Burton Heads Back Home

RICHMOND, Va. - To Jeff Burton, Richmond International Raceway may be as perfect a spot on the NASCAR schedule as they come.

The .75-mile track provides side-by-side racing and the kind of short track action drivers and fans seem to love.

And oh by the way, did we mention Richmond also happens to be in Burton's home state of Virginia?

"I just think for the teams, for the fans and for everybody that it takes to make this sport work, it’s the best all-around track," Burton said. "Richmond has good racing action. It’s big enough where it’s not wreck after wreck but small enough where it’s close side-by-side action since you have multiple grooves. To me, it’s a really hard race track to beat, competition-wise.”

Burton hopes he's hard to beat this weekend as well as he rides into Saturday night's Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 on top of the Sprint Cup Series standings.

The Richard Childress Racing driver has a 22 point advantage over Kyle Busch in the standings, thanks to a consistent first nine races of the year with no worse than a 13th place finish.

He has also completed 80.6 percent of the total laps (2,317 of 2,887) running in the top 15 and leads all drivers with the most completed on the lead lap (2,867 of 2,887).

Those numbers all add up to another strong start for the No. 31 AT&T team.

Now Burton will try to add to those stats at Richmond, where he'll make his 28th career Cup Series start on Saturday night.

His record at RIR includes with one win, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. However 2007 wasn't a year Burton would like to remember with finishes of 18th and 43rd at RIR.

"It takes a lot of different stuff to run well on a short track," Burton said. "I think things get magnified on a short track. Being off a little bit makes you off a lot more on those tracks. I don’t think it’s unlike Martinsville, Phoenix or New Hampshire. There seems to be some teams that do a better job of being ready and some drivers that do a better job of being ready for that type of racing because it is different than what we’re doing at intermediate tracks."

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