BUSCH: Jeff Burton tests south of the border

Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton spent some time south of the border at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course in Mexico City. Burton who has twenty wins in the series was selected for the test based on his decision not to compete in...

Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton spent some time south of the border at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course in Mexico City. Burton who has twenty wins in the series was selected for the test based on his decision not to compete in the series in 2005.

He and the number 21 RCR Busch team arrived in Mexico to gather vital information for teams for the inaugural Mexico 200 on March 6. 2005.

"This is a special day for NASCAR and a special day for Mexico," Burton said after taking his first laps on the course. "This track is very wide, which will make for a tremendous amount of passing opportunities. Guys who will run up front will like the width and series of corners on the race track."

The event will mark the first time in series history that a point's event will be staged outside the United States and the first road course for the series since 2001.

The Autodomo Hermanos Rodriguez course is a 2.518 mile facility that has been hosting open wheel events. The track has been reconfigured specifically for the Busch cars.

Burton topped an average speed on 100 mph as he posted laps in the low ninety second mark.

Burton gathered data on set up and gear rations to assist teams in preparation for the event.

The test was attended by Busch series director Joe Balash, as well as NASCAR administrators Robin Pemberton and Gary Nelson.

"We're gathering data that we can share with all of our teams in preparation for this event," Balash said. "The more we can get, obviously the better.

The RCR team tested over two days. Data from the test will be distributed to series teams in preparation for the March event.

By: Thomas Chemris

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton
Teams Richard Childress Racing