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Ward Burton returning, will try to qualify at Martinsville

10/18/2006

Ward Burton, out of racing for two years, will drive
the No. 4 Chevrolet for Morgan-McClure Racing this week at
Martinsville Speedway.

Burton, the older brother of NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader
Jeff Burton, will attempt to qualify the car for Sunday's Subway
500.

"He's expressed a lot of interest in driving," said Chris
Carrier, crew chief for the Morgan-McClure team. "He's a Virginia
driver and we're a Virginia team. That makes for a great
combination at Martinsville."

The 44-year-old Ward Burton, who lives in South Boston, Va., has
a Daytona 500 victory and two top-10 points finishes to his credit
in an 11-year Cup career. Most of those years were spent at Bill
Davis Racing.

Ward Burton parted ways with Davis after the fall Martinsville
race in 2003 and joined Haas-CNC Racing, where he competed in the
No. 0 but was plagued by six mechanical failures in 34 races during
the 2004 season. His last Cup start was in November 2004 at
Phoenix.