Rockingham: Ward Burton preview

"Certainly it's going to be a very competitive race. The rookie classes keep getting tougher and tougher and they just seem to be adapting to these cup cars so much quicker than they used to. I bet we'll see a couple rookies jump out and run well...

"Certainly it's going to be a very competitive race. The rookie classes keep getting tougher and tougher and they just seem to be adapting to these cup cars so much quicker than they used to. I bet we'll see a couple rookies jump out and run well this weekend and then the usual guys that have a good handle on the track."
    Frank Stoddard, crew chief of Caterpillar Dodge

STODDARD ON ROCKINGHAM.

"We didn't have a great set up in the car for Ward last fall. It was our first time there together and I tried what I thought would work, but we just couldn't get it to feel comfortable for Ward. We actually got the car handling a lot better as the race went on, but some pit stops got us just a little behind and then we were lap down. I am quite confident our pit crew won't get us into any trouble this time. We added a few new players and they have been practicing a lot over the winter. I think they will be a great team during our pit stops.

"We had a pretty short week this week. The guys at the shop got us pretty close so all the road crew had to do was get in there and get things switched over for Rockingham. I know a lot of teams weren't able to get home Sunday night and with us having to check in on Thursday for inspection, it is a short week for everybody. Marc Fryar, our shop foreman, had a good handle on things back at the shop and left us in good shape for Rockingham. All we really needed to do was put the set up in and turn the truck around. Weeks like this are when it is very necessary to have a good shop crew too. They keep everything moving for us."

DAVIS ON HIS FIRST WINSTON CUP VICTORY AT ROCKINGHAM IN 1995.

"Rockingham will always have special meaning to us at Bill Davis Racing. We had so many disappointing events that led up to that win that it made it even sweeter. We still have that car in its original condition and the trophy on display in our old cup shop, which now houses Scott Wimmer's Busch team. I'd like to make some new memories at Rockingham and I can't think of any better time than now.

-bdr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Scott Wimmer
Teams Bill Davis Racing