Burton Finds New Ride
By: MRN Staff on February 6, 2014 | 7:03 P.M. EST
Jeb Burton will drive in the Camping World Truck Series and ARCA races at Daytona for ThorSport Racing. (Photo: Getty Images)
Days after losing his ride because a sponsor defaulted, Jeb Burton has found a ride with ThorSport Racing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA races at Daytona International Speedway.
The 21-year-old son of Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton will drive ThorSport’s No. 13 Toyota in the Truck race.
The rest of Burton’s schedule with the team will be determined, in part, by finding additional sponsorship.
"The opportunity to come to ThorSport is a big deal for me, my career and my family," said Burton, who joins an organization that won 2013 championships in both NASCAR and ARCA. "It's an honor to me that Duke and Rhonda Thorson would make the call to put me in their vehicles -- the best there is in both series.
"Mr. Thorson has proven his commitment to the Truck Series -- he's a racer, that's what it's all about and it feels good to be here. I feel like it's a place where I can race, and win for many years."
Burton joins a driver lineup that includes 2013 Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter, who finished fourth in the championship, one point ahead of Burton.
Burton won his first Truck Series race in his 12th career start, in June 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway. Last season he also made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with an eighth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway.
"I can't tell you how great it is to get this deal done in a very short amount of time," ThorSport team manager David Pepper said. "This gives us a great driver that can win both the Truck and ARCA races over the next couple weeks.
"We've had our eyes on Jeb the last few years and one thing that really stands out is how well he gets along with Matt and Johnny and the respect they have for each other. To have the opportunity to get Jeb into our ThorSport family of drivers is a great move for both parties."