JEFF BURTON-9-Gain Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE. "I just had an incredibly fast race car. It's ridiculous that we can be that fast. I'll take it. To lead every lap in the spring and then come back and to take the lead on...
JEFF BURTON-9-Gain Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)
TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE.
"I just had an incredibly fast race car. It's ridiculous that we can be that fast. I'll take it. To lead every lap in the spring and then come back and to take the lead on whatever lap it was that we took the lead from starting in 33rd, that's just amazing. When we took the lead, I was actually laughing in the car because it was amazing that we could take the lead that fast. This race track means so much to me. I've said it a thousand times and I'm sure everyone gets tired of hearing it, but I just take a lot of pride in being able to do well here. I just think that this is a special place. It's full of history and heritage and it's what Winston Cup racing is all about, and what Busch racing is all about. It's the oldest superspeedway that we run on and it's just like it was when my heroes ran here, so I take a lot of pride in running here. And to win here, it means a great deal to me."
DID WINSTON CUP PRACTICE HELP YOU TODAY?
"Well, we didn't make any changes to our car based on Winston Cup practice. We led every lap here in the spring and we didn't get any practice, so we just started like we ended up here in the spring. We were so fast here then, it was an easy decision for us to make when you lead every lap and if you come back with something different, you're wacko. We just started the car like we were. We didn't use Winston Cup practice for anything other than I got some seat time and that certainly helps. When they dropped the green flag, I took off and I didn't have to get used to the race track or anything. The Busch team is just really good. Brad Parrott has done an awesome job. A lot of people are after him with the job he has done here, trying to get him to go work for them, but he's done a great job and we have a place for him in our program next year to keep growing and be part of my Busch program. He's done a good job of getting a good group of people together. That's a little Winston Cup team. That's nothing against the Busch teams, but everybody on that team is Winston Cup caliber and that's how we run it. We run it just like our Winston Cup team with way less people, obviously. There's only four full-time people on that team. Being in the same shop with Randy Goss and Greg Biffle, that's a huge benefit to us, too. We're trying to help him win a championship, and we're trying to win as many races as we can on the way."
WERE YOU SURPRISED YOU WERE ABLE TO GET SUCH A BIG LEAD?
"When you're running in traffic, it's hard to evaluate what your car is doing. I knew I had a really fast car. It has a tremendous amount of side bite. What I mean by that is when you go into the corners, it just digs in the track; it doesn't slide up the track, it just digs in. My car really did that today, so I knew we had a fast car. When I got to second and I saw the 21 car, that was when I was going to judge how good we were. We were able to come on him pretty quickly. Once we got past the 21, then it didn't surprise me that we were able to push it out and get a lead. It surprised me that we were able to get there that fast and it surprised me that we were that much faster than everybody else because these aren't second-class teams. These are very good teams that we're racing against. The 21, the 60, the 57, the 10, all of those teams are very good race teams. I don't take this win lightly. I don't take any win lightly. I don't think we're coming in and picking on anybody, that we're the big boys on the block. I don't feel like that. I have a lot of respect for the Busch teams, especially the top caliber Busch teams; they're hard to beat. They're very hard to beat and it's amazing that we were able to go that much faster."