Burton Set for Talladega Test

Jeff Burton

Burton will represent one of three Chevrolet teams at the test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jeff Burton will be one of the drivers taking part in Wednesday's test of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car at Talladega Superspeedway.

Seven teams will be at the test, with Burton representing Richard Childress Racing. With this being the first test of the new car on a restrictor-plate track, Burton believes one of the keys will be to see if drivers can avoid the nose-to-tail tandem style of drafting.

"I haven't had a conversation with NASCAR about it yet, but I would imagine one of the big issues is how they're going to (write) the rules so you can't push each other around the racetrack; or can they make it to where they won't overheat," Burton said. "That's a big question. You know that the fans don't like tandem racing."

With the new body styles for Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, the test is an opportunity to see if the cars even have the ability to draft in tandem.

"With the new noses and all the new stuff, the only way to figure out if you can or can't is to go do it," Burton said. "Until you really get out there and do that, it's hard to simulate that. This, to me, is the most important part of the test.

"As for the rest of Talladega, I don't think there's a whole lot that we really need to answer. We pretty much know that from wind tunnel numbers and those kinds of things."

Over the past couple restrictor-plate races, NASCAR has adjusted the rules with the current car to go back to the "pack" style of racing that fans grew accustomed to in the past.

Along with Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya, Burton will be driving Chevrolet's new SS entry around the high banks of Talladega.

"I've seen the new Chevrolet and it looks like a Chevrolet," Burton said. "That, to me, is so important. We've taken the identity away from these cars. The new ones look like cars and I think that's a good thing."

Sam Hornish Jr. will help in Penske Racing's off-season transition to Ford by driving one of the new Fusions in the test. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who will drive the No. 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing next year, also will be at Wednesday's session.

Toyota will be represented by Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing with drivers Joey Logano and Brian Vickers scheduled to be behind the wheel, respectively.

Wednesday's session will be open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CT). Seating will be located on the backstretch in Section Y of the Allison Grandstands. Fans can park in Lot 6E and enter the grandstands through gate P-22. Concession stands will not be open, but standard gate rules apply and fans can bring in food and beverages in approved coolers.

MotorRacingNetwork.com will be trackside with a full report and photos from the test.

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