The way Jeff Burton sees it, changes to the structure of the competition department at Richard Childress Racing already have had a profound effect.
Late last year, RCR hired respected engineer Dr. Eric Warren as director of competition. During the offseason, the organization expanded its relationship with affiliate Furniture Row Racing, installing the Denver, Colo.-based team’s director of completion, Mark McArdle, in a dual role as director of racing operations at RCR.
"It’s a big difference," Burton told the NASCAR Wire Service. "We haven’t always done the best job of working together as a multicar team. We’ve gotten better through the years, but, honestly, even those years when we were putting three cars in the Chase, we were much more three individual teams than we were one team.
"Today, our cars are much more similar. We’re sharing information much better, much more seamlessly. It’s a big difference, and that’s important, because when you’re going to the w...