Indianapolis: Jeff Burton preview

This Weekend's Prilosec OTC Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 305 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Brickyard 400. Built new for 2010, Burton drove...

This Weekend's Prilosec OTC Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 305 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Brickyard 400. Built new for 2010, Burton drove this RCR entry to an eighth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May and to a seventh-place effort at Pocono Raceway last month. Most recently, this No. 31 racer competed at Chicagoland Speedway where Burton posted a seventh-place finish before bringing it home to the shop for a speedy turnaround.

Indy Minutes ... Burton is one of four drivers on the 2010 entry list who have started every NASCAR race at the Brickyard. In 16 starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Burton has posted one top five, four top 10s and has been running at the end of every event. His best finish of fifth came in July 1999. The veteran driver also captured the pole position for the 2006 event.

The First 19 ... In the season's first 19 events, Burton has earned four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has recorded a 15.3 starting average, a 13.1 average finish and has spent 82.3 percent of the time running in the top 15 (4,777 of 5,801 laps). The South Boston, Va., native is also the series' best Green-Flag Passer with 2,163 passes made under green-flag conditions. At the same time, he has passed more cars while running in the top 15 (1,585 of 2,163 laps). Other notable loop data season stats include: Third in Average Running Position (10.2), Third in Driver Rating (102.1), Third in Fastest Drivers Early in a Run, Third in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run, Third in Fastest Laps Run, Fifth in Fastest Drivers on Restarts, Second in Green-Flag Speed, Second in Laps in Top 15, Sixth in Laps Led, Sixth in Mile Leaders, First in Quality Passes and First in Fastest Speed in Traffic.

Change of Scenery ... Prilosec OTC's major associate sponsorship of RCR's No. 31 Chevrolet Impala kicks into high gear this weekend in Indianapolis as Burton and the No. 31 team transform their yellow and black No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala into a purple Prilosec OTC racing machine for the Brickyard 400. Prilosec OTC, marketed exclusively by Procter & Gamble, is available in food, drug, mass, and club stores in the U.S. Prilosec OTC is available over-the-counter for the treatment of frequent heartburn, with one pill taken every day for 14 days and is the No. 1 selling over-the-counter heartburn medication.

Seven to Go ... Burton enters this weekend's 400-mile contest seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship point standings. With seven races remaining in the Race to the Chase - the 10-race stretch preceding the "Chase for the Sprint Cup," which begins when NASCAR's premier division returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September - the veteran driver sits 194 markers forward of the cutoff spot to become a member of the 2010 12-man Chase class.

Last Time Around ... Even though a cut right-side tire on the No. 31 Prilosec OTC Chevrolet in the latter stages of last season's Brickyard 400 spoiled the makings of a top-15 finish, Burton was able to salvage a 25th-place effort at the historic speedway. He overcame a 38th starting position by running in the top 15 just prior to the final restart of the day. With about 25 laps to go, a cut tire forced the South Boston, Va., native to pit road for service and, therefore, raced in the 25th position, one lap down to the leaders, for the remaining laps.

Jeff Burton Live ... Burton will appear at the Chevy Stage for a question-and-answer session on Friday, July 23 from 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. The Chevy Stage will be located adjacent to the Hall of Fame Museum near turn two.

Meet the Pit Crew ... The Cat Racing over-the-wall crew will sign autographs at the Chevy Stage on Sunday, July 25 from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

JEFF BURTON:

What makes Indianapolis Motor Speedway a thrill to go to each year?

"I think it's an honor to go to Indy every year. The history is unbelievable. There is nowhere we go where you get the sense of people like you do at Indy with the grandstands on both sides of the front straightaway. When you walk out on Sunday afternoon to start that race, it's like nothing else. The driver's introductions there are pretty cool. It's amazing to see that many people and the excitement at Indy is cool. It's an open-wheel, sacred-ground race track and the fact that we can go there and race is truly an honor."

What are your expectations for this weekend's Brickyard 400?

" I feel good about going to Indy because our engines are strong and we've been good on flat race tracks and those where turn is really important. So, I'm optimistic about running well. We've been able to be really competitive on a lot of different race tracks and I feel we can go to Indy and have a good showing. This race presents an opportunity for us that would mean a lot to our race team. To win the Brickyard, from a historic standpoint, is huge. We're running well enough to win and I think we can certainly be in contention to do so."

How important is it to have good engines with the long straightaways at Indy?

"When you can couple corner speed and power then you have what you need, especially at a place like Indy. Our engines have been really strong this year, as well as last year. Last season is a great example of how you can't have one of the packages. You have to have both. Our engines were great last year but our cars didn't drive well. We couldn't find a way to get them around the corner. This year, we have both and the speed shows. The straightaway speed at Indy is vital but, at the end of the day, the guy who can get through the corners well is the one who is going to win the race."

Is Indianapolis a big momentum race track?

"Momentum is everything at Indy. It's all about carrying speed through the middle of the corner so that you can be fast off the corner. Indy's corners are different from any other track we race on. They're shorter and there's less corner. The track is perfectly smooth and you have to have really good grip to take advantage of that smoothness. If you are a little bit slow in the middle of the corner, it just carries that speed onto the exit of the corner. So, it's very important to handle in all parts of the corners at Indy. You can't just handle well getting in or getting off, it has to be good in all parts of the corners."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton
Teams Richard Childress Racing