Ward Burton ready to run at Fontana

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...

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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

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
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

CUMULATIVE RESULTS

        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

-BDR-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton