Ward Burton Paces "WideTrack Attack" at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2000) - Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix driver Ward Burton turned a fast lap of 189.633 miles per hour on his way to the sixth fastest qualifying time during Bud Pole qualifying for next Sunday's running of the ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2000) - Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix driver Ward Burton turned a fast lap of 189.633 miles per hour on his way to the sixth fastest qualifying time during Bud Pole qualifying for next Sunday's running of the Daytona 500.

Burton led the charge for Pontiac's "Widetrack Attack," which placed three cars in the top 10, and five in the top 15. John Andretti, behind the wheel of the No. 43 STP/Cheerios Grand Prix, qualified eighth at 189.605 miles per hour, while Burton's rookie teammate Dave Blaney piloted the No. 93 Amoco Grand Prix to the 10th best speed at 189.310 miles per hour.

Only the top two qualifying speeds from today's session are locked into the Daytona 500, while the rest of the speeds will be used to determine the lineups for Thursday's 125-mile qualifying races.

PONTIAC RACING QUALIFYING RESULTS

Rank Driver Time Speed 6th Ward Burton, No. 22 Caterpillar Grand Prix 47.460 189.633 8th John Andretti, No. 43 STP/Cheerios Grand Prix 47.467 189.605 10th Dave Blaney, No. 93 Amoco Grand Prix 47.541 189.310 11th Ken Schrader, No. 36 M&M's Grand Prix 47.606 189.052 15th Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Grand Prix 47.673 188.786 19th Johnny Benson, No. 10 Tyler Jet Grand Prix 47.759 188.446 25th Mike Bliss, No. 14 Conseco Grand Prix 47.846 188.103 27th Bobby Labonte, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Grand Prix 47.878 187.978 32nd Kyle Petty, No. 44 Hot Wheels Grand Prix 47.910 187.852 44th Jeff Fuller, No. 27 Viagra Grand Prix 48.202 186.714

JOHNNY BENSON, NO. 10 TYLER JET MOTORSPORTS PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"Things were about the same as they were this morning. We were hoping we were going to pick up a tenth or two, but we didn't. We're just going to end up seeing where it's going to be. This car is going to race really good, though. We did a little drafting with it in testing and it's really good, so we're just looking forward to being here with Tyler Jet Motorsports." (ON PRESSURE OF QUALIFYING FIRST) "I don't know if it matters here. The wind is down, and it's not so bright, so it doesn't really matter if you go first or last. I think this afternoon the winds are going to pick up a little bit. I don't know if it helps you or hurts you."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We've been lacking a little bit. But, the whole Interstate team - we put in our qualifying motor yesterday afternoon, so we picked up a little bit there. Just a little bit here and there, we've picked up a lot over yesterday. We changed the motor and changed a couple of things and picked up a lot. We're still missing off what some other guys have run earlier. But, a good draw early, and we'll get it over and we can go back and watch." (ON CONCENTRATING ON THE RACE NOW) "Well, at this point and time, it's obvious that is what we are going to have to rely on more than our qualifying pure speed. A lot of time and effort goes into two laps here, and our deal is over with for now, so all we've got to worry about now is the race."

MIKE BLISS, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We fell off a little bit from this morning. But, we got a little bit of a tow this morning and I didn't know how much was that this morning. I just hope we get in with that time, and don't have to rely on the 125s. It will be real close. But I think the track is kind of slowing down a little bit."

JEFF FULLER, NO. 27 VIAGRA PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"That's over two tenths quicker than we have run, so they did a good job with it. We still need to find a little bit more. Hopefully, it's going to draft good. When we were down here before, we got to go out and play in the draft session a little bit, and it felt pretty comfortable. We'll see what happens. I think we'll be fine."

JOHN ANDRETTI, NO. 43 STP/CHEERIOS PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"That's about what we thought we could run. But, when Todd Parrott told me before they went out he was going to run a '(47) flat' I didn't believe him. I guess now I'll believe Todd Parrott. He might be the only person in racing that didn't lie to you. It was a little depressing knowing that's what we had to run for. But, the crew did a great job. This is the car I've raced at all the restrictor plate tracks, and it's a great run for STP, and Cheerios and all our sponsors. I'm happy. It's going to be a good starting spot for the 125s, but it won't be a front row spot for the 500."

KEN SCHRADER, NO. 36 M&M'S PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"We knew we had a good little race car down here. The M&M's Pontiac has been good. A lot of effort went into this race on the whole MB2 team - like all the teams - but it showed. Now, we've got to get through tomorrow and get geared up for next weekend." (CAN HE WIN THE DAYTONA 500) "This place has been real good for us. Hell yeah, we can do it. Sunday will be a good day."

WARD BURTON, NO. 22 CATERPILLAR PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I'll tell you what, my Caterpillar team, they really worked hard all winter on this car, and today paid off for us. We're not going to be the fastest, but we're going to have a good start for Thursday, and I'm really proud of the whole team. We've got great horsepower with Terry Elledge and all his guys. Tommy (Baldwin) and all the chassis guys, and the fab shop, have done a great job, too."

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I can't thank Greg Zipadelli and all the guys on this Home Depot team enough. They really worked hard this morning. We've been struggling a little bit, but they always seem to find a little extra for qualifying, so I've got to thank those guys. It's not good enough to get us up where we want to be, but we're not, by any means, disappointed with that time." (ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND LAP) "That's the thing about this being the first race. You get to come here for two days of testing, and then you get all day yesterday -- almost four and a half hours of practice, and then this morning, and we've been doing the same every time we've gone out. It's pretty much the same run we've been doing all day. It's just a little bit better finally."

KYLE PETTY, NO.44 HOT WHEELS PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"That's about what we've been running all week. We expected a little bit more out of it. I don't know what happened to it. These guys have worked really, really hard. We just didn't get everything out of it that we wanted to get out of it, so we'll just go from there." (ANY OVERHEATING PROBLEMS DURING RUN) "It didn't get hot. We just didn't go as fast as what we thought we were going to go. We thought we were going to be a little bit better than that. But, we were close."

DAVE BLANEY, NO. 93 AMOCO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

"I knew we had the race car to get into the top 10. I was hoping for no mistakes and a good clean run, and that's what we got. I'm tickled for the whole Amoco team and the Bill Davis team. We got two of them in the top 10 here, so we're happy." (HOW SIMILAR IS THE 93 CAR TO THE 22 CAR) "I actually thought I should run as good as Ward (Burton). Everything is the same, or real close to the same, and we've been close to the same speed all weekend. I was hoping I could get down there a little quicker like he was. But actually, we're real happy." (PREPARING FOR THE 125-MILE QUALIFYING RACE) "That's part of learning for the 500. But, we did want to get a really good time, in case something happened in the 125, we'd be good on time, and I believe we are. So, that was our objective today, just to get as far up as we could if we had trouble Thursday, and I'm real happy about that." (GOAL FOR THE 125) "Mainly, all I want to do is learn as much as I can in the 125. I don't' think it matters where you start that 500 a whole bunch. Obviously, I don't want to hurt this race car. It runs awful good. Just learning a bunch and getting in the top 14 or 15 - we'll be alright."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Ward Burton , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jeff Fuller , Johnny Benson , Mike Bliss , Dave Blaney