This Week's LENOX Industrial Tools Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot Chassis No. 280 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2009, this RCR Chevrolet was put through its...
This Week's LENOX Industrial Tools Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot Chassis No. 280 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2009, this RCR Chevrolet was put through its first paces at Chicagoland Speedway last July where the 17-year veteran was credited with a 37th-place finish after being collected in a late-race multi-car incident. Burton then piloted this No. 31 racer at Kansas Speedway where he finished 23rd before posting a runner-up finish at Phoenix International Raceway in November. In 2010, this RCR-prepared Chevrolet returned to PIR in April where the Todd Berrier-led team finished 25th after a penalty for pitting outside the pit box halted their forward progress before rebounding nicely at Richmond International Raceway in May by posting a fourth-place finish.
Tuesday, June 29.
You have had success at Loudon but finished 31st and 16th, respectively, in last year's races. What's it going to take to continue your "most wins" streak?
"Well, anytime you have those types of finishes, it's very disappointing. But, I can tell you that I am very optimistic about going to New Hampshire this year based on how well we ran at Phoenix and Richmond. I haven't won there in a long time and it would mean a great deal to me to win the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. LENOX has been a great partner of ours for a long time so for me, personally, I would like to get back to Victory Lane at Loudon."
The No. 31 team tested at The Milwaukee Mile in preparation for this weekend's race. Did the team learn anything?
"It rained a lot and we didn't get as much running in as we wanted to. We were there for two days but we probably got one day worth of work done and we had three days worth of work to do. So, we didn't get as much done as we wanted to and I don't know if we covered as much as we needed to in order to get the full answers to what we were looking for. We had some stuff we wanted to try and some ideas we wanted to run by the car that we needed to see what they felt like to me. We got a portion of those things done."
The "Race to the Chase" begins this weekend. How important will these next 10 races be?
"Obviously, as the races get closer to two or three to go before the last 10, we've got a tremendous amount of emphasis put on it. However, we can't forget that they pay the same amount of points for the third race of the year as they do for the 25th race of the year. So, all the work that we've done up to this point is what matters and every race by itself matters a great deal. The emphasis will be put on these closing races. At the end of the day, it's an accumulation of all the points you gained in the first 26, so it really doesn't make that race any more important than any other."