"I'm really looking forward to getting back to the short tracks. I never used to say that, but now we've run so much better at them. With a win at Loudon and us taking the same car this weekend that won at Loudon, we should have a chance a good...
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to the short tracks. I never
used to say that, but now we've run so much better at them. With a win at
Loudon and us taking the same car this weekend that won at Loudon, we should
have a chance a good run. We just need to stay out of the way of all that
-Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Dodge
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY OLD DOMINION 500
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"I'm real apprehensive about what to expect this weekend. I've learned from some of the guys that tested there that the track has grooves in the concrete throughout the turns. I've been told that the speeds are almost a second slower than the speeds from the last race. I'm not sure what the track conditions will do for the tires and us, but we'll just have to wait and see.
"Qualifying will be key also. We'll be trying to qualify in the top three so we can get a good selection of pit stalls. The way the pit road is designed, it is real important to have one of the first selections, otherwise, it is probably a toss up on the rest of the pit stalls. Having said that, we certainly don't want to be pitted down in turn three and four. We'll work at getting a good qualifying run and a good pit stall.
"Martinsville has always been a tough place to get a hold of and the new track conditions will make it that more difficult. The Caterpillar team is looking forward to the challenge. The CAT team has run really well on the short tracks this year and I'm hoping we can build some momentum for the team in these final five races."
· The No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge that won at New Hampshire International Speedway in July is the same car they will run this weekend. It is the same chassis that won the pole at Richmond. It was the first in house chassis from Bill Davis Racing.