Richard Childress Racing
April 17, 2012
Jeff Burton Event Preview: STP 400
"I actually like the track itself. It's a cool race track and a lot of fun. I know they are getting ready to repave it and I wish that they weren't. It's really slick and typically slick tracks are good for me."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet
April 22, 2012
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway … Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 367 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 31 Chevrolet, originally built in 2011, has seen significant track time including visits to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2011 (started-13th, finished-35th), Atlanta Motor Speedway in September 2011 (started-27th, finished-13th) and Kansas Speedway in October 2011 (started-31st, finished-21st). Burton also tallied a top-10 finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, finishing 10th after starting 31st with this car.
Chat with Jeff … Burton will participate in a NASCAR.COM Chat with Miss Sprint Cup, Kim Coon, which will be streamed live to the NASCAR.COM homepage on Friday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. CT. Viewers will have the ability to log-in during the chat and ask Burton questions.
Anything with Wheels … On April 26, Burton and six other NASCAR drivers will face some of the Southeast's best Late Model drivers in the Denny Hamlin Showdown at Richmond International Raceway. The fifth-annual event in benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports victims of cystic fibrosis and donates to the Children's Hospital of Richmond, St. Jude's Hospital and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Additional Sprint Cup Series drivers expected to drive include Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola. Nationwide, Camping World and K&N Pro Series drivers Jason White, Timothy Peters, Chase Elliott and Darrell Wallace Jr. also are expected, along with former Virginia short-track star Curtis Markham. This year's race is the second to share the Thursday spotlight with the K&N Series at RIR.
Building a Legacy … During his 20-year Sprint Cup Series career, the veteran RCR driver has earned 21 wins, 131 top-five and 244 top-10 finishes in 626 starts. Burton has also tallied six pole awards and led 6,506 laps.
Race Rewind … Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team finished 29th in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after suffering an issue during a mid-race green-flag pit stop.
Points Racing … Burton sits 16th in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, just 40 points out of the final Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup spot.
JEFF BURTON QUOTES:
What do you think of the term “cookie cutter” track? A term many people normally use to describe Kansas Speedway.
“There are no such things as ‘cookie cutter’ tracks. I know that Atlanta Motor Speedway looks like Charlotte Motor Speedway which looks like Kansas Speedway which looks like Chicagoland Speedway. However, they are all different. They all have their own personalities and are unique to themselves. If you look at the tracks from the grandstands, they will look similar, but when you get on the race track and try to beat someone by a tenth of a second, it is different on every track. They get called ‘cookie cutter’ tracks, but there are no two tracks alike.”
Talk about Kansas Speedway as a race track.
“I actually like the track itself. It’s a cool race track and a lot of fun. I know they are getting ready to repave it and I wish that they weren’t. It’s really slick and typically slick tracks are good for me. Typically, tracks get better as they get older. I think Kansas Speedway is a good example of that. You see a lot of different options and drivers running different grooves. I think that’s a good thing.”
Talk about the amount of speed you carry into the corners at Kansas Speedway.
“Kansas Speedway isn’t a fast-feeling type of race track. Texas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway feel quite a bit faster than Kansas. Kansas is more of a rhythm-hailing race track, whereas the other ones are too, but they have more grip.”