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July 18, 1997 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Fords, Chevys and Pontiacs will draw a lot of attention this weekend at Pocono Raceway, but, in all likelihood, more than 100,000 pairs of eyes will be watching the mercury. With the midsummer heat, Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 (TBS, 1:05 p.m.) should be a sizzling affair. While the fans baking in the stands might feel some discomfort, their toasty aluminum benches won't generate nearly as much heat as the 800-horsepower stock cars thundering around the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
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July 23, 1998 | By Pete Schnatz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
There was a time in Jeff Burton's career when he would have embraced a top-10 finish, happy just to prove he could run with NASCAR's big boys. Those days are over, thanks largely to a breakthrough 1997 campaign in which Burton won three times, including his first career victory, and placed fourth in the final Winston Cup points standings. On Sunday he will show up at Pocono International Raceway with only one goal - to take the checkered flag in the Pennsylvania 500. One of the circuit's hottest drivers over the last two months, Burton has finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in his last three trips to the mountain resort's 2.5-mile tri-oval.
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April 7, 1997 | By Raad Cawthon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The inaugural Winston Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway had a teary, happy ending. But that cheerfully watery finale followed a wreckage-strewn, 4-hour, 17-minute extravaganza of destruction that confirmed the fears many drivers had expressed about the track. The win went to Jeff Burton, an affable 29-year-old from South Boston, Va., whose wife, Kim, sobbed from the time he took the lead until she met her husband for a hug in victory lane. Burton, who had never won in 95 starts, led the final 57 laps and seemed to renew the promise he had shown in winning rookie of the year in 1994.
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March 10, 1996 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Dale Jarrett's burst out of the blocks - a victory at Daytona and two second-place finishes - has been the highlight of the young NASCAR Winston Cup season. But Jarrett and a fellow Ford Thunderbird driver with aspirations of a breakthrough hit a patch of rough road in qualifying for today's Purolator 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jarrett qualified 36th in the 42-car field, while Jeff Burton, NASCAR's 1994 rookie of the year, who was second to Jarrett in Winston Cup points through this season's three races, failed to qualify, victimized by a little-known Winston Cup rule.
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June 9, 1996 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Maybe Jeff Burton will click his heels three times and wake up the winner in his NASCAR Truck Series debut Sunday in Kansas. Talk about your wild dreams. With the Winston Cup circuit taking the week off, the 28-year-old stock-car driver will trade in his Ford Thunderbird for the day to compete in the Lund Look 225 (TNN, 2 p.m.) at Heartland Park Topeka. Trying his hand at piloting a Ford F-150 pickup for the first time presents the first challenge. "I've never even sat in one," Burton said with a laugh.
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October 29, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Jeff Burton passed Mike Wallace for the lead with 33 laps to go yesterday to win the Checker Auto Parts 500 for the second consecutive year. Burton crossed the finish line 2.6 seconds - about 30 car-lengths - ahead of Wallace on the flat, 1-mile oval. Burton averaged 102.613 mph in the race slowed by 45 laps of caution. Burton, driving for Roush Racing, picked up his second win of the season and the 17th of his career.
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March 1, 2012 | by Bill Fleischman, fleiscb@phillynews.com
Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz. When: Sunday, 3 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox29/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1-mile oval Race distance: 312 laps (500 kilometers) Race forecast: Sunny, mid-80s Last year's winner: Jeff Gordon Last year's pole winner: Carl Edwards, 137.279 mph (track qualifying record) Track facts: After setting the track qualifying mark last year, Edwards led 21 laps. He finished 28th after contact with Kyle Busch's car. Edwards' second-place in the fall race is his best finish at Phoenix in 15 starts . . . Jimmie Johnson has the most wins (4)
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August 9, 2007
Centurion Boats at the Glen Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, N.Y. When: Sunday, 2 p.m. TV/radio: ESPN/WXTU (92.5-FM), WNPV (1440-AM) Race course/distance: 2.45-mile road course/ 90 laps Last year's race winner: Kevin Harvick Last year's pole winner: Kurt Busch, 122.966 mph Track qualifying record: Jeff Gordon, 124.580 mph (August 2003) Track facts: Chevrolet drivers have won nine of the last 10 Glen races. Tony Stewart, in a Pontiac in 2002, was the exception.
