Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed what it takes to be successful at Pocono, the differences racing here in August versus June, his team's mentality with the Chase approaching, how all...
Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Mobility Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed what it takes to be successful at Pocono, the differences racing here in August versus June, his team's mentality with the Chase approaching, how all three RCR cars are within the top 12 in points, his thoughts on bonus points for wins, heading to Watkins Glen and racing on the road course, international racing, racing the Cup race as well as the Busch race in Montreal this weekend, improvements he'd like to see the team make over the next few weeks, if he'd like to see a road course added to the Chase, what makes the tunnel turn so tough here, if there's more passing zones at Watkins Glen versus Sonoma, if enjoying road course races gives you an advantage walking in the gate there, if he's talked to Kyle Busch since the Brickyard and the impact of having a seven post rig.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON THE KEYS TO RACING AT POCONO RACEWAY AS WELL AS THE STRUGGLES HERE: "Well this is a really unique opportunity. Every time we come to Pocono for the second race, we were just here about a month ago, and you just try to improve on what you did there. The big challenge here obviously is all three corners are completely different from one another. There's a tremendous challenge in being able to be good in all three corners and if you're going to run in the front you have to be good in all three corners. You can't just pick one corner and say 'this is the one.' You've got to be really good in all of them and that's the hardest part about this race track."
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT RACING HERE IN AUGUST THAN IT IS RACING HERE IN JUNE? "Typically it's not as much grip in the August race as compared to the June race. Typically it's a little bit warmer, the grip level is down so it's kind of funny, a lot of times you come here and run really well in the June race and come back and don't run well in August or vice versa. So this race track changes and the weather conditions change a great deal and that has a huge impact on how the track feels."
AS THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP APPROACHES, IS YOUR TEAM STARTING TO GET INTO A DIFFERENT MODE? "Well not yet, we still have work to do. We feel good about where we are but we all know that a lot can happen between now and then and we're just trying to perform better. Honestly we haven't performed as well the last three months as we need to. We haven't been bad but we haven't been great and if we're going to win the championship we've got to get closer to great so we're working hard to be better and get faster and at the same time we want to continue to do the things that we're doing well so we don't want to let up in any area but we got to improve in some others."
ON RACING IN THE CUP RACE AT POCONO AND BUSCH RACE IN MONTREAL THIS WEEKEND: "Well it's really not going to be that difficult. We're committed to running all the Cup practice here on Saturday. We're not stressing out about trying to get over there for qualifying and making the drivers meeting. We're just going to start in the back. That was the plan all along. We can't give up any Cup practice and we're not going to do that. For me it's not that big of a deal because we're not on a huge time crunch. Now something could go wrong and make the time crunch happen but it would be something out of our control so I'm not going to run out here with my hair on fire trying to get to qualifying. We just succumb to the fact that we can't make it for qualifying, if we want to do the right thing for the Cup car, and that's what we're going to do."
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