MORE: Burton discusses throwback scheme and more on "Dirty Air Podcast" When Jeb Burton decided to join the wave of throwback paint schemes for Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway , he didn't have far to look for inspiration. BK Racing announced Tuesday that Burton's BK Racing entry for the 66th running of the Bojangles' Southern 500 will pay tribute to the career of his father, Ward Burton , a two-time winner at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway. But the tradition-rich race will also feature another notable switch: The Ron Devine-owned team also announced Tuesday that it will make an intrateam driver swap starting at Darlington, with Burton taking over the No. 23 Toyota from J.J. Yeley, who will drive the No. 26 Toyota. RELATED: See all the throwback looks for Darlington The change in driving duties puts the younger Burton that much closer numbers-wise to the Bill Davis Racing No. 22 that his father campaigned during his heyday from 1999-2003. The yellow-and-black paint scheme for team sponsor Estes Trucking -- with its similar corporate colors to his father's longtime sponsor Caterpillar -- leans heavily on his family's racing tradition. "I saw all the throwback stuff and Estes has the same colors as Dad had, so I just thought about the idea and I got the PR team to come up with a design," Jeb Burton said. "I saw it and I thought it'd be a cool idea so we went on with it." Ward Burton caught his first glimpse of the car's vintage look ahead of last weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway . The resemblance -- both in colors and its similarly styled numbers -- is uncanny. "It's really cool," the 53-year-old Burton said. "We had a lot of success at Darlington, but more importantly I really appreciate Jeb thinking about me." Ward Burton flew the Caterpillar flag for his most prominent wins in NASCAR's premier series, foremost among them the 2002 Daytona 500 . The yellow-and-black look was also front and center for Burton and crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. when the Davis-owned team found a sweet spot at Darlington, yielding two victories at the 1.366-mile track, including the 2001 Southern 500. "Tommy and I'd hit a set-up at Darlington. For about three years there, we were on the top of the board whenever we showed up," Burton said. "Rain got us twice, a wreck got us one other time, a lug nut got us another, but we had the car to beat many times. I liked that place ever since I went there." Jeb Burton , 23, hopes the knack for the "Lady in Black" doesn't skip a generation as he prepares for his first Darlington start. His uncle, Jeff Burton , also won twice at Darlington, sweeping the season's two events there in 1999. The younger Burton got his first taste of driving the treacherous egg-shaped oval in an open test for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on June 10. "Darlington is its own animal," Burton said. "We went there and tested, and I struggled a little bit and was running the track a little wrong. Right there at the end of the session, I got behind Joey Logano and learned a lot, followed him and actually kept up with him. I thought that was really good, and our team did their best." BK Racing aims to jump-start its performance with next weekend's driver shakeup. Burton's Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidacy has been a rocky path thus far, with the No. 26 missing seven races and cracking the top 30 just twice this season. He ranks 39th in the driver standings. Yeley has run 23 of 24 in the Sprint Cup Series this season but is eligible for championship points only in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. (The team made a driver switch at Richmond with Burton in the No. 23 instead of Yeley.) The No. 23 team stands 39th in the car owner points; BK's No. 26 sits 44th after Bristol. Patrick Donahue will remain the crew chief on the No. 26 team, while Joe Williams will remain the crew chief on the No. 23 team. It's all been a learning process for Burton , who made the jump to Sprint Cup this year after two solid seasons in the Camping World Truck Series. "Coming into it, I didn't think it'd be as tough as it was because I had somewhat success," Burton said, "but in the Truck Series and the ( XFINITY ) Series, the competition level is high up front, but it's … one through 43 in the Cup Series is the best of the best. The best people, the best drivers, the best teams. You've got to be on it and our guys are working hard as a low-budget team. We're getting better every week."