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May 23, 2014
LOYAL READERS know what's coming this time of year. Sunday is . . . wait, wait . . . the greatest day in sports: the Indianapolis 500 followed by the Coca-Cola 600 . . . 1,100 miles of racing. Begin the day with the Formula One race from Monaco and you can watch racing from morning until night. Full disclosure: I won't watch every lap. Asked yesterday on an NBC Sports conference call about anyone who watches every lap of all three races, F1 play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey, said, "They'd clearly not be married.
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September 6, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, For the Daily News
IT'S LAST CALL to make the Chase. Make the Chase and drivers in the 10-race playoff feel as if they're in the World Series. Fail to be a Chaser, and drivers feel like dopes wearing T-shirts and jeans at a formal party. Entering Saturday night's race at Richmond, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. hold the two Chase wild cards. Kahne is 12th in points with two wins. Truex is 13th with one win. (The wild cards go to the drivers between 11th and 20th in points with the most wins).
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August 2, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
TALK ABOUT awkward situations . . . Ryan Newman wins his first Brickyard 400 and receives a big hug from boss/teammate Tony Stewart. The Indiana natives were smiling and friendly after Newman won for the first time at Indianapolis last Sunday. In a postrace television interview, Stewart said Newman is "a great teammate and even better friend. " The problem in their business relationship is, with Kevin Harvick joining Stewart-Haas Racing next year, Newman will be out of a job. Newman's Indy win, giving him 17 in his career, should be a big boost for acquiring a new ride.
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July 8, 2012 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart charged past Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on the final lap Saturday night, then held on to win the Coke Zero 400 as his challengers stacked up in a melee at Daytona International Speedway. Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle likely would have made one final attempt to beat Stewart, but Biffle wiggled and cars began sliding all over the track. Nobody could then catch Stewart, who sailed away to his third win of the season.
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May 18, 2012
RACERS, BY NATURE, want to lead every lap and win every race. Sprint Cup series racers have learned, however, that sitting atop the points standings after 26 races is not the most important factor. Making the Chase for the Championship field is their top priority. Thank you, Tony Stewart. Last year, Stewart was 0-for-26 prior to the Chase. Then he won five of the 10 Chase races to edge Carl Edwards for the title. "Tony Stewart showed us last year it's not what you do the first 26 races; it's what you do the last 10," Edwards said Tuesday following the Team Dover-Team Pocono softball game at Campbell's Field in Camden.
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March 8, 2012 | by Bill Fleischman
Kobalt Tools 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway When: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: 267 laps/400 miles Race forecast: Partly cloudy, mid-70s Last year's winner: Carl Edwards Last year's pole: Matt Kenseth, 188.88 mph (track qualifying record) Track facts: Drivers Regan Smith and Paul Menard, Smith's wife, Megan, and a friend of the Smiths escaped injuries in a car accident yesterday when they hit a patch of ice on a road outside Denver . . . In winning last year's race, Carl Edwards led twice for 69 laps.
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October 24, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Clint Bowyer pushed teammate Jeff Burton around and around Talladega Superspeedway yesterday. With the checkered flag in sight, he bailed. Bowyer pulled around Burton as they closed in on the finish line, grabbing his first win of the season while giving Richard Childress Racing its 100th victory in the Sprint Cup Series. "I knew he was going to make a move," Burton said. "He was supposed to make a move. He ain't expected to push me to the win. " It was redemption for Bowyer, too. He lost the spring race here when Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jimmie Johnson past the Bowyer-Burton tandem and Bowyer settled for second.
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October 24, 2011 | Associated Press
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Clint Bowyer pushed teammate Jeff Burton around and around Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. With the checkered flag in sight, he bailed. Bowyer pulled around Burton as they closed in on the finish line, grabbing his first win of the season while giving Richard Childress Racing its 100th victory in the Sprint Cup Series. "I knew he was going to make a move," Burton said. "He was supposed to make a move. He ain't expected to push me to the win. " It was redemption for Bowyer, too. He lost the spring race here when Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jimmie Johnson past the Bowyer-Burton tandem and Bowyer settled for second.
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September 30, 2011 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News
DOVER, Del. - In NASCAR, it is clearly better to be a Chaser than a non-Chaser. Jeff Burton has been both. The winner of 21 Sprint Cup races was in four of the last five Chases (best finish, sixth). As the Cup series moves into Dover International Speedway for Sunday's AAA 400, Burton is a non-Chaser. From a media coverage standpoint, non-Chasers often feel like shouting "Hey, we're racing, too!" "When you aren't in the Chase, you have to do something to make people talk about you," Burton said earlier this week.
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