Jeff Burton is hoping his birthday brings a happier ending at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday than his race did last weekend at Sonoma, where he got an on-track surprise hit from Tony Stewart.
Burton was on pace to score his fifth consecutive finish of 12 or better at Sonoma before Stewart nailed him in the carousel stretch of the track with 20 laps remaining in the race. Burton was running eighth at the time but finished 31st.
Burton's disappointment was compounded not only by the fact that he had gained four positions in the standings over the previous four races, but also that he was taken out by a three-time Cup champion.
"You get your feelings hurt more when it's with people you have a lot of respect for -- and have respect for you," Burton said. "I feel like I just got wrecked. And there was nothing I could have done to prevent it. We were just doing our job. We got ourselves the track position that we needed and got it taken away from us.
"I know it wasn't on purpose, but i...