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Jeff Burton: Drivers understand fans want excitement

Motorsports Notebook

Friday, Aug. 02, 2013

Race fans and drivers don’t share the same viewpoint, which is why their perspectives don’t always mesh.

“Some drivers aren’t race fans. They race because it’s about them, which is fine, there’s 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 wasn’t 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 spotter’s stand or whatever and watch a race – man, it’s a different perspective,” Burton said. “It looks like everybody is just riding around.

“It’s 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 organization’s 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 we’ve got some good tests planned. That’s 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.

“We’ve got to compromise a little bit for us – where we’re 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 we’ve 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 speedway’s 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 JRM’s 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.

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