By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
The grand opportunity Jeb Burton has been looking forward will become a reality as he’ll be joining Kaulig Racing on a full-time basis in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021.
Burton, son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, will pilot the No. 10 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet Camaro that was previously driven by Ross Chastain.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity driving full-time for Kaulig Racing and Nutrien Ag Solutions,” said Burton in a press release. “I’ve worked so hard, not only behind the wheel, to get an opportunity like this, and it couldn’t be more perfect – representing a brand with the same values and beliefs as my family. This partnership represents everything we are, and I can’t thank Matt Kaulig, Chris Rice and Nutrien Ag Solutions enough.”
Monday’s announcement meant 2021 will be Burton’s first full year in Xfinity after competing a combined total of 43 races in a span of seven years. Not only that, it’ll be his first full-time NASCAR ride since 2015 when he drove for BK Racing in the Cup Series.
On what can be best described as a disastrous Cup tenure, Burton has since driven for eight different teams across all three national touring series, including the past two seasons for JR Motorsports in Xfinity.
In the 18 races Burton drove the No. 8 Chevrolet, he brought home five top-fives and 12 top-10s, showcasing his worth people have felt for a long period of time.
Kaulig Racing’s social media video symbolized the 28-year-old’s efforts are being rewarded as stated by Kaulig Racing President Chris Rice, who’ve known the family for decades.
“Jeb is a hard worker on and off the track,” said Rice. “He’s a great fit for Kaulig Racing and our partners. I’ve known the Burton family and worked with them back in the 1980’s, so it feels like everything has come full circle. We are going to go out and compete for wins and championships. Jeb is a guy we can build a long term, successful program around.”
The No. 10 team just wrapped up their first full season with Chastain, who scored five runner-up finishes and finished seventh in the series standings.