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Jeb Burton · Thursday June 13, 2013
Since the last time we talked, we’ve raced at Charlotte, Dover and Texas. Beginning with Charlotte, we were fast all weekend and got another pole. We got to race with some of the Cup guys—that was fun. In the race, we were sitting in the catbird seat, I thought, running in the third position with 15 to go. But all of a sudden, we had a vibration, came in and the wheel was falling off. We put four tires on it and went back out in 20th, with 10 to go. We finished 13th—I wasn’t too happy about that, but you can’t control everything—that’s racing. We moved on to the next week.
Then, a week after Dover, we headed off to Texas for my first time there. I was really fast in practice, won both practices and was really good in qualifying. We started third and had a really good race. We just bided our time the whole race, and my guys had a good stop on our last pit stop and we got out second. I had a really good restart and led the rest of the race. It’s really cool to win.
I wasn’t really that worried about Ty Dillon behind me because I knew if I just hit my marks, he wouldn’t get to me. But I knew he was back there and I was watching him. I could see him in the mirror and just kept watching him. Those last 20 laps seemed like they took forever. It’s really a relief to have that first win and it takes the pressure off of me. It’s not going to be good for our competition, but it’s going to be really good for our race team. I feel like we’re going to be even better now; we’ve been fast every week. We just gotta keep doing what we’re doing and maybe we can win that championship.
It was so important for me to have my mom, dad and my brother Ashton in victory lane. They’ve been a big part of my career and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am now. So it was definitely cool to have them there. This week has been full of interviews after the win. It’s been a lot of fun and hopefully I get to do it again in a couple weeks after Kentucky. It’s part of the game and I’m loving every minute of it.
Even though we’re off this weekend, we tested at Kentucky Speedway. We’re hoping to gather quite a bit of information that will help us at all the mile-and-a-half race tracks and definitely make us more prepared for Kentucky.
Recently, I was named as part of this year’s NASCAR Next class. I don’t really know a whole lot about it, but I do think it’s really cool that NASCAR chose me to be a part of the program. It means a whole lot and hopefully we’ll get some benefit out of it.
I do spend a lot of time behind the wheel but when I’m not racing, I spend quite a bit of time at the shop. The last couple weeks, I’ve been working out a whole lot. I’m just trying to get my head right for all of these races. You can never stop getting better, so I’m just trying to be the best I can every week.
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