Jeff Burton signed a multi-year extension this week to remain in the No. 31 Chevrolet at Richard Childress Racing. The 43 year-old driver talked about working with Childress while preparing for last week's race at Talladega, Ala., and what he expected for the future.
Here are excerpts of that interview:
Q: Matt Kenseth won at Texas two weeks ago and he talked about wondering if he'd ever win again. Do you wonder the same things?
A: Well, you know, last year, we put ourselves in position to win a lot of races. And if you go back and look at where we ran last year and what our average running position was, how many laps we led, all of those things were really good. We didn't win races. And that was extremely frustrating. Then the way we ended last year, you know, by we started pushing too hard. We started trying to make stuff happen and got behind in the Chase. So we took that action and said, OK, to make it happen, we have got to really, really start pushing hard and that didn't work out for us. And then to come into this year and get kind of start we have had this year, it's really frustrating. It's hard to put into words. I can tell you this, though: I'm extremely confident that we can dig ourselves out of the hole and get ourselves in the position we need to be in.
Q: So winning never gets old?
A: I learned this from Mark Martin: Whenever you win a race, you don't know if you're ever going to win another one. He always said it publicly and everyone always criticized him for saying it like he was a pessimist and all that, but he was speculating from reality. I don't care if it's your first year or 30th year; it's just that way. It's very hard to win these races.
Q: Have there been times in your career where you felt like you were at a dead end?
A: Well, that is everyone and everything. I think what's important is to focus on exactly what is going on. Take the emotion out of it, pay attention to the facts, and if you pay attention to the facts, you can come to the solution a whole lot quicker.