JEFF BURTON, LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS IMPALA SS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT NASCAR PENALTIES AND GOING TO DAYTONA NEXT WEEK: ON THE NO. 24 AND NO. 48 PENALTIES HANDED DOWN BY NASCAR: "Well, they are severe. There is no getting around that. NASCAR has...
JEFF BURTON, LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS IMPALA SS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT NASCAR PENALTIES AND GOING TO DAYTONA NEXT WEEK:
ON THE NO. 24 AND NO. 48 PENALTIES HANDED DOWN BY NASCAR: "Well, they are severe. There is no getting around that. NASCAR has made it very clear that they are not going to tolerate anything. It was a very, very harsh penalty - more severe than I would have anticipated. On the other hand, NASCAR has made it clear about their intention with this car. They sent a very clear message to the garage area. It's gotten everybody nervous. Everybody is on pins and needles, but that's what they want.
"We can't think the same way any more. This has been a game of 'what is NASCAR going to let you get by with' and it's no longer that game. There is nothing they want you to do with these bodies. There is no wiggle room. There used to be a process of the presentation of the car. And if they didn't like it - within reason - they'd let you fix it. That isn't the case anymore. If they don't like it, then you're going to get penalized. It's much tougher today than it was. But that was their intention with this body and with this concept. They're just trying to execute it.
ON MUSGRAVE BEING SUSPENDED FOR ONE RACE DUE TO MILWAUKEE TRUCK TRACING INCIDENT "Well, again. NASCAR keeps stepping up penalties. That was a huge penalty. To get suspended for a race is unbelievably hard and strict. Driver points are so important to winning the championship and where you finish in the points. That's a really severe penalty. NASCAR keeps stepping it up and making an example of people. Their point has got to be clear to us that they're not going to put up with it."
ON GOING TO DAYTONA NEXT WEEK "I don't know if we're looking forward to it or not. That's one of those places that - especially in July - it's going to be really slick. Handling is going to be really important. We saw that at the Daytona 500. Those last 40 laps were just really intense. When the cars aren't handling really well and you're trying to run three-wide, it gets pretty wild. I anticipate more of that."
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