daytona in February. It is a subject that most...

Ward Burton, driver No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge

BURTON ON TALLADEGA - "This is going to be a real difficult weekend for the families and the competitors. We all have been dreading it since we left Daytona in February. It is a subject that most racecar drivers don't like talking about. We don't like talking about it to our families and we certainly don't like talking about it at the racetrack. We have been faced with a real dose of reality. We have had several conversations with our children about the potential of tragedy. Let's hope this weekend will be safe weekend for the fans and the competitors.

"I feel like they (NASCAR) should have made some change heading into this weekend. I am not sure what those changes needed to be and I am not pretending to be an expert. I just know that when you take the sports biggest icon, something needs to be done."

BALDWIN ON TALLADEGA TEST - "The team went to Talladega to test after the race at Martinsville. We took Tom Hubert and put him in the car to find out where the recent rule changes left the new Dodge. We think the test went real well, however, we've lost about a 1/2 second off where we were in Daytona because of the changes. We were able to get the car pretty close to where we were in Daytona speed wise, but we still feel like we've been slighted.

"I am not sure why NASCAR made the changes to the new Dodge. Our templates were built pretty close to the Ford's and they got a change that will help them and we had a change that is going to hurt us. We'll have to wait and see how we end up, but it won't be like it was in Daytona. We'll still have a good car and as long as we have a good qualifying effort, we'll be fine in the race. If you saw last fall's race, then you noticed that you could come from 21st and take the trophy in the final three laps. Dale Earnhardt made that amazing charge to the front, which is what made him one of the elite restrictor plate drivers. This weekend it will be up for grabs and we hope it's ours." <pre> Year Event ST FIN Earnings Event ST FIN Earnings 2000 DieHard 500 9 10 72,480 Winston 500 21 22 55,750 1999 DieHard 500 25 32 40,570 Winston 500 13 4 29,535 1998 DieHard 500 20 8 46,630 Winston 500 32 30 36,180 1997 Winston 500 25 42 14,335 1996 Winston 500 19 27 31,535 DieHard 500 33 33 25,825 1995 Winston 500 42 32 11,310 DieHard 500 42 20 18,135

       Starts   Wins Top Five   Top 10  Poles   Earnings
Spring 6        0    0          2       0       216,860
Fall   5        0    1          0       0       165,425
Total  11       0     1         2       0       382,285

2001 PERFORMANCE DATE EVENT START FINISH LC/TL STATUS EARNINGS PTS. POS. Feb. 18 Daytona 10 33 173/200 Accident 165,019 33 Feb. 25 Rockingham 11 16 392/393 Running 74,495 25 March 4 Las Vegas 13 21 266/267 Running 95,410 26 March 11 Atlanta 14 11 324/325 Running 74,425 21 March 18 Darlington 21 12 293/293 Running 70,930 17 March 25 Bristol 18 5 500/500 Running 100,580 11 April 1 Texas 28 21 331/334 Running 102,235 12 April 8 Martinsville 38 22 499/500 Running 69,485 11

STARTS  POLES   WINS Top 5 Top 10 LC/TL        % Complete Earnings
8       0       0    1     0      2778/2812  99% 752,579

CUMULATIVE RESULTS Races Wins 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6-10th Poles Outside Poles Money Won TOTAL 222 2 5 3 3 3 42 6 7 10,192,198

-BDR-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ward Burton , Tom Hubert