Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed his outlook for Atlanta, why he likes this track, the situation involving Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards, how Richard Childress handles conflict at his ...
Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed his outlook for Atlanta, why he likes this track, the situation involving Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards, how Richard Childress handles conflict at his organization, how different Texas is from Charlotte and if things can be learned from Charlotte for Texas, the upcoming test session for the Impala SS, if NASCAR's new generation race car has progressed since its debut, if he's concerned about speeds at Atlanta, Clint Bowyer's chance at the championship, the bump in turn two at Texas and racing at Texas, drivers airing issues in public and his response to people who think this year's Chase is boring.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON WHY HE LIKES RACING AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "I like the opportunity to try different things, the fact that you can run the bottom, run the top, a lot of different options. It gets really slick during the race. The speeds fall off a lot, cars become harder to drive and to me that's what's fun about what we do. The personality for today is completely different for tomorrow. The way you qualify here is so fast but the race is really not that fast. I like the fact that the speed falls off and the cars drive bad. I think it's fun."
HOW DOES RICHARD CHILDRESS HANLDE CONFLICT? "I think every situation requires its own solution and I don't want to compare Jack Roush to Richard Childress and how problems are handled. I don't think that's fair because I actually believe that both of them address each issue so I don't think there's one common way that people address those problems. The way that I've learned to work is that you can't not be honest with each other but there's an appropriate time and an appropriate place and there has to be a willingness to be productive. You can't let emotion get in the way of working things out. If Harvick has a problem with me, he comes directly to me and I know that he has that problem and we work it out. And I learned that from Mark Martin and I learned that working with Matt (Kenseth) is that you can work through any problem as long as everybody has good intentions. If you have good intentions then it's OK. You're going to have issues on the race track but you have to know when you have those issues that it wasn't i ntentional. If you know that then you get through the day OK."
ON MONDAY'S TEST SESSION WITH NASCAR'S NEW GENERATION RACE CAR AND WHAT THEY'LL BE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT: "I think that everybody has a lot of things they're trying to learn. For us, we just want to get a baseline that we can work on throughout the winter. We want to find something that drives well that we can build on for the mile and half, two mile program going into next year. We don't necessarily care if we're the fastest car here Monday and Tuesday, but we do need something that drives well, something that we can refine, something that we can make better rather than go into January trying to build something. So hopefully over the next two days we can take the things that we've learned and apply here so that we can start building our baseline setup that will lead us into next year."
-credit: gm racing