Jeff Burton: Fitting place if it's my last race
July 11, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
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LOUDON, N.H. -- Will Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 (1 p.m. ET, TNT) be the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for Jeff Burton?
"I can give you a positive that I don't know," Burton said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"I think it's a good chance; I think it's a good chance that it's my last race. And I'm OK with that."
Burton is making just his second start of the season, driving the No. 66 Toyota fielded for a handful of races this season by Michael Waltrip Racing. Earlier this year, Burton finished 17th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is set to roll off the grid from the 30th position on Sunday.
In the interim, he has also worked with MWR's testing program (he tested at NHMS prior to this week's race). He will move into the broadcast booth next season as an analyst for NBC Sports when the network returns as a broadcast partner with NASCAR, and he has begun working for NBC Sports Network on its "NASCAR America" weeknight show (5 p.m. ET).
One of the most respected drivers in the garage, and one of the most competitive, Burton has scored 21 wins in NASCAR's premier series while racing fulltime from 1994 through 2013. He won some of the sport's most challenging races, including the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and the Southern 500 at Darlington. He also won at Texas, Bristol and Daytona, as well as a series best four times at NHMS.
He won 27 times in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as well.
"I'm really comfortable with what I'm doing," he said. "It's fun being here; I have a lot of friends here. But I've been gone to quite a few races this year.
"If this is my last race, it's cool for me for it to be here. This isn't my home track, but a lot of my career has been shaped at this race track. From more than just racing; some of my commitment to safety got started here, understanding that (safety) things had to change got started here."
Burton competed in the first Nationwide Series race at NHMS, finishing 11th in the 1990 Budweiser 300. Two years later, he was in the winner's circle.
"I've won a lot of races here," he said. "This place matters to me. If this is my last race, it's actually pretty cool that it would be here."