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2008 Review/ 2009 Preview: Jeff Burton

By admin | January 19, 2009

 By Richard Allen


Over the next few days and weeks I will be presenting a review of 2008 and a preview of 2009 for each of the drivers and teams who appear to be set for a full time run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For the most part these pieces will run in order by car number. If you should miss out on your favorite driver simply type his name into the search box at the upper right hand portion of the website.

#31- Jeff Burton


In both his days with the Roush organization and his time with Richard Childress Racing, one word describes Jeff Burton, and that word is solid. Not flashy, or even spectacular, would describe this driver’s style. He can always be counted on to deliver consistency.

Burton will rarely stir the type of waves it takes to be the media’s most sought after guy in the garage area but he seems to always put in a good day’s work.

2008 was no different for the driver of car #31. He qualified for the Chase for the Championship, where he eventually finished 6th. Along the way he delivered two wins, seven Top 5s and 18 Top 10s for RCR.

Burton’s car will have a new look in 2009. AT&T has been replaced, much to the delight of NASCAR and Sprint, by Caterpillar as the primary sponsor. Otherwise, there will be few changes for this team.

Scott Miller will return as crew chief and engines for RCR will continue to be built by the joint operation between them and what once was DEI.

Don’t be surprised to see Burton pick up a win or two during the season. As I said before, solid but not necessarily flashy or spectacular.

Driver: Jeff Burton

Car: #31

Owner: Richard Childress Racing

Sponsor: Caterpillar

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Crew Chief: Scott Miller

Scanner Frequencies(?): 468.5750 & 468.6000

Chances of making the Chase for the Championship: Good

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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