Season Best for Burton

Jeff Burton

"I'm not saying we are the class of the field but we are definitely making progress and we feel like we are starting to build on something, and we understand what we're looking for now." (Photo: Getty Images)

Jeff Burton continued his recent string of better performances with a third-place run in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The finish was the Richard Childress Racing driver's second top five, and best finish, of the season.

“Well, obviously we are happy with our finish,” said Burton. “We would have liked to have been a couple spots better but we had a good car most of the day, and you know, it was very aggressive, real hard racing.”

Burton felt that had the race not been slowed by several cautions in the final stages he would have been able to finish even higher in the final standings and challenged eventual winner Brian Vickers for the victory.

“The cautions didn't really fall the way we needed them to,” he explained. “The way it worked out for us, we had to put tires on at that time when everybody in front us only got fuel and that loss of track position hurt us some but that's just the way it fell out. Had it gone green for 40 or 50 laps, then we were in the catbird seat.”

Burton won’t call it a complete turnaround for his struggling race team but it is certainly headed in the right direction.

“You know, we feel good about what we're doing,” he said. “I know it has not all shown up, but we made a little charge there, started moving up the points, knocking off, 10s, 11s, but they were on mile and a halves and that was a way step forward for us.

“Even Kentucky last week, we were really good in Kentucky, we ran Top 5, Top 6, Top 7 a lot and ended up getting fender damage at the end of the race and finished 19th. So normally we end up running eighth and ended up getting checked.”

As the Sprint Cup Series takes its final break of the season, Burton sits 17th in the Sprint Cup Series standings. He still believes there’s a chance to continue moving up the ranks and perhaps challenge for a Chase spot but also understands there’s more work ahead to stay consistent.

“We have been running a lot better the last two months,” said Burton. “Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we are the class of the field but we are definitely making progress and we feel like we are starting to build on something, and we understand what we're looking for now.”

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