Jeb Burton will run a full-time season with Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2021 season, the organization announced Monday.
Burton will drive the No. 10 Chevrolet and fill the seat vacated by Ross Chastain’s rise up the NASCAR ladder to the Cup Series with Chip Ganassi Racing. Nutrien Ag Solutions will be on board as a primary partner for Burton on the car. In 2020, the No. 10 driven by Chastain reached the Round of 8 of the Xfinity Series Playoffs and finished seventh in the standings.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity driving full-time for Kaulig Racing and Nutrien Ag Solutions,” Burton said in a team release. “I’ve worked so hard, not only behind the wheel, to get an opportunity like this, and it couldn’t be more perfect – representing a brand with the same values and beliefs as my family. This partnership represents everything we are, and I can’t thank Matt Kaulig, Chris Rice and Nutrien Ag Solutions enough.”
— Kaulig Racing (@KauligRacing) November 16, 2020
Burton will join Justin Haley as a full-time driver for the organization who is entering its sixth year in the series. All of its full-time drivers — Blake Koch (2016, 2017), Ryan Truex (2018), Haley (2019, 2020) and Chastain (2020) have reached the playoffs. Haley was the first driver at Kaulig to reach the Championship 4 in 2020.
“Jeb is a hard worker on and off the track,” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing in a team release. “He’s a great fit for Kaulig Racing and our partners. I’ve known the Burton family and worked with them back in the 1980’s, so it feels like everything has come full circle. We are going to go out and compete for wins and championships. Jeb is a guy we can build a long term, successful program around.”
Burton, the 27-year-old from Halifax, Virginia, is the son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton and the nephew to 21-time Cup winner Jeff Burton. Jeb Burton is well traveled across all three NASCAR national series with 33 Cup Series starts, 43 Xfinity Series starts and 57 starts in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. He won a Truck race in 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway for his lone national series win to date.
Most recently, Burton served as a part-time driver with JR Motorsports’ Xfinity program. He made 18 starts over the past two seasons and notched five top fives and 12 top 10s. His best series finish came in September with a second-place run at Richmond Raceway.