Being a still-mourning Cubs fan, I got a little bit more than just a small consolation with my main man Jeff Burton winning the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Three gutsy pit calls, holding off a charging Kasey Kahne — the only driver who seems to be even close to being on Jimmie Johnson’s level at LMS — and not only taking the checkered flag at one of the circuit’s most important tracks for the second time (Burton won at Bristol earlier in the season), but crashing the Chase for the Championship party by moving within 69 points of Johnson and into second place in the standings with five races to go.
The reasons I follow and support Burton don’t include his being a Duke fan, but that he’s not afraid to say what’s on his mind, has done more for the safety of NASCAR’s drivers than any other driver and is one of the cleanest and most respected and respectful guys in the sport. Throw in the fact that he was essentially dumped by Jack Roush and sent packing, only to re-emerge as one of racing’s most consistent top-echelon performers, and it makes it even easier to root for him.
I want to see the Cubs win a title more than anything in sports.
But Jeff Burton’s on the list, too.
And today is a good day to be a Jeff Burton fan.