"I think the Brickyard 400 is a race that everyone wants to win at least once. It's like the Daytona 500 - it's one of the most prestigious races that we run. There is so much hype surrounding the race, you can't help but get excited about...
"I think the Brickyard 400 is a race that everyone wants to win at least
once. It's like the Daytona 500 - it's one of the most prestigious
races that we run. There is so much hype surrounding the race, you
can't help but get excited about it."
- Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Racing Pontiac
BURTON ON INDIANAPOLIS: "We ran real well there last year. We ran in the top five all day, but ended up sixth. We had a good test and we are taking my favorite car back. It's the one that won at Darlington. We tested it and we were please with the results. We were the fifth or sixth fastest car, so we should be fairly competitive"
BALDWIN ON THE TEAMS SLIP IN POINT STANDINGS: "Although we slipped to seventh in the point standings, we are still way ahead of the goals we set at the beginning of the season. We wanted to finish the year seventh or higher in the final standings, have two wins and cut the points spread in half. We have been in the top five in points since we won at Darlington in March, we are only 290 points out of the lead and we wave won a race.
"In all honesty, I think we experienced success too quickly. For the amount of growth that Bill Davis Racing has incurred since the end of last year, I think we have done extremely well. We have a new team, we are switching to Dodge's in 2001 and we have been building a new shop. With all those things happening, we had to obviously hire new people so we've had that transition too. I believe we have a great team and a great organization - we still have a long way to go until Atlanta in November."
DURING THEIR OFF WEEK: Ward Burton and his family spent the weekend at the beach. After returning from the beach, Burton traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., to attend the Republican National Convention. He attended the convention with NASCAR chief operating officer, Mike Helton.
Bill and Gail Davis, car owners of the No. 22 Caterpillar Racing team, traveled to their native Arkansas and split their time between their farm and Bill Davis Trucking.
Tommy Baldwin, crew chief of the No. 22, and his wife Christine traveled to Bermuda for some much needed R&R.
Year Event ST FIN Earnings 1999 Brickyard 400 12 6 157,210 1998 Brickyard 400 30 34 75,285 1997 Brickyard 400 36 19 78,435 1996 Brickyard 400 32 36 64,935 1995 Brickyard 400 30 35 47,925 1994 Brickyard 400 33 31 23,500