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Burton sidelined

Arrowhead, the primary sponsor of the truck driven by Jeb Burton in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has defaulted on payment to the team, leaving Burton without a full-time ride for the 2014 season.

A press release issued late Friday by Turner Scott Motorsports stated Arrowhead failed to make a critical payment to the team, and as a result, Turner Scott Motorsports will not be able to field Burton and his No. 4 truck this season and that the team must begin making staff reductions.

Team officials said it is anticipated the reductions will affect up to 20 percent of the current Turner Scott Motorsports workforce. According to a story published by the Associated Press, that translates to approximately 35 employees.

Company officials said they are moving as quickly as possible to give the affected employees the maximum opportunity to seek employment with other race teams.

Cherokee Tobacco LLC is the parent company of Arrowhead Electronic Cigarettes.

Burton scored a win at Texas last season, had 11 top-10 finishes and finished fifth in the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings last season. He also won seven poles.

“Obviously, these are tough circumstances for everyone involved, not just for me, but also for my teammates who are affected,” said Burton in the press release. 

“I am working with Turner Scott Motorsports to identify any potential opportunities for me to get on the track this year.”

Team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. described the situation as painful.

“The breakout success of Jeb Burton and the entire No. 4 team in 2013 makes these decisions especially painful,” said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. 

However, we will do everything we can to put Jeb on the racetrack with our organization going forward. He is a great talent and has a great career ahead of him.”

Turner Scott Motorsports is continuing to prepare to compete this season with multiple entries in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The company will field two full-time teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Kyle Larson and a second driver to be named in the near future. 

In addition, Turner Scott Motorsports will field one full-time entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Ben Kennedy driving the team’s No. 31 truck. There will also be one part-time team with driver Brandon Jones and other drivers to be named later.

“Despite this setback, Turner Scott Motorsports remains strong overall and will compete for championships in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” Scott said.

“We are extremely proud of the talent of our workforce here at TSM, and it is very difficult for us to lose anyone within our organization. We understand the way that this affects the lives of everyone involved, and we will do our best to assist in placement elsewhere in the sport." 

According to published reports, driver Miguel Paludo, who was Burton’s teammate at Turner Scott Motorsports last season, announced Monday he does not have a full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.