JEFF BURTON -99-Citgo Taurus (Finished 3rd) "I feel like a yo-yo. We took off pretty decent and generally Dover gets tighter as you run. We were too tight, so I asked to free the car up a lot and they gave me exactly what I wanted, the problem...
JEFF BURTON -99-Citgo Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"I feel like a yo-yo. We took off pretty decent and generally Dover gets tighter as you run. We were too tight, so I asked to free the car up a lot and they gave me exactly what I wanted, the problem was I asked for something that I didn't need. We were extremely too loose and we actually went a lap down. They had the wreck on the back straightaway. I'm not sure what happened, but Mark's misfortune was our good fortune. That got us back on the lead lap. We put on four tires and made a chassis adjustment. We came on pit road and put a spring rubber in the right front. We came on pit road and did several things and really took advantage of that caution. Then we drove to like fifth or sixth. We drove from the last car on the lead lap up to about fifth and I was really fast there. We ran from fifth to seventh pretty much the rest of the day. We gambled a little bit at the end and put on two tires and got us a third-place finish. It was a good day for us. We have struggled this year. There are a lot of teams that would like to struggle the way we're struggling, but we're accustomed to winning races and contending for wins and we haven't been doing that, so it at least feels good to be able to see the leader at the end of the race."
WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR YOUR SEASON? "We've been disappointed with our season. We've been the worst performing Roush car and thank God the Roush cars are performing well. We just haven't done the things we need to do. We've totally restructured the type of car that we're building. We started that at Richmond. We ran great at Richmond. We had a strong run in The Winston. We had a strong run going in the 600. We got a lap down because we had a problem and then we blew an engine, but we ran really well in that race and we ran well today. So, I feel like we're making progress. I feel like we're headed in the right direction. We still have a ways to go, don't get me wrong, but I'm really much more confident about where we're headed than I have been."
WERE YOU JUST CONCERNED ABOUT GETTING A TOP-FIVE FINISH AT THE END? "I took off going to evaluate what kind of position we were going to be in and I was trying to win the race. Then it became obvious that the 28 was a lot faster and the 48 was faster. So, instead of me battling the 28 and letting everybody else catch us, I moved over and let him go because it was in our best interest to do that. I'm a racer. I don't ever want to give up anything, but, sometimes, you're better off racing with your head than your foot. In that case, I beat Newman by six inches at the line. If I would have raced the 28 car, Newman would have beaten me, the fifth-place car would have beaten me and probably the sixth-place car would have beaten me. So, sometimes you have to evaluate what kind of position you're in and then do the smart thing. It isn't always in your best interest to just drive with your butt and your foot. Sometimes you've got to use your head."
DID YOU SEE THE PARK-NEWMAN INCIDENT? "I didn't see any of it. Generally, unless I was around it, I have no idea what happened in the race. I have no idea what you're speaking of. I'd love to comment on it because that's part of what we do. It makes it fun. People get upset at each other. It's part of what we do, but I didn't see it."
DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR JOHNSON AFTER THE LAST STOP? "When we first took off I thought, 'Man, we're actually gonna be OK here.' I was suspect that two tires wasn't going to work out very well, but it took off great. I said, 'Man, we might be able to run him down.' I actually cut one or two laps a little quicker than he did and then he just got better and better and better. So, no, at that point I could see that at best we were breaking even and sometimes losing some, so it didn't look like we had enough to win."