Jeff Burton Talks About Balancing Work with Family

08/29/2008 at 09:00 AM ET
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Children have proven to be the great equalizer for Jeff Burton. While other, younger drivers on the NASCAR circuit may live for race day, Jeff says he lives for his family — wife Kim, daughter Paige, 13, and son Harrison, 7. "What we do [in NASCAR] is exceptionally important from a business and professional standpoint, but how you interact with your children, community, family and friends is more important," Jeff says. "Early in my career, I was afraid to do anything else [besides race] because that might mean I wasn’t focused…I’ve learned you can do both."

That ability to balance career with family gives Jeff a perspective he might otherwise be lacking. "When we have a bad race, I get over it a lot quicker now because I’ve got kids to get to school and other issues that a 41-year-old has," he says. "Some people say that means I don’t care as much. I say it’s the exact opposite."

Source: USA Today

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Erica on

Aww, Jeff Burton is one of my favorite NASCAR people. He seems like such a good guy.

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