Richard Childress Racing
March 7, 2013
Burton Tough At Las Vegas
Jeff Burton 15th in points entering season's third race.
AUTHOR: Mike Hembree
Burton was among the drivers running test laps at LVMS Thursday.
“I think having an opportunity working on this car on a race weekend rather than a test is going to be really good for everybody,” Burton said. “And then seeing how they race. Seeing how they respond in the race.
“We're going to try to jump to conclusions based on Thursday's practice. But the fact of the matter is, until Sunday is over, we're really not going to know. Going through that process to me is going to be a good time. It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to that getting started. The mile-and-a-half tracks is the place where this car, I think, will excel."
Although the Gen-6 cars have been through numerous tests, this week marks the first real competition on a 1.5-mile track.
“The new Gen-6 cars are really fast with a lot of grip,” Burton said. “Goodyear is building better tires than they have ever built, while the cars have more downforce and engines have more power than ever. Add all that up, and it means we are going to go really fast.
“Las Vegas is a rough track and not very smooth anymore. There are just so many challenges and unknowns heading into Las Vegas, and that’s what everyone is worried about. You can test all day long, but it isn’t the same as racing. Until everyone brings their best effort to the track, you really don’t know where you stand. We feel like we’ve had good tests, but things tend to be different come race time.”