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Burton makes debut in ARCA; finishes 21st

South Boston News / July 11, 2011
Jeb Burton has taken a significant step forward in his racing career.

Burton made his ARCA debut Saturday night and finished a 21st in the series’ stop at Berlin Raceway in Michigan.

Burton qualified ninth for the race and spent considerable time in the top 15. He completed 120 of 200 laps. Burton was involved in an early caution. 32 cars made the ARCA field. Burton got spun on his first lap of ARCA racing.

Burton had some tough racing luck in his ARCA debut.

Burton had a flat tire on lap 117, bringing out the race’s second caution flag.

Burton yesterday expressed some disappointment over the opener, noting he did not get to finish the race. But he was quick early, running sixth in a practice session and ninth in qualifying.

Matt Merrell won the ARCA event.

Burton tested his car at South Boston Speedway Wednesday in preparation for his ARCA debut.

The son of 2002 NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton already has two wins at Ace Speedway, and the step forward to run in the developmental ARCA series - with a strong qualifying run first time out - is a boost to the local racer’s career.

Burton was working with Tripp Bruce, who believes the Halifax County driver is ready for the next step in his career. “I am ready to go to the next level,: Burton said.

“I have earned top five finishes and won at some tough regional tracks. The wins took some of the pressure off me and I was able to prove I have what it takes to compete (at this level). With the help of my dad, I plan to continue advancing my racing career,” he said.

“The ARCA series makes sense as the next step in Jeb’s career,” W. Burton said.

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