Jeb Burton · Friday July 19, 2013
The last time we did an update, I was fresh off the win at Texas. Since then, we’ve been to Kentucky and Iowa. We hadn’t been as good as we were at the beginning of the season. At Kentucky, we were pretty fast in practice, but we just missed the setup in the race. We had a seventh-to-ninth-place truck and finished ninth. It wasn’t the finish we wanted, but the guys worked so hard. A top-10 finish is never a bad thing. It’s just tough not being able to get these guys back-to-back wins.
Then, at Iowa, we were pretty fast. I got up to fifth place, was really, really fast and doing a good job. I was really happy with the truck. I got underneath Joey Coulter. He didn’t give me a whole lot of room, but it was kind of my fault too. I got loose, spun around and hit the wall. It was a long day from there, and we finished 22nd. It wasn’t the way we wanted to finish there, but I guess it could have been a whole lot worse.
I learned an important lesson with that wreck — be a bit more patient. I feel like I’ve done a good job all year of not being impatient, and I got a little impatient there and it cost me. Everybody does it, but hopefully I won’t do it again for a long time. I knew right after I did it that I made a mistake. A lot of people probably won’t even admit they made a mistake. I felt really bad for my guys. Hopefully, we won’t do that again.
We’ve got Eldora coming up next Wednesday. We tested last week at 311 Speedway and that went pretty good. I definitely feel like we have a really accomplished team in Trucks, so hopefully, we can get a little better. Our goal there is to get a single-digit finish and survive; if we can do that, it will be a win for us. I’ve done go-kart racing and four-wheeling on dirt before. I feel like that limited experience can help me at Eldora. I’ve always been sideways, running four-wheelers since I was a little kid. I think doing that all my life is going to help me. I’ve always had a knack for the dirt, so hopefully that will carry over. I thought I caught on really fast the other day and the guys were really impressed. We’ve got Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman joining us for Eldora, and I feel like their experience on dirt will help everyone be faster.
We did a go-karting event on Wednesday at the Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville with the NASCAR Next class. That went well, too. We were actually leading the race when they threw a caution for no reason. I didn’t really know what was going on and the whole field passed me under caution. So I was just sitting back there riding, and when we came off Turn 4, the green flag was back out. We finished fourth and it was a fun thing to do as a part of the NASCAR Next program. This weekend, I’m going to hang out with the family before getting on a plane Tuesday to head to Eldora and have a good finish.
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