Jeff Burton once experienced perfection at New Hampshire.
He'll take third place this time - and a renewed sense that he can make a late push for a spot in the Chase.
One of NASCAR's most respected drivers, Burton's run at his first spot in the championship field since 2010 got a huge boost with his season-best finish Sunday. Yes, Brian Vickers' trip to Victory Lane after a 75-race winless streak was the surprise of the race. But right behind him was Burton's finish. That Vickers-Kyle Busch-Burton trifecta would have paid off big.
Burton put Sprint Cup on notice that he can still make an impact in the standings over the final seven races before the field is set.
''We don't think we are out of the Chase,'' he said. ''I know everybody else in the world does, but we don't. We feel like we can still do it. There's a lot of stuff that's going to happen between now and Richmond. It's so competitive, so tight.''
Burton jumped from 21st to 17th in the standings to move only 25 points o...