Burton Continues To Battle

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Although his chances of winning the NEXTEL Cup title are all but officially over, Jeff Burton still believes he can put together a strong finish to the 2007 season.

Burton finds himself 409 points behind Jeff Gordon in the standings as the series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday's Pep Boys 500.

It's a big change from a year ago when Burton was still in the thick of the championship battle coming into the seventh race of the Chase.

But despite his title dreams for this year on ice, Burton looks to end the year on a positive note.

We’ll continue to go to the last few races with the same approach we have had all year," Burton said. "We don’t come to each track worrying about a championship; we focus on each race. All that we can do as a team is our very best and if we do that, the points up will add up."

"We can’t control the other teams or worry about what the other teams are doing. We have to focus on what we are doing and do a good job. If we do that, then we’ll be able to battle back and move up in the standings."

Burton could make up some ground at Atlanta, a track he calls one of his favorites.

In 26 Cup Series starts at AMS, Burton owns six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

"It’s so much fun to race at Atlanta," he said. "It’s a track with two different personalities. It has a qualifying personality and a race personality."

"The racing personality is really slick. You can run on the bottom, up by the wall or in the middle of the track. It’s an extremely fast race track but in race trim you lose so much handling that it doesn’t feel that fast. In qualifying it’s really fast and it feels that way."


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