TBT: Burton Explains NHMS Success
Jeff Burton Explains NHMS Success
This year, New Hampshire Motor Speedway celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Throughout the year as part of that celebration, the Granite Stripe will throw it back on Thursday and give a small history lesson on past events at the track.
From 1997-2000, Jeff Burton won four of eight races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. That total still stands as a track record for the Cup Series at the Magic Mile.
On Thursday, the NHMS staff had the opportunity to catch up with Burton in the Charlotte area and ask him about his wins at the track. Burton explained in depth why he was so impressive at NHMS during that stretch and what made it more difficult for him (or any driver) to replicate that success in the time since.
Burton's first win came on July 13, 1997, in the Jiffy Lube 300.
He didn't roll off the hauler with the fastest car, starting 15th. Ken Scharder started on the pole and led the first 12 laps, and it was Dale Jarrett that presented himself as the car to beat, leading for stretches of 55 and 36 laps, before Burton finally took the lead on Lap 174.
Jarrett reclaimed the lead shortly thereafter, but late car troubles put him seven laps off the pace. Burton found his way back to the front and led 98 of the final 105 laps to take the checkered flag and begin an impressive four-year stretch in which he won a race at the Magic Mile.