Richmond: Ward Burton preview

"I realize that Richmond has resurfaced the track again. I hope that the second groove gets worked in before we have to race Saturday night. It should anyway. Between the Busch cars practicing and racing and the Cup cars practicing, there...

"I realize that Richmond has resurfaced the track again. I hope that the second groove gets worked in before we have to race Saturday night. It should anyway. Between the Busch cars practicing and racing and the Cup cars practicing, there should be enough track activity to get that groove worked."
- Ward Burton, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge

BURTON ON RICHMOND...

"Richmond is a place where we've seemed to struggle getting a handle on the race setup. We came here last spring and really struggled the entire race. We were way off in a lot of areas. We decided to go back to Richmond the following week and tested. We were really looking at trying some different motor combinations. We brought a Dodge and a Pontiac motor and we tried both of them in our Dodge Intrepid. What we found was that we were missing some very important things that could help our engine program. The problem was we had put both motors on our dynometer and the numbers showed that they were equal, but they ran completely different on the track. Terry Elledge and the rest of the Bill Davis Racing engine department went back to the shop and went to work on some various components and made our engine program a lot better. When we went back to Richmond in the fall, we ran much more competitively and actually had a finish that didn't completely show the way we had run.

"My biggest concern heading into this week is the resurfaced track. They just completed that project and from what I understand, the track is just one groove right now. Some of the guys that tested crashed pretty hard during their test sessions because they couldn't run ton the entire racetrack. I think the Busch race will move the groove up back where it was before they resurfaced it. The track should be close to the way it was after all the track time the Busch and Cup cars are going to have on it before the race Saturday night."

BURTON IS WORKING THE LAND ONCE AGAIN...

The ward Burton Wildlife Foundation is in the process of creating a 15-20 acre lake. Burton has hired a construction company that utilizes Caterpillar Equipment. The contractor is working at clearing of trees and plants Excavation, site preparation and construction of an earthen dam will be the next phase of the project. The dam will provide a wonderful sanctuary for waterfowl.  At a later date, when funds are available, the impoundment will be stocked in order to create a fishery for youngsters. There is also plan to build decks for wildlife observation and bird count/surveys.  Beneficial trees such as Sawtooth Oak will be replanted and the area around the lake will be seeded with warm season grasses and other herbaceous plants suitable for forage by waterfowl, whitetail deer, black bear, and wild turkey. Restoration of this area will directly benefit native species of birds, as well as, provide transient and breeding habitat for both waterfowl and for neo-tropical migrant songbirds. Caterpillar has played an integral role as an environmental partner with the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation through donations and equipment usage.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton