Bristol II: Jeff Burton preview

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 307 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, Burton drove this Caterpillar Impala SS to a 25th-place...

This Week's Caterpillar Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 307 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, Burton drove this Caterpillar Impala SS to a 25th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May after contact with another competitor, with fewer than 20 laps remaining, cut the left-rear tire on the Caterpillar Chevy. Most recently, this No. 31 racer finished eighth at Michigan International Speedway in June.

Three to Go ... The 21-time Sprint Cup Series winner currently sits seventh in the championship point standings with three races remaining in NASCAR's "Race to the Chase." The 12 Chase contenders are determined once the checkered flag waves at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 11 and, heading into this weekend's 500-lap affair, Burton is armed with a 266-point cushion over the 13th-place point man.

Meet the Driver ... Burton will sign autographs at the grand opening of the Sam's Club, located on Kohl's Drive in Nicholasville, Ky., from 4:30 - 6 p.m. local time.

JEFF BURTON:

Talk about your season so far at short tracks.

"I think we are really good at short tracks. Sometimes, our finishes don't indicate how good we ran. I think the short tracks are the strength of our deal. We led a lot at Martinsville, we were very, very fast at Phoenix, and we ran really well at Bristol in March. We were also really fast at New Hampshire and led a lot of laps, so I think our short track program has been pretty solid. We're going to have to move it forward as we go into the last third of the year, but I feel like we're solid there."

You have a pretty good point cushion heading into this weekend's race. Is that nice going into such an unpredictable race?

"It would be a blessing. The thing you always want to do is to be able to lock yourself in as early as possible. Two years ago, we went to California pretty much knowing we were in the Chase as long as we didn't have two disastrous races and everyone else had two great races. Going into that Richmond race, we knew we were in and it was a whole other ball game. It was just go race and that's a great environment to start out in because that's really the attitude you have to have in the last 10 races. We're just going to race, not worry about the points and go race to win the races, which we do all the time. But, it's just a different mind set and, the sooner you can get into the mind set, the better prepared you are for the Chase."

The night races typically don't go that well for you. Do you know a reason for that?

"I just think its coincidence more than anything. When I think about Bristol, I, honestly, don't think there's a difference how we run during the day verses the night. I just think how we finish has been different. Why we finish better one race than we have another, I have no idea, but there really isn't a variance how we've run race to race. It's more how we've finished."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton
Teams Richard Childress Racing