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Burton facing last truck race – at least for now

Jeb Burton’s ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appears to be over – at least for the near future.

Burton’s sponsorship from his primary sponsor, State Water Heaters, ends with Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 at Dover, Del.

“I hope I can get another opportunity at some point in the season,” Burton said.

“My father (former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton) is talking to a bunch of sponsors trying to make something happen. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.”

Burton enters Friday’s race at Dover standing 20th in the series point standings, not a bad result considering that he was not eligible to race in the season opener at Daytona in February due to a lack superspeedway experience.

The Halifax resident is heading into Friday’s race fresh off of his best finish of the season, an eighth-place effort in the recent race at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to his top-ten effort, Burton has two top-15 finishes, including an 11th-place finish at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

“The racing part of it has gone well,” Burton remarked.

“I’m happy with everything. I’m not disappointed. I just want more and more because I’m a racer.”

Burton said he is very grateful to everyone at Hillman Racing for what they have done to help him get started in the national NASCAR touring series. He said he is also very grateful and appreciative of the help that State Water Heaters has provided in coming on board to sponsor his racing effort.

“We went to Hillman Racing and they gave me a good opportunity,” Burton pointed out.

“State Water Heaters has given me an opportunity to prove myself. My dad has worked very hard to help make this opportunity happen for me, and I’m thankful for that. Dad and I have done our part. Everybody has done their part. Now, we’ve got to find some more sponsorship.”

Despite knowing that Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 could be his last Truck Series race for awhile, Burton is upbeat, excited about competing on ‘The Monster Mile,” another track that is totally new to him.

“I’m just excited to get to Dover,” Burton said.

“I’m ready to get to Dover and see what that track is like. We’ll probably qualify in the top 20 and then we’ll go race. We’ve always been a top-15 truck in race trim. Hopefully, we can get another top-ten finish, or possibly a top-five finish, and impress some people and maybe get another opportunity. Hopefully, somebody will give me a ride after Dover.”