Richard Childress Racing
October 8, 2012
Jeff Burton Brings Home Top-10 Finish at Talladega Superspeedway
"It was good to run up front and come home with another top-10 finish. This is a good momentum builder for the final stretch of the season."
Start - 26
Finish - 10
Laps Led - 3
Points - 19
Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton survived a multi-car accident on the final turn of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 and piloted a battered No. 31 DriveCAT.com Chevrolet to a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. After starting the scheduled 188-lap race in the 26th position, the South Boston, Va., native maintained a top-15 running position until teaming up with RCR teammate Kevin Harvick and maneuvering his way into the lead on lap 51. After taking four fresh Goodyear tires on a lap-61 pit stop under green-flag conditions, crew chief Drew Blickensderfer played pit strategy for the remainder of the 500-mile race by calling for fuel only or two-tire pit stops throughout the final 125 laps. The 45-year-old veteran driver practiced patience over the latter part of the event, leading twice for three laps and running a majority of the race in the top 10 until a late-race caution flag was displayed on lap 184, setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Burton restarted in the 20th position, teamed up with another competitor and drafted his way into the top 10 on the white-flag lap when the No. 31 DriveCAT.com Chevrolet was collected in a 24-car melee on the final turn of the race. With extensive damage to the RCR machine, Burton managed to drive the car across the finish line in the 10th position for his fifth consecutive restrictor-plate top-10 finish. With the strong effort, Burton remains 19th in Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
"That was a crazy finish and I am glad everyone is okay. We had a really good DriveCAT.com Chevrolet today. It was good to run up front and come home with another top-10 finish. This is a good momentum builder for the final stretch of the season."