After learning that he had lost his full time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride with Turner Scott Motorsports less than a month before the season starts Jeb Burton has found a ride for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. He will drive the No. 13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing.
In addition to the Truck Series race, Burton will also drive for ThorSport Racing in the ARCA Racing Series race at Daytona on Saturday, February 15th.
"The opportunity to come to ThorSport is a big deal for me, my career and my family," Burton said in a statement released by the team. "It's an honor to me that (owners) 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."
His No.13 Truck will carry sponsorship from Carolina Nut Company. He could run more races for ThorSport if sponsorship arises but at this time the only deal in place is to run the Truck and ARCA races at Daytona.
"Having Jeb join the ThorSport family, without question, gives us the strongest driver lineup in the Camping World Truck Series and a talented young man that gives us an opportunity to win another championship," said Matt LaNeve, ThorSport vice president of corporate partnerships. "We are actively seeking sponsorship and feel like his team and our organization have a lot of value to any potential partner."
Burton will join 2013 Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and the driver who finished fourth in points last season Jonny Sauter as teammates for the Daytona race. Burton himself finished fifth in the Truck Series points last season winning once and capturing seven poles in his rookie season. Burton was going to be a championship favorite in 2014 but then his sponsor Arrowhead pulled its funding of his No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports truck leaving Burton without a ride.
Ross Chastain had tested the No. 13 Truck at the Preseason Thunder test session but now looks like he missed out on getting to drive the truck in the race at Daytona.
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