Watkins Glen: Jeff Burton - Friday media visit

Jeff Burton No. 31 AT&T Mobility Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed road-course racing, smaller fuel cells, strategy in this race, fuel mileage, Robby Gordon's penalty, bonus points for wins, motivation for winning, his road ...

Jeff Burton No. 31 AT&T Mobility Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed road-course racing, smaller fuel cells, strategy in this race, fuel mileage, Robby Gordon's penalty, bonus points for wins, motivation for winning, his road course skill, Robby Gordon's driving style, car numbers and what they mean to drivers, and night races vs. day races.

Select quotes from driver interview:

ON ROBBY GORDON'S PENALTY: "He put NASCAR in a tough situation of having to respond and it didn't surprise me, the call that they made on Sunday at Pocono. It's an unfortunate situation for all parties - for Robby, for NASCAR for everybody. But I don't think that the garage was surprised with NASCAR's judgment."

ON BONUS POINTS FOR THE CHASE: "A lot has been made about the bonus points situation. A lot has been made about how that affects how we race but the reality of it is that it doesn't change how we race. If it paid 100 more points to win a race, I don't know what we would do differently than what we do today. You do the best you can to win a race. If it paid 100 points or 10 points or 100 million dollars or a million dollars or 10 dollars. You can only do what you can do and it doesn't change the way that we race. The way that it's perceived changes.

"If you look at 10 races, if you start the series off with 10 races 50 or 40 points behind, you can still win it. So winning races is important because that's what we do. Certainly you want as many points as you can going into the Chase, there's no question about that. At the end of the day, you can make up that 15 points. You can make it up by outrunning the guy. If you don't outrun the guy, you're not going to make it up anyway."

ON CAR NUMBERS: "Car numbers mean a great deal to a driver. I look back with great fondness when I ran late model and when I first ran the Busch Series - I ran No. 12 because that was my dad's number. That's the number he wore when he was in high school. That was the number that my brothers raced with. I was No. 11 when I was racing go-karts and that was Cale Yarborough's number. Numbers are a reflection of something for everybody. Everybody looks at a number differently. But without question, a number is a really important thing. That's the amenity. That's how people relate to you."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Robby Gordon