Jeff Burton Celebriduck
For the last 28 years, Jeff Burton has been crossing the finish line in a racecar. From go-karts to NASCAR Winston Cup cars, Burton has seen plenty of success along the way. He's become one of the sports most outspoken safety advocates and continues to dominate both on the track, with 17 total Winston Cup career wins and 20 Busch Series wins, and off the track, with his charitable work at Duke Children's Hospital and continued dedication to his family.
His racing career began at the ripe age of seven when he began driving go-karts at South Boston Speedway in his hometown of South Boston, VA. It wasn't long before Burton became the go-kart champion and soon began climbing the racing ranks in search of more success on the track. Burton's Winston Cup career began in 1993 when he ran one race for owner Filbert Martocci. In 1994, Burton went on to join the Stavola Brothers team where he earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished 24th in the final point standing. That same year, he claimed two top-five and three top-ten finishes. Burton spent a second year with the Stavola Brothers in 1995 then joined owner Jack Roush in 1996.
In his first year with Roush Racing, Burton chalked up six top-five and 12 top-ten finishes. Burton saw victory lane for the first time in a Winston Cup car in 1997 during the inaugural race at Texas Motor Speedway. He visited victory lane two more times and collected 13 top-five and 18 top-ten finishes while closing out his second year with Roush, finishing fourth in the overall Winston Cup point standings. 1997 also placed Burton into a Busch Series car for the first time under the ownership of Jack Roush. He's racked up 16 wins, 46 top-five and 62 top-ten finishes in just 79 Busch Series races with Roush Racing. (He began his Busch career in 1988 in a car owned by his father John Burton, winning his first Busch Series race in 1990 in a car owned by Sam Ard. From 1997 to 2002, Burton has run the No. 9 Busch car part time.)
Burton continued his Winston Cup success with Roush by driving to victory lane twice in 1998 and six times in 1999 while accruing 18 top-five and 23 top-ten finishes each year. Continuing his consistency from 1998 to 1999, Burton finished fifth in the overall Winston Cup point standings for two consecutive years. Burton continued his success in 2000 making a strong run at the championship by winning four races and posting 15 top-five and 22 top-ten finishes. Burton would settle for third in the overall Winston Cup point standings.
2001 proved to be challenging for Burton and the No. 99 CITGO team. In the end, the team overcame the odds and made two trips to victory lane, once at the Coca-Cola 600 and for the second year in a row at Phoenix. The No. 99 CITGO team finished a strong 10th in the overall Winston Cup point standings and Burton also claimed eight top-five and 16 top-ten finishes.
Burton and the No. 99 team got off to a slow start in 2002 and finished the season 12th in the overall Winston Cup point standings. Burton took home five top-five and 14 top-ten finishes, almost half of which came during the last 11 races of the season under the new direction of crew chief Paul Andrews. Burton would have success in the No. 9 Busch Series car chalking up five wins, two poles, eight top-five and nine top-ten finishes in only 14 races.