"I am actually looking forward to getting to Las Vegas. It was very difficult to concentrate last week and I think that most drivers and crew members will agree. I believe that this week people will try to return to their routines and move ...
"I am actually looking forward to getting to Las Vegas. It was very
difficult to concentrate last week and I think that most drivers and crew
members will agree. I believe that this week people will try to return
to their routines and move forward."
-Ward Burton, Caterpillar Dodge
BURTON ON LAS VEGAS - "Tracks like Las Vegas are definitely my favorite to compete at. We have a great new car with the Dodge and we had a really good test there back in January. That test turned around my thinking about the new Dodge. I hadn't been real confident in the decision to switch manufacturers,but after that test I had a lot of confidence in our new car. The reliability of the new engine had been a huge question mark for all of us. Scott Wimmer, Bill Davis Racing's new Busch driver, logged several hundred laps with the new engine and it performed flawlessly. Terry Elledge, the engine builder at Bill Davis Racing, is a very aggressive -- yet conservative -- engine builder. We have a lot of confidence in his ability.
"The test session also proved that we had really good downforce. I could drive the car deeper into the turns than I have ever been able to do. That is something that you need to be able to do in order to win races. The further you can drive into the corner, the faster you can get off the corner. As you can tell, I am really looking forward to getting to Las Vegas. We should run very strong there this weekend."
BURTON ON SAFETY: "There are a group of drivers that have gotten together and talked about some safety concerns that we feel need to be addressed. Ultimately,it is our responsibility to make sure we are safe in the car and we need to make it safer. There are a lot of things we'll be looking at over the next few weeks. There isn't one answer to making racing safer, so we just need to do our homework and decide what's best for all of us."
BURTON ON LAST WEEK'S RACE AT ROCKINGHAM: "We fought with the car for most of the race. It was rainy and a little cooler on Sunday and then it rained out. That rain washed all the rubber away from the race track plus the sun was shining and it was much warmer on Monday when the race resumed. That changed the way the Caterpillar Dodge handled. We had to make up a lot of ground after a mistake in the pits, but we eventually got back to the front. We got back into the top 10, but we slipped back when we couldn't run real strong on the bottom or the top of the race track."