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Jeff Burton Brings His Own Version Of "March Madness" To The Track DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2007) -- Jeff Burton's (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet) passion is racing. But a close second is his rooting interest in the Duke University...

Jeff Burton Brings His Own Version Of "March Madness" To The Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2007) -- Jeff Burton's (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet) passion is racing. But a close second is his rooting interest in the Duke University basketball team, especially at this time of year.

"March Madness" hypes Burton up like any college basketball fan, but his NASCAR Busch Series racing record during March would easily translate into a No. 1 seed.

Burton, the defending winner of the Nicorette 300, comes to Atlanta Motor Speedway after a thrilling frontstrech drag race with Kyle Busch (No. 5 Spectrum/Sea World/Busch Gardens Chevrolet) to capture the win last Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

That victory was the 23rd of Burton's NASCAR Busch Series career and came in his 263rd start. He's now alone in fifth place on the all-time win list, having broken a tie with the likes of Sam Ard and Tommy Houston. And he's among a select group of 17 drivers who have made more than 260 starts.

Of his 23 victories, five have come in the month of March -- the most wins he has posted in any one month in his series career.

Last week's win was Burton's record-setting third at Las Vegas, all in March (2000 -- March 4; 2002- March 2; 2007 -- March 10).

He posted another March win at Darlington in 2002 (March 16) before winning at Atlanta one year ago (March 18).

Burton is sharing time in the No. 29 Chevy with Scott Wimmer. The duo is considered a favorite to capture what could shape up to be one of the most exciting owner point championship battles in series history.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Scott Wimmer , Kyle Busch