No. 99 Team and The Green Lantern Join Forces at Michigan Concord, N.C. (August 11, 2004) -- Jeff Burton and the No. 99 Roush Racing team travel to Michigan for the second and final time in 2004 next week. Burton will pilot the No. 99 Green ...
No. 99 Team and The Green Lantern Join Forces at Michigan
Concord, N.C. (August 11, 2004) -- Jeff Burton and the No. 99 Roush Racing team travel to Michigan for the second and final time in 2004 next week. Burton will pilot the No. 99 Green Lantern Ford in Sunday's race and he's hoping to build upon some strong finishes at the track that Roush Racing calls home.
"Michigan is a great track, I really like it a lot," said Burton. "We've had success in the past at Michigan and we want to build on that and take the No. 99 Green Lantern Ford to victory lane next weekend. It will be important to qualify well and get the car handling well, if we do that we should have a legitimate shot at a good finish."
In 21 NEXTEL Cup races at Michigan, Burton is the only active driver to not have posted a DNF. To date, he has chalked up four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in the NEXTEL Cup Series at the two-mile oval. Burton also won his first NEXTEL Cup career pole (one of only two) at the track in the fall of 1996. Not bad statistics but Burton and the No. 99 team are hoping to add a win to the mix.
"It would mean a lot to win at Michigan." Burton continued, "It's the home of Roush Industries and Ford so winning would certainly be a little more special. We are also teaming up with the Justice League that weekend so that adds a little something extra. All the Roush teams will be carrying a paint scheme with one of the Justice League characters on their car that weekend. The No. 99 team will sport a Green Lantern paint scheme which is really cool. Apparently his powers work against anything but the color yellow so hopefully we get all those yellow cars behind us in qualifying. We just need to do what we know how to do and that's to go out and do whatever we can to win."
Burton had a win in his sights at the 2002 fall Michigan race coming from 23rd to lead the race on lap 177. Burton held onto the lead until lap 196 when a mechanical failure caused him to go back to fourth. He would cross the line and take the checkered flag in fourth. A good finish but not what he was hoping for. After collecting a 13th place finish in the spring, Burton and the No. 99 team are looking forward to improving on that run and moving back to the front of the field with the No. 99 Green Lantern Ford.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle, two in the Busch Series with Martin, Burton, Kenseth and Biffle, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Carl Edwards. For sponsorship inquiries please contact John Miller at Roush Racing at 704.720.4600.