Burton Looks For More Safety Changes On Pit Road "We had the opportunity to win this race here last fall, but we fell a little short. After dominating the end of the race, we had a late caution and that got us all bunched up again. I think we...
Burton Looks For More Safety Changes On Pit Road
"We had the opportunity to win this race here last fall, but we fell
a little short. After dominating the end of the race, we had a late
caution and that got us all bunched up again. I think we had close to a
six-second lead over the rest of the field and definitely didn't need
that caution. That gives us a good mark to shoot for this weekend."
-Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Dodge
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Napa Auto Parts 500
BURTON ON SAFETY CONCERSN ON PIT ROAD
"It is very tight on pit road everywhere we go. We're (drivers) all doing everything we can to get that extra spot on pit road. That's the nature of the business. Things just get bottle up and that's when there is a greater chance of accidents happening on pit road. Those guys that go over the wall are so vulnerable to injury; they're out there doing there job and they can't pay attention to what anyone else is doing and that puts them at greater risk.
"When I got back from Homestead, the first thing I did was called Jim Hunter. I'd like to see some changes on pit road. I'm not sure how soon NASCAR will react to the comments by other drivers and owners, but I'd like to see them mandate helmets for the over the wall guys as soon as possible. I don't know if you'll see it by Atlanta, but definitely by the end of the year.
The other area of concern is that the fans are offered the opportunity to get too close in the pits. I'd like to see some substantial changes in that area too. I know that the fans have built NASCAR, but we can't put them at risk either. What if there was a fire in the pits like we had a couple of years ago at Rockingham? Who is going to keep them safe? We need to take any action we can to keep them safe."
* Tommy Baldwin, crew chief, ordered three different types of helmets for all Bill Davis Racing over the wall guys. They were going to try all three helmets and hopefully find one that would work for the crew. Baldwin stated, "We're going to do anything we can to get the guys outfitted with helmets for this weekend's race.
* Burton's new teammate, Hut Stricklin, will compete in the No. 23 Hills Brothers Dodge this weekend at Atlanta. It will mark his first start with the Bill Davis Organization and will drive full-time for Bill Davis Racing and Hills Brothers in 2001.