"I am anxious to see the improvements that Bristol has made since our last race. They added a pedestrian tunnel in turn three, so they had to put down some new concrete. That can really change the characteristics of the track in that particular...
"I am anxious to see the improvements that Bristol has made since our last
race. They added a pedestrian tunnel in turn three, so they had to put down
some new concrete. That can really change the characteristics of the track
in that particular turn. We'll have to wait and see how that will affect
the handling of the Caterpillar Dodge."
--Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Dodge
Bristol Motor Speedway Food City 500
Burton on Bristol...
"We've had some really decent runs at Bristol in the past few years. The last three years have been especially good for us in this race (two top-fives and one top-10). We have been fortunate enough to have some good qualifying runs and then back it up with a good racecar and great pit stops. We hope we can do the same thing again this year. This is a track where you can have a great car and not have the good fortune to have a good finish should you get caught up in something unavoidable. Our plan is to use our head and hope for a good solid run and a good finish to keep us in the points chase.
"I'm not sure how the new pit road rule is going to affect the pit stops. It is my understanding that they will have separate pit roads for green flag pit stops and then all teams will have to enter the pits in the middle of turn one and two under the caution. That can be more of a hassle then just pitting on the backstretch. I understand why they are doing this, but the pit road is already too narrow and now they have made it way too long. It will be very challenging to get down pit road with cars pulling in and out of their pit stall for that long of a pit stall. I'm glad they didn't make the pit road like they have a Martinsville. To me, I would rather have a pit stall on the backstretch then have to go down one, long continuous pit road. I know NASCAR is trying not to penalize someone for having a bad qualifying effort and allow everyone the same opportunities, but I'm not sure how well this will work."
Ward Burton and the Caterpillar Racing team will test at Texas Motor Speedway next Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for the race there on April 7.
Burton will sign autographs at the CAT souvenir trailer this Friday at Bristol following qualifying.