Ready To IROC And Roll

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Jeff Burton has established himself as one of the top stars in NASCAR Winston Cup competition through the past few years, and he hasn’t done too badly in the NASCAR Busch Series on a limited basis, either.

There is one series Burton has yet to conquer, though, and it’s one he’d like to put a serious dent in – the International Race of Champions series.

Burton has accepted an invitation to compete in IROC’s 25th-anniversary year in 2001, with his sights set on a championship. It will be the fourth consecutive year Burton has participated in the series.

“I’m excited about competing in this year’s IROC Series,” says Burton, who finished third in the Winston Cup points standings this season with four victories, 15 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes. “It gives me a chance to compete against some drivers in other series’, and it’s always good competition out there. Hopefully the fourth time is a charm for me.”

Burton finished second overall in IROC competition during his first year in the series in 1998, winning more than $100,000. He also won a race that year, at Michigan Speedway.

However, Burton has slipped to 11th and seventh place in the overall IROC standings in each of the past two years. He finished third, fourth, 12th and 12th, respectively, in last year’s four events.

The International Race of Champions matches 12 drivers from different motorsports series’ to do battle in equally-prepared Pontiac Firebird race cars. The IROC race team builds, tunes and delivers 12 equal cars to each track during the four-race series. At the end of the fourth race, the points are tallied and an IROC Champion is crowned.

The four-race schedule includes races at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 16), Talladega Superspeedway (April 21), Michigan International Speedway (June 9) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Aug. 4). ABC Sports and ESPN will broadcast the events in 2001.

Ricky Rudd, who finished fifth in the NASCAR Winston Cup points standings in 2000, also recently accepted an invitation to return to the IROC series in 2001.

Dale Earnhardt is the defending IROC series champion.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup, 2000, Jeff Burton

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