Jeff Burton says he believes the new car
being used full time in the Sprint Cup Series in
2008 will eventually give more teams a chance
to have more success at stock-car racing's top
But not necessarily this year.
"The box that NASCAR has put us in with
this car is a much tighter box than we've had
in the past, there's no question," Burton said
Monday as Sprint Cup testing resumed at
Daytona International Speedway.
"The opportunity for more teams to have
more success I think is there long-term.
"Short term, it's such a radical difference
than what we've had you're going to be in a
position where some
teams are just going to,
plain and simple, do it
better than the others. ...
This car is a baby and
there are so many things
we don't know about it."
The new car was used
in 16 races in 2007, but
will be used for all of the
events this year.
"The team that takes advantage of what is
the best is always going to run the best,"
"When you have something different some
people are going to hit it. The more we have
this car and the longer we run it, the more
equal it will become. ... But let's be clear. I
don't care what NASCAR does, the teams that
have the best-run organizations will have the
best equipment and therefore will go the fastest
around the racetrack. It's just that simple."
Burton said there's no way everyone could
agree that all the decisions NASCAR made
with the car were the right ones. He doesn't
see how anyone could argue with its safety
advances, but knows that doesn't mean some
"I don't think there's any doubt this is a
safer race car," Burton said.
"It's kind of funny, six years ago we sat
here and NASCAR was on the hot seat for not
doing enough. The story was NASCAR was
lagging behind in safety compared to other
forms of the sport. So then NASCAR went and
made a tremendous commitment to building a
car that was a tremendous amount safer, and
they get blasted for that, too. In many ways
NASCAR can't win."