Season Review: Jeff Burton

Jeff Burton's sixth-place finish in the final standings was his best finish to date with Richard Childress Racing, but it wasn't quite what he was looking for.

After leading the standings early in the season, running as high as second mid-way through and holding the second spot in the Chase after winning his second race of the season in October at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Burton had hoped for a better end result.

He entered the season finale fourth in the standings, but a loose race car and contact with the No. 78 relegated Burton to a 40th-place finish in the race and sixth in the standings.

"We were really loose the first half of the race and, just when we started figuring things out, the No. 78 came down on me as I was trying to make a pass," Burton said. "It's very unfortunate. We would've had a decent finish to the season."

With the season finale in Homestead-Miami Speedway, Burton and sponsor AT&T ended their relationship.

"I would like to thank AT&T for their support these past few years. They've been a great sponsor and we will miss not having them around next year. I wish we could've given them a better finish," Burton said.

In his final year representing AT&T, Burton came away with two victories, seven top fives and 18 top 10s. Consistency throughout the season helped him make the third Chase of his career. He only finished outside the top 20 three times in the first 26 races of the season.

Burton's first victory of the season came in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the middle of March. He led a 1-2-3 RCR finish in that race. It was the first 1-2-3 finish for a car owner since Roush Fenway racing captured the top four spots at Homestead in November 2005.

"Bristol is a tough place sometimes to even finish," Richard Childress said of his teams. "To have all three cars end up one-two-three was great."

Burton's second victory at Lowe’s Motor Speedway led to 2008 being his first multiple-win season since 2001.

"It was a big night for us. Scott Miller did a great job making that call there at the end (to not take fresh tires). That's what won the race," Burton said. "We went up and passed (Greg) Biffle for the lead and never gave it back. We picked up spots on pit road pretty much all night tonight and had the car right at the right time. I'm sure everybody was questioning Scott's call not to take fresh tires. Heck, I was questioning it but it worked out."

Past Season Reviews

7th Place - Jeff Gordon
8th Place - Denny Hamlin
9th Place - Tony Stewart
10th Place - Kyle Busch
11th Place - Matt Kenseth
12th Place - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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