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June 6, 1999 | JOE MACENKA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jeff Burton, who's won three of the 12 races this season, is being talked about as the next Winston Cup superstar. Burton doesn't want to hear it. "We're a long way from what Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin and Dale Jarrett and Terry Labonte, we're a long way from what those guys have done," Burton said. "I have a real clear understanding of that." Burton's victory in the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday in Concord, N.C., left him 33 points behind series leader Jarrett.
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November 9, 2013 | Jim Peltz
Trying to pick a favorite between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to win NASCAR's Sprint Cup title? Don't ask Kevin Harvick. "It's a crapshoot at this point," Harvick said Friday. "Performance-wise it's a draw. " Johnson, seeking a sixth championship, has a slim seven-point lead over Kenseth with two races left, starting with Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick is third in the standings, 40 points behind Johnson, which Harvick acknowledged "is a lot to overcome" at this late stage of the 10-race Chase.
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September 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Veteran driver Jeff Burton said Wednesday he won't return to Richard Childress Racing after this year to keep driving the No. 31 Chevrolet in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Burton, 46, said he previously told RCR that he planned to stop driving a full schedule after next year. But now the car does not have enough sponsorship for all of next season so "we're just accelerating [his departure] a year earlier," he told reporters on a teleconference call. "To ask Richard to run a year underfunded, you can't do that," Burton said.
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September 4, 2013 | Staff and Wire Reports
Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Bolt said Wednesday he wants to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. "So far, [it] is after the Olympics in Rio," Bolt said of his retirement plans. "I think if I am in great shape, I'll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top. " Winning three more golds in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world championship history with eight golds and two silvers.
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October 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
Jeff Burton outmaneuvered his older brother, Ward Burton, to lead the final 68 laps and win Sunday at Rockingham, N.C., in NASCAR's Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400. Jeff Burton, who took the lead when he barely beat Ward out of the pits on their final stop, earned his sixth victory of the season and 11th of his Winston Cup career. Ward's only stock car victory came in this race in 1995. "I feel bad that Ward didn't win this race," Jeff Burton said.
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July 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
All the big-name drivers were bearing down on Jeff Burton at the close of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday night. But big names don't win races, good driving does. And since the beginning of the 1999 season, Burton has won more races than all but one of the big-name NASCAR drivers. Burton held off late challenges from Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace to come out on top in a four-lap dash to the finish at Daytona International Speedway.
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October 29, 2001 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most remarkable thing about Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 may have been that more than 100,000 NASCAR fans sat in a broiling midday sun--with no shade--to watch 43 stock cars race 312 times around a mile asphalt oval at Phoenix International Raceway. The weather, hovering above 90 degrees, was unseasonably hot even by Phoenix standards. On Saturday, the 98 degrees was an all-time high for Oct. 27. Tires fared worse in the heat than the spectators.
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August 7, 2006
The NASCAR Nextel Cup standings through 21 out of 36 races. After the 26th race of the season, drivers in the top 10 and any others within 400 points of the leader will earn a berth in the Chase for the Championship. *--* Jimmie Johnson 3,124 Matt Kenseth 3,017 Jeff Burton 2,758 Kevin Harvick 2,733 Kyle Busch 2,733 *--* *--* Mark Martin 2,712 Denny Hamlin 2,638 Jeff Gordon 2,627 Tony Stewart 2,615 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,612 *--* * Source: NASCAR.com
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November 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Jeff Burton wrapped up the Busch Series car owner's championship in style Saturday night, winning the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to give Richard Childress his 11th NASCAR title. Burton, who shared the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Scott Wimmer this season, took control late in the race after a series of green flag pit stops and pulled away to the win while runner-up Mark Martin and series points champion Carl Edwards battled behind him.
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September 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Veteran driver Jeff Burton said Wednesday he won't return to Richard Childress Racing after this year to keep driving the No. 31 Chevrolet in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Burton, 46, said he previously told RCR that he planned to stop driving a full schedule after next year. But now the car does not have enough sponsorship for all of next season so "we're just accelerating [his departure] a year earlier," he told reporters on a teleconference call. "To ask Richard to run a year underfunded, you can't do that," Burton said.
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July 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself in a hole early in the Brickyard 400 but the popular NASCAR driver recovered to finish sixth Sunday. After only 12 laps of the 160-lap race, Earnhardt had a loose wheel on his No. 88 Chevrolet and was forced to make a pit stop. That dropped him to the rear and left him one lap behind the leaders. But a caution period on Lap 59 enabled Earnhardt to get back on the lead lap and he stayed in the top 10 for most of the race. "You're running that thing at 200 mph at the end of the straightaway, you don't want to take any chances" with the wheel, Earnhardt said.
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July 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard probably will feel bittersweet emotions when the NASCAR driver returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Menard won the Brickyard 400 at Indy in 2011 for his first Sprint Cup Series victory, ending four years of winless frustration. But Menard hasn't won since. As NASCAR prepares for this year's Brickyard 400 on Sunday, the 32-year-old Menard has gone 71 races without revisiting Victory Lane. While five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has won races every year since he joined the series full time in 2002, including four victories this season, several other drivers continue to slog through winless streaks that extend well beyond one of the series' 36-race seasons.
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April 26, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
For some big-name NASCAR drivers, it's time to get moving. Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, AJ Allmendinger and Kasey Kahne are among those mired deep in the Sprint Cup Series standings after eight races, and they need to start posting strong finishes if they hope to make NASCAR's title playoff this fall. That Gordon, a four-time Cup champion, and Kahne are struggling is especially notable because they drive for stock car racing powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports, whose other drivers are five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. But as the series heads to Richmond (Va.)
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May 8, 2010
— Denny Hamlin became the first driver in 17 years to sweep Darlington Raceway, winning the Sprint Cup race Saturday night after late mistakes took Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton out of contention. Winner of the Nationwide Series race Friday night, Hamlin became the first driver since Mark Martin in 1993 to sweep the Darlington weekend. It was Hamlin's first victory at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway, and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has never finished lower than 13th in his five career starts at the difficult track.
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March 2, 2009 | Jim Peltz
There's a small racetrack northeast of the Las Vegas Strip called the Bullring, where, as a kid in the mid-1990s, Kyle Busch would watch his dad and older brother drive various minor league race cars. Kyle also would turn to watch the construction behind his seat where they were building the massive Las Vegas Motor Speedway that would start hosting NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in 1998. "Just kept turning around and watching it, watched the grandstands go up, the banking be put in," Busch recalled.
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October 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
One by one the title contenders dropped out Saturday night, giving Jimmie Johnson a clear shot at widening his lead in the Sprint Cup's Chase for the championship. Not so fast, thought Jeff Burton, who used three gas-only pit stops to pull off a victory that catapulted him into championship contention at Concord, N.C.
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March 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Still gaining momentum in her comeback after becoming a parent, Lindsay Davenport upset second-seeded Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 6-2, in the third round at the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne, Fla. Davenport, who left the women's tour in late 2006 to have her first child before returning last summer, is 17-3 this year with two titles, and she rated the win over Ivanovic as her best since returning. "In this comeback, for lack of better words, I've not made a fool of myself," said Davenport, 31. "I've done pretty well for my age and for what I've been through.
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