Richard Petty Motorsports signs Jeb Burton for 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series

Jeb Burton
Jeb Burton
Jeb Burton

Jeb Burton will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY series fulltime for Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2016 season.  The team made the announcement via an emailed press release Monday afternoon.  The team said Burton will make his debut this Saturday in the No. 43 RPM Ford XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The 23-year old Virginia native has a long family heritage in NASCAR. His father Ward is a Daytona 500 champion and race in the NASCAR Cup series from 1994 to 2077 amassing a record of five wins in 375 starts.  The younger Burton’s uncle, Jeff raced in the Cup series from 1993 to 2014 and ended his racing career with 21 wins in 695 starts.  Jeff Burton is currently a racing analyst for NBC Sports.  Jeb Burton competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for BK Racing in 2015 with 28 starts. He competed full time in the Camping World Truck Series in 2013 and 2014, earning one win, seven Top-Five finishes and 20 Top-10 finishes in 50 starts.

“I’m really excited to be competing full time in the XFINITY Series for Richard Petty Motorsports this season,” Burton said.

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