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Jeff Burton shows up at Daytona a few months early

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You probably can't tell, but that's Jeff Burton there, wheeling around a grader that's only slightly less mobile than the Car of Tomorrow. Burton was helping to grade pit road at Daytona International Speedway.

Burton and track president Joie Chitwood III also buried a time capsule, which included the following items:

• Tickets from 2010 Daytona International Speedway events including the 52nd annual Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the final race on the old asphalt

• Die-cast cars including Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet that won the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Burton's No. 31 Caterpillar car

• Newspapers from the Daytona Beach News-Journal including their special Daytona Repave section

• Business card of Lane Construction's John Rauer, the project manager on the Daytona Repave

• Sprint Blackberry phone

• Press releases, brochures and photos

The hopes and dreams of Junior Nation

Just kidding about that one! Or am I ... ? Anyway, the track repaving is coming along well, and Burton expects that it'll lead to better racing.

"What you're going to see is three wide and two wide all the time," he said. "The technology in the asphalt and the technology in the grading makes the track so smooth and makes so much grip that you're not going to be afraid to put it three wide. You're going to be able to put that car wherever you want to put it." Especially if you're driving a grader.

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