Jeff Burton Wins the Bank of America 500!
Jeff Burton won the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne followed in second place, and Kurt Busch took third. The event included ten caution flags totaling 49 of the 337 laps in the 500-mile race as well as 24 lead changes took place among 16 drivers.
Jeff Burton (race winner, No. 31 AT&T Chevrolet) - [21st career victory and third win at Charlotte Motor Speedway] "It was a big night for us. Scott Miller did a great job for us, and that's what won the race. He had the car right at the right time. It was a great call. Having [less than a 100-point deficit] won't be too much when we get to Martinsville, but we did what we can do and have a good time and enjoy ourselves. We're just having fun and paying attention to us. Whatever happens, happens. No one's ever proven to me that you can't do what you want to do, despite your age. I'm gonna do what I do to win and drive as hard as I can. It's a two-way street. As far as peaking, ‘momentum' is an over-used word."
Scott Miller (crew chief, No. 31 AT&T Chevrolet) - "Fortunately, we had the right tires on it at the right time. We had enough fuel to make it, and I would have been embarrassed if not. Everybody did what they thought was right tonight, and that's what I did with the tires."
Richard Childress (owner, No. 31 AT&T Chevrolet) - "To win championships, you've got to win races. Jeff did a great job tonight, and did what he had to do to win that race."
Kasey Kahne (second-place, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge) - "We had good track position, that's for sure, but we just didn't have enough to pull it off. I was just trying to use what little fuel I could, and it was frustrating just watching the points sort of go by. I was trying to figure out what we wanted the car to do in the corners. I think our team is working hard and getting some things figured out."
Kurt Busch (third-place, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) - "It was great to be able to have a decent finish, to be able to run in the top-five, something we haven't done in a while."
Jimmie Johnson (series points leader, No. 48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet)
"We got what points we could get. He [Jeff Burton] knows how to race hard and protect himself. We're only halfway through it, but we can go clean from here on out, and it'll all work out in our favor."
Chad Knaus (crew chief, No. 48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet) - "In the grand scheme of things, it was a good night for us. At this point top-10 finishes are real important. We just have to figure out why the car took such a bad swing there toward the end because it was so good there at the beginning. The car kind of got away from us, so we're going to get back to the shop and try to dissect what went wrong for us. All in all, it was a good day. I don't know why the car got so loose on us toward the end of the race. We didn't have any problems other than that. We can't do anything else other than try to win races - if you get conservative in this sport you're going to get beat. I feel excited, and this team is looking forward to next weekend at Martinsville."