Jeb Burton's ThorSport ride now full time
May 27, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Estes Express Lines' primary sponsorship leads to new opportunity
Jeb Burton's race-by-race deal with ThorSport Racing has come to full-time fruition.
The Sandusky, Ohio-based team announced Tuesday that the second-generation driver would complete the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in its No. 13 Toyota with sponsorship from Estes Express Lines. Burton has competed in all four races this year, producing two top-10 finishes and ranking seventh in the series standings.
"It's an honor to be driving the No. 13 Estes Toyota," Burton said. "Each time I get behind the wheel, I'm not only representing the Burton family and ThorSport Racing, now I have the privilege of representing everyone at Estes, which means a team of almost 15,000 employees including more than 6,000 truck drivers."
Burton, 21, finished fifth in the Truck Series standings in 2013, claimed seven pole positions and notched his first victory in June at Texas Motor Speedway. His hopes, however, of continuing in the Turner Scott Motorsports' No. 4 entry were dashed in the offseason when a sponsorship default forced a parting of the ways.
Burton is the son of former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and the nephew of NASCAR veteran Jeff Burton, who will retire at season's end to join the broadcasting team at NBC Sports.
The Truck Series' next event is scheduled for May 30 at Dover International Speedway. Jeb Burton also finished 15th in his second career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the Biagi-DenBeste Racing No. 98 Ford in Saturday's History 300.