Charlotte II: Jeff Burton preview

This Week's Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express Chevrolet at Lowe's Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot Chassis No. 078 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Friday night's Dollar General 300. Built new in 2009, ...

This Week's Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express Chevrolet at Lowe's Motor Speedway ... Jeff Burton will pilot Chassis No. 078 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Friday night's Dollar General 300. Built new in 2009, Burton drove this No. 29 Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July. Since then, this Impala SS chassis has been fitted with a new body.

Milestone Start ... Burton will make his 850th career NASCAR start in Friday's NNS race, tying him with Bill Elliot for 11th on the all-time NASCAR starts list. In his previous 849 starts in NASCAR's top-three national series (Sprint Cup, NNS and Camping World Truck), the South Boston, Va., native has earned 48 wins, 17 poles, 209 top-five and 372 top-10 finishes. Burton is tied with Bobby Labonte, Benny Parson and Jack Smith for 28th on the all-time Sprint Cup Series wins list with 21. He is also tied with Kyle Busch for fourth on the NNS all-time wins list with 27. In 2007, he and former RCR driver Scott Wimmer won the NNS owners' championship when the duo split time in the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet.

Statically Speaking ... Burton has 15 top-10 finishes at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the most of any driver in NNS competition. In 31 career starts at the 1.5-mile quad oval, the 22-year veteran has earned three wins, one pole, eight top-five finishes and has led 434 laps. Additionally, in his six NNS starts while driving the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet at LMS, Burton has never finished worse than ninth and boasts a fifth-place average finish.

Past Winner ... Burton has earned six career victories at Lowe's Motor Speedway, three in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and three in the NNS. His first four victories came while driving for team owner Jack Roush before giving RCR their second NNS win at LMS in October 2007 and the Welcome, N.C.,-based organization's fifth NSCS win at LMS one year ago.

RCR's Stats at Lowe's ... In 42 NNS starts at LMS, RCR boasts three poles (Kevin Harvick -- May 2001, May 2003 and Oct. 2003), two wins (Jeff Green -- May 2002 and Burton -- Oct. 2007), 10 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, an 11.7 average start and 14.4 average finish. RCR Chevrolets have completed 92.9 percent of the race contested (7,789 of 8,380) in those starts.

Rearview Mirror ... Clint Bowyer and the No. 29 team finished 29th after cutting a right-front tire in the final laps of the Copart 300 at Auto Club Speedway last weekend. The less-than-desired finish dropped the team one spot, to sixth, in the NNS owners' point standing with five races remaining in the 2009 season.

Double-Down in Concord ... In addition to his NNS duties, Burton will pilot the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet in Saturday night's NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The 31st points-paying race on the NSCS schedule will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

RCR Celebrates 40 Years with Fans ... In honor of its 40th anniversary, RCR will host a Fan Day at the Welcome, N.C. complex on Thurs., Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Activities include driver and pit crew autograph sessions, self-guided tours of RCR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide shops as well as ECR's engine shop, radio remotes, musical entertainment, pit crew competition, viewing of the DALE movie, question-and-answer session with team owner Richard Childress and much more. General admission to RCR's Fan Day is just $5, which will benefit the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, please visit:


What does it mean for you to be making your 850th career NASCAR start this Friday? "It's hard to imagine I'll be making my 850th NASCAR start. I'm not one to count how many starts I have made but I can certainly say that I have a lot more starts in my future. Competing in NASCAR's top levels of racing is something I have dreamed of since I was five years old. Thirty-seven years later, I still have a passion for what I do and I look forward to capturing more trophies and, hopefully, a championship along the way."


What are your goals heading into this Friday night's race? "RCR's No. 29 team has been pretty consistent over the past three seasons at Lowe's Motor Speedway. We're bringing the same Chevrolet we brought with us to Chicago, but we've added a better aerodynamic body. Track position is really important on these mile-and-a-half speedways, so qualifying well is going to be important. We took a hit in the points in our last race, but this team is ready to come back strong and have a solid run this weekend."

-credit: rcr

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Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Labonte , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Scott Wimmer , Clint Bowyer , Jack Roush , Jack Smith , Kyle Busch