Jeff Burton has a pretty decent Pocono record. In 39 starts he has seven top-5s, 17 top-10s, and 104 laps led. The glaring hole in that is zero wins in those 39 starts. Burton will look to change that Sunday in the GoBowling.com 400 and hopes that information learned last weekend at Indianapolis translates into a good run at Pocono.
“I think coming off of last week in Indy and everything that was learned there it will be interesting to see who ran well at Indy and also who can run well here. The tracks aren’t the same by any means, but they are a lot closer since Pocono was paved. We came here and tested in the spring and thought that really helped our program. We came here and ran okay. We had a good car, but didn’t finish as well as we needed to or wanted to. It’s going to be interesting. I think the biggest thing about this weekend is the people that ran well at Indy can they take the same stuff and run well here. I think everybody’s going to try. It will be interesting to see. We had a better car on Saturday than we had on Sunday. It seemed like everybody was affected by traffic for sure. I think our set up was affected a little more than most people’s. We didn’t run quite as well on Sunday as we did Saturday last week, so we made some adjustments and hopefully we learned something from Indy that we can apply here,” Burton told media members Friday from the raceway.
Relating Pocono to Indianapolis wasn’t something Burton ever got on board with. Many drivers make the analogy, but the biggest difference is Pocono’s lack of a turn four. They mostly point to the long straightaways and demanding corners. After last year’s re-pave of the track, now Burton can see the similarities.
“It’s more translatable since they’ve paved this track. I never understood how Indy had anything to do with Pocono when this track was a rough as it was and this track had zero grip compared to Indy. Now that this track was paved, there are some similarities in the sense that you have long straightaways. It’s all about aerodynamics, that’s what it boils down to. How you can get your car to sit down the straightaways verses the way it sits in the corners. Because you have long straightaways at both race tracks and both race tracks are smooth, both race tracks have limited banking, that opens the door to similar philosophies from one race track to the next. That’s really what it boils down to, banking, smoothness, grip level; those kinds of things are what make the track. So you can use a basic philosophy from one race track to the next,” explained Burton.
Looking to get another solid finish, Burton will start from the 13th position Sunday. The race is on at 1 PM EST and can be seen on ESPN.