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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 CAT Chevrolet, is interviewed during NASCAR media day at Daytona International Speedway on February 4, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jeff Burton seldom shies from offering his opinion. Straightforward and honest in assessing everything from NASCAR rule changes to the caliber of his own team, Burton refuses to soften his characterization of his 2011 Sprint Cup season. It was a year in which the Richard Childress Racing driver not only went winless, but fell to 20th in the standings -- his worst career performance since his sophomore 1995 season. It was the kind of performance that can upset and unbalance a team -- but one that Burton is intent to make sure doesn't happen again. So he enters the 2012 season with a new crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer -- interim Luke Lambert has moved to Elliott Sadler's championship-contending Nationwide Series effort at RCR -- and a renewed diligence when it comes to being up on everything happening within his own team. Last year, he dismisses as simply unrepeatable. "If anybody around me thinks last year was acceptable, they need to go somewhere else," Burton said, "because la...
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