his Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 344 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala that will circle the race track for the first time this weekend.
And the Winner Is ... On behalf of Caterpillar, Burton will attend the Contractor of the Year reception at Caesar's Palace on Friday, March 4 beginning at 7 p.m. The Caterpillar-sponsored driver will participate in a question-and-answer session, assist with the award presentation and sign autographs for the attendants.
Jeff Burton Live ... Fans can see Burton live Sunday, March 6 from 7:50 - 8:05 a.m. on the Chevy Stage, located in the speedway's midway area. The RCR driver will be part of a question-and-answer session hosted by Chevrolet.
Meet Jeff's Pit Crew ... Members of the over-the-wall Cat Racing team will sign autographs on Sunday, March 6 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Chevy Stage, located in front of the speedway in the midway area.
JEFF BURTON QUOTES:
You're from a small town in Virginia. When you go to Vegas, are you ever amazed by the bright lights of a big city?
"Vegas is pretty insane. There's a lot of money there. It's amazing what that city has grown into, and it continues to grow. We've been racing out there for however many years; we've been going to trade shows out there for about twenty years now. It's really grown a lot since then. When they changed the race track in Vegas, I thought they were going to screw it up because they typically do when they change tracks, but they really made that race track a lot better. The racing has been a lot better since they changed it. I was very surprised."
Clint (Bowyer, RCR teammate) mentioned that the infield in Vegas is how all race tracks should be. The fans should be able to get that kind of experience.
"I think exposure is a great thing. I think what they've done at Daytona and at Vegas are great ideas. You're right, it puts the drivers in the fishbowl, but it makes you have to pay attention to things that are distracting. But, at the end of the day, it's just what we do. It's funny because when other professional athletes come to our races, they are just shocked. They're like, 'what are you doing? You're going out racing in two hours and you're out talking to all these people.' It's just what you do. You just get into a rhythm of it. There's an appropriate time for everything. The garage area is not the best place for autographs, but it's a great place for people to be exposed to the sport. I love the fact that fans can really see and get involved in what actually goes on. I think that's the right thing to do."
You really came out of the box strong last year. You have a pretty good track record, as well. What is it about this track that you like?
"Yeah, we did. Vegas has been a really good race track for us. We haven't won on the new surface, but we have come close a bunch of times. I thought we had one won a few years ago. Jimmie Johnson and I were battling back and forth for the lead and we broke a motor late in the run. I really like going to Vegas. It's one of my favorite race tracks. I wish we went there more often. The fans are great, but the race track it self is very racy. It's a fun race track to go to. The thing about Vegas is that we've gone there and didn't run well, but we still brought home a solid finish. That's a good sign that a race track works for you."