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September 30, 2023

Harrison Burton to return to Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford in 2024

Harrison Burton on the grid at Auto Club Speedway
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Harrison Burton will return as the driver of Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2024, he confirmed Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The 22-year-old driver currently ranks 31st in the Cup Series standings. He confirmed the news to The Athletic.

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Burton has four top-10 finishes in the last two seasons, with a best result of third place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in his rookie year. He had acknowledged in August that he had been a topic of rumors in recent weeks but that he preferred to stay with the Wood Brothers as his career progressed.

“At the end of the day, it’s fairly easy for me because I am happy where I’m at, and I hope to continue to race where I’m at,” Burton said. “You know, it’s fairly easy for me to kind of just go to work with the guys that I’ve worked with for the last year and a half or so, and yeah, it’s not super distracting at this point.”

The Wood Brothers recently made a change at crew chief, bringing back Jeremy Bullins atop the No. 21 pit box for the final 10 races of this season and for next year’s schedule. Bullins traded places with fellow crew chief Brian Wilson, who moved to the No. 2 Ford of the affiliated Team Penske operation.

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The Wood Brothers have been fielding Cup Series entries since 1953. The team’s next victory in NASCAR’s top division will be its 100th.

Burton joined the No. 21 team for the 2022 campaign after two full seasons in the Xfinity Series. The next-generation driver won four times during his tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing, and his move to the Cup Series also meant a transition from Toyota to a Ford allegiance.