Burton Not Letting Up

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As far as Jeff Burton is concerned, the 2006 season never ended.

The veteran driver has carried over his success from last year into the new season and finds himself in second place in the standings, only five points out of the top spot.

It's not surprising to see Burton back near the top of the standings, after his turnaround year for Richard Childress Racing in 2006.

Burton says it's just a continuation of a process to keep improving.

"Number one, you can't ever get to the point where you think that you're just always going to have success," he said. "The best way to handle success is to act as if you haven't done as much as you need to do and to understand that you haven't done as much as you need to do. There's always more to do and there's always a way to do it better."

One thing Burton won't do this year is sneak up on anyone, as he did a year ago when he was a surprise contender for the crown.

But Burton knows that means there will no doubt be others to watch for this year, who might be under the radar right now.

"Oh yeah, Sitting here last year did anyone think we were a contender for the championship?," he said.

"There will be surprises this year. Both good and bad surprises. I think there will be teams that have more success with the Car of Tomorrow program than they have with their other program and I think there'll be opposite of that too. I think there will be people who will have more success in the intermediate program and not with the Car of Tomorrow. I don't think there's any doubt about that."

The COT will play a big part in the outcome of this season and even after last week's test at Bristol, Burton feels there's still much work to do for everyone to figure things out.

"We've worked hard at it, but other people have worked hard at it too," he said. "We'll see what happens. We've put a lot of effort into it. And it requires effort. If you take the restrictor plate races out, it's half the year. There are 16 intermediates and 16 Car of Tomorrows. You can't win the Championship, you can't contend for the Championship if you don't have a good Car of Tomorrow program. It's just that simple. We have put a lot of effort into it. But I know other teams have too."

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