Burton Looking for Talladega Turnaround

Jeff Burton

Jeff Burton has a 21.2 average finish in the last 10 races at Talladega. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Jeff Burton isn’t concerned about the slow start to his season and believes there are better days and finishes just ahead and it could come on Sunday in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Burton finds himself in 25th-place in the standings and 100 points behind Sprint Cup Series point leader Carl Edwards.

Despite having a multitude of issues as well as problems out of his control over the first seven races of the season, the Richard Childress Racing driver refuses to make excuses for what has added up to a frustrating beginning to 2011.

“I think what's important is to focus on exactly what is going on,” Burton said of his approach to tackling the challenges that have come his way. “Take the emotion out of it, pay attention to the facts, and if you pay attention to the facts, you can come to the solution a whole lot quicker.

“For us, what we have to guard against is looking and saying, well, we have had bad luck. Because, that, to me, is an excuse. That to me is knocking it off and saying, it's some other power -- it's some other power making us either be successful or not successful, and I just don't buy into that.”

The next challenge for Burton and the Sprint Cup Series will at Talladega, the second restrictor-plate race of the season. Based on what Burton had during Speedweeks at Daytona before a blown engine sidelined him from the Daytona 500, the veteran driver likes his chances this weekend at the 2.66-mile track.

Burton also believes the same two-car drafting tandem that dominated Daytona will be on display in Talladega.

“We were really fast at Daytona,” Burton said. “I was real excited about our car in Daytona. I think the two-car draft is something that everyone is going to try to use at Talladega – there’s no question about that. A lot of people have worked on their cooling packages. It’ll be interesting to see how long people can push each other now.

“A couple of our cars had engine problems, including us. Those guys work really hard and I’m sure we have that remedied. But, certainly, that will be in the back of our mind.”

Talladega’s wild card element and the unknowns of restrictor plate racing will also be on Burton’s mind and the veteran driver knows that having the best car and the right strategy doesn’t always pay off in victory.

“The speedway races are always interesting because you have teams that really have not been capable of winning at the downforce-type tracks; they see this as an opportunity,” Burton said. “And those teams work very hard to try to put themselves in position.

“Trevor Bayne is a great example. They really haven't been in contention to win any other races but they won the Daytona 500. And the Speedway races and restrictor plate races present an opportunity for teams that have a skill-set at that particular kind of race to go win a race, and those people are typically very aggressive.”

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