Burton In Title Contention With Clean Slate

Wednesday, April 18th 2007, 5:48 pm
By: News On 6

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- NASCAR's Jeff Burton is still chasing a championship.

And he hasn't gotten dirty.

Burton is almost 40 years old and it's been nearly three years since a team switch that had some writing off the once up-and-coming star.

Now Burton is only eight points behind Jeff Gordon for the Nextel Cup points lead.

Burton, who's in his 14th cup season, says quote: "I feel like I'm new at it again."

Burton's is coming off his first victory of the season, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Burton's only lead Sunday came after he passed former Roush Racing teammate Matt Kenseth on the backstretch of the final lap.

Instead of trying to push Kenseth out of the way on the closing laps, Burton raced clean and waited for his chance to pass.

Burton became the first two-time winner in the 13 Nextel Cup races at Texas, where in 1997 he got the first of his 19 career victories.

His next race is Saturday in Phoenix, where Burton has won twice.