Originally posted on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 7/16/12

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)

 

An early pit road incident, untimely cautions and long green-flag runs relegated Jeff Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team to a 21st-place finish in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Burton started the 301-lap affair from the 25th position and quickly moved into the top 20 by lap 17.

On the first round of green-flag pit stops on lap 65, the No. 31 Chevrolet and another competitor mad contact while exiting the pit box, causing a tire rub on the Caterpillar machine. The minor damage never became a factor with on-track performance, but the Richard Childress Racing driver lost valuable track position and dropped one lap down to the leader due to the delay on pit road.

After the first caution-flag period of the day, Burton was determined to battle his way into the "lucky dog" position and get back on the lead lap. A 98-lap green-flag run, however, gave the leader ample time to lap several cars ahead of the 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner, which took the Caterpillar Chevrolet out of the 'lucky dog' position and pinned Burton one lap down.

On the ensuing restart, the South Boston, Va., native immediately drove by three competitors and, once again, settled into the "lucky dog" position in 21st-place. Bad luck struck the No. 31 team again on lap 235 when the caution flag was displayed for debris. While Burton was running in the lucky dog position on the track just before the caution flag was displayed, a handful of top-five contenders pitted, putting those drivers one lap down to the leader and taking away the "lucky dog" pass from the No. 31 team.

The remainder of the event finished caution-free while the 45-year-old driver turned top-12 lap times while running in the "lucky dog" position for the remainder of the afternoon. Never receiving another caution-flag period to get his lap back, Burton passed three additional competitors on the track and brought home the No. 31 Chevrolet in the 21st position. Burton now sits 19th in Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.

JEFF BURTON QUOTE:

"We had a pit road incident early in the race that really set us back. We had a top-12 car throughout the day, but couldn't get a caution when we needed it. The speed was there, but those long green-flag runs hurt us trying to get that lap back. I can't say I'm not disappointed because the Caterpillar Chevrolet was good in race trim all weekend. We learned a lot."

RCR PR

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Byron Scott: D’Angelo Russell’s immaturity ‘at times’ a problem

Kevin Love: Shoulder injury ‘just a stinger’

Nets’ Joe Johnson would ‘welcome’ a trade

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin

Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Donovan McNabb: I did not throw up during Super Bowl loss

Seven teams that must target a quarterback in 2016 NFL draft

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

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

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

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

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