Daytona 500: Pole winner interview

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS: "You lay your cards on the table when you pull out there. There is really nothing you can do to control the wind. We just got lucky and caught that. That's the best wind we've had...

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CINGULAR WIRELESS CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS:

"You lay your cards on the table when you pull out there. There is really nothing you can do to control the wind. We just got lucky and caught that. That's the best wind we've had down here in all of testing and everything else. It just played in our hands and we had a car that could take advantage of it."

IS THIS A STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF BRINGING RCR BACK TO THE FOREFRONT?

"First of all, it's not over yet. But this is just one qualifying run out of a long year. I think we have things in place to make a lot of noise. I think we have great race teams and drivers and some of the best people in the business. We'll see what we can do with it. But there are a lot of obstacles that stand in the way of success and we've got to make sure we step on top of those and work real hard. But I think we've made huge strides in the right direction."

YOU WERE SO LUCKY WITH THAT WIND:

"Yeah, there you go. We can't take credit for that. But in all honesty, we had a great car down here in testing. We were good yesterday. I knew we had an awful lot left. We had a lot of tape to put on the car and a lot of stuff to do. This car has just been really fast. When I left, that was the prettiest American flag I'd ever seen. It was blowing directly across the race track rather than against the straightway. That's big here. That can be as much as three-tenths from what we saw here in testing. This Cingular Chevrolet is really fast and we had some aid with the wind."

HOW MUCH DID THE WIND PUSH YOU AROUND ON THE RACE TRACK?

"We worked really hard on getting qualified and when we get done here, we're going to change everything to get it ready to race. It takes a lot of work to get ready. It doesn't drive well at all like it is. But it drove well in drafting practice and I felt really good about it. It drove well then. But I didn't like the way it drove in qualifying trim. With the wind blowing, it drove really bad. Coming to get the checkered flag, I lost the bottom in Turns 3 and 4. That's how bad it drives. But when we get the right stuff in it for racing, I'll feel really good about it."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup