Jeff Burton Medical Update
18 September 1997
MOORESVILLE, NC - Duke University Medical Center doctors believe that they have determined the cause of the inner ear ailment suffered by Jeff Burton which forced him to sit out most of last weekend's Winston Cup event at New Hampshire International Speedway. The Roush Racing driver has a condition known as vestibular neuronitis which is a virus affecting the nerve sending messages from the brain to the inner ear. Patients suffering from the disorder experience an upset in balance. Doctors expect a complete recovery but were unable to predict a specific time frame for recovery. It is believed that increased activity will speed up the healing process so Burton plans to stay busy this weekend at Dover Downs International Speedway. "I will be there," said the driver of the #99 Exide Ford, who currently sits fourth in the series point standings. "I will do whatever I can in the car within the realm of safety and common sense, and at the very least start the race on Sunday." The team has not yet selected a relief driver but intends to have someone standing by for practice sessions and for the MBNA 400.