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Burton, sponsor agree to extensions with RCR

April 19, 2011, Team Release,

WELCOME, N.C. -- Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet, has reached agreement on a multi-year contract extension with Richard Childress Racing.

The South Boston, Va., native made his RCR debut August 22, 2004, at Michigan International Speedway driving the No. 30 Chevrolet (started 28th, finished 12th).

Caterpillar has also reached agreement to continue its partnership on the No. 31 Chevrolet, which began with the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season.

"We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Richard Childress Racing and Jeff Burton," said Bill Finerty, vice president of Americas distribution services Division for Caterpillar. "Cat dealers, customers and employees all take pride in watching the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet compete at a high level in the Cup Series."

Burton and the No. 31 team qualified for the Chase in 2010 and have earned 11 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes since the Caterpillar partnership began. The No. 31 Cat Racing team also earned the victory in the second of the two Duel 150 qualifying races for the 2011 Daytona 500.

"I'm excited to continue my relationship with both Richard Childress and Caterpillar," commented Burton. "Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of great people at Caterpillar and I look forward to providing their employees, dealers and customers continued success both on and off the track. Continuing my career at RCR was a top priority for me and it's great to have the support of Caterpillar behind us."

Caterpillar has been a sponsor in NASCAR since 1993. Caterpillar was a team sponsor in the Nationwide Series from 1995-1996 before moving to the Cup Series in 1997. Its relationship with RCR began in 2009.

"Cat Racing has proven to be successful both on the track, with Jeff and his team's achievements, and off the track, with the creative programs provided to its customers," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "We look forward to building on the success of the partnership between Caterpillar, Jeff Burton and RCR for years to come."