"Michigan has been a fairly decent track for Ward. He's had two poles there and had some good runs lately, except last year. He doesn't mind the speeds that the track produces and he certainly doesn't mind the flatness of it. Some drivers struggle...
"Michigan has been a fairly decent track for Ward. He's had two poles
there and had some good runs lately, except last year. He doesn't mind
the speeds that the track produces and he certainly doesn't mind the
flatness of it. Some drivers struggle to get a grip on Michigan, but
actually Ward does pretty good there."
- Tommy Baldwin, crew chief of the Caterpillar Racing Dodge
BALDWIN ON MICHIGAN...
"It is one of the faster and flatter tracks we visit during the season, but it doesn't seem to bother Ward. He has a knack for the flat, fast tracks - something few drivers can get a handle on. We ran very well in this race last year until a tiny pinhole in the radiator ruined our day. Ward drove it until the motor couldn't stand the temperatures anymore. We eventually had to park it. The race in the fall was a little different. We got the kick out on the spoiler from NASCAR and we thought it was going to be the answer to all of our downforce issues, but it actually threw us off. We were okay for five or six laps and then it went away. We would go from tight to loose - it just threw the balance of the car off. But, we plan to take back the same car we ran last year at Michigan and we also ran it at The Winston a few weeks ago. We'll see what happens, but we hope it will turn around for us this weekend."
BALDWIN ON POCONO...
"It was unfortunate what happen last weekend at Pocono because we never were able to see what kind of car we would have had at the end of the race. We weren't great to begin with, but we had a long race to fix things for Ward, but he started having problems with third gear and eventually he lost third gear and we were forced to the garage to replace the transmission. We felt like we could've gotten better track position as the race progressed and had a respectable finish. There were teams that were back there running with us and they got handling better and were able to have a good finish. We never had that opportunity."
Bill Davis, car owner of the No. 22 Caterpillar and the No. 23 Hills Bros., and his wife Gail will ride their motorcycles from Michigan to Sears Point following this weekend's race in Michigan. They will then depart Sears Point and participate in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. They will arrive back in North Carolina on Sunday, June 30 at the Petty's farm.