This Week's CatUsed.com Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 314 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new this season, this is the same Caterpillar Chevrolet Burton drove...
This Week's CatUsed.com Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 314 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new this season, this is the same Caterpillar Chevrolet Burton drove to a fourth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last month and, most recently, posted a runner-up finish with this No. 31 racer at Dover International Speedway three weeks ago.
Meet the Owner and Driver ... Team owner Richard Childress and Caterpillar driver Burton are scheduled to sign autographs at the No. 31 merchandise hauler, located outside turn two inside the CatUsed.com display area, during the race weekend. Childress will meet fans on Thursday, October 14 from 1 - 1:30 p.m. while the 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner will autograph items on Friday, October 15 from 3 - 3:30 p.m.
You have had success at Charlotte. What do you like about that race track? "Charlotte is a good race track for us. We typically run well there. We haven't run well there recently, but we feel it's a good race track for us. Despite being very difficult to drive, it's a solid track for us."
You have wins at Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta. Do tracks like Charlotte fit your driving style? "I think so. Where we seem to struggle are at two-mile race tracks, like Michigan and Fontana. We don't seem to run as well at those race tracks. We seem to do pretty well on the mile-and-a-half tracks like Atlanta and Charlotte. The tracks where the cars are in the corner for a long time, at big tracks with low grip, are where we seem to struggle a little bit. The short tracks are where we seem to excel, so it's a little hard to figure out. Charlotte is a race track where we feel we should be able to run well."
Even though a lot of the mile-and-a-half tracks look similar, they are all different. What is unique about Charlotte? "Well, they are all very different. Charlotte changed a few years ago. They really made a big difference in the way you have to drive the car. The top lane has come in really well at Charlotte, too. You can run the bottom, and you can run the top. The tire there, typically, is hard to get going on, but it's good in the long runs, but hard to make good grip to start. The tire will continue to get better there. The thing about Charlotte is getting through the corners well. If you can get through the corners, you'll be in good shape."