California Speedway Napa Auto Parts 500 BURTON ON CALIFORNIA "With the horsepower that engine builder, Terry Elledge (father of Jimmy Elledge, crew chief for last week's winner) provides, we are certainly prepared to get out there. He...
Napa Auto Parts 500
BURTON ON CALIFORNIA
"With the horsepower that engine builder, Terry Elledge (father of Jimmy Elledge, crew chief for last week's winner) provides, we are certainly prepared to get out there. He provides a lot for horsepower with the reliability that an engine program must have. We need a good run for the CAT team and there is no better place to have that than California. We've had some good runs there and we hope to improve on last year's sixth-place finish.
"California is a lot like Michigan as far as configuration and size, but they drive a little bit different. Obviously, you have to have great horsepower at both places and you have to have a great handling package underneath you. The horsepower is not an issue with the CAT team and as long as I can give the team good information during practice, then Tommy and the guys will get the Caterpillar Dodge handling good for qualifying and the race. And if all goes as planned, we'll start up front and finish up front."
BURTON ON TALLADEGA
"We were very lucky that the race went caution-free. We didn't have the cautions for all the stupid things that were going on out there, but there still were a lot of close calls. There should have been a big pile-up a couple of times. The yellow line violation was probably the smartest thing that NASCAR could've done. Talladega is wide enough to run three and four wide, but when drivers do that on the front straightaway and then try to get back in line to make into turn one - that is when you have the problems.
"We had a great car for the race. We ran the best in the middle because we were a little bit loose when we tried to run on the top and the bottom. We made all the way to the lead from 39th and were capable of staying up there. On the last pit stop, I came in a little hot and overshot the pit. We were planning on doing a two-tire pit stop and pick up some track position. We got penalized a lap for pitting outside the box because we didn't get backed up before the pit stop started. It was unfortunate because we had a really good car." <pre> CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY
Year Event ST FIN Earnings 2000 California 500 by NAPA 4 6 76,725 1999 California 500 by NAPA 11 6 64,425 1998 California 500 by NAPA 8 12 45,775 1997 California 500 by NAPA 40 28 33,175
Starts Wins Top Five Top 10 Poles Earnings Total 4 0 0 2 0 220,100
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 March 4 Las Vegas 13 21 266/267 Running 95,410 26 March 11 Atlanta 14 11 324/325 Running 74,425 21 March 18 Darlington 21 12 293/293 Running 70,930 17 March 25 Bristol 18 5 500/500 Running 100,580 11 April 1 Texas 28 21 331/334 Running 102,235 12 April 8 Martinsville 38 22 499/500 Running 69,485 11 April 22 Talladega 39 33 187/188 Running 77,125 16
STARTS POLES WINS Top 5 Top 10 LC/TL % Complete Earnings 9 0 0 1 1 2965/3000 99% 829,704
Races Wins 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6-10th Poles Outside Poles Money Won TOTAL 223 2 5 3 3 3 42 6 7 10,269,323