This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 329 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its...
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 329 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
Catch the Driver ... Burton will appear at the Chevy Stage on Sunday, November 7at 10:40 a.m. and will participate in a 15-minute question-and-answer session with the fans.
You have four top-10 finishes in your last five races at Texas. Does Texas fit your driving style?
"Texas has been a good race track for us lately but it has been an up-and-down place for us, too. It's a demanding race track and is different from the other mile-and-a-half's we go to. The corner entry is completely different and is rough. I like the race track, obviously, because I've won there twice but it hasn't been fun at times, too."
What are the keys to earning win No. 3 at Texas?
"The interesting thing about Texas is that every time we go there, it takes something different to get around the track. It's unbelievable how the set-ups change from race to race there. I enjoy racing at Texas but it's one of those places where it has been feast or famine for me. We've either done really well or really poorly. Obviously, the point of the year we are in right now, we need to do really well in order to come into 2011 with a bang. We just need to bring our homework to the table and be able to adjust the car to its liking. Texas is a really fun race track but it is difficult to conquer."
You are the first two-time winner at Texas. What's the feeling like heading to Fort Worth?
"Honestly, I feel like there's a stretch of races, with Texas (spring race) being in that stretch of races, where each of those races we've felt like we've had a good opportunity to win at this year. In April, we were sitting there with 15 laps to go and we get a red flag. The car sat there and sat there and sat there and the tire pressures went nuts. We didn't finish as well as we had run. I thought we were going to win the race. I can say the same thing for a lot of the races in this stretch. I'm excited to go back there. I feel like we can go and compete at a high level. It's a very difficult race track. It's really, really fast. The corner entries are different than anywhere else. It's almost a poor design the way the track is, but that's okay. It's different, it's a real challenge, and I look forward to going there because of all that."
The only lap you led in your last win at Texas was the last lap. What was that like?
"It was cool. It was one of the wins that I got to race against Matt (Kenseth). A late-race battle with someone you have a lot of respect for is awesome. We had a great race that had a lot of side-by-side action. It was a lot of fun. Finally, I got by him on the last lap. It was a real cool experience."
You stole a paving brick from Victory Lane when you got your first win at Texas. Did you steal anything when you won again in 2007? If you get back to Victory Lane, what are you eyeballing?
"No, my thieving days are over. (laughs)"