Sears Point: Jeff Burton - Friday media visit

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 AT&T IMPALA SS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT OF THE NEW CAR AT INFINEON AND HOW SHORT COURSE RACING IMPACTS NASCAR: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW THE NEW CAR WILL PERFORM ON A ROAD COURSE? "I think it's going to be...

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 AT&T IMPALA SS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT OF THE NEW CAR AT INFINEON AND HOW SHORT COURSE RACING IMPACTS NASCAR:

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW THE NEW CAR WILL PERFORM ON A ROAD COURSE? "I think it's going to be okay. It's going to be a challenge. The cars aren't the best driving cars in the world. The grip level isn't the best on them. But they're the same for everybody. But I honestly think it's going to be fine."

DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE HARDER TO PASS? "I don't know that it's going to be any harder to pass. It's always been really hard to pass. I don't know why this would be harder, nor will it make it easier. I don't think t its that big of a difference."

DOES SHORT TRACK RACING EXPERIENCE HELP WITH ROAD COURSE RACING? "I think that short track racing forces you to be in racing action all the time. Not only do you have to focus on getting around the race track but you also have to focus on racing around other cars all the time and that influences how you drive and it has an impact on the way you think. Your experience level goes up on short tracks because you are put in more situations. I think that's the best place to learn. Whether it's dirt or asphalt or whatever doesn't matter. Somewhere where there is a lot of action and a lot of stuff going on forces you to learn quickly.

"It's kind of like when you talk about the good old days, you always forget about all the struggles. I wouldn't trade what I'm doing now to go back to run short track on Saturday nights. As much as I enjoy short tracks, to me, this is the pinnacle sport. I definitely had a lot of fun. When I get done doing this, I tell you I'm going to go run Late Models because it's fun. It me, I wouldn't trade that for this by any means."

WHAT DOES SHORT TRACK RACING DO FOR NASCAR? "It's the heart and soul of it. Short track racing is the little league baseball. A lot of people learn their skills on short tracks. In my opinion, it's the heartbeat of it."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton