NASCAR Racing - Mining Makes It Possible

  • Cat Car #31 Finishes 17th As Burton Marks Career Milestone
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Caterpillar Global Mining proudly sponsored the #31 car driven by Jeff Burton at the November 10th race in Phoenix, AZ.  Achieving a career milestone, Burton, made his 1000th NASCAR start wearing a specially-designed firesuit marking the launch of the new Caterpillar Global Mining Twitter handle, @CatMining.

Caterpillar took advantage of this race as not only an opportunity to salute Burton's achievement, but also showcase the mining industry with a specially-themed car and firesuit for the day. Like most things in the modern world, NASCAR racing - or Formula One, Le Mans, Off-Road, or Super Trucks Racing anywhere in the world - would not exist without mining. Caterpillar recognizes that NASCAR fans also include many members of the mining industry and their families, and joins them in saluting Jeff Burton for his career achievement while at the same time recognizing that mining makes it possible.

At the end of the day, Jeff Burton and the No. 31 @CATMining Chevrolet team finished 17th at Phoenix International Raceway. Starting the 312-lap event from the 15th position, the 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner battled a loose-entry and tight-middle handling condition on his black and yellow machine during the early laps, while maintaining a top-25 running position. Throughout the middle stages of the event, the South Boston, Va., native continued to battle with the ill-handling machine while the Luke Lambert-led Caterpillar pit crew made chassis and air pressure adjustments on four-tire pit stops under multiple caution-flag periods. Under caution on lap 147, Lambert called for the 46-year-old driver to stay out and not hit pit road for routine service, giving Burton a top-15 running position on the restart.

The Richard Childress Racing driver maintained a top-20 running position throughout the final stages of the race and ultimately crossed the finish line in the 17th position. His RCR teammates Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard finished first and 16th, respectively. Burton remains 19th in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings. After the race, Burton commented, "It was really cool to have @CATMining on the No. 31 Chevrolet this weekend and see all the support for my 1,000th-career NASCAR start." Jeff will wrap up his RCR career at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend, and Caterpillar Global Mining wishes him the best in the future.