Jeff Burton: Drivers understand fans want excitement
Friday, Aug. 02, 2013
LONG POND, Pa. Race fans and drivers dont share the same viewpoint, which is why their perspectives dont always mesh.
Some drivers arent race fans. They race because its about them, which is fine, theres nothing wrong with that. We have other drivers that are big race fans, said Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton.
If a driver is a race fan, I think he can understand what the race fans are thinking and what they are saying, but not in the extent that you pay however much money ... to sit in your seat and you watch a race that wasnt satisfying to you.
Burton was asked Friday at Pocono Raceway about why drivers may finish a race and claim it was an exciting experience while fans watching on TV complain about a lack of action.
I go up in the (race control) tower a few times a year, go up on the spotters stand or whatever and watch a race man, its a different perspective, Burton said. It looks like everybody is just riding around.
Its hard for both sides to see the other side, but I think drivers understand the fans want to see exciting racing.
HMS will test at four Chase-related tracks
Jeff Gordon said the four Cup teams at Hendrick Motorsports have agreed to use the organizations four tests at four tracks in the Chase.
Over the next month, HMS will test at Richmond, Va., which is the final race to set the field for the Chase, and New Hampshire, Texas and Homestead, Fla., site of the season finale.
Gordon said each team had input in the decision and had to compromise to find tracks for the common good.
I think that weve got some good tests planned. Thats the tricky part about it, is that it has to balance out for all of your teammates, Gordon said. It incorporates the whole organization on these tests.
Weve got to compromise a little bit for us where were at in points versus where they are and they have to compromise with us a little bit. I think we found the best balance right now and weve got a good plan.
Parade of Power showcase set for Wednesday
For the third consecutive year, more than 32,000 horsepower representing every form of motorsports showcased this fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway will make its way down Bruton Smith Boulevard at noon on Wednesday.
The annual Parade of Power will travel from Concord Mills Mall to the speedways main entrance. More than a dozen racing vehicles representeach of the events scheduled to take place this fall at CMS, the zMax Dragway and the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
The event is free and open to the public. NASCAR drivers Trevor Bayne, David Ragan and Scott Speed will be on hand, as well as NHRA star Doug Herbert.
Fellows to run for JR Motorsports in Nationwide
Road racing ace Ron Fellows will drive for JR Motorsports in the Aug. 17 inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Fellows will drive JRMs No. 5 Chevrolet.
Fellows won in 2008 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for JRM. He has four career Nationwide wins, all on road courses.