[media-credit name=”jebburton.com” align=”alignright” width=”244″][/media-credit]It is safe to say that racing at any level is a family affair. NASCAR drivers are normally born from a blood line that produces super stars past, present and future. The generations stem from Earnhardt, Petty and Allison, just to name a few.
When you hear the name Burton, one would immediately think of Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 Cat car for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) or Ward Burton, who drove for the #22 Cat car for Bill Davis racing in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
The newest driver of the Burton family is Jeb Burton, Ward Burton’s oldest son. Jeb will be 20 this year and will be making his rookie debut on March 31st in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway driving the Hilman Racing no. 27 State Water Heaters Chevrolet. Although Jeb has limited experience, he will have veteran crew chief Trip Bruce, who has worked in the past with drivers Johnny Benson and Kasey Kahne, to help him along the way.
Jeb is scheduled to compete in five more NCWTS events after his debut at Martinsville. He heads to Rockingham Speedway (4/15), Kansas Speedway (4/21), Lowes Motor Speedway (5/18), Dover International Speedway (6/1) and then Texas Motor Speedway (6/8).
Jeb enjoys hunting, fishing, riding jet skis and ATV’s. His favorite college teams are Virginia Tech Football and Duke Basketball. His favorite pro team is the Carolina Panthers. His favorite video game is Madden 2012. Of course his first love and passion is racing. His ultimate goal is to work his way up in this series, to be competitive, respected and known for his talents on the track.
Being a rookie at any level is exciting but can obviously be nerve racking as well and must stay focused on his goals. Like many drivers today, Jeb grew up at the race tracks watching his dad, Ward Burton race. In 2002 he witnessed dad win the “Great American Race”, the Daytona 500. I remember seeing Jeb in victory lane alongside his Dad during the glorious celebration. Now it is Jeb’s time to shine and make a name for himself and carry on the Burton family tradition.
Mark your calendars for March 31st, to see Jeb make his debut in the NCWTS at Martinville Speedway.
You can also follow Jeb on Twitter (@JebBurtonRacing). Like dad (Ward) and Jeff, Jeb is very hands on with his fans. He loves the following and appreciates all the support this opportunity affords him. There are still sponsorship opportunities available as well.
If you or someone you know would be interested in playing a part in sponsorship Jeb and the no. 27 State Water Heaters Chevy log on to his website www.jebburton.com. Click the sponsorship tab and it will provide you with all the information you need to become a part of this team in one or another. Jeb and his family are true believers that say “if it weren’t for the fans, we couldn’t do what we love to do”.
Please show your support follow Jeb on Twitter (@JebBurtonRacing), check out his website and watch his first race on March 31st!
If you have a question and cant find the answer, contact me and I will do what I can to get the information you need to keep the no. 27 team going strong!