Ward Burton Ready For Talladega

"The cars have slowed up considerably with the new restrictor plate they have mandated. We'll really be bunched up now. We'll stay side-by-side for the entire race. That will make for an exciting race for the fans, but a nerve racking race for...

"The cars have slowed up considerably with the new restrictor plate they have mandated. We'll really be bunched up now. We'll stay side-by-side for the entire race. That will make for an exciting race for the fans, but a nerve racking race for the drivers." - Ward Burton

BURTON ON TALLADEGA

"The new shock rules have made the car very stable. It shakes a little in the front and a little in the rear, but comparably it is much better than it was at Daytona. At Daytona, we couldn't adjust on the front or rear shocks and that made it difficult to get the car handling to my liking. You basically had to drive what was under you. We're using the same shocks on the rear that we used at Daytona. Changing the front shocks has made it possible to adjust and allow us to be that much better than the next guy.

"NASCAR will give us a smaller plate when we get to Talladega. It is 1/16 smaller than what we're used to running. That cut about 25-40 horsepower off the motor. The fastest we ever ran while testing last week was a 51.74. That's almost one second slower than we used to run there. I think that they were concerned with slowing the cars down and making it safer for the fans and the competitors."

BURTON ON MARTINSVILLE

"We got penalized for leaving a right side tire out after one of the very first pit stops. That caused us to go to the back of the field. Track position is so important at that track. Once you get behind, it is very hard to make up that track position. Tommy made a good call by staying out and we took the lead. Late in the race we got buried in lapped traffic and we couldn't make up that ground before the race ended. We'll take an 11th place finish and move onto Talladega."

BALDWIN ON TALLADEGA

"We built a new car for this weekend's race, but it wasn't as good as the one we ran at Daytona so we'll use our Daytona car. We tested both cars down here last week and we were more impressed by the old one. We need to keep up the consistency we have shown so far this season. Talladega is tough place and will it be more difficult with the cars all bunched up for the whole race."

<pre> TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

Year Event ST FIN Earnings 1999 DieHard 500 25 32 40,570 Winston 500 13 4 29,535 1998 DieHard 500 20 8 46,630 Winston 500 32 30 36,180 1997 Winston 500 25 42 14,335 1996 Winston 500 19 27 31,535 DieHard 500 33 33 25,825 1995 Winston 500 42 32 11,310 DieHard 500 42 20 18,135

Starts Wins Top Five Top 10 Poles Earnings Spring 5 0 0 1 0 144,380 Fall 4 0 1 0 0 109,675 Total 9 0 1 1 0 254,055 2000 PERFORMANCE

DATE EVENT START FINISH LC/TL STATUS EARNINGS PTS.POS.

Feb. 20 Daytona 500 6 8 200/200 Running 221,196 8 Feb. 27 Dura-Lube 400 11 3 393/393 Running 70,410 3 March 5 Cars Direct.com 400 37 23 147/148 Running 67,075 9 March 12 Cracker Barrel 500 18 8 324/325 Running 45,220 5 March 19 TranSouth 400 3 1 293/293 Running 132,725 4 March 26 Food City 500 5 3 500/500 Running 81,135 2 April 2 DirecTV 500 9 14 334/334 Running 93,525 3 April 9 Goody's 500 18 11 500/500 Running 55,485 3 STARTS POLES WINS Top 5 Top 10 LC/TL % Complete Earnings 8 0 1 3 5 2692/2694 99% 766,771

CUMULATIVE RESULTS

Races Wins 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6-10th Poles Outside Poles Money Won TOTAL 188 2 5 2 4 2 31 6 7 7,190,696

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Drivers Ward Burton