Las Vegas: Ward Burton preview

Burton and CAT Team Head To Las Vegas "Las Vegas has been one of the tracks that Tommy and I have worked real well at getting a good setup at. Our first trip together, we finished second, but definitely had a car capable of winning the race.

Burton and CAT Team Head To Las Vegas

"Las Vegas has been one of the tracks that Tommy and I have worked real well at getting a good setup at. Our first trip together, we finished second, but definitely had a car capable of winning the race. This year, that's what our goal is - to have a shot at the win."
- Ward Burton, driver of No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge

BURTON ON LAS VEGAS...

"It's definitely a handling race track. We need to make sure that we have a good handling race car and the rest will come on its own. If you can handle, you can make your car stick anywhere you want it to go. But as we've seen in the past, track position is key. We need to get a good qualifying lap and then we can work on the race setup from there. It's so much more important to have track position ever since they brought this new tire. We saw that last week at Rockingham and we saw it at several tracks last year. The tires just don't wear off as much as they used to."

BURTON ON LAST WEEK'S RACE AT ROCKINGHAM...

"We had a car that was real fast in practice on Saturday and we knew we had a car that could drive to the front on Sunday. We did that at the start of the race, we drove from 18th up to the top five in the first 100 laps. The car was handling that good. Then, I thought that Elliott (Sadler) was going to give me the outside lane, but I was wrong and I got forced into the wall. From there, the handling went away and I just couldn't control the car. Towards the end of the race, Tommy found that the truck arm was bent and he and the guys fixed it. After we fixed that, the handling came back a little and we were able to gain some positions. If we had a little more time, I think we could've salvaged a top-10 out of it. The important thing is, we managed to finish 13th and stay in the points race."

TERRY ELLEDGE ON ENGINE WEAR AT ROCKINGHAM...

"We got the motor back to the shop and starting looking into it and found things we've never seen. This one engine rule has set us back seven years. There were things that were cracked and worn that never have done that in the past. These are just preliminary findings, but I'm sure we'll find some more things wrong with it as we keep tearing it down. My concern now lies with Atlanta. That track has got me real nervous about how well the one engine will hold up after all those miles."

-bdr/cat-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton