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« on: August 13, 2004, 08:14:34 AM »

Someone reposted this article on my other list.  You have to think the denial of Crown Royal as a sponsor by NA$CAR was the final straw for the relationship with Roush.


Burton to leave Roush, signs with Childress
By Lee Montgomery, NASCAR.COM

05:39 PM EDT (21:39 GMT)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Burton has been rumored to be leaving Roush Racing
for more than a year. Thursday, the rumor became fact.

Burton will move from Roush's No. 99 Ford to Richard Childress Racing's
No. 30 Chevrolet, beginning next weekend at Michigan International
Speedway, and has signed a three-year contract to drive for Childress.

"Jeff will bring a great deal of experience and knowledge to the America
Online team and all of RCR," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of
Richard Childress Racing.

"I know back in 1998 and 1999, Dale Earnhardt talked to Jeff quite a bit
about driving the No. 3 car when he retired. Then Kevin [Harvick] came
along and the plan shifted toward him but Jeff was one of the few people
we kept an eye on to be in our organization.

Burton has been with Roush Racing for most of his Cup career, winning 17
times since joining the team in 1996. From 1997-2000, Burton won 15 races
and finished fifth or better in the points standings.

But the last three years have been a struggle. Burton won twice in 2001
but has gone 97 races since visiting Victory Lane. The 99 team lost its
full-time sponsor in the off-season, and the search for backing has been a

"Since 1996, I have enjoyed some of the greatest days of my life with the
No. 99 Roush Racing team," Burton said. "I will forever be grateful to
Jack Roush, my driving teammates and my crew. I wish only the best for the
entire organization."

Burton is currently 24th in the Nextel Cup standings, 985 points behind
leader Jimmie Johnson, with one top-five and three top-10 finishes. Crew
chief Bob Osborne replaced Paul Andrews in March, and the results have
been marginally better.

RCR's search for a top-name driver for its No. 30 team is finally

"America Online is very excited to have a driver of Jeff's caliber in the
seat of the No. 30 car," said J.D. Ettore, America Online's Director,
National Brand Promotions & Sponsorships.

"We are thrilled to have a multi-race winner driving for and representing
America Online. America Online has a lot of respect for Jeff and his
abilities and we, along with RCR, want to welcome him and look forward to
great things with him."

Childress started the team in 2002 with Jeff Green driving, but Green was
replaced last year by Steve Park.

RCR and Park did not renew their contract, and Childress flirted with
several drivers -- reportedly Burton was among them -- before settling on
rookie Johnny Sauter for 2004.

That lasted until June, when Dave Blaney took over for Sauter, who was
also running the full Busch Series schedule.

"I've really watched Jeff's talent and his ability to race for a
championship," Childress said. "He is a driver who knows how to get the
job done and we're going to give him what it takes to be a championship

Burton expressed optimism about his future with Childress.

"I have always had the utmost respect for Richard Childress, and we're
both dedicated to winning and running up front every week," Burton said.

"This opportunity gives me a fresh start with a proven organization that
is committed to success both on and off the track. I look forward to
getting back into Victory Lane with RCR and I will work extremely hard to
carry on the winning tradition.
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2004, 02:40:30 PM »

I am thrilled.  I have always like Burton but could not root for Roush and Ford.  I will enjoy watching him race a Chevy.

You can't beat what you can't catch!"

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2004, 03:16:54 PM »

interesting choice.i'm not sure that's the right decision for him time will tell
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2004, 04:14:19 PM »

Hmmm...What does this mean for the future of Robby Gordon, another subject of rumors?

P.S. In 2001, Kevin Harvick was scheduled to make his RCR Cup debut in car #30 before Dale Earnhardt died and Harvick was promoted early, so this team has been star-crossed from the beginning.

P.P.S. Robby Gordon Field, a Little League stadium, is less than a mile from my house.

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2004, 05:56:20 PM »

I knew I liked Jeff Burton, and now I can actively root for him, since he's not in a Roush car anymore.  Plus, he admitted on TV that he likes to watch figure skating!  Now that takes chutzpah!
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2004, 08:43:33 PM »

I responded on the other one.  So on this one I will just ditto what Sally said.   Cool
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