Jeb Burton Jumping to Sprint Cup with BK Racing

Jeb Burton Jumping to Sprint Cup with BK Racing

by February 9, 2015 0 comments

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeb Burton is going Sprint Cup racing full-time in 2015 with BK Racing.

The one-time race winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will move into the driver’s seat of the team’s No. 26 Toyota for what will be a rookie of the year effort for the 22-year-old from Halifax, Virginia.

Burton has never competed at the Sprint Cup level before and is thrilled at the opportunity to not only compete in the premier division of NASCAR, but also in the Daytona 500 – a race his father, Ward Burton, won in 2002.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity that BK Racing has given me,” Burton said. “It has been a dream of mine to race in the Daytona 500 ever since I was 9 years old and I stood with my Dad in victory lane.

“I remember thinking to myself then in 2002, I would like to win the 500 one day. Now I have a chance at making that dream come true. I am looking forward to making the 500, providing the best possible finish I can by running and racing hard every lap this season.

“I also look forward to competing for the 2015 title of Rookie of the Year. Each week, I will be concentrating on finishing on the lead lap and learning as much as possible.”

The announcement of Burton’s acquisition by BK Racing comes days after the organization announced that Johnny Sauter will compete for the team in the Daytona 500. Also joining both Burton and Sauter as a BK Racing driver at Daytona will be J.J. Yeley, who, like Burton, will run full-time for the team.

Burton’s move to BK Racing will mark the second straight year that BK Racing will field a team for rookie of the year honors. In 2014, the team fielded full-time entries for Alex Bowman, Cole Whitt, and Ryan Truex (who departed the team in September) with each competing for the rookie of the year title.

“We are very lucky to have a great, young talented driver like Jeb Burton in one of our NASCAR Sprint Cup cars,” BK Racing co-owner Anthony Marlowe said. “It was important for us to find full-time anchor drivers for this season that are experienced and team-oriented.

“Jeb’s success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series along with his family’s history in the sport makes his emergence into Cup a great story. The story, which also includes having a strong shot at winning Sunoco Rookie of the Year in 2015, has already proven to be very marketable.

“I look forward to seeing Jeb behind the wheel of the No. 26 Toyota Camry very soon. I think he is going to do great in the Daytona 500.”

Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

Kyle Pokrefky
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