Archive for Jeff Burton

NASCAR: Time to rethink Talladega’s course

Posted in Column, NASCAR with tags , , , , , , , on May 2, 2009 by Martin Henderson

It’s time NASCAR take a good, hard look at Talladega, maybe not from the front row, but from a seat somewhere near the top of its grandstand.

The track provides close racing and huge crowds, but at what price?

NASCAR nearly suffered a disaster. Seven fans were injured when shrapnel from Carl Edwards’ Ford flipped into the catch fence. The injuries to the fans — lacerations and fractured bones — were nothing critical, which is more lucky than important. Edwards, a superbly talented driver, was the least hurt in the spectacular crash and rightfully called out NASCAR after catching his breath. Later, on Larry King Live, he shared more insight

NASCAR can count itself fortunate that Lady Luck’s evil stepsister carried a gun with a faulty sight.

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NASCAR: Burton’s agenda is to lead by example

Posted in Column, NASCAR with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2008 by Martin Henderson

The Democratic National Convention sizzled last week as the party made Barack Obama an historic entry onto the presidential ticket.

The Republicans kicked off their festival on Monday which will eventually result in John McCain being named their candidate for the general election in November.

Between those national gatherings, Jeff Burton was climbing into his Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway.

The connection?

Burton isn’t concerned about turning left the rest of his years. When he reaches that pivotal decision and leaves NASCAR, he is very likely to throw his helmet into the political arena. Senator Burton, the gentleman racer from Virginia, has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Since the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001, Burton has emerged as the statesman of the garage, the representative of the drivers.

But he wants to emerge as a representative of the people.

Bully for him.
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