Jeff Burton is livid over Sunday’s SPEED TV report claiming that he and teammate Kevin Harvick were caught with altered right-front wheels in a post-race NASCAR inspection.
Burton said today, “It's pissed us off. It's made us mad. It's made us very mad. We've done nothing wrong. We've worked hard (and) smart, and someone in the media who chose to use unreliable sources has tainted that. It pisses me off, it pisses my team off, and I have little patience for it.
Burton blasted reporter Bob Dillner for airing the story, saying, "Journalists have a responsibility to report the facts. If you want to pretend to be an investigative journalist, then do a full job of investigating. If a true investigation had been done, this story never would have been on the air. He would have found it to be erroneous. But he's chosen to stand his ground on half the facts. Bob's story is a fabricated story. I'm not saying Bob fabricated this story, I'm saying someone did, and Bob chose to believe someone that doesn't have the facts."
SPEED’s Executive Producer of NASCAR programming, Chris Long, reaffirmed his support for Dillner, saying, “I'm backing Bob 110 percent, and we'll stick to the story he put out there. We have no reason to believe Bob would make up anything like that. I think NASCAR and RCR need to figure out where the story's coming from. It has nothing to do with us. We just report it."
Contacted yesterday, Dillner said, "I still stand behind my story."