By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
For the second race at Martinsville Speedway in a row, Halifax, VA native Jeb Burton will compete with Rick Ware Racing. Burton will drive the No. 52 Muzzy Bowfishing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500.
The last time Burton competed for Ware at Martinsville he started 39th, and finished 33rd. The 26-year-old driver has three starts at his hometrack with a best finish of 27th in the 2015 Playoff race. Burton also has seven NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts as ‘The Paperclip,’ with a best finish of third (twice).
“I am really excited to get back in a Cup car at Martinsville with Rick Ware Racing,” said Burton. “I have a great relationship with Rick and the RWR team. Hopefully, we can build on how we performed last year.
“Martinsville is my home track and I am looking forward to getting back there and promoting Muzzy Bowfishing. As everyone knows, I love the outdoors and I am big into hunting and fishing, so having them and also the Rocky brand on the car is very happy.”
The STP 500 will mark the first time that Muzzy Bowfishing will sponsor a team in NASCAR competition. The company was founded in 1984 and is the number-one name in fixed-blade broadheads. Muzzy manufactures ready-to-shoot arrows, broadheads, and field-point packages for both vertical bows and crossbows.
“We are extremely honored and excited to be partnering with Jeb and Rick Ware Racing,” offered Teri Quinn, media manager for FeraDyne Outdoors, the parent company of Muzzy® Bowfishing.
“This is our first time promoting our product using NASCAR and we are excited to be affiliated with Jeb, who is an acclaimed hunter. We know this partnership will benefit us as we put our brand in front of the NASCAR audience. The race is sure to be a great time for everyone and our team is excited to go there and cheer on Jeb!”
Burton will be the fourth different driver behind the wheel of a Rick Ware Racing car this season, joining Bayley Currey, B.J. McLeod, and Cody Ware. With two charters, both of the RWR teams are guaranteed a starting position. The organization has a best finish of 12th with Justin Marks in the 2018 Daytona 500. All three of the organization’s top-20 finishes to date have come at Daytona International Speedway.
“We are excited to have Jeb back in our car at Martinsville,” sounded Ware. “The Burton name carries a lot of weight in that area and we will do all we can to put Jeb in a competitive car. We know he can drive it, so the guys at the shop have been working very hard to build him a good car. We are going there to get the best finish possible for not only him but Muzzy® Bowfishing and Rocky brand too.”
In addition to his start with RWR, Burton is also scheduled to run several races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports this season.