BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Jeff Burton preview

Jeff Burton / REESE'S Racing EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200; Time and Date: 2:10 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 13; Site: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Live Coverage: NBC (television) at 2 p.m. EDT and ...

Jeff Burton / REESE'S Racing

EVENT INFORMATION -- Event: NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200; Time and Date: 2:10 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 13; Site: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Live Coverage: NBC (television) at 2 p.m. EDT and MRN (radio) at 1:45 p.m. EDT; Qualifying: 9 a.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 13, live on SPEED (television).

HARVICK'S ABSENCE -- REESE'S Racing driver Kevin Harvick will not be behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevy as scheduled this weekend at "The Glen". Shifting patterns on the Busch and Cup set-ups are very different, and he does not want to confuse them. Harvick, who is still in contention for the Chase for the Championship, will be back behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevy next weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM -- Burton will pilot the No. 21 REESE'S Chevy this weekend at Watkins Glen International. In his two pervious starts in the No. 21 Chevy earlier this season (Darlington and Bristol), Burton has tallied two second-place finishes. Burton has also led 114 laps behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevrolet.

BURTON AT "THE GLEN" -- Burton has competed in three Busch Series races at Watkins Glen International. Burton's last Busch Series race at "The Glen" was in June 1993, when he started 14th and finished 33rd. Burton, however, has shown success at Watkins Glen with one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes.

TEAM STANDINGS -- The REESE'S Racing team is fifth in the Busch Series Owners' Points Standings with 342 points less than the leader.

THE CAR -- The REESE'S Racing team will take chassis No. 048 to Watkins Glen International. This chassis has only one other appearance, which was at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City where Harvick drove it to a second-place finish.

QUICK QUOTES AND NOTES:

Jeff Burton on how important a good qualifying run is at "The Glen" -- "Qualifying is really important at Watkins Glen since track position is so vital. You have to have a good lap since you only get one chance, you don't get two laps there. It's crucial to lay your first lap down because it's the only one you've got. Driving hard at the Glen produces speed. There are some race tracks that if you overdrive, you actually go slower, but Watkins Glen isn't one of them. You have to get on the edge and go."

On pit road and pit strategy -- "There are a lot of green flag stops. Typically you don't see a lot of pit stops during the cautions. That makes getting on and off pit road a lot easier. The whole game about road course racing is getting on pit road as soon as you can and hope to get on there before everyone else and then get a caution and immediately you have your track position. It's real important to be on pit road at the right time and the winning car will most likely pit under green and hope for the caution, which is exactly the opposite of what we have everywhere else."

On how much you race the track versus racing the competitors -- "The race at Watkins Glen gets really crowded. Turn one is really difficult. Restarts are tough, everybody gets in there and is trying to pass by going three wide. But, there's not room for three-wide, so there are a lot of wrecks going into turn one. Restarts and the start of the race are the hardest, most stressful part of the race because of that. The rest of the race, you can race the track. It's very important to pay attention to the race track and hit your marks and have your car in the right place at the right time. On restarts, you have to do all that in addition to having all the other cars out there. Restarts are stressful but the rest of the time you pretty much worry about what you are doing with your team and not everybody else."

On the changes to the facility and to the track -- "The run-off area in turn one was a real problem. In the interest of safety, they put in a run-off trap there, but if you got in it, you always got stuck, lost a lap and pretty much ruined your day. There are usually several cautions because of that. They took out that trap and put in asphalt, which I think is much better. You can stop on asphalt, you can't stop on grass and you get stuck in the traps. The more asphalt the tracks put down the better, in my opinion. Some other race tracks need to have less grass too. I also hear they lowered the curbing a great deal in the inner-loop. That will be a good advantage. Although, it will make more people think they can pass there and that may not be in our best interest. Those are the two major changes, and I think they are both positive."

* The REESE'S Racing team has finished in the top-10 in all five races in July.

* Harvick and the Goodwrench team tested at Michigan International Speedway Monday Aug. 8, in preparation for the upcoming NASCAR Nextel Cup Race.

* Brandon Miller's next Busch Series appearance will be Sept. 3 at California Speedway.

* Watkins Glen International will mark the third time this year that Burton has been behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevy.

* Kevin Harvick will be back behind the wheel of the REESE'S Chevy Aug. 21 at Michigan International Speedway.

-rcr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , Brandon Miller