Burton to continue with ThorSport at Martinsville
March 06, 2014, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com
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Jeb Burton, who had a championship-caliber ride pulled from beneath him on the eve of the 2014 season, will continue his association with ThorSport Racing in the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway.
ThorSport announced Thursday that Burton would drive the team's No. 13 entry at Martinsville. The Sandusky, Ohio-based organization signed Burton prior to Speedweeks after the Virginia native lost his ride with Turner Scott Motorsports because a sponsor defaulted on payment. Burton's entire program was shut down as a result.
ThorSport, which won the Truck Series championship last season with driver Matt Crafton, put Burton in its No. 13 ride for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, where the 21-year-old finished seventh. Burton -- son of former Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, and nephew of veteran racer Jeff Burton -- stands fifth in points heading into the next scheduled race at Martinsville, a track close to his family's roots.
"Martinsville is a special place to me, whether it was racing a late model stock car, making my first start in the Truck Series and for sure, winning that first pole last year," Burton said. "That race track has meant a lot to my career, and the fan support my entire family has gotten there has been really special to not only myself, but also my dad and my uncle, too."
ThorSport driver Johnny Sauter won last spring's event at Martinsville, while Burton won the pole and led 154 laps before finishing third. ThorSport is still seeking sponsorship for Burton's ride.
"We were really impressed with Jeb, his ability to mesh with the team and the way he worked his way through that first race and had a respectable finish, which isn't easy at Daytona," ThorSport team manager David Pepper said. "We hope we can continue to build on the excitement Jeb and our team created at Daytona, because we really need to get more support to continue racing this Tundra. At this point, we know Jeb will be driving our No. 13 Toyota and crew chief Dennis Connor will be leading his team. We're working extra hard to get something to put on the side of that truck."