WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Burton fast practice lap of 176.405 mph placed him sixth fastest in Friday's one-hour NASCAR Winston Cup practice session. Burton's lap was the fastest non-Ford lap in practice. ...
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T)
NOTE: Burton fast practice lap of 176.405 mph placed him sixth fastest in Friday's one-hour NASCAR Winston Cup practice session. Burton's lap was the fastest non-Ford lap in practice.
"We weren't taped off all the way in practice. We were about like everybody else. We can use any help we can get for qualifying this year, but I don't know if this new nose is going to help us in qualifying or not. It's going to help in the race, but it's going to take awhile to work with it to see what it does and doesn't do. We left here after testing and weren't really happy with the results. We took the car to the wind tunnel and it didn't blow very good. We thought we had built it where it would be the best car ever come out of our shop, but it wasn't. We went back with this car and worked with it. We just got back with it from the wind tunnel with the new nose on it.
"We had the fastest Dodge today, and that makes us feel good. We'll be going for the pole tomorrow but we'll be thinking about the big picture on Sunday, too. Let's hope it's cloudy tomorrow like it was this morning so there won't be that big of a difference between us (42nd to qualify on Saturday) and the first cars that go out. It's going to be noon before it ends probably, and there'll be a big difference between 10 a.m. and noon. The temperature will be a lot different.
"I don't really get goose bumps up here anymore. I remember the first time I went to Daytona. It was kind of like that, but when you live this every week, you don't get a lot of time to reflect on what you're doing. Whether you're a part of history or not, you don't think about it. You just do your job, but it's always neat to come up here. The enthusiasm of the fans is pretty special.
"It'd be neat to sit on the pole for the Brickyard 400, but those Fords are going to be hard to beat. You know they haven't put in their best motors yet, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens."