Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed winning at Dover last year, whether or not having teammates in the Chase is an advantage, working last year in the Chase with Clint Bowyer, Bowyer's victory...
Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed winning at Dover last year, whether or not having teammates in the Chase is an advantage, working last year in the Chase with Clint Bowyer, Bowyer's victory last weekend, catching up to where Martin Truex, Jr.'s team was at Dover in June, the transition from dirt racing to pavement, inspections and penalties, open-wheel drivers coming into NASCAR, teamwork in the Chase and whether a points deficit is more daunting then having 11 other Chase competitors.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ALL THREE RCR DRIVERS ARE IN THE CHASE - IS THAT A BENEFIT OR A DISADVANTAGE? "I think the reason that teams are in the because of the quality of teams. Having teams in the Chase is a verification and a result of the work that's been done at our company as well as the other companies too. I think it's good to have as many teams as possible from your company in the Chase. We're going to work together the same way we've always worked together. We're not going to quit that communication and quit that effort because we're racing each other for a championship. That is our goal. Our goal from a company standpoint was to get all three teams in the Chase and then have a chance for all three teams to win a championship. So those have been our goals all along. Not that those goals are easy to achieve but we were able to achieve them. Hopefully now we can finish the second part off. I know there's a lot of concern about teams continuing to work together as they're competing truly in the playoffs, competing for the championship. But we don't have that concer n internally."
LAST YEAR, WHEN YOU WERE IN THE CHASE AND CLINT WASN'T, WERE YOU ABLE TO TAKE RISKS WITH HIS CAR TO IMPROVE YOURS? "Not really. That's not fair to the No. 07 team. That wouldn't be fair to any team. One of the cool things about our sport is that even though we are teammates, we all have different sponsors. We owe it to our sponsors and we owe it to our teams and our drivers to be able to give them their best shot to win. If you have a team that's not in the Chase, certainly, if across the engine dynamometer, there's a better engine, they're not going to get it. They get disadvantaged in some ways because if there's some sort of new technology that you're limited on the number that you can produce, the teams that are in the Chase are the ones that are going to get it. At that point, those teams deserve top priority. So you can't do that to them and then also put them off on a mission. if a team is working effectively, then if a team is off trying to do a better job, we know about that anyway. So we don't send them off on a mission to say 'look, you need to go do a better job to help these other teams'. If they're off on a mission to help themselves, (it will) ultimately help the other teams."
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