Loudon: Ward Burton preview

"A great handling car and super motor are the most important factors to being successful at Loudon. The last two times we've been there, we've had strong runs, but haven't had the finishes to show it. We've been working on our program and I feel...

"A great handling car and super motor are the most important factors to being successful at Loudon. The last two times we've been there, we've had strong runs, but haven't had the finishes to show it. We've been working on our program and I feel like we should have a great package when we get there this weekend, so hopefully our luck will turn around and we can get the great finish we're capable of."
- Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Dodge

THIS WEEKEND AT LOUDON:

"I'm really excited to see the repaving they've done at Loudon," said Burton. "It seems like the Busch race had two grooves, so that shows a lot of promise. The main thing is that they are working on making the improvements to the track, which is long over due. I'm so glad they are making the change. If they can get two grooves on the racetrack, it will make for better racing for both the teams and the fans. In the past, it has always been extremely tough to race there."

HOMETOWN TRACK: Tommy Baldwin, Jr., crew chief for the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge, considers New Hampshire International Speedway his hometown track.

"I'm excited to return to Loudon to see all my old Modified friends," said Baldwin. "Even though Pocono is closer to where I grew up, I consider New Hampshire my hometown track. It is where I cut my teeth big league racing and getting recognized for our accomplishments. My whole family, Mom, Dad and sister, will come to town this weekend, so that also makes racing at Loudon special and fun."

FUN STUFF: The CAT race team has an annual team dinner on Friday night when the garage closes. They cook lobster, mussels, scallops and all the fixings. Ward Burton said jokingly, "I've never been able to eat anything because Tommy Baldwin and the guys eat everything up before I can get there."

EQUIPMENT: The CAT race team is taking the same car to New Hampshire International Raceway that competed earlier this year at Richmond International Raceway. It sat on the pole and led the most laps before suffering a mechanical failure.

TEAM NOTES:

* The CAT race team tested at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week on Monday, July 15th and Tuesday, July 16th.

* Tom Hubert, rear tire changer on the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T, drilled his left index finger while making repairs on the car in an effort to get Burton back in the race at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend. He was treated at the infield care center but left by car to X-ray the finger at Provena St. Joseph's Medical Center in Joliet. Doctors wanted to check to make sure the drill didn't hit the bone, which it didn't. Hubert was released from the hospital and returned home with the team following the race. He will go back over pit wall again this weekend resuming his duties changing tires.

-bdr/cat-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Tom Hubert , Tommy Baldwin