Las Vegas: Ward Burton preview

"A lot has changed in the past three years. We have different tires, different manufactures, more downforce and how we manage all those changes will dictate how we run this weekend."     - Frank Stoddard, crew chief of ...

"A lot has changed in the past three years. We have different tires, different manufactures, more downforce and how we manage all those changes will dictate how we run this weekend."
    - Frank Stoddard, crew chief of Caterpillar Dodge

BURTON ON LAS VEGAS.

"Back in 1999, we had a car capable of winning and since then we have not had the kind of showings that we need. We need to get back where we were a few years ago and then we should have a shot at being there in the end. I like racing at Las Vegas, but I want to be able to run better there. After we ran so good last weekend, I feel like our team is moving in the right direction. It's giving us some new confidence heading into these upcoming races.

STODDARD ON LAS VEGAS.

"A few years ago, Ward had a shot at the win. He raced his brother side-by- side for a lot of laps and lost out at the very end. Since then a lot has changed. The cars handle different, the tires are different and there is a lot of new competition. Our goal is to get the CAT Dodge a good starting position and work to get the car right for him in the closing laps. You have to be there at the end and have a car that is running strong at the end of 400 miles to have a shot at the win. We'll see what we can do to make it right for him."

"Judging by how we ran at Rockingham last week, I think we can get the car handling for him. I think weather is going to be a factor on Saturday, so we'll have to work on race and qualifying setup on Friday. It seemed to work in our favor last week and we'll give it a shot again this week."

TEAM NOTES.

The No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge that won last year's Daytona 500 was given back to Bill Davis and Ward Burton at the start of this year's Daytona 500. Bill Davis Racing is in the process of building an area in the shop's lobby to display the winning car. In the meantime, Davis decided to loan the Daytona 500 car to Race Rock in Orlando.

This week in Peoria, Ill., a check in the amount of $25,000 was donated to the Salvation Army. Both Bill Davis Racing and Caterpillar donated proceeds from the sale of die cast replicas of the No. 22 Flag Car that ran in Dover. Major McCarty of the Salvation Army accepted the check.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton
Teams Bill Davis Racing