October 10, 2001
Confidence Charges Up Jeff Burton's CITGO SUPERGARD Crew
Thinking positive and working hard have remained with the CITGO SUPERGARD
Motor Oil team during a season that has seen its ups and downs.
Martinsville Speedway is up next for the #99 crew and it's got them all
"I think Martinsville just fits our race program," said Burton who
finished third in the spring race. "We run well at most short tracks
like Martinsville and I have a lot of confidence when I go there so I am s
ure that helps." It also helps when the driver enjoys running literally
door-to-door with the competitors' tires marking donuts on his driver's
side. "I think Martinsville fits my driving style."
Another confidence builder for the South Boston, Virginia native is that
the .526-mile oval feels like he's running in his own backyard.
"There is no doubt that winning at Martinsville in 1997 is one of the
highlights of my career. When I race there I feel like I am racing where
I grew up and there are people in the stands that are watching a guy who
grew up in Virginia and that's where they live."
The team's third place qualifying effort and finish was a gratifying
performance to a difficult start to the 2001 season. Now that the year is
winding down, the team is striving to make it five-top 5 finishes at
"In my opinion, this year's performance was the best performance this team
has turned in so far this year, including our win at Charlotte," continued
Burton. "Charlotte, things just fell in to place but at Martinsville, we
led the most laps of the race (128 laps out of 500) and had a chance to
win at the end. It was an awesome run for us."
Bud Pole qualifying takes place Friday at 3:05pm LIVE on CNNSI cable
network and MRN radio. The running of the Old Dominion 500 starts at
12:30pm ET LIVE on NBC and MRN radio.