Ward Burton looks to Martinsville

"Martinsville is a race of patience. You have to be very patient for the entire race or you'll have a pretty tough day. You need to protect the bottom of the race track, keep your brakes and have a good handling race car through the turns and it...

"Martinsville is a race of patience. You have to be very patient for the entire race or you'll have a pretty tough day. You need to protect the bottom of the race track, keep your brakes and have a good handling race car through the turns and it can be a real good day at Martinsville. We hope it's a real good day for the CAT car." - Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Dodge

MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY VIRGINIA 500

BURTON ON MARTINSVILLE
"First, we've got to have a good qualifying lap because track position is key. You certainly don't want to have to battle your way through the field. It's a chore to get by some cars, especially at Martinsville. You really need to pass on the bottom, so it is important to get your car handling so that it can stick to the bottom of the race track. Once you do those two things, then you have to make sure you have brakes at the end of the 500 laps. You have to be on top of your game at Martinsville because it is difficult to get everything working perfectly. We'll concentrate on getting through the turns. The better you can enter the turns, the faster you can get back on the gas and get off the turns. The guy who gets their car doing that the best will be the guy who has a legitimate shot at winning.

BALDWIN ON TEST AT LAKELAND
"We sent our newly assembled test team to Lakeland, Fla., last week. We had Tom Hubert shake down the car that we are racing this weekend. It is the same chassis that ran both Martinsville races last year. They had one solid day of testing and then it was cut short from rain, so we didn't get to try everything that we wanted to, but we feel we learned enough to apply some things this weekend. I hope it is valuable information and that the test team works for us because that could cut down on some of the burnout in crew members you're seeing. That is what it was designed for - to prevent the road crew from having to go to all the races and all the tests too."

BALDWIN ON TEXAS
"We had a decent car last weekend, but what we didn't have was track position. Although we were off a little on the set-up, we did get the car working better. Ward was turning lap times as fast as the leader at one point, we just didn't have the track position to get anywhere. I hope we can get the CAT car working well and up front this weekend at Martinsville."

STATS FOR MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

Year    Event       ST  FIN Earnings    Event       ST  FIN Earnings
2000    Goody's 500 18  11  55,485      NAPA 500    4   43  39,100  
1999    Goody's 500 18  27  32,700      NAPA 500    11  13  36,375  
1998    Goody's 500 20  28  27,150      NAPA 500    15  11  32,435  
1997    Goody's 500 18  18  14,770      Hanes 500   1   7   35,275  
1995    Hanes 500   29  25  6,865       Goody's 500 32  21  15,550  
1994    Hanes 500   33  16  6,825       Goody's 500 18  35  4,375   
        Starts  Wins  Top Five  Top 10  Poles   Earnings 
Spring  6       0     0         0       0       143,795 
Fall    6       0     0         1       1       163,110 
Total   12      0     0         1       1       306,905                         

2001 PERFORMANCE DATE EVENT START FINISH LC/TL STATUS EARNINGS PTS. POS. Feb. 18 Daytona 10 33 173/200 Accident 165,019 33 Feb. 25 Rockingham 11 16 392/393 Running 74,495 25 Mar. 4 Las Vegas 13 21 266/267 Running 95,410 26 Mar. 11 Atlanta 14 11 324/325 Running 74,425 21 Mar. 18 Darlington 21 12 293/293 Running 70,930 17 Mar. 25 Bristol 18 5 500/500 Running 100,580 11 ApR. 1 Texas 28 21 331/334 Running 102,235

STARTS POLES WINS Top 5 Top 10 LC/TL      %    Complete Earnings
7      0     0    1     0      2279/2312  98%  683,094 

CUMULATIVE RESULTS Races Wins 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6-10th Poles Outside Poles Money Won TOTAL 221 2 5 3 3 3 42 6 7 10,122,713

-H Stoddard

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Tom Hubert