Ward Burton out of the 22 car starting at Atlanta

Ward Burton and Team owner Bill Davis of Bill Davis Racing have came to agreement on Wednesday that will allow Scott Wimmer who drives for BDR in the Busch Series to replace Burton starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway in two weeks.

Burton will pilot the 22 Caterpillar Dodge this weekend at Lowes Motor Speedway and at Martinsville.


 Wimmer will be the driver of the No. 22 car for the rest of the 2003 season and full-time in 2004. Wimmer previously tested both a Chevrolet and a Dodge at Atlanta for the Oct. 26 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.


I believe Scott has earned the opportunity to get into the CAT car," Davis said. "He's been working toward this for a long time and now is the time that he can be proud of where his career is heading.


"He's spent his entire life racing -- he grew up in a racing family (and) he understands the entire sport."


Burton said Wednesday that he is in the closing stages of finalizing a full-time deal for 2004, but that he preferred to defer most of his comments to the appropriate time for that announcement.


"It's been an emotional roller coaster -- working out everything we had to do," said Burton, who's spent the previous eight years of his career with Davis, winning five times, including the 2002 Daytona 500.


"I'd rather address everything at one time. The biggest concern I have right now is doing the right thing to maintain the personal relationships I've got in this sport and the great fans that have supported me through the good and the bad."


Wimmer, a native of Wausau, Wis., will finish the final six races of the Busch Series season, where he is currently seventh in points, in addition to doing the final four Winston Cup races.


Wimmer joined the Hooters ProCup in 1997, where he won rookie of the year before moving on to the American Speed Association's ACDelco Challenge Series in 2000.


Previous rumors have said that Ward would end up at RCR. Richard Childress has expressed interest in Burton to drive the AOL car next year. But AOL officials however would like to see a "young gun" behind the wheel of the AOL Car.



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