Martinsville: Ward Burton preview

Burton looks to get back on track in front of hometown crowd. "Our team has made some significant gains on our short track program in the past few years. Our first race here last year, we were still working on our motor combinations and we just...

Burton looks to get back on track in front of hometown crowd.

"Our team has made some significant gains on our short track program in the past few years. Our first race here last year, we were still working on our motor combinations and we just really struggled. But, when we came back in the fall we were very competitive. I am definitely looking forward to returning to Martinsville."
-Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Dodge

BURTON ON MARTINSVILLE...

"Martinsville has been an up and down track for me. We finally hit on something when we raced there last fall and I hope we can pick right up where we left off. I will be happy if we can run that well again this weekend. Our goal is to have a top-15 qualifying run on Friday and get good track position and pit stall selection for Sundays' race."

BURTON TO BE HONORED WITH HOMETWON CELEBRATION...

Burton will finally be able to celebrate his Daytona 500 victory with family, friends and fans during a celebration at South Boston (VA) Speedway on Saturday, April 13. Burton is the first Virginian to ever win the coveted trophy. He will be honored at the track where he cut his teeth into the sport of auto racing, South Boston Speedway. The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce will also participate in the celebration. Burton will be honored during pre-race ceremonies for the evening's racing activities. Any Burton fans that show up with a Ward Burton hat, shirt or poster will be entered to win two VIP suite passes for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on July 28. South Boston Speedway is located approximately 60 miles east of Martinsville Speedway.

FAST FACTS...

The No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge team took advantage of a two-day test session at Talladega Superspeedway this week. Tom Hubert, who works at Bill Davis Racing, but has seen some action in both the Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series, was behind the wheel. The team is preparing for the Winston Cup event slated for April 21.

After suffering a blown right front tire in Monday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, Burton spent this week taking it easy. He was released with a clean bill of health, but was very stiff following the hard hit he took on lap 169 of the race. The No. 22 was heavily damaged and the day was over the Caterpillar racing team following the incident.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Tom Hubert