Bad Luck Bug Bites Jeb Burton in Season Debut at Texas
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 9, 2017) – It has been a long six months for Jeb Burton since his last time behind the wheel of a car in NASCAR action. Unfortunately, the Virginia native encountered bad luck throughout the weekend in his return to action as his No. 24 Estes Express Lines Toyota struggled home to a 29th place finish in the running of the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
“We struggled a little bit in practice on Friday but I figured out the track some and the guys on this JGL Racing team made my No. 24 Estes Express Lines Toyota better,” said Burton. “We had a pretty good car in qualify and unfortunately I just got out of the racing groove a little and that proved disastrous this weekend. We did the same thing that Jimmie Johnson did in his qualifying run but unfortunately we made some contact with the wall and were forced to our back up car. We had a short time to get the car prepared but the incredible teamwork from everyone at JGL Racing got us ready for the race.”
As a result of the qualifying incident forcing the team to the backup car on the No. 24 Estes Express Lines Toyota, Burton would start shotgun from the field for the 200-lap event. Anticipating a wild start on the new racing surface, Burton would lay back at the beginning of the race in an effort to avoid another early set back. Unfortunately, bad luck would bite Jeb again as he would experience two tire failures in the first 45-lap segment due to a tire rub and would be put down several laps to the field.
Burton would utilize the remainder of the 200-lap event to learn as much as he could and work with his new JGL Racing team for the first time. Despite having a very fast No. 24 Estes Express Lines Toyota in the second half of the race, Jeb would be relegated to a disappointing 29th place finish.
“I put us behind the eight ball today and then we just had more bad luck on top of that with the tire rubs,” added Jeb. “But on the bright side it felt good to be back in a fast race car and the time working with this 24 crew will be very valuable moving forward. I cannot wait to get back behind the wheel at Bristol in a few weeks.”
The JGL Racing team will take a much-needed week off before next heading to Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 with Jeb Burton returning to the No. 24 Toyota. The seventh race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday April 22nd and can be seen LIVE on Fox Sports1 at 1:00 pm ET. It can also be heard on Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.