Jeff Burton Visits Glen Fans at Dinosaur BBQ

Spends time with families and patients at Ronald McDonald House and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Jeff Burton

Jeff Burton answers questions from Watkins Glen International fans at Dinosaur BBQ on Thursday.

SYRACUSE – Richard Childress Racing’s Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, stopped in Syracuse to visit with fans of The Glen at Dinosaur BBQ, families at the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York and patients at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital on Thursday.

Watkins Glen International invited a select group of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen (August 9-12) ticket holders to have lunch at Dinosaur BBQ with Burton and Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. The group of renewal customers was able to have a few questions answered by and obtain autographs from the 18-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran.

Following the event, fan John Roser expressed his gratitude, “I want to take this opportunity to thank Michael and his staff for the nice meet and great lunch with Jeff Burton today at Dinosaur in Syracuse. Jeff is a perfect gentleman and true professional race car driver.”

After enjoying the well-known fare at Dinosaur BBQ, Burton spent time with some of the families currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Central New York. In the midst of building a new home, expected to open next month, the RMH families were eager to meet Burton and one young resident made sure Burton received the full tour. He made certain Burton saw the playroom, featuring Ronald McDonald and artwork produced by current and former residents.

“We are so grateful that Jeff Burton came to visit our guest families today and bring them some hope and inspiration,” Beth Trunfio, Ronald McDonald Executive Director said. “It’s been really something they have been looking forward to and it’s something that is important because these families go through hard times. It is wonderful to know that other people are thinking about them and we are pleased to know Jeff Burton is here.”

;">Burton’s final stop in Syracuse was the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital where he met several young patients and their families. Staff provided the Coca-Cola family driver and the group from Watkins Glen International a tour of the hospital before the driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet spent time visiting with several children and their families. Children made pinewood derby ready cars and several were numbered “31.” Before returning to their rooms, many of the children stepped outside to have their picture taken with the Watkins Glen International Official Toyota Camry Pace Car.

After this weekend’s Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, Watkins Glen International returns to racing for next month’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen, August 9-12. Thursday’s event signals a shift back to racing and the anticipation for NASCAR’S return to The Glen for a 27th year.

Tickets for the 2012 season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans may purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office in person or by phone at 866.461.RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Gift certificates, daily Thunder Road Tour passes, event tickets and track merchandise are available for purchase at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen. The Shop is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. Download The Glen’s free mobile app from iTunes or for your Android mobile device.

 

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