JEFF BURTON-9-Cottman Transmission Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) "The SAFER walls, no one should complain that the race track is smaller because it's made the race track safer. It's kind of crazy. But, it certainly does impact the way you drive,...
JEFF BURTON-9-Cottman Transmission Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"The SAFER walls, no one should complain that the race track is smaller because it's made the race track safer. It's kind of crazy. But, it certainly does impact the way you drive, but it impacts it for everybody. It just gives you that much more room to lose control and slide and hit the thing. Again, I think I heard David (Green) saying the same thing, it is where it is and we have to race where the wall is. It's not going to move if you hit it, so you just have to stay away from it. The guys that really get up there, Biffle, I watched him there that last run and he was right up against every single lap over in one and two, and my car wouldn't let me do that, so I had to run a little bit away from it. I kept thinking, 'Ok, the only way we're going to beat him is if he hits it.' That's' just Darlington. That's the way it's always been and that's how it is now, it's just you're a little bit lower than you used to be, but you're still right against the wall."
"I think David (Green) went through a period in his career where he didn't have a ride and he was a Busch Grand National champion. You know you can do it, but you're not doing it and you're not having success, so you keep telling yourself and you put tapes in and watch yourself, and you know you can do it. It is reassuring when you go do it, and you actually put it on the race track and you show yourself and you show everybody else you can do it. Good race car drivers don't forget how to drive. David Green didn't forget how to drive and he proved it last year and he's proving it again this year. You have to be in the right deal for you. That's not to say it's all about the team. The driver has to fit in there, too. When you are having a tough time all you can do is remind yourself that you are a good driver, but you also have to be willing to say, 'What am I doing wrong to contribute to the issues that we're having?' That's where it gets hard and you're telling yourself you're good, but you're also telling yourself that you have to do better. It's hard to know what you're not doing right. That's the hardest thing about what we do because we have to figure that out. You can't watch it on tape. You can't analyze it like you do a quarterback or a golfer or anybody else. The only person that can figure it out is us. That's the hardest part about it. When you're not doing a good job you really don't know why. Generally you're not doing a good job because your car won't let you do a good job. That's my opinion."
"I hate to sound like a spoiled brat, but the last four races we've run here and the last three I won expect for today, so I'm a little disappointed that we didn't win. Although we did run real strong, we just didn't make the right call at the end and that falls on my shoulder. I told them what to do to the car and we just didn't do the right thing. They did do the right thing, and we made our car a little worse and they made their car a little better, and they were a tenth and a half quicker than we were. As far as the early part of the race and the middle part of the race, I thought we did a good job, but at the end we didn't and that's where it goes back to just looking and figuring out what you didn't do as well. You're not going to win them all, you're not going to make the right call every time, and when you don't make the right call, you need it to hurt and it does hurt."