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Burton throws first pitch at D-backs game

August 28, 2013, Pat DeCola, NASCAR.com

Burton throws first pitch at D-backs game
Camping World Truck Series rookie throws a strike before Arizona Diamondbacks win

With a win like that, Jeb Burton should expect to receive a standing inviation to all future Arizona Diamondbacks games.

The Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year candidate threw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of a wild extra-inning, walk-off victory for the D-backs, who took down the division rival San Diego Padres 10-9 on Tuesday night. It was second baseman Aaron Hill's single to left-field that drove in Adam Eaton for the winning-run, but Burton may have been the good luck charm at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz..

In addition to the first pitch, Burton also led the seventh-inning stretch, waved the checkered flag for the Legends Race in the fifth inning and showed off his arm in a sixth-inning t-shirt toss atop the D-backs dugout.

Burton holding the checkered flag finish line for the Legends Race.
Photo credit: L.M. Parr/Arizona Diamondbacks

“We are thrilled that the D-backs have invited Jeb to throw out the first pitch,” Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber said via a press release. “This will be an opportunity for D-backs fans to meet one of NASCAR’s promising young stars.”

Sitting in third place in the Truck Series standings, Burton will make his Truck Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Lucas Oil 150. This weekend, he'll head to The Great White North for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to look for his first win since landing in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

Burton posing with D-backs pitcher and 2013 National League All-Star Patrick Corbin (@PatrickCorbin11). Photo credit: L.M. Parr/Arizona Diamondbacks

Jeb Burton @JebBurtonRacing
Wheels up headed to @Dbacks game to throw the first pitch

Jeb Burton @JebBurtonRacing
If you have Direct TV, be sure to turn to channel 686 tonight for the @Dbacks game at 9:40 ET! You may see Jeb! -PR pic.twitter.com/j576HhQJ90

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Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
Get ur pic w the PIR pace car & see @JebBurtonRacing throw out the 1st pitch @Dbacks game #GoDbacks pic.twitter.com/Nou899dN28

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Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@JebBurtonRacing
ran into @Dbacks legend Luis Gonzalez #godbacks #nascar #AdvoCare500 pic.twitter.com/jMjXiR3kmD

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Jeb Burton @JebBurtonRacing
It's almost game time in Phoenix! Go @Dbacks! pic.twitter.com/abBtf9WLBt

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Burton's uncle, Sprint Cup Series mainstay Jeff Burton, made sure to get in a little good, old-fashioned ribbing ahead of the ceremonial first pitch.

Jeff Burton @RCR31JeffBurton
@JebBurtonRacing
Don't hop it to the plate. We want to see the heat!

Jeb Burton @JebBurtonRacing
@RCR31JeffBurton
no warm up no bounce 50mph 👍

Jeff Burton @RCR31JeffBurton
@JebBurtonRacing: @RCR31JeffBurton no warm up no bounce 50mph 👍” nice work!

Arizona Diamondbacks @Dbacks
Awesome job by @loveandtheft and @JebBurtonRacing on tonight's first pitch. #Dbacks pic.twitter.com/1PlCrHIfgm

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Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@JebBurtonRacing
after throwing out the 1st pitch @Dbacks game. #godbacks #nascar #AdvoCarOne500 pic.twitter.com/xgGmim2QFu

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During the game, Burton took to Twitter to answer some fan questions in a Q&A session with the hashtag #AskJeb.

Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@JebBurtonRacing
will take over our Twitter account in the 2nd + 3rd innings of tonight's @Dbacks game. Tweet in your questions! #AskJeb

Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
This is @JebBurtonRacing taking over the @PhoenixRaceway twitter @Dbacks game. Send me questions to #askjeb #nascar #godbacks

On who the funniest member of the Burton family is:

Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@_KrissyWilson
Me, of course @JebBurtonRacing #askjeb

On who the funniest driver in the garage is:

Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@dream_sweaver
the funniest driver in the garage is @chaseelliott @JebBurtonRacing #askjeb

On the best racing advice he's gotten from his dad, Ward Burton:

Phoenix Raceway @PhoenixRaceway
@ColbyAngusBlack
To not forget where u came from & to treat people the way u want to be treated. It's helped me stay grounded. #askjeb

On who his favorite baseball player growing up was:

Phoenix Raceway @PhoenixRaceway
@charlesmhampton
my fave baseball player was @RealCJ10 #askjeb @JebBurtonRacing

(Editor's note: Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones is also a huge NASCAR fan.)

On his what favorite movie is:

Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@77JGBKKHfan24
my fave movie is Days of Thunder #askjeb @JebBurtonRacing

On what he'd be doing if racing wasn't his career:

Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@77JGBKKHfan24
I'd like to have my own hunting show #askjeb @JebBurtonRacing

On his 2014 racing plans:

Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@77JGBKKHfan24
Yes, I'll be back in the #4 Arrowhead Chevrolet. #nascartrucks #nascar #askjeb @JebBurtonRacing

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Phoenix Raceway@PhoenixRaceway
@JebBurtonRacing
leading the 7th Inning Stretch @Dbacks game. #nascar #nascartrucks #godbacks #AdvoCare500 pic.twitter.com/TMBCbiiGH9

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Arizona Diamondbacks @Dbacks
@PhoenixRaceway
@JebBurtonRacing Doing a great job tonight! You'll have to join us for games more often.

Jeb Burton @JebBurtonRacing
@Dbacks
@PhoenixRaceway thanks for having me👍