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Jeff Burton Latest Daytona 500 Driver To Blow Motor; Martin Truex Jr. Leads At Halfway

We're just past the halfway point of the 2011 Daytona 500, and the news isn't good for Richard Childress Racing.

At Lap 94, Jeff Burton became the second RCR driver to blow an engine, which ended his race just as teammate Kevin Harvick's hauler was rolling out of the track after an earlier motor problem.

Were the blown engines related?

"It's a little early to know just yet – it appears it could be," Burton said. "There's a possibility that's the case."

There was no caution for Burton's issue, but there were three other cautions we haven't yet mentioned: Robert Richardson Jr. (a wreck into the inside wall on the frontstretch), Brian Vickers (stalled on the track after earlier caution) and Travis Kvapil (smacked the wall after a cut tire).

Burton said the conditions were tough with the two-car drafts, but added it would make a good finish for the fans.

"I'm not going to hang my head," Burton said. "The effort was too good to be disappointed about it."