By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
For the last six months, Jeb Burton has been on the sidelines due to sponsorship, but will be making his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season with Saturday’s running of the My Bariatrics Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Burton will pilot the No. 24 Estes Express Lines Toyota Camry for JGL Racing and will have Clinton Cram on the pit box as his crew chief this weekend.
This will be Burton’s 97th career NASCAR National Series start. In his previous 96 starts, 50 came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he scored one win at Texas Motor Speedway, seven top-five finishes, 19 top-10 finishes, and seven pole positions.
Another 16 starts have come in the NASCAR Xfinity Series where Burton has two career top-10 finishes, both of which came at 1.5 mile tracks. All of Burton’s previous Xfinity Series starts have come in Chevrolet Camaros and Ford Mustangs. Saturday’s race will be his first Xfinity Series start in a Toyota Camry.
Burton’s other 30 starts have come in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Burton was thankful just to be back behind the wheel, saying: “I am very excited to get back behind the wheel as it has been a long six months since my last race. I am very thankful for the continued support and sponsorship from Estes Express Lines and State Water Heaters. I am also thankful for the opportunity given to me by James Whitener and everyone at JGL Racing – I am looking to make the most of it.”
Burton also welcomes the challenges that his most successful track will present.
“Texas has been a good track for me in the past with a pole, win and second place finish in the trucks,” he added. “With the changes in the track it will be a different Texas track for sure but I welcome the challenge it presents.”
Burton, Cram, and the JGL Racing team will now take on the challenge of the newly repaved and reconfigured Texas Motor Speedway.