Jeb Burton takes winning momentum to Kentucky
Sparta, KY (Sports Network) - Following a two-week break, the Camping World Truck Series resumes its 2013 schedule on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.
The last race in the series was held on June 7 at Texas, where rookie Jeb Burton picked up his first win. Burton, who is the 20-year-old son of former Sprint Cup Series driver and 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, is currently second in the point standings. He is 23 points behind leader Matt Crafton.
Burton has been very impressive this season, finishing no worse than 15th in the first seven races. In April at Martinsville, he started on the pole and led a race-high 154 laps but ended up finishing third.
"We've got some momentum right now, and we've been fast every week," Burton said. "We should have won a couple of other races."
This will be the first time Burton competes in a race at Kentucky. He tested at this 1.5-mile track earlier this month.
"We actually tested there two weeks ago, and we have a really, really good truck there," he said. "I'm pretty pumped up about it and like the racetrack. I like the bumps. It makes it a handful to drive, and I think it kind of puts it back in the driver's hands a little bit."
Burton is driving the No. 4 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports this year. His teammate, James Buescher, is the defending series champion. But Buescher has had a somewhat disappointing season. He has yet to score a top-five finish.
Kentucky might be where Buescher gets his season on track. He won both truck races here last year. Buescher also won an ARCA event at this track in 2009.
"It's a place I feel like suits me," Buescher said. "It's pretty flat, and it's a tough racetrack. There's a lot of character to it, a lot of bumps and things you have to negotiate well. Just a place I guess I have figured out."
Buescher is presently fifth in the rankings, as he trails Crafton by 50 points.
Series: NASCAR Camping World. Date: Thursday, June 27. Race: UNOH 225. Site: Kentucky Speedway. Track: 1.5-mile oval. Start time: 8 p.m. ET. Laps: 150. Miles: 225. Television: Speed. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.
06/27 16:02:29 ET