Loudon: Jeff Burton preview

Huntersville, N.C. (July 16, 2002) -- The No. 99 CITGO Racing team heads to New Hampshire this week for the New England 300 on Sunday, July 14. With four total wins at New Hampshire to date, Jeff Burton has won more races at the one-mile oval than...

Huntersville, N.C. (July 16, 2002) -- The No. 99 CITGO Racing team heads to New Hampshire this week for the New England 300 on Sunday, July 14. With four total wins at New Hampshire to date, Jeff Burton has won more races at the one-mile oval than any other Winston Cup driver. His most recent win came in the fall of 2000 at the Dura-Lube/Kmart 300 when he led every lap.

"The CITGO team has been successful at New Hampshire," said Burton. "I'm not sure why that is, but we've always managed to find the right set up and have good racecars. I like the track and look forward to racing there this weekend."

Not only has Burton chalked up four wins (Fall 2000, Spring 1999, 1998 and 1997), but he has also garnered seven top-five finishes out of 14 races. Upon hearing of the addition of a second groove in 2002, Burton made the decision to run the No. 9 Gain Ford Taurus on Mother's Day weekend (one of three off weekends during the Winston Cup season).

"I think the second groove will help," said Burton. "If you have a strong car you can generally move your way to the front of the pack. But the addition of a second groove will make it easier and should make for some more exciting racing. I had the opportunity to run in the groove a little bit when we ran the Gain car there in May and I think it will help."

Since the addition of a second groove, only a few Winston Cup drivers have run on the track and Burton is one of them. He is one of an even smaller group of Winston Cup drivers that have raced on the track since the addition. This is one benefit that Burton has running the No. 9 Gain Ford and the No. 99 CITGO Ford. Burton and the CITGO team utilize information gathered during his Busch races that ultimately help the No. 99 car on Sundays.

"We have a great race team on the Busch side," said Burton. "Brad (Parrott) and the guys do a great job setting up the car and we've been able to transfer some of that information to the Winston Cup side and the No. 99 CITGO team. Brad and Frank (Stoddard) are in constant communication and work together to find what will make both programs successful."

Burton and the No. 99 CITGO team look to break a string of bad luck at New Hampshire and break back into the top-10 in Winston Cup points.

For more information on Jeff Burton, the No. 99 CITGO Racing Team, and No. 9 Gain Team, log onto www.roushracing.com. Roush Racing is the largest motorsports team in the world with eight teams in NASCAR's three major series: Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth (based in Concord, N.C.) in the Winston Cup Series; Greg Biffle and Burton in the Busch Series (based in Mooresville, N.C.); and Jon Wood (based in Livonia, M.I.) in the Craftsman Truck Series.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jon Wood , Mark Martin