May 07, 2013
Jeff Burton 2013 NSCS Bojangles’ Southern 500 Race Preview
Press Release

Jeff Burton - Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Jeff Burton - Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Jeff Burton

No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS

Event Preview Fact Sheet

This Week’s No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway … Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Darlington Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet has been utilized twice this season, at Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Career Darlington Stats … The Southern 500 marks Burton’s 31st start at the 1.366-mile facility. Darlington Raceway is one of Burton’s favorite places to visit on the Sprint Cup Series schedule and he has amassed two wins, eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at the historic track, leading 817 laps.

No Stranger to Victory Lane … Burton’s six visits to Darlington Raceway’s Victory Lane across NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series competition stretch from 1997-2002. He completed a rare sweep of both Sprint Cup Series events in 1999 and both Nationwide Series events in 2002. His first win at the egg-shaped oval took place in the Nationwide Series in 1997. The 45-year old driver also holds trophies for winning the April 2001 race and two Nationwide Series pole awards in 1998 and 2002.

Appearance Alert … Burton is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy stage located in the Darlington Raceway display area on Saturday, May 11 at 3:25 p.m. Eastern Time.

Sprint Fan Vote. Vote Now, Vote Often … Fans have the opportunity to vote Burton into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 18 with the Sprint Fan Vote. The Sprint Fan Vote was launched in 2004 as a way to bring one more deserving driver into the Sprint All-Star Race to compete for the $1 million payout. There are three ways you can vote for Burton.

  • Mobile Handsets

Use the NASCAR Mobile ’2013 application
Votes from the application count double (x2)
Voting on handsets is unlimited

  • Online

Voting is unlimited

  • The Sprint Experience

Voting stations will be set up in the Sprint Experience mobile display each race weekend

Race Rewind 2012 … After a solid 10th-place qualifying effort, Burton and the No. 31 Chevrolet team battled to find the right handling throughout least season’s Southern 500 and finished 18th at Darlington Raceway.


It is known throughout the Sprint Cup Series garage that you love Darlington Raceway, why is that?

“I love Darlington Raceway. To be honest, I liked it more before the repave a few years ago. The fresh pavement has put a lot of grip into the track. Handling is still important, but not in the same kind of way. The track is much faster now and you don’t have that dramatic fall off with tire wear. I hope the pavement, with age, starts to lose some of that grip and that bad handling comes back, because that is what Darlington is all about. It’s still a great race though. To me, with no disrespect to any other race, winning that 500-mile race is huge. The Southern 500 is a big deal to me. It’s the race I circle on the schedule every year.”

Source: Richard Childress Racing

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