“I’ve had a really good relationship with Richard,” Jeff Burton said. “He is really good to work with a good he is a good person, he does what he say he is going to do in a tough business. It is hard to do what you say you are going to do sometime and he always has. I don’t think neither one of us are happy with the total success that we have had, but at the same time we know that we gave 100 percent and did everything we could together. I am disappointed that we didn’t have more success. When I went there it was a bit of a gamble, but it felt right for me. It was a team that needed to get rebuilt and I think we really job of helping rebuild that and getting it to where it is. It was one of the best places to be then it wasn’t. We got to the Chase three years in a row with all three teams and we took a lot of pride in being apart in that. Ultimately, we didn’t have the success that either one of us wanted to have or that disappointed both of us. There is no hard feelings, we both know we worked hard at it. We want to win; he wants to win, so the next five races it is about that. It is not really complicated; there aren’t many races left. The races are more important. They have put a lot of work into it and it has been a letdown in effort. We are trying real hard to finish up strong.”
Burton has 21 career wins in over two decades of NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Burton recorded 17 wins from 1997-2001 with Roush Fenway Racing. Since joining RCR in 2004, he only won four races. Burton had time to reflect over his career as five races left with RCR.
“I thought had a lot of chances to win championships at Roush,” Burton said. “To be perfectly blunt about it we just didn’t have everything together. One year we would have it where pit stops couldn’t get done. The next year, we would have too many engine failures. It is kind of like Mark (Martin) career. He had chances to win championships, but it wasn’t all together at the right time. We had the speed, but necessarily didn’t have everything else. The year at Childress where we had the best shot, we won the second race of the Chase and we had a pretty good lead. We went to Martinsville and we broke a motor. The very next week with three races left and blew a tire. Then boom you are done. They are never over until their over. Watching this championship they are saying it is a two car race and no not yet. That year, honestly, I thought we had everything in place to get it done: pit crew, crew chief. Everybody was in sync and it didn’t work out.”
This season, Burton’s team is 20th in the points standings after finishing 21st on Sunday. He feels like his team could end the season on a positive note.
“I feel like we have been building,” Burton said. “There are days where we run really well and days where we run not so well. I feel good about the tracks that we have coming up. Phoenix has always been a good track for us. Texas has always been a good track for us; Martinsville has always been a good track for us. I feel like we have a lot of good tracks coming up and I feel like we can do something good.”
Burton plans to drive a Cup car next season and he said he will make an announcement about his plans in the coming weeks.