Daytona II: Ward Burton preview

"The race under the lights has been a big deal since they started it five years ago. The lights add a whole other element to the racing that wasn't there before. We'll be looking to have a solid run like we did in Talladega in April. If we stay...

"The race under the lights has been a big deal since they started it five years ago. The lights add a whole other element to the racing that wasn't there before. We'll be looking to have a solid run like we did in Talladega in April. If we stay out of trouble and run well enough to be in position to lead in the end, we should have a shot at a solid top five run."
     - Frank Stoddard, crew chief of No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge

STODDARD ON PEPSI 400--

"I'm certainly looking forward to returning to Daytona. We didn't have a great car in February, but we were going to be fine until we got a flat tire towards the end. There was quite a lot of damage to the fender from the tire and we weren't able to stay out there. Then the rain came and the race got called. But, we hung a new body on car 51 before we went to Talladega and then we went back there and ran good enough to win the race. It certainly gives us a lot of encouragement heading into this weekend. Our goal is to have a solid qualifying run and then run up front all day and just stay out of trouble. If we do all those things, we're almost guaranteed a good finish."

STODDARD ON THE CAT TEAMS RUN AT INFINEON RACEWAY--

"We really had a pretty decent car in Sonoma. We qualified decent and then we were running good lap times until we pitted and had a problem with the fuel pick up. We pitted when the caution came out and changed carburetors and sent Ward back out, but that didn't fix the problem. When the caution came out again, we pitted and found that the fuel line was too close to the water pump and it may have been causing it to vapor lock the fuel. We tied the fuel line up and sent Ward back out and we didn't have another problem. We were using fuel mileage to get us track position (Ward restarted third) and just couldn't hang in there until the end of the race. In retrospect, it could have been a much worse day. We'll take it and hopefully go to Daytona and have a good solid run and make up some ground in the points."

CAT EQUIPMENT--

* The Caterpillar team goes to Daytona International Speedway with car 51, the same car they ran at Talladega Superspeedway in April. The #22 started 24th and finished seventh after making a bid for the win.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton