Burton Leads RCR Sweep
March 16, 2008 | 5:36 P.M. EST
Burton drove his AT&T Chevrolet around leader Denny Hamlin on a green-white-checkered finish when the FedEx No. 11 Toyota had a fuel pickup problem.
Hamlin drove to the inside allowing Burton and his RCR teammates Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer to power by and give RCR the top three positions.
Burton scored his first Bristol Sprint Cup win in 29 career starts and his first series win since Texas last April.
“It was just like last year - only a different car in front of me,” Burton said. “I don’t know what happened to Denny, if he ran out of gas or something. He quit, and we kept going.”
Greg Biffle’s came home fourth with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounding out the top five.
The two-lap shootout to the checkered flag was set-up when Harvick and Tony Stewart made contact. Harvick's car went up the track as he was side-by-side with Stewart and the contact sent the Home Depot Toyota hard into the wall.
Stewart had just been passed for the lead by teammate Hamlin and was doing his best to stay near the front after dominating the day.
Stewart referred to Harvick as a “(expletive) jerk” to his crew over the radio.
The incident also set off a tussle between Stewart and Harvick's spotters.
“I just lost it,” Harvick said. “Tony and I can work this out - we don’t need some idiot spotter up there trying to sort this out.”
Stewart led 267 laps and looked like he was headed to Joe Gibbs Racing's second straight series win on a restart with five laps to go.
But three laps later, the Harvick and Stewart tangle ended those hopes.
“I thought I left him plenty of room,” said Stewart, who finished 14th. “I was far enough ahead of him I thought I gave him the room. Somehow, it’s my fault - I’m sorry I got in the way.”
Series point leader Kyle Busch once again had a strong car but he lost power steering after taking the lead in the race's first half.
His Toyota spun wildly on the backstretch and wound up making hard contact with the inside retaining wall.
He wound up 17th, but retained his hold atop the standings. He now leads Greg Biffle by 30 points.
Dale Jarrett's final career Sprint Cup Series regular season start ended in a 37th place finish.
The 1999 series champion will start the Spring All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
The series now breaks for the Easter weekend before resuming on March 30th at Martinsville Speedway.