MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Even though Christmas is still less than two months away, Jeb Burton will receive an early holiday gift when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fires the engines for Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway.
Burton, a native of nearby Halifax, Va. will return to the Truck Series for the first time in nearly two years aboard Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 State Water Heaters Chevrolet Silverado.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based team’s second entry will be led by veteran crew chief Chad Kendrick.
Young’s Motorsports is hunting their second consecutive top-10 finish, after team principal and driver Tyler Young delivered a 10th-place effort two weeks ago at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
On Saturday, however, Burton will be eyeing his second-career Truck Series triumph — or his 20th top-10 finish — as a nice consolation prize.
“The wait is (nearly) over, I’m ready to get back in a truck,” said Burton. “I’ve been at the shop a lot over the past couple of weeks and the Young’s Motorsports guys have been busting their tails to make sure our No. 20 State Water Heaters Chevrolet is in tip-top shape. I can’t wait for practice to get going on Friday.”
The Martinsville paperclip is considered Burton’s hometown track, and is also where the son of former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton honed his short track skills, competing in several late model events at the historic short track during the early days of his racing career.
This weekend, he’s set to make his sixth Truck Series start at Martinsville and his first in three years. In his previous five starts, the 25-year-old has earned one pole, two top-five, top-10 and four top-13 finishes.
“Martinsville has historically always been one of my better tracks,” Burton added. “That’s to be expected. It’s a place I grew up at. I have a lot of memories. It’s not an easy track to driver, but once you find your rhythm – it’s smooth sailing.”
“Young’s Motorsports has always had a solid reputation when it comes to their short track program and I’m eager to put their truck front and center this weekend.”
With nothing on the line except to win Saturday’s 200-lap anticipated slugfest, Burton realizes that other drivers have a lot on the line too. He doesn’t plan to interfere with those plans, but does expect to be find himself mixing it up with today’s finest.
“I realize the playoffs are happening right now and I’ll be respectful, but I have a job to do for my team and sponsors,” Burton added. “If we can find ourselves able to contend for the win, we’ll do what we can to protect our turf cleanly and race those as I want to be raced.”
Two longtime partners will allow Burton to make his 51st-career Truck Series start, in the form of State Water Heaters and the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation.
For Young, he believes the addition of Burton to their lineup this season will offer the potential to elevate their program further.
“We’ve been very blessed to have a good array of drivers this season at Young’s Motorsports,” offered Young. “Jeb is another driver to fit that lineup. He isn’t afraid to give more than 110 percent behind the wheel and make some daring moves that pay off in a big way.”
“We’ve been blessed to have a good truck every time we go to Martinsville and I feel like with Jeb’s guidance and breakdown of the track, we have the potential to do a lot of good things in a few weeks. I’m excited and hope to tally another top-10 to our season total.”
In 50 career NCWTS starts, Burton has earned seven poles, one win, seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes over four years of competition.
CREDIT: Young’s Motorsports