Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jeff Burton not a bad look at 75-to-1 odds to win at New Hampshire

Jeff Burton once led all 300 laps during a 2000 New Hampshire race
Jeff Burton
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Weekend’s No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
… Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March.

Career New Hampshire Stats … This race marks Burton’s 37th start in “The Granite State” and 674th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has amassed four wins, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at the 1.058-mile facility and led 940 laps.

Mr. New Hampshire … Burton is no stranger to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, bringing home race-winning trophies in four-consecutive seasons (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000). During his memorable victory in the 2000 event, the South Boston, Va. native paced the field for all 300 circuits, marking the last time a Sprint Cup Series driver led 100 percent of the laps completed.

Featured Cat Dealers … Milton CAT will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Milton CAT is the Northeast Dealer for Caterpillar machinery, engines and generators as well as a range of top name brands that complement the Caterpillar product offering – Metso mobile crushing and screening plants, Genie aerial lifts and Sullair compressors. Milton CAT serves light to heavy construction, forestry, agriculture, governmental, paving, scrap, demolition and waste as well as marine, prime and stand-by power generation industries. Milton CAT maintains a huge fleet of machines and generators available for rent – and through rentmachines.com, daily and weekly machine rentals are available through Milton CAT Rental Alliances, a network of independent rental stores throughout the northeast. To learn more visit www.miltoncat.com.

2012 Race Rewind … An early pit road incident, untimely caution-flag periods and long green-flag runs relegated Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team to a 21st-place finish in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series July event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


How hard is it to pass at New Hampshire Motor Speedway?

“I am one of the few drivers that think it is harder to pass at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) than before. It used to be when you had position, the spot was yours. Now you gain that track position and the fight for the spot has just begun. I think it is much harder to pass now than it was with the old track. I do enjoy going to New Hampshire, though. I feel really comfortable there.”

What kind of track do you consider New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
“It’s a NASCAR short track, but not a late model-style short track. The corners are long and flat, so handling is everything. You have corner-entry, middle of the corner and exit issues you have to worry about. When you are off a little bit at this track, it’s really magnified because the corners are so long.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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