Talladega II: Ward Burton preview

Stoddard on the new rules heading into Dover-- NASCAR has mandated new rules for this weekend's race -- ½ inch added to the spoiler and a 1/16 Inch bigger restrictor plate. "Hopefully the new rules will make it where we will be able to pass ...

Stoddard on the new rules heading into Dover--
NASCAR has mandated new rules for this weekend's race -- ½ inch added to the spoiler and a 1/16 Inch bigger restrictor plate.

"Hopefully the new rules will make it where we will be able to pass easier," said Stoddard. "Our hope is that the new changes will give the driver a little more throttle control. The smaller spoiler will add more drag and the bigger plate will give us about 20-30 more horsepower."

Stoddard on the new rule that eliminates racing back to the caution-- "I think from a competitors standpoint, we believe that everyone is racing as hard as they can on every lap and then to have someone be the recipient of a gift just seems to be a little crazy. I applaud the move to eliminate racing back to the caution to keep the competitors safe, but I think they should have drawn the line there. But in the bigger spectrum of things, if the move is to provide the fans with a better show and that helps our sport continue to grow, than that's what we need to do."

Cat equipment for the EA Sports 500--

"We're taking the same car we ran at Daytona, car #51, "said Stoddard. "Our Superspeedway program is real strong. We have great engines that Terry (Elledge) gives us and we have a strong aero package. We ran real well here in the spring and we ran well in Daytona and we should've had a better finish there than 30th, but we ran short on gas and we just came up short. Hopefully, we can come out of here with our car fully intact and have a shot at a great finish."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton