CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 14: Jeff Burton, driver of the  Caterpillar Chevrolet, strands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 14, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 CAT Chevrolet Impala for Richard Childress Racing, is cool. He finished the year 12th in points and out of the drivers I interviewed in Las Vegas he struck me as the most “polished.” And I guess what I mean by that is that he was professional but relaxed and just himself. He just seemed the most mature, not that everyone else wasn’t it’s just that you understand why people always look to him for his opinions.

Later when I was interviewing Matt Kenseth, Jeff was standing nearby waiting to hear Matt’s answer for “favorite curse word.” When I asked Matt about what turns him off he had a hard time and looked to Jeff and said, “How can you answer these?” to which Jeff replied, “Everything’s not sexual, Matt.” It was so funny and all said with a laugh.

What is your favorite word? Commitment

What is your least favorite word? Quitter

What turns you on? Competition

What turns you off? People that don’t appreciate competition

What sound or noise do you love? I like to hear my kids laughing.

What sound or noise do you hate? I hate to hear people bitchin’.

What is your favorite curse word? That would be the F-word because it can be used in every possible way. *laughter*

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? There’s probably none, I feel like I have the best profession in the world. (Me: Not even as a politician as many people think you should?) I may attempt that but I have the best job in the world, I can’t imagine having a better job.

What profession would you not like to do? I would not want to be the President of the United States.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome, you did good.

Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.