DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Despite getting caught up in the final accident of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, on the last lap, Jeff Burton limped his damaged Kwikset Chevrolet across the line in the 16th position.
Burton consistently ran near the 20th-25th positions all afternoon, unable to make a lot of ground in the draft, after starting the race in 17th.
Prior to the race, Burton expressed concern that drivers would struggle to pass and that was certainly the case for the No. 31 team, causing team owner Richard Childress, crew chief Luke Lambert and Burton to agree that riding in the back to avoid the crashing would be the way to proceed.
After surviving the first three accidents, Burton had finally placed himself in position to perhaps score a top-10 but the final accident included the No. 31 and Burton was unable to fully navigate the carnage.
Rode around all night to hopefully miss the wrecks Got in one anyway. #plateracing— Jeff Burton (@RCR31JeffBurton) July 7, 2013
Burton exited the car unharmed but immediately walked off to his motorhome and left the track, promising to catch-up with SB Nation via a follow-up interview over the next few days.
The race continued the trend of competitive cars, derailed by accidents and misfortune. Burton remains outside of the top-20 in the championship standings and is looking for wins to hop back into wild card contention.
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Onwards to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.