Jeff Burton, No. 31 RCR Chevrolet Impala SS, met with media members at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the new track surface at Bristol Motor Speedway, how it will affect the racing in Saturday's night race, what makes races at Bristol so ...
Jeff Burton, No. 31 RCR Chevrolet Impala SS, met with media members at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the new track surface at Bristol Motor Speedway, how it will affect the racing in Saturday's night race, what makes races at Bristol so special to fans, the busy week after the rain delays at Michigan and the situation regarding the sponsorship of the 31 car.
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WHAT MAKES THE NIGHT RACE AT BRISTOL SO SPECIAL TO FANS? "There's always something going on. There's never a break. Maybe there's not a great race for the lead, but a lot of great races . Second and third battling. Seventh and eighth battling. There's always something going on. It's high intensity, high level of excitement for 500 (laps). It's just the most action-packed track on the circuit. No question about it."
WITH THE NEW SURFACE, WILL THERE MORE OR LESS PASSING? "I don't know if there will be more passing, but there will be more side-by-side attempts for passing. If you think about it, in the past there was always an attempt for a pass going on but it was very difficult to make that pass happen. The same's going to be true now, it's just that you're going to see guys .people . rolling on the outside of a guy or rolling underneath a guy, but pulling that pass off is going to be more difficult. So it's kind of like New Hampshire, when they changed that racetrack - it didn't become easier to pass, it provided more opportunity to get next to a guy but not necessarily make it easier to pass. So I don't know that we'll see more passing but we'll see more people running around here side by side than we've seen in years."
DO YOU THINK THE SITUATION WITH THE LOGOS ON THE CAR WILL BE SOLVED BY A COMPROMISE? "I've said all along that reasonable people can come to reasonable solutions and I'm still holding on to that. In order for that to work, people have to be willing to be reasonable. Hopefully we can get there - we haven't gotten there yet. I'm still holding on to the fact that we can come to a reasonable solution. I can't see where it's in the sport's best interests to ask a sponsor that's been part of this thing for years to not be here. I don't understand how that's in the sport's best interests. I do understand that . the overall good is really important. But I don't understand how the best interests is served by a sponsor who's been here as long as our sponsor has been here not being here. That doesn't make sense to me. Again, I hold in my heart the belief that reasonable people will come to a reasonable solution and hopefully we can get there sooner than later."
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