"We finally got the finish at Charlotte to show what this team is capable of. We have had a lot of good runs this year, we just don't have the finishes to prove it. I hope we can build on that this week at Martinsville. No matter where we...
"We finally got the finish at Charlotte to show what this team is
capable of. We have had a lot of good runs this year, we just don't
have the finishes to prove it. I hope we can build on that this week at
Martinsville. No matter where we start, we'll be patient and then
get aggressive at the end when it counts. Hopefully, we can improve on
last weeks finish."
- Ward Burton, driver of the Caterpillar Dodge
BALDWIN ON MARTINSVILLE
"I'm not real sure what to expect when we get back to Martinsville. In trying to keep up with the growing demands of owning a racetrack, the Earls family put a pedestrian tunnel in turn four. That's great, but they had to tear up a portion of the track to get the project completed. I haven't seen the changes because we didn't test, but I've heard that they had to put a patch of concrete in turn four. That concrete made it difficult for the teams that tested to get through turn four and to get in the gas quick enough to power down the straightaway.
"I'm very proud of the Martinsville track. They are one of the older tracks on our circuit and they have done an outstanding job at keeping up with these new tracks. They've continued to add more seats, the pedestrian tunnel and a motorhome lot. I don't think anyone can be disappointed with that. And besides all that, it is a great racetrack that has some pretty exciting races.
"When we unload Friday, we'll concentrate on the qualifying set-up. We want to qualify well, so we can have a competitive pit stall. After that, we'll try to get the car to handle on the bottom of the racetrack. We'll concentrate on getting through the turns too, because 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."
ANOTHER BALDWIN HAS CHANCE TO WIN TOO
Tom Baldwin Sr., father of the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge crew chief, will compete in the NASCAR Featherlite Modified race on Saturday, October 13. Baldwin Sr. competes in the No. 7 of which he owns and operates himself.