- Last Updated on 08:08 AM 06/12/13
- BY Joe Chandler
Young drivers trying to carve their niche in NASCAR’s national racing series constantly face pressure to win races.
Once that first win comes, a lot of the pressure is lifted.
That, Jeb Burton says, is true in his case.
The 20-year-old Halifax resident scored his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Friday night, edging Ty Dillon, another rising star on the NASCAR horizon, at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.
“It’s so hard to get that first win,” noted Burton, a three-time pole winner who sits in second place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings, just 23 points out of the lead.
“I’ve got the pressure off of my shoulders now. It feels so good to have that off of me. Now I can relax a little bit. I think it’s only
going to make us twice as good.”
Burton pointed out that the opportunity to be racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and being able to do it with Turner Scott Motorsports would not have been possible without the help of sponsor Arrowhead, a brand of disposable electronic cigarette marketed by parent company Sequoyah Brands of South Boston.
“I really thank Kathy Farley for giving me this opportunity,” Burton said.
“It’s really cool to have a sponsor out of my hometown to be involved in this and to have the support she has given me and our race team. Kathy does so much for the community that a lot of people don’t realize.
“This time last year I was sitting on the couch watching the Texas race,” he added.
“I knew I could do it if I had the opportunity. Kathy Farley and Arrowhead gave it to me, and we (his Turner Scott Motorsports team) have done a heck of a job this year.
“I thank everybody that has helped me since I started racing go-karts. Now we’ve made it there, we know we can do it. Hopefully, we can keep on doing it.”
Burton was emotional as he climbed out of the Chevrolet Silverado truck fielded by Turner Scott Motorsports in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway. A day later, Burton was still at a loss for words as to what the victory meant.
“I don’t know that I can really explain what it means to me,” the young racer remarked.
“All I can say is it means the world to me. I’m definitely nowhere close to being satisfied. This is a good start on my career. I’ve got high, high expectations for what I want to accomplish over the next 20 years in racing. This is just the beginning.”
On a personal note, the win was a big gift from the young driver to his family. His mother, Tabitha Burton, celebrated a birthday on Saturday.
“That was really cool,” Burton said of the win being a birthday gift for his mother, “and Father’s Day is right around the corner. I got two presents in one right there.”
Burton says that with the tough first win now under his belt, more wins should come.
“In Late Model, once I won one (race), I started winning a whole lot,” he pointed out.
“I really feel we have a chance to win every week. We’re fast every week. We already have three pole wins. We have a great team, and we work real well together. We’re going to be a force to reckon with, and we have been.”
This win, the young driver said, puts his team in a higher status.
“This (win) puts us in another league,” he remarked.
“Now we all have confidence. We know we can do it. We have the speed and we’re qualifying well every week. Everything is coming together. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing so we can be there in the points at the end of the season.”