Big Families in NASCAR-The Burtons

Big Families in NASCAR-The Burtons

Jeffery Brian Burton was born on June 29, 1967. He was born in South Boston, Virginia. Jeff Burton, aka “JB”, currently drives the # 31 Cingular Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. He also races part-time in the Busch Series. Jeff Burton is the younger brother of Ward Burton, a fellow Sprint Cup driver. Married to Kim Burton, they have two children, Paige and Harrison. In 1993, he won his first Winston Cup race in the # 0 TIC Financial Ford, finishing just ahead of Fil Martocci.1994 was Burton’s rookie year in the Winston Cup Series. He drove the #8 Raybestos Ford for Stavola Brothers Racing. He had a season-high fourth-place finish en route to earning the 1994 NASCAR Rookie of the Year.

The Burton family battles continue in NASCAR’s next generation.

The next year, in 1995, Burton had one top five, along with a ninth-place finish. He also missed three races and finished 32nd in points. In 1996, Jeff Burton left the Stavola Brothers for Roush Racing. He raced for his new team in the # 99 Exide Batteries Ford and finished 13th overall in the season standings.His career peaked from 1997 to 2000, as he never finished lower than 5th in the points standings.

He took his first career win in 1997, finishing first in the Interstate Batteries 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (the inaugural NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway), and would go on to win 14 more races over the next four years. In 1999, Burton won a career-high and series-leading six races. His best point finish was in 2000, when he finished 3rd, 294 points behind champion Bobby Labonte. The following year, in 2001, Burton won two more races, bringing his career tally to 17, as he finished tenth in points.

In 2002 and 2003, he finished 12th and combined for eight top-5s and 25 top-10s, but failed to win a race in either year. 2005 was a bit of a struggle for Burton. While many people expected him to end the Victory Drought, it didn’t happen. In 2006, he broke a 175 win-no win streak, dating back to October 28, 2001. In 2007, Jeff Burton also won NASCAR’s Person of the Year award.

Jeb Burton leaves his imprint on the racing family.

John Edward Burton III, also known as Ward Burton (born October 25, 1961), is an American NASCAR auto racer who has a total of five career wins in the Sprint Cup. He last raced the #4 State Water Heaters Chevrolet Impala SS for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 2007. He is the older brother of fellow NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, with whom he first competed at their local short track, South Boston Speedway.

Burton began his NASCAR Busch Series career in the 1990 season and competed full-time for four seasons. Burton was promoted to the Winston Cup (now the Sprint Cup) in 1994. He drove 26 of 31 races in the #31 Hardee’s Chevy ahead of Alan Dillard Jr., took his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway and finished 35th in the standings. Caterpillar became the new title sponsor of the car in 1999, finishing ninth. In 2002, he started the season by winning the prestigious Daytona 500. In 2004, Burton raced Haas CNC Racing’s NetZero HiSpeed #0 car to three top-10 finishes, but was fired from the team with two races left. He was out of work for the next two seasons.

He returned to the Sprint Cup series late in the 2006 season, driving the #4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. On December 12, 2006, Ward signed with Morgan-McClure Motorsports to drive the #4 car full-time in 2007. In 2007, Ward’s performance was mediocre, with no top ten finishes. On November 12, 2007, he was released from Morgan-Mcclure Motorsports so that the team could “evaluate performance”. Morgan-McClure closed the store shortly after. According to rumors, he will not compete in the Sprint Cup races again.

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