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After more than a month out of a racecar, NASCAR “young gun” Jeb Burton has found his next opportunity within the sport. The son of Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton will compete for Young’s Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 28.
Friday, Young’s Motorsports confirmed that Burton will be piloting their No. 20 Chevrolet. It’s a one-race deal for the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 presented by Texas Roadhouse at the famed short track.
“I’m really thankful for this opportunity to drive for Young’s Motorsports at Martinsville,” Burton said in a team release. “It’s going to be great to get back into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and have an opportunity to come out of the box and compete for a strong finish.”
Burton last competed in the Truck Series in 2015 at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing 16th for JR Motorsports. The Virginia native spent 2013 and 2014 full-time in the series, recording seven poles and notching his first victory, also at Texas.
In five career Martinsville Truck starts, Burton recorded a pair of third-place finishes in 2013 for Turner Scott Motorsports. His average finish at his Virginia home track is 10.4.
“The Young’s Motorsports team has always flourished with speed at Martinsville,” Burton continued. “I’m hoping that with me behind the wheel and Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) calling the shots and our ECR engine, we’ll have a chance to put ourselves in the hunt for a top-five finish.
“It’s a home game for me and short track racing, so I’m very excited. I love racing at Martinsville, and I felt like I should have already won there. I really want that clock. We’re going to do what we can to bring it home.”
Burton will be sponsored by State Water Heaters and the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation. Without a full-time ride this season, he has competed in six XFINITY Series races thus far. Burton’s earned a best finish of fourth at Daytona in July with JGL Racing.
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