JEFF BURTON WINS THE NICORETTE 300 AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Saturday, March 18, 2006
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 18, 2006) - Jeff Burton won his first NASCAR Busch Series race in more than three years Saturday, cruising to victory in the Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"It was a good day for us, hopefully we can do it again tomorrow," Burton said. "It was a great race. If you were to go to race two guys, you couldn't ask for two better racers than Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth. I couldn't ask for a better competitor than Kenseth. I look at everything he's done and it's just awesome.
"Mark Martin taught me that you're never guaranteed to be in victory lane and to appreciate it every time, and I remembered that today," said Burton. "When you can beat those guys it means a lot. I'm proud of myself for continuing to fight and giving 100 percent."
When asked about repaving tracks, Burton commented, "This race track is how it ought to be. It's wore out, it eats tires up. It's 190 mph to the corner when you need to slow down to 40. It's a riot and it's what makes the racing so good."
Burton's last victory was at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October 2002, but today was his 21st career Busch Series win.
Kasey Kahne finished second. Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and JJ Yeley rounded out the top-five.