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Luck blowing in the Kansas winds for Burton

Wednesday, Apr 18 1369


After a solid performance in Rockingham, powering from the 27th starting spot all the way to an 11th place finish, Jeb Burton finds himself in attack mode in his #27 State Water Heaters Chevy Silverado. This time, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie will take his talent on the road - to a series of fast 1.5 mile tracks between Kansas, Charlotte and Dover Motor Speedway. This weekend, he'll be honing his skills during his third start in the NCWTS, the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway.

Burton turned many industry and fan heads alike in Rockingham last weekend, as he executed strong tire management and learned the short track throttle strategy in a matter of laps.  Both crew chief Trip Bruce and dad Ward commented during and after the race how mature he handled his track mechanics, as well as his impressive communication- rare from a rookie driver.  When asked post-race if the 11th place finish was "better than his wins here," proud father Ward exclaimed, "absolutely, yes sir!"


Jeb will get to meet Kansas Lottery winners from across the state on Friday night at an appearance on behalf of Kansas Speedway at the Great Wolf Lodge.  During his Q&A session, he'll speak to the lucky winners about all things NASCAR and his experience so far in a motorsports family.  He's also hoping that luck just might "rub off" on his No. 27 State Water Heaters Chevy Silverado on track!



"Of course I wanted a better finish, but that's just because I want to win everything I race.  I'm learning so much so fast, and I'm trying to be humble and just take it all in - but I want the learning curve to go faster, probably like any racer would.  The guys did a great job with the truck, and I got some great advice from Timothy Peters, another South Boston driver growing up.  It was a good experience, and I'm glad we could come up through the field like that.  I wasn't happy with qualifying, and it's a great lesson to learn that it's a long race and you've just got to keep a cool head.  I love it when tires fall off, that's a late model race - just drive every lap."

"People ask me if it's overwhelming, and I don't think so at all.  It's racing.  My mom and dad have done a great job preparing me for this the right way, and now I'm trying to get as much experience as I can.  We've had some good finishes here, and now I get to tackle the intermediate tracks.  My sponsorship with State Water Heaters has been great, and we're funded through Dover.  So now that we're performing, we're also looking to keep the season going past Dover.  My parents have sacrificed everything for me to do this, and we can't do it without support of great sponsors like State."


"Again, it's my first time at each one of these tracks wherever I go.  My experience up until this point has been in late models.  So the approach is to learn first, fast laps second.  We'll be taking as many turns of the racetrack as possible on Friday's practice runs, just to get the lay of the land.  It's such a tricky place for tires and pit strategy, not to mention all the other components like speed and corners.  The weather might be a factor too, with all the wind they've had lately.  So we'll see.  I just have to go into it looking for knowledge and to come out with a great finish.  If we can get a top 10, we'd be over the moon."

Jeb Burton PR

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