Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jeff Burton at 100/1 odds, always a contender at Phoenix

Jeff Burton has 12.6 average in past 20 Phoenix starts 
Jeff Burton
No. 31 @CATMining Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s No. 31 @CATMining Chevrolet SS
… Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 429 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS was raced by Burton at Dover International Speedway in September.

Burton in the Desert … Burton has 28 starts at Phoenix International Raceway with two wins (2000 and 2001), seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. He has also led 222 laps at the one-mile facility.

No Stranger to Victory Lane … Burton has scored two victories at the one-mile desert oval, bringing home back-to-back trophies from Phoenix International Raceway in 2000 and 2001, leading more than 100 laps in both events.

MilestoneBurton will make his 1,000th-career NASCAR start when the Sprint Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. During a NASCAR career spanning more than 25 years, Burton has amassed 48 wins including victories in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The South Boston, Va., native has earned more than 250 top-five and 400 top-10 finishes, was named the 1994 Sprint Cup Series “Rookie of the Year” and co-piloted the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series owner’s championship. Overall, the 46-year-old driver has made 689 Sprint Cup Series starts along with 306 starts in the Nationwide Series and four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and the Stavola Brothers to name a few. Burton is the last driver to lead 100 percent of the laps in a NASCAR-sanctioned event, pacing the field for all 300 laps en route to victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000, and was the 2007 NASCAR Illustrated “Person of the Year.”

@CATMining … The No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet will help launch the new Caterpillar Global Mining Twitter account this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. @CatMining will provide updates and information about the organization and their ongoing commitment to the mining industry. Wherever you go in the mining world, you’ll find Caterpillar. From underground coal mines in the United States to gold mines in Africa and iron ore mines in Australia, Caterpillar products are hard at work and CAT people are right there too with building and supporting products, training operators, helping customers mine more profitably and wo rking with schools, organizations and communities. As industry leaders, Caterpillar is engaged in the mining industry at every level.

Featured Cat Dealers … Empire Southwest will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Chevrolet this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
Empire Southwest is the authorized Caterpillar dealer for construction and mining equipment and commercial engines in Arizona, Southeastern California and portions of Northern Mexico. In addition, Empire is a provider of commercial solar power systems and an authorized dealer for agriculture machinery from AGCO, Challenger, Massey Ferguson and other leading manufacturers. The third-generation, family owned company was founded in 1950, has 18 locations and is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. Learn more atwww.empirecat.com.

Team Chevy … Burton will join Team Chevy at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler Ariz., on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time to participate in various activities such as: the Team Slalom, Timed Autocross Competition and Hot Laps with Chevrolet guests and members of the media.

Race Rewind 2012 … Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team finished 13th at Phoenix International Raceway after driving from the rear of the field in the 2012 AdvoCare 500 because of multiple accidents in Sprint Cup Series practice sessions earlier in the weekend.


Burton’s thoughts on racing at Phoenix International Raceway.

“Phoenix International Raceway is a really fun race track, I enjoy going there. We had a top-10 finish in March and I fully expect to go there and contend for the win again. It’s definitely another track that is in a transition phase. As the fresh asphalt from the recent repave goes through some of those hot, Phoenix summers, the grip level is starting to fade. That’s a good thing though because the tire that Goodyear was taking there made it so difficult to get going on restarts. Now you can take right off and go fast. I think it will be a better race because the restarts will be more aggressive.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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