This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint Showdown ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 290 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new last season, this is the same Chevrolet ...
This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint Showdown ... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 290 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new last season, this is the same Chevrolet Impala Burton drove to a runner-up finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Breaking Down Showdown Stats ... In 16 full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Burton has competed in the Sprint Showdown five times - 1995, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. His 2003 victory allowed him to transfer into the prestigious All-Star Race, where he went on to finish ninth.
No Stranger to CMS ... Although the South Boston, Va., native has yet to collect a million dollar payday, he is no stranger to Victory Lane. Burton has visited CMS' Winner Circle on three separate occasions - May 1999, May 2001 and October 2008.
How it Works ... The Sprint Showdown consists of two 20-lap segments. All laps, both green and yellow, will count in the first segment before pit road opens, allowing teams to pit if they choose to do so. Teams who elect to pit will lose their track position and must line up in order that they return to the track behind those cars that do not pit. Only green-flag laps will count in the second and final segment. The top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown will transfer to the All-Star Race.
Here's to Dale ... Richard Childress Racing will further honor the legendary Dale Earnhardt's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with a special paint scheme that will adorn the No. 31 Caterpillar Impala in Saturday night's Sprint Showdown. Last weekend, Austin Dillon's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Silverado paid tribute to the 'Intimidator' in the Camping World Truck Series Dover 200, while a one-race program between RCR, JR Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. places Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 3 Wrangler Chevy that will compete in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway in July.
Do you think this year's Sprint Showdown will be the most competitive?
"I certainly think that if you look at who is in that race, it's a lot of good teams and a lot of good drivers and none of the guys that are in it are proud to be in it. They don't want to be in it. They want to be in the All-Star Race. Every one of those drivers and teams, as we are, are embarrassed about being in that race. But, the rules are the rules and somebody's going to go out and find a way to win that race and transfer to the All-Star Race."
You are honoring Dale Earnhardt's induction into the Hall of Fame with a special paint scheme. What memory do you have of him and of being part of his career?
"Racing with Dale was a great honor for me. He taught me a lot both on and off the race track. He was unbelievable. He was really underrated at controlling a room. And, when he walked in a room, he was the center of attention that he did really well. That helped our sport. He controlled the pace and he controlled the tempo and he controlled the conversation. He had two sides to him - the rough-and-tough side that everyone saw and a professional side. He had a lot of influence on our sport in a way that no one ever understood unless you were with him. So, he was a great influence on me, not necessarily in his driving style because we had completely different driving styles, but in the way he held himself and handled himself. If you go back and think about it, all the stuff that he was in, he hardly ever said anything bad about another driver. He would just say, 'That's racing,' and go on. Now, you got the hell knocked out of you the next week, but he wasn't talking about it. He was on to the next thing. And, I think that was one of the coolest things about him. You never heard him say anything. He let his racing do his talking."