Burton Moves To The No. 31

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HAMPTON, Ga. - Jeff Burton will finish the season behind the wheel of Richard Childress Racing's No. 30 Chevrolet and then move to its No. 31 Cingular Wireless team for the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.

Cingular Wireless has also extended it contract with RCR through 2007. The Atlanta-based telecommunications leader has sponsored the team since 2002.

"We have had a great relationship with Cingular Wireless over the past three years and this contract extension, with Jeff Burton as the driver, shows Cingular's commitment to RCR and our commitment to them,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "I talked about Jeff's experience and dedication when we announced his hiring in August and he has already proven me right. We look to build on the success the program has already achieved and hopefully contend for the championship next year.”

Burton has scored eight top-15 finishes, including one top-five and two top-10 finishes, in only 10 NASCAR Cup series starts since his arrival at RCR in early August. The South Boston, Va., native competed in one NASCAR Cup Series race in 1993 before becoming a fulltime driver and earning rookie-of-the-year honors in 1994. In 362 series starts, he has earned 17 victories, two poles, 91 top-five and 149 top-10 finishes and finished in the top-10 in the championship point standings from 1997-2001.

Burton also has 20 victories, 63 top-five and 106 top-10 finishes in 239 starts in the NASCAR Busch Series.

"I'm excited about driving for Cingular Wireless and continuing on with RCR,” Burton said. "In the short time I've driven for Richard, it's already been proven that we can be successful. I've had a tremendous amount of fun and I am looking forward to greater things. It is my intention to get RCR and Cingular Wireless in position to contend for a championship. Cingular Wireless is a household name and it's an honor to represent a company that has such a quality product and is so supportive of motorsports.”

Burton will replace Robby Gordon in the No. 31 Chevrolet. It was announced earlier this week that Gordon and RCR were parting ways at the end of the season, with Gordon stepping up to the ranks of NASCAR Cup Series ownership in 2005.

"We're excited to have Jeff Burton joining us and proud to announce we are extending our commitment to RCR and the sport of NASCAR,” said Daryl Evans, Vice President of Advertising and Marketing Communications for Cingular Wireless. "In addition to his successful career on the track, Jeff is a fan favorite. We're thrilled to have him as the new face of Team Cingular and are confident we will have a team that will be capable of championship contention in 2005. Our team sponsorship has been and will continue to be a great amplifier for our marketing efforts and commitment to growing our company."

RCR will announce the remainder of its 2005 plans in upcoming weeks.

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