Found September 26, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Jeff Burton

Jeff Burton has steadfastly believed he would drive the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in 2013. The veteran driver recently told reporters that he never worried about being replaced by Kurt Busch or any other driver for next season.

“I never worried about being replaced,” Burton said Tuesday during a Charlotte Motor Speedway media day at the RCR shop. “I never woke up in the morning saying, ‘Damn, I might not drive the 31 car next year.’

Those comments should come as little surprise to anyone who has followed Burton’s career in NASCAR.

Burton has struggled the last two seasons. He is currently 19th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings after finishing 20th last season. The last time Burton visited victory lane in the series was the fall race at Charlotte in 2008.

When asked recently Richard Childress, the RCR team owner, only commented that Burton was signed for the 2013 season.

As a whole RCR has struggled this year. After winning four races last season between Kevin Harvick (3) and Paul Menard the organization has had little success at the Cup level. Harvick is the only driver from RCR who has qualified for the NASCAR Chase the last two seasons while a lack of sponsorship has seen the organization shrink from four teams to three. Ironically the driver RCR let go, Clint Bowyer, is in the Chase.


RCR Post Race Report -- NSCS SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire

Race Highlights: Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 11th (Kevin Harvick), 12th (Paul Menard) and 15th (Jeff Burton). According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Harvick was the sixth-Fastest Driver Late In a Run (126.160 mph) and averaged a Green-Flag Speed of 126.706 mph, positioning him sixth amongst all competitors. RCR teammates Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard collectively...

Richard Childress Racing AAA 400 Race Preview

RCR has earned four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Dover International Speedway, most recently in September 2006 when Jeff Burton drove the No. 31 Chevrolet to Victory Lane in the Dover 400. Three additional victories came with Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel, winning both events at the “Monster Mile” in 1989 as well as the spring race in 1993. RCR has earned one pole award...
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