Turner Scott Motorsports Truck Sponsor Defaults
January 31, 2014 | 4:35 P.M. EST
Jeb Burton is losing his Camping World Truck Series sponsor after Arrowhead defaulted on a payment to Turner Scott Motorsports. (Photo: Getty Images)
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Turner Scott Motorsports announced Friday that Arrowhead, the primary sponsor of Jeb Burton's No. 4 entry in the Camping World Truck Series, has defaulted on payment to the team.
As a result, TSM will not be able to field Burton and the No. 4 truck full time for the 2014 NASCAR season.
The loss of a primary sponsor also means that the company must begin making staff reductions which could affect up to 20 percent of its work force. The company is moving as quickly as possible to give the affected employees maximum opportunities to seek employment with other teams. Budweiser Speedweeks in Daytona opens Feb. 14.
"The breakout success of Jeb Burton and the entire No. 4 team in 2013 makes these decisions especially painful," said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. "However, we will do everything we can to put Jeb on the racetrack with our organization going forward. He's a great talent and has a great career ahead of him. Despite this setback, Turner Scott Motorsports remains strong overall, and will compete for championships in both the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
"It's very difficult for us to lose anyone within our organization. We understand the way this affects the lives of everyone involved and we will do our best to assist in placement elsewhere in the sport."
"These are tough circumstances for everyone involved, not just for me. I'm working with Turner Scott Motorsports to identify any potential opportunities for me to get on the track this year."
In 2013, his rookie season, Burton finished fifth in the final Truck Series point standings with a victory at Texas and 10 other top-10 finishes.
Turner Scott Motorsports is still preparing to compete in 2014 with multiple entries in both the Nationwide Series, with Kyle Larson and a driver to be named, and the Camping World Truck Series, with Ben Kennedy and Brandon Jones.