Jeff Burton is Locked In
In his 500th start last night my man Jeff Burton is locked in the Chase for the Cup. He is also being credited as the man that turned Richard Childress Racing around.
Following the 2001 death of Dale Earnhardt in the Daytona 500, RCR promoted Kevin Harvick to the Cup Series at an accelerated pace, and used a platoon of drivers to fill the team's second car. Harvick won two races and finished ninth in the standings, while the other team floundered despite a New Hampshire win by Robby Gordon.
Enter Jeff Burton.
"When I was talking about hiring him, a couple people asked, 'Why would you want to hire him?'" Childress said of Burton, who was 37 at the time. "I watch all these different guys drive these racecars, and he drives every single lap -- if he's running 15th or 20th or wherever -- you can believe he's getting everything out of the car. That's the kind of driver he is, and that's the kind of driver I like."
I remember Dale Earnhardt saying that he wanted Burton to drive for him at DEI. I think that clued Childress in. There is a great chance the other two RCR cars will also make the chase, but I don't care about that. Burton is not getting any younger and I want him to win that cup. If not this year, then next year as he will fly the black and gold Caterpillar colors in 09.