Originally posted on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 7/8/12

 

Jeff Burton made three amazing saves, avoided multiple accidents, and led the No. 31 Wheaties Chevrolet team to a second-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

The South Boston, Va. native qualified the Richard Childress Racing machine in the 21st position and decided early to use a conservative strategy during the race, falling back to the tail end of the 43-car field with teammates Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard to prevent engine temperatures from rising.

After running mid pack for a majority of the 160-lap event, the 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner dodged his first bullet of the night on lap 92 when multiple cars collided in front of the 45-year-old driver, sending the No. 47 car spinning, barely missing Burton's orange and black machine and bringing out the caution flag.

Burton restarted in the 18th position after his final pit stop of the day with 30 laps to go and began his climb up the leaderboard, working his way into the top 15 on lap135 and top 10 on lap 152. With six laps remaining, Burton once again, with assistance from spotter Brett Griffin, escaped "the big one" unscathed, maneuvering his way around spinning competitors.

Restarting in the top five for a two-lap dash to the checkered flag, Burton paired up with Harvick as a two-car tandem draft and maintained a top-five running position gaining momentum for one last run. On the white-flag lap, Burton made contact with another competitor but managed to keep his No. 31 Chevrolet from spinning. He held the outside line going into the final corner as typical restrictor-plate chaos ensued to the bottom of the track and narrowly escaped the multi-car pileup, crossing the finish line less than a second behind race winner Tony Stewart.

With the top-five result, Burton gained two positions, moving to 18th in Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.

JEFF BURTON QUOTE:

"It certainly feels good to have a good finish Wheaties team. We finished fifth here in the Daytona 500 and second tonight. Two top-five finishes down here is probably more than I can expect with all the wrecks and stuff. Hopefully, it's something that'll kick start our year a little bit. It's been a difficult year and hopefully we can build on this.Momentum is created by running well. Momentum doesn't create good runs, good runs create momentum. So we've got to go to New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) and perform."

RCR PR

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dwight Howard: ‘I have not asked the Rockets to trade me’

Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture

Hassan Whiteside suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn labrum

Report: Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Cavaliers showing trade interest in Kings’ Ben McLemore

Report: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard

Jim Fassel takes issue with Cam Newton's warmup MVP cleats

Report: NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension

Ronda Rousey returns to training

Von Miller likely to get franchise tag from Broncos

Barry J. Sanders transferring to Oklahoma State

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

USWNT start Olympic qualification in style by scoring in first 12 seconds

Magic Johnson wants Peyton Manning to join Rams

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

Franchise tag has been a useful tool for John Elway, Broncos

The 16 best NBA All-Star Game sneakers ever

Eight most potentially combustible MLB clubhouses

Matt Barnes coyly denies IG post was shot at Derek Fisher

NHLers who should be dealt to contenders before deadline

Robert Kraft compares Tom Brady to Peyton, Eli Manning

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker