Talladega: Ward Burton preview

"We have a good restrictor plate program and I know the CAT team can contend this weekend at Talladega. It's all car and very little driver -- my main job is to stay out of trouble, be in position to have a good finish in the last few laps and to...

"We have a good restrictor plate program and I know the CAT team can contend this weekend at Talladega. It's all car and very little driver -- my main job is to stay out of trouble, be in position to have a good finish in the last few laps and to make methodical and calculated moves all day."
    Ward Burton, driver of Caterpillar Dodge

BURTON ON TALLADEGA--

"We're going back to Talladega with our backup car from the Daytona 500. The guys back at the shop worked pretty hard at making the car better from when we were in Daytona. The nice thing about Talladega is we have a great motor program with Terry Elledge that includes great horsepower and great reliability. We've never needed to worry about either of those issues. Terry's always conservative, but aggressive at the same time.

"We have a strong speedway program and I'm sure we'll be just fine this weekend as well. We need to stay out of trouble and finish the race and get some points back. We're back in the points, but it's still not impossible to get back in the top 10. It's going to take some hard work and determination to get back there, but that's one thing that our team can do. We certainly won't give up."

STODDARD ON TALLADEGA--

"I know we'll be really looking at the fuel mileage on the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge. I think the fuel mileage will come into play at some point in the race. We need to be very careful not to miscalculate and pit too soon and leave the pack or to run out too soon and then ruin our day. I think there is a good chance that the race could go caution free and if that 's the case, fuel mileage will decide the winner. I hope we are one of the teams capable of going the distance on fuel."

STODDARD ON TEXAS--

"I'm very pleased with how well the CAT team ran at Texas. We really struggled with a loose car at Las Vegas and at Atlanta and then went to test at Kentucky and changed some things around that really helped us. The biggest thing was having the time to work with Ward and figure out what his feel is and what he needs to fix the handling problems. I think we got a better handle on figuring out exactly what he needs."

CAT TEAM NOTES--

* Car owner Bill Davis spent the week at the farm in Batesville, Ark., helping deliver the remaining Brangus calves, while wife Gail worked at Bill Davis Trucking.

-bdr/cat-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton