"We had a great run last week at Daytona. We were competitive all night long. We had good pit stops and we communicated real well. That's what we needed to do and we did it. Now, we can move on and try and do the same thing this weekend at ...
"We had a great run last week at Daytona. We were competitive all night
long. We had good pit stops and we communicated real well. That's what
we needed to do and we did it. Now, we can move on and try and do the same
thing this weekend at Chicago."
- Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Dodge
BURTON ON RACING AT A NEW VENUE IN CHICAGO:
"I am very excited to be heading to Chicago. It is in the backyard of Caterpillar's main headquarters in Peoria, Ill., where there are literally thousands of CAT fans. We should have a good following at the new track and wouldn't it be great to get that first win of the season in their home state?"
"I have heard that the track is very fast and wide like Michigan, but banked like Texas. The combination of the two tracks would make it very fast. I would also expect there to be a lot more grip with the new pavement and that is going to increase the speeds as well. We'll bring a lot of gears and have lots of spring and shock combinations to try since we haven't been there yet."
BURTON ON THE PEPSI 400:
"The plan was to come home in one piece and we accomplished that. I think we had one of the best racecars out there, but we couldn't get the rear to stick. It felt like the car was driving me and I couldn't control it enough to make any moves up through the middle and try and drive to the front.
We sat back there and rode for a few laps until Tommy and the guys could make some changes to the car. There wasn't any point in trying to race with a car that was somewhat out of control. We waited until we could pit to make changes and that was the right thing to do. We got in the mix of things there at the end and that's all you can ask for at those kind of races."
BURTON DALE EARNHARDT JR.'S VICTORY:
"To win right here where his dad grew into a legend is pretty awesome for Dale Jr. He led a bunch of laps and it looked like his car was handling exceptionally well, even in the long runs. It's pretty neat for the race fans and his family." <pre> 2001 PERFORMANCE DATE EVENT START FINISH LC/TL STATUS EARNINGS PTS. POS.
Feb. 18 Daytona 10 35 173/200 Accident 165,019 35 Feb. 25 Rockingham 11 16 392/393 Running 74,495 25 March 4 Las Vegas 13 21 266/267 Running 95,410 26 March 11 Atlanta 14 11 324/325 Running 74,425 21 March 18 Darlington 21 12 293/293 Running 70,930 17 March 25 Bristol 18 5 500/500 Running 100,580 11 April 1 Texas 28 21 331/334 Running 102,235 12 April 8 Martinsville 38 22 499/500 Running 69,485 11 April 22 Talladega 39 33 187/188 Running 77,125 16 April 29 California 18 42 223/250 Accident 78,835 19 May 5 Richmond 10 21 398/400 Running 72,185 19 May 27 Charlotte 9 9 400/400 Running 104,610 19 June 3 Dover 19 14 399/400 Running 83,970 17 June 10 Michigan 40 38 184/200 Radiator 68,040 19 June 17 Pocono 21 40 113/200 Accident 63,910 23 June 24 Sears Point 5 6 112/112 Running 88,975 19 July 7 Daytona 2 4 160/160 Running 123,285 18 July 15 Chicago