Burton 19th in Wild Dover 200 Late-race accident foils top 15 finish Dover, DE (June 2, 2007) ... Ward Burton and the Scott Shop Towels Racing Team survived a wild and caution-filled Dover 200 Saturday afternoon with a 19th-place finish....
Burton 19th in Wild Dover 200
Late-race accident foils top 15 finish
Dover, DE (June 2, 2007) ... Ward Burton and the Scott Shop Towels Racing Team survived a wild and caution-filled Dover 200 Saturday afternoon with a 19th-place finish. Everyone on the Central City, Kentucky team was set to celebrate their third top-fifteen finish of the season when Burton took the white flag in the 13th position. However, before he could complete the final lap, the Virginia veteran got caught up in a three-car accident with Greg Biffle and Dave Blaney. The result was their fourth top-twenty finish of the 2007 Busch Series season.
The first of two visits for the NASCAR Busch Series to Dover International Speedway was a matter of survival for many of the teams. With 11 caution periods for nearly one-fourth of the laps halting the race, just to survive the "Monster Mile" was a major accomplishment.
With unseasonably hot temperatures all weekend, teams had two practice sessions on Friday to get their cars ready for qualifying on Saturday morning. Burton and the Scott Shop Towels team were somewhat pleased with their practice speed, but knew that setting up for the 200-mile race would be their primary objective.
Burton would be the next to last of the 43 cars to make his qualifying attempt Saturday morning. Burton would tour the one-mile concrete track in 23.772 seconds / 151.439 mph to earn the 13th starting position.
During the early laps of the race, Burton would drop several positions in the running order as he and Crew Chief Stewart Cooper began discussing adjustments that they could make on their first pit stop to improve their Ford Fusion. Burton would pit under caution on lap 39 in 18th position for tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. With handling still an issue during the early stages, Burton would be passed by leader Carl Edwards on lap 76 to go one lap down. However, after another trip to pit road during caution on lap 87, Burton would be in position to receive the "lucky dog" award and gain his lost lap back.
Although Burton reported on lap 102 that he "almost wrecked this race car, I have very little control out here", the veteran competitor maintained his position of the first car one lap down. On lap 116, the caution waved for debris in turn four and Burton received the "lucky dog" award and returned to the lead lap in 22nd position.
Through two more cautions and one red flag period, Burton had the Scott Shop Towels Ford Fusion in the 18th position on lap 130. Driving a very loose car, Burton fell to 20th, one lap down with fifty laps remaining and told Cooper to "make some drastic adjustments to tighten me up". The Brewco crew made wedge, air pressure, and shock adjustments during the next pit stop on lap 162 during another caution. Restarting in 20th, Burton was the first car one lap down and, for the second time this race, received the "lucky dog" when caution waved on lap 165.
Burton worked his way into the top fifteen on lap 183, and gained two additional positions as the race entered the final laps. As the #27 Scott Shop Towels took the white flag, Burton was running 13th. However, entering the first turn, the cars of Blaney, Biffle, and Burton made contact and spun. The caution and checkered flags were displayed the next lap and the Dover 200 came to a merciful end.
"The crew got a workout today," Burton stated. "I don't know how many pit stops we made, but the guys kept making adjustments and changes to make our car better. It (car) was very loose and nearly out of control at times, but I give credit to this team to keep working hard and making it better and better during the race. We were going to salvage a decent finish until I got involved in that last lap deal."
The next race for the #27 Brewco Motorsports Team is the Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, June 9th. Qualifying is set for 3:05 PM ET, with the 225-lap, 300-mile race set for a 7:00 PM ET start. ESPN2 will televise the event with MRN providing the radio broadcast of the Federated Auto Parts 300.