Jeff Burton's Trip To Victory Lane Puts Him In Chase Lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2006) -- For the third straight week there is a different driver atop the leader board in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings.
For the first time in more than seven years that driver's name is Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet).
Burton's come from behind win at Dover International Speedway last Sunday marked his first victory since Oct. 28, 2001 (Phoenix), breaking the second longest drought between victories (175 races) in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup history (longest is the 226 races between Bill Elliott's wins, 1994-2001). It also catapulted Burton to the top spot in the driver standings, the first time he has been the points leader since after the California race in May, 1999.
Burton's turnaround season also cemented a few other notable accomplishments for team owner Richard Childress, including:
With Burton first and teammate Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Reese's Chevrolet) currently fifth in the standings, this marks the first time that two RCR drivers have ever been in the top five in points at the same time.
Burton's victory gives RCR three consecutive wins, as Harvick cruised to Victory Lane at Richmond and New Hampshire. One has to go back to the fall of 1987 for the last time that RCR won three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races in a row, as the legendary Dale Earnhardt drove to victory in the second Bristol race, the Southern 500 at Darlington and the fall race at Richmond.