Jeff Burton doesn’t want to sugarcoat what happened with the Daytona pothole.
“Let’s be honest,” he said, “the pothole thing sucked. We can cover it up [but] that was bad and you didn’t see the field at the Super Bowl come apart. You don’t expect to see the track at any race come apart.”
Burton said he didn’t know what could have been done about it or how it could have been prevented, though.
Asked if the sport will recover from the setback (the ratings dropped as casual fans may have been turned off by the debacle), Burton said there was a simple answer.
“The sport will recover if the racing’s good and it’s competitive and it’s fun to watch,” he said. "If it’s not fun to watch, not fun to participate in, not fun to come be a part of whether you’re a driver, crew member or spectator, it doesn’t matter what happened at the Daytona 500.
“Not one issue is going to harm the sport in a way that can’t be recovered. If we have great racing, then it will be something we talk about years from now and we laugh about.”