NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Jeb Burton is taking advantage of the off-weekend for the Truck Series to make his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Burton will climb behind the wheel of the No. 34 Chevrolet of Turner Scott Motorsports this weekend for Saturday's Kentucky 300 Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
"I'm really thankful for this opportunity to be in the No. 34 car this weekend in Kentucky," Burton said. "To me, it's all about learning more and becoming the best driver I can be. Luckily, my TSM team and sponsor, Arrowhead, are helping me do that. I really liked racing my truck at Kentucky Speedway this year, so I'm looking forward to giving it another shot."
Burton's experience in a Nationwide car, in any environment, is extremely limited, as he's only tested a car once. He does have Truck Series experience at Kentucky Speedway, though. When the Camping World Truck Series visited Kentucky earlier this year, Burton started in the 11th position and finished ninth.
Burton also races for Turner Scott Motorsports in the Truck Series, driving a No. 4 Chevrolet for the team. He has one win in the trucks, so far, this season after 16 races and sits fourth in the series points standings with three top-fve finishes and nine top-10s.
Mike Hillman Jr. will be Burton's crew chief for his Nationwide debut.
"It feels great to be a part of Jeb's first Nationwide race," Hillman said. "Right now, we're exceeding expectations in the Truck Series with five poles, a win and being among the top-five in points, so I couldn't be happier. It's a great opportunity for me to be involved in the next step of Jeb's career, and I hope to help him become a better race car driver."