The 2009 season has been a challenge for Jeff Burton. Zero wins. Zero chance of making the Chase. Still, isn’t it a little early to look for a new line of work?

Burton recently improved his skill set by hopping on a digger and tearing down part of the Michigan International Speedway suite. (This is something Jimmie Johnson, with all of his hard luck at Michigan, must fantasize about doing.) MIS is gutting structures around the track, with new suites and a new media center on tap for 2010. Crews started their work two days after the CARFAX 400. In a "Hey, let’s get some pub for our sponsor" moment, Burton climbed on a Caterpillar (CAT) digger and went to work, crunching the last piece of the structure.

"I’ve had very few opportunities to operate a piece of CAT equipment and that was sure a lot of fun," Burton said. "I can’t say enough for MIS and other racetracks in NASCAR who do such a wonderful job of continuing to invest money into their facilities to make them the best possible venues for our loyal NASCAR fans."

MIS management deserves props for using construction crews exclusively from Michigan, where the unemployment rate is 15 percent. Kudos as well to Burton for being a loyal supporter of MIS, where he has won twice.


Jeff Burton puts finishing touches on MIS suite demolition (MIS)