Jeb Burton gets Nationwide ride at Charlotte
May 13, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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The team announced Tuesday that Burton, 21, will drive the No. 98 Ford in the History 300 on May 24. The Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste-owned car will carry sponsorship from Kendall-Jackson Avant wines.
"I'm thankful to Fred, Bill, Lori and everybody for the opportunity to come drive the No. 98 car," Burton said. "I think the racing in the Nationwide Series is really good right now, and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Burton has one previous Nationwide start, an eighth-place finish for Turner Scott Motorsports at Kentucky Speedway last September. Burton finished fifth in his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season. He currently ranks seventh in the truck standings after three races in the ThorSport Racing No. 13 Toyota.
The Biagi-DenBeste team has previously fielded Nationwide efforts for current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers David Ragan and Reed Sorenson. The part-time team landed its only victory in 171 starts with Mike Wallace at the wheel in July 2004 at Daytona International Speedway.
Ragan drove the car to a fourth-place finish -- its best in three races this season -- earlier this month at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR Next driver Ryan Gifford is scheduled to drive the No. 98 in this Sunday's Get to Know Newton 250 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Iowa Speedway.