"Road Courses are great races for the drivers. They're a lot of fun to compete at. The one good thing about them is that all of the drivers are on the same playing field. Since we only go to two road courses a year, nobody really puts a lot of...
"Road Courses are great races for the drivers. They're a lot of fun to compete at. The one good thing about them is that all of the drivers are on the same playing field. Since we only go to two road courses a year, nobody really puts a lot of energy into testing and developing their road course programs. It all comes down to the driver during the race. Those are the types of tracks that I like." - Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Pontiac
SEARS POINT RACEWAY SAVE MART/KRAGEN 350
BALDWIN ON POCONO
"It was a long weekend for us. We didn't qualify that great, but we were able to get the car a lot better by race time. When we started the race, we ran decent and then we got track position by taking on two tires. That helped us a lot. Once we got to the front, we were able to stay there. We ran in the top 10 all day until we got into the wall coming off turn two. We got two wide with Kenny Irwin and that tunnel turn isn't wide enough for two cars. It was a bad break."
BALDWIN ON SEARS POINT
"Ward ran really well there last year. He was running sixth when Ricky Rudd got off course and collected us. It completely destroyed the car and our hopes of a top-10 finish. We're going back with the same car that we ran last year. Obviously, we had to completely rebuild the car. It's a real good road course car. The key to our success at Sears Point is to stay on the course, stay out of trouble, have good pit stops and have some brakes left at the end of the race. If we do all of those things, we'll come out of there with a top-5."
The No. 22 Caterpillar Racing team has nine finalists in the Chase Racing All-Stars competition. The selection has been narrowed to 10 finalists in the 12 categories. The finalists include: Tommy Baldwin, crew chief and rear tire changer; Ward Burton, driver; Trip Bruce, front tire carrier; Tommy Wallace, front tire changer; Mike Brown, rear tire carrier; Gray Warren, gas catch can man; Jimmy walker, chief mechanic; Terry Elledge, engine specialist. The finalists can be identified by their purple radio belt worn during the race. The field will eventually be narrowed down to an All-Star Team 1, Team 2, and Team 3.
<pre> SEARS POINT RACEWAY Year Event ST FIN Earnings 1999 Save Mart/Kragen 350 26 35 36,480 1998 Save Mart/Kragen 350 25 40 31,705 1997 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 14 10 32,440 1996 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 15 10 36,740 1995 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 14 21 10,380 1994 Save Mart Supermarkets 300 27 36 7,195