Burton wins second race of season, fourth for Dodge. Ward Burton scored his second victory of the 2002 season in the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T and the fourth overall for Dodge in 2002. Sterling Marlin, who leads the standings for the...
Burton wins second race of season, fourth for Dodge.
Ward Burton scored his second victory of the 2002 season in the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T and the fourth overall for Dodge in 2002. Sterling Marlin, who leads the standings for the 18 straight week, has won the other two races for Dodge. Burton's victory Sunday was Dodge's first win since Marlin won at Darlington 13 races ago.
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I knew if we could stay out of trouble we could have a decent run. Obviously I didn't expect this. The Cat team kept working with the chassis and kept getting better the longer we ran. On older tires, we were really good. I don't know what happened to Matt Kenseth. He was obviously a little bit better than I was. You've got to be in position to win 'em, and we were in position. My hat's off to the team. We ran all day. We didn't break, and that's what's been killing us this year. This gives us some great momentum heading to the next couple of races. Tommy Baldwin (crew chief) and all the guys worked on pit strategy. You could pass cars, but you had to work hard to do it."
BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We made up four laps, but that doesn't matter. We had problems, and we've got to overcome them. We had a decent piece, but we need to keep working on it."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We've got to look up the definition of track position in the dictionary on Monday. That's all I've got to say."
HUT STRICKLIN (No. 23 Hills Bros Coffee Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'm really not sure what happened there at the end. Dale Jr. spun out off turn two and all of us checked up. We made it through the smoke and the 28 car just came from nowhere and caught me in the left front and drove me into the wall. I don't know what happened. I guess I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. We're going through some rotten luck right now. The cars are getting really good. We had a great race car. It's a shame. That's two weeks in a row we've had good cars, but that's the way our luck has been going all year. We just can't seem to put it together when it counts. I was glad to see Ward run good. I knew his car was a little better than mine, but we weren't bad. It's good to see both of those Bill Davis Dodges running up front where they belong."
JEREMY MAYFIELD (No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"I'm looking forward to going to Pocono. The last couple of weeks we've had good cars. I feel like things are going good. They're starting to turn our way. We've got a little bit of work yet to do, but we're definitely getting there. At least we're racing hard, not riding around in the back. We worked hard on this Dodge Dealers Dodge all week. It was tough out there. You definitely couldn't drive in that second groove. The track just turned in to typical New Hampshire. It just got real real slick, but we came out of here with some good momentum."
JIMMY SPENCER (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid R/T)
"We got spun out real early. We made an adjustment there at the end that might have taken us out of the top 10. The team never gave up. We had some excellent pit stops, but it was a terrible day on the track. There was a lot of pushing and shoving. The track was terrible. There was a lot of rubber built up on the outside. We never got a second groove worked in. We really wanted to finish in the top 10 and we almost did, but we didn't quite make it."