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2013 Fontana: Jeff Burton NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Mar 20, 2013 - 06:21 AM
2013 Fontana: Jeff Burton NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

This Week's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Auto Club Speedway... Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. This is a brand new No. 31 Chevrolet that will see its first on-track action during Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session.


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Burton in California ... Burton has 23 starts at Auto Club Speedway with one pole award (1999), six top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and led 127 laps.

Featured Caterpillar Dealer ... Johnson Machinery will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

Johnson Machinery is Caterpillar's only Platinum level dealer, serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties since 1940. Johnson offers the complete line of Caterpillar construction equipment products, new and used parts, service and rentals. Headquartered in Riverside, they have locations in Fontana, Indio, Victorville and Temecula.

Race Rewind 2012 ... Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team finished 22nd in the 2012 Auto Club 400 after NASCAR officials shortened the scheduled 200-lap event to 129 laps due to rain.

Drivers like Auto Club Speedway because the surface is worn out. Is that track harder on the drivers or crews?
"I think it is harder on the crews. In my opinion, tracks like Auto Club Speedway are why this new Gen-6 car was built. It is a slick two-mile race track. How do you make the racing more fun to watch? The decision was made to make more grip. If we leave there without seeing a better race than we have in the past, it will be disappointing. In my opinion, that race track is exactly what this car was built around."

Why do you think drivers like old worn-out surfaces like Auto Club Speedway?
"I don't think all drivers do, just the ones that run well there do. It's fun to slide around and not have a lot of grip as long as everyone else is doing it too. It's fun to know you are on the limit with the car sliding around. It's a fun way to race."

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