Chicagoland: Burton qualifying rain interview

JEFF BURTON , NO. 31 AT&T IMPALA SS WILL START 2ND ON SUNDAY. ON THE PRACTICE SESSION TODAY: "Well, we worked on race trim the first part and then we worked on qualifying trim. We thought we were pretty good in race trim. Actually, the first...

JEFF BURTON , NO. 31 AT&T IMPALA SS WILL START 2ND ON SUNDAY.

ON THE PRACTICE SESSION TODAY:

"Well, we worked on race trim the first part and then we worked on qualifying trim. We thought we were pretty good in race trim. Actually, the first run we made in qualifying trim was pretty good, but we never seemed to find a way to make an improvement. We looked at the weather and thought we would get qualifying in so we tried to pay some attention to it. As it turned out, I guess we should have just worked on race trim. We had a good plan and stuck to it. I think we were pretty good for race stuff."

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A STORM CLOUD LIKE THAT ONE?

"It was pretty ugly. I'm proud to be here (laughter)."

ON THE FIRST NIGHT RACE AT CHICAGO AND NO QUALIFYING SESSION

"I don't think the qualifying session really has any impact on the race at all other than obviously where you start. But just qualifying tonight wouldn't have taught you anything about the race track for conditions for Saturday night. This is a big unknown because we've never run here at night, obviously. There are a lot of questions we have to answer. I'm running the Nationwide race tomorrow night and one of the reasons I'm running it is because I want to try to understand the difference between day and night. But it's supposed to be hot tomorrow and it's going to be pretty interesting because we are going to be running. With the way the track conditions are and the time and the schedule, there is no way we can run (practice) at night with the Nationwide race. So there's going to be a learning curve for sure. I would imagine the track will just gain more grip. It may swing loose or tight, one-way or the other, but my initial thought is that it's just going to gain grip. But until we transition from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, we really don't know. The track temps are going to come down tremendously, not only from where we practice to the start of the race, but from the start of the race to the end of the race it will be even a bigger change. So there are a lot of unknowns and I think everybody is just going to take their best guess at. Some people will figure it out better than others. But most race tracks we go to, they kind of do the same thing at night. They just gain more grip. And I don't think that will be any different here."

-credit: gm racing

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