Richard Childress Racing's Jeff Burton knows that there is one thing that, in the end, will be more important than anything else when it comes to NASCAR's new Generation 6 car -- how it performs on the racetrack.
Burton, one of the thought-provoking veterans in the Sprint Cup Series, seems pleased with the car. He applauds that the new model -- as he says he heard in a phrase Monday -- will "put the stock back in stock-car racing."
In the end, though, when the sheer excitement of watching the Gen 6 develop, of seeing something one truly recognizes on the track and simply seeing something new wears off -- there will be one thing fans are looking for the most -- performance.
First, Burton says he is genuinely excited to bring fans a race with cars on the track that looks like the ones they drove to it.
"I think that's good for the manufacturers," he said. "We've got V8, fuel-injected rear-wheel drive race cars in the showroom; V8, fuel-injection, rear-wheel drives on the racetrack...