Jeb Burton to make first Sprint Cup start of 2016

Jeb Burton will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start of 2016 this weekend at Pocono Raceway in the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Burton will pilot the No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford with sponsorship from Rocky Ridge Custom Trucks. The 23-year-old is no stranger to the Sprint Cup Series having made 28 starts for BK Racing last season. Burton finished 33rd and 35th in the Pocono races in 2015.

“I’m really looking forward to racing this weekend in the No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford in the Sprint Cup Series,” Burton said in a team release. “I’ve raced twice at Pocono in the Cup Series, and twice in the Truck Series, so I know I can be competitive there and use the experience I have to bring home a good finish. 

“The track is so unique in that each turn is different, but I think using my experience in the Cup Series will really help and keep us at the front of the field.”

This year, Burton had made 11 starts with one top-10 finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, driving the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. Financial issues with the team’s primary sponsor forced RPM to cut back from its planned full-time schedule, the team announced on Wednesday.

Burton is the fourth driver to pilot the No. 32 for the Archie St. Hilaire-owned team. Jeffrey Earnhardt (eight starts), Joey Gase (three starts) and Bobby Labonte (two starts) have driven the car in the season’s previous races.