BUSCH: Darlington testing notes 96-03-12

BURTON BOUNCES BACK, TURNS FAST LAP IN DARLINGTON PRACTICE DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 12) -- NASCAR Winston Cup driver Jeff Burton found out Tuesday that the best way to bounce back from adversity is to run fast at NASCAR's toughest race track...

BURTON BOUNCES BACK, TURNS FAST LAP IN DARLINGTON PRACTICE DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 12) -- NASCAR Winston Cup driver Jeff Burton found out Tuesday that the best way to bounce back from adversity is to run fast at NASCAR's toughest race track - Darlington Raceway. A determined Burton, testing his Exide Batteries Ford for the upcoming TranSouth Financial 400 on Sunday, March 24, came to the track "Too Tough To Tame" after a weekend of disappointment at Atlanta, in which he didn't make the field for the Purolator 500. You wouldn't have known it at Darlington as Burton zoomed around Darlington's 1.366-mile oval at a top speed of 168.410 mph, just short of Jeff Gordon's track record of 170.833 mph, set prior to last year's TranSouth Financial 400. "Coming here today was just what the doctor ordered," said Burton, who was second in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings behind Dale Jarrett entering the race at Atlanta. "I love this race track. I've always enjoyed running here. After what we went through at Atlanta, coming here is the perfect antidote." Burton, in his first season driving for the new Jack Roush-owned team headed by veteran crew chief Buddy Parrott, has always "had fun here. It's so challenging, but that makes it fun. We need that right now." "Last week was one of the lowest points in my career, but we're ready to get back in the groove and do well," added Burton, who fell to 14th in the championship point standings after Atlanta. "This is the place to do it. We feel pretty good right now. We ran fast right off the truck and that's just race set-up. We'll try a qualifying set-up tomorrow." Burton was joined by three fellow NASCAR Winston Cup drivers -- Mark Martin, Geoff Bodine and Steve Grissom. Martin, winner of the 1993 Mountain Dew Southern 500, was quickest of the foursome at 170.159 mph in a one-day test. Bodine, a four-time Busch Pole Award winner at Darlington, was at 168.641 mph and Grissom, 165.020 mph. Runs for the Busch Pole Award for the TranSouth Financial 400 and the DURA-LUBE 200 Presented by Pep Boys NASCAR Busch Series race are set for Friday, March 22, beginning at 2 p.m.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Steve Grissom , Jack Roush , Mark Martin