Burton Finishes Sixth at "The Glen" WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 15) -- REESE'S Racing driver Jeff Burton lost two spots on a three-lap dash at the end of the race Saturday to finish sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins ...
Burton Finishes Sixth at "The Glen"
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 15) -- REESE'S Racing driver Jeff Burton lost two spots on a three-lap dash at the end of the race Saturday to finish sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins Glen International.
"The REESE'S Chevy was really good," Burton said. "Pit strategy almost won us the race today. If we had a little more brake for the end of the race, the REESE'S Chevrolet would have been in victory lane."
Nextel Cup drivers Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon, Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart made up the top four, respectively. Martin Truex Jr. finished fifth. Burton's teammate, Clint Bowyer, finished 15th.
The REESE'S Racing team has a strong hold on fifth place in the team standings, trailing Truex's first-place team by 342 points.
Burton qualified the REESE'S Chevrolet in the 21st spot for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. After a two-hour rain delay, the track had a few lingering wet spots, forcing the field to take the green and yellow flag at the same time. The field followed the pace car for the first 18 laps until the field took the green.
The lengthy opening yellow allowed crews to gamble on pit strategies with most pitting within a few laps of the green flag. Burton, however, did not pit until lap 39 of 82 when the fourth caution flag waved over the field. This was Burton's one and only pit stop of the day.
Burton restarted in the in the 32nd spot and immediately launched an impressive comeback that had Burton back in the hunt. Burton took the lead on lap 51 of 82, when the majority of the field hit pit road for their second stops of the race. Burton led the Zippo 200 until lap 66, when Brian Vickers passed him going into turn one. Burton lost a few more spots on the final 16 laps and finished sixth.
Kevin Harvick will resume command of the wheel when the REESE'S Racing team travels to Michigan International Speedway for the next race scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 20. Live television coverage of the race begins at 3 p.m. EDT. MRN will carry live radio broadcast.