Atlanta: Ward Burton preview

"We have a decent record here in the fall races. I'd like to have some of those finishes for the spring race. We have always run competitively in Atlanta, we just haven't had the luck we needed to get the finishes. I hope we can turn that around...

"We have a decent record here in the fall races. I'd like to have some of those finishes for the spring race. We have always run competitively in Atlanta, we just haven't had the luck we needed to get the finishes. I hope we can turn that around this weekend."

-Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Dodge

Atlanta Motor Speedway
MBNA America 500

BALDWIN ON ATLANTA...

"This is one of the better tracks for Ward. He has a knack for these tracks that are smooth and fast. Even though we didn't test here, we feel we have a pretty stable race package for the Caterpillar Dodge. We are also excited about getting back to Atlanta with Hut, especially after they ran so well here in the first race together. This will be a good indication of how we can help each other with qualifying and race setups. We can contend for the win in Atlanta. We have one of our best cars in the fleet that we're taking."

GEORGIA NATIVE, MIKE BROWN...

"This is my favorite race track and it isn't because I am from here. I believe it produces some of the most exciting racing we see on the Winston Cup circuit. It is so fast during qualifying, which makes qualifying interesting. Then, 30 laps into the race, the cars are running three wide racing for position. It's a great track for the spectators."

Mike Brown is the General Manager at Bill Davis Racing. He grew up in Statham, Ga., 70 miles from Hampton. He spent many races as a spectator in the stands with his father, J.C., before joining a competing race team. He is a 1977 graduate of Winder-Barrow High School and also a graduate of Athens Tech. He now resides in High Point, NC.

FAST FACTS...

Ward Burton and the Caterpillar Racing team will race the same chassis they ran last fall in Atlanta. Burton finished fifth in this race last fall with the same chassis. No major modifications have been made since it was last raced.

-bdr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Mike Brown
Teams Bill Davis Racing