MWR announces schedule change for Jeff Burton
June 05, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Brett Moffitt will make his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on June 15 at Michigan International Speedway, Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday.
Jeff Burton was originally scheduled to run in that event, but he will now race in the July 13 Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In 38 starts at the 1-mile track, Burton has four wins, which is the most at one track in his Cup career and also the most of any driver at the track.
"Our No. 66 team was originally scheduled to run some new components at Michigan with Jeff, but those plans were delayed last week, causing us to debate running Michigan at all," MWR co-owner Michael Waltrip said in a release. "However, after the great effort we saw with Brett in his debut at Dover, we decided to move forward with Michigan, allowing Brett more seat time and to work toward his NASCAR eligibility on bigger tracks."
Moffitt made his debut last week at Dover International Speedway, where he finished 22nd while driving the No. 66 car. The 21-year-old has been a test driver for MWR the past two seasons.
"It seems like this is all happening very fast, but I feel like we have been working toward this kind of opportunity for a long time," Moffitt said.
Burton has made one start this season for MWR -- a 17th-place finish at Las Vegas -- in his role as a part-time driver for the team. Burton has also tested for the team, most recently at Pocono Raceway. He is set to move to the television booth as part of NBC's broadcast team in 2015.
"When the testing plans for Michigan changed and the ability to run New Hampshire became available, I jumped at the opportunity," Burton said. "This gives Brett a chance to get some well-deserved race time and the ability for me to race at one of my favorite race tracks. This is a win for all of us at MWR."
A partnership between Jay Robinson Racing and MWR allows the No. 66 to run in all Sprint Cup Series races.