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Expectation high for Burton / January 30, 2013
The preparations for the season opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener are moving forward in the Jeb Burton camp.

Burton, who is moving up from the late model ranks, is working with Turner Scott Motorsports, which has a heavy presence in NASCAR in the Nationwide series, the Trucks and the K&N east.

Burton, who has relocated to North Carolina, said he plans to test two days this week in Nashville, Tenn..

“Our goal is to be fast. All of us working together, getting the team jelling,” he said.

Also testing are Truck series driver Miguel Paludo and reigning trucks champion James Buescher.

Burton said his relationship with Buescher is going well. He worked well with the champion in the last test. “He’s a nice guy. We’re friends. We haven’t spent a whole lot of time together, but it’s going to be good. We tested a while back. He got in the truck and felt the same thing I felt. So, it was good to have someone like that. We drive a whole lot alike,” Burton said.

Burton is working out physically to tune up for the physical demands of Daytona. He’s also very positive about his new home in NASCAR.

“I don’t think I could be with a better team. They’re excited that I’m here .... I’ve got a great sponsor (Arrowhead). I’ve got a good team. Everything’s come together well,” he said.

Burton has high expectations for 2013.

“Finish every race, first goal. And then win rookie of the year. Finish Top Ten in points and win some races,” Burton said.

Burton has a legitimate shot at strong finishes with one of the high profile teams of the truck series. On the other hand, any lack of solid performances from Burton will almost certainly have consequences, too.

“I really think I’ve got all the tools of doing well. The way I look at it, I did well last year and I was in nothing like what I’m in this year,” said the 20-year-old driver.

Burton is sponsored locally by Arrowhead, with local business executive Kathy Farley helping to back the Burton racing effort.

“Kathy has done a lot for my racing career the last two years. I’ve been really blessed to be with an organization like theirs,” said Burton.

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