Richmond II: Ward Burton preview

Dusty and Angie Duncan get their surgery scheduled-- Last October, Burton met six-year old Dusty Duncan and his four-year old sister, Angie at an autograph session in the Kansas City area. Both children suffered from cleft palates. Burton...

Dusty and Angie Duncan get their surgery scheduled--

Last October, Burton met six-year old Dusty Duncan and his four-year old sister, Angie at an autograph session in the Kansas City area. Both children suffered from cleft palates. Burton later pulled the children's parents aside and asked them what was wrong with their children. When the father explained what was wrong, Burton asked how he could help. Burton offered to help pay for the surgeries. After that, the Shriner's hospital offered to handle the surgeries, collected a lot of money from Burton, Caterpillar and several loyal NASCAR fans, but later put them on hold. When Burton caught wind of the surgeries not being done, he made some calls and settled the issue. The surgery for both children will take place in early October and hopefully the children will be on their way to a prosperous life.

Cat equipment for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400--

"We're taking car #63 this weekend," said Stoddard. "It's the same car that we ran at Richmond last May. We were fairly competitive for the most of the race. We just lost track position there at the end and didn't get it back. We ended up finishing 11th, so our goal is to improve on that finish."

What it means to race in front of home state of Virginia--

"Racing in Richmond is like racing at home. We have a lot of friends and family in Richmond. My grandmother lives there and we get over there to see her. We're friends with the Governor and just have a lot of contacts there that include our friends on the conservation projects and our friends at the State Parks. We have a lot of allies in the Richmond area and it would be very special to win in front of that crowd.

Burton shares a childhood memory--

"I can remember going to a race at the old fairgrounds and running a late model on the same weekend the Winston Cup were there. I think I qualified third and finished decent, but it gave me my first real taste for racing at the bigger tracks. I say bigger, it was probably only a ½-mile track, but it was bigger than what we were used to running."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton