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Optimism high for RCR crew

Updated: February 9, 2010, 3:38 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- The start of the 2009 Sprint Cup season was just over a month away, and Jeff Burton had a nervous, uneasy feeling.

"We went for a tire test at Texas and we were pretty far off," said the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet as he recalled last season's January Goodyear session. "I knew right there we were in trouble."

Not just his team, but all of Richard Childress Racing.

And he was right.

RCR -- which put at least two drivers into the Chase in each of the ...

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