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Driver tweets that he currently does not have truck program for this season Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live It's a different season, but it's a problem that is becoming all too familiar for Jeb Burton . On Wednesday, Burton tweeted out that he didn't have a truck program for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series because of a lack of sponsorship. Due to a lack of sponsorship,I do not have a truck program for this year. I will continue to do everything in my power to fulfill my dream! — Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) January 28, 2015 Burton , the son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton , spent the 2014 season with ThorSport Racing. The 22-year-old placed eighth in the standings with two top-fives and seven top-10s. This time last year, Burton was in a similar spot when Turner Scott Motorsports, Burton's racing home for his rookie campaign of 2013, announced the sponsor of the No. 4 truck had defaulted on payments and the truck would not run full-time. About a week later, Burton and ThorSport Racing worked out a deal that initially was race-by-race but by May was announced as full-season. In his rookie season, Burton won the June race at Texas Motor Speedway and tallied seven poles, five top-fives and 11 top-10s en route to a fifth-place finish in the final standings. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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RELATED: Updated Chase Grid " Complete Loudon results Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . 1. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth pressured leader Kevin Harvick in the closing laps and was there to steal the victory when the No. 4 ran out of fuel on Lap 298. With the win, Kenseth qualifies for the next round in the Chase. " WATCH: Kenseth says, 'Enjoy it while it's here' 2. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Chicagoland winner took the lead on Lap 219 and went on to score his second straight top-two finish of the Chase. 3. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The top-five result gives Logano a career season best in that category. He now has 17 top-fives in 2015 compared to 16 last year. 4. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle moved into first after he opted not to pit during the ninth caution period. He stretched his fuel window to earn his third top-five of the year. " RELATED: Keselowski flagged on restart with Biffle 5. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The pole sitter rallied back after being penalized during the fifth caution period when his dump can stuck inside the car and left his pit stall. RELATED: Chasers find trouble at Loudon 6. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson made a strong recovery after cutting a tire and dropping from third early in the race. " WATCH: Tire issue sends Johnson to pit road 7. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon officially earned the Iron Man title after rolling off the grid 10 th in his 789 th straight Cup start. " MORE: Gordon claims Iron Man title 8. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . " Awesome job on pit road today," Truex radioed his crew after the race. "You kept us in this thing. Thank you." " WATCH: Stewart, Truex Jr. make contact 9. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne overcame a tight-handling condition that emerged in the closing laps to earn his ninth top-10 at Loudon. 10. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A suspected vibration on Lap 140 turned out to be a non-issue for Newman, who currently ranks sixth in the Chase. 11. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart brought out the third caution flag after cutting a tire and getting into the wall on Lap 60. He later chose to stay out during the eighth caution flag and improved to fourth for the restart. 12. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski was black-flagged by NASCAR for jumping the Lap 242 restart. He was required to complete a pass-through penalty and return to the track, losing all hope of a win. Keselowski radioed his team, "I've got the wrong number on my door." " RELATED: Keselowski flagged on restart with Biffle 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse improved three spots in the closing 10 laps to take his second-best Loudon finish as some competitors ran out of fuel. 14. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray started 23rd and raced as high as fourth on Sunday before stopping for right-side tires on Lap 239. 15. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard took two tires and fuel during his Lap 239 stop under caution and held on to match his second-best Loudon result. 16. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . From earning the beneficiary pass during the fourth caution flag to running inside the top 15 with 70 laps to go, Bayne notched his best Loudon result on Sunday. 17. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson struggled after making his best Loudon start and was further stalled when he opted for four tires during a Lap 239 stop under caution. 18. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears picked up 22 spots on pit road during the fifth caution flag when he stopped for fuel only. But back on track, Mears reported high temperatures and was running 22 nd when he missed the Patrick-Ragan mashup. 19. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch maintained his position inside the top 15 until the closing 57 laps when he ran out of fuel during the green-flag stretch. 20. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Old tires, thanks to not pitting during the final caution flag, cost Hornish in the long run. 21. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The outside pole sitter led a race-high 216 of 300 laps and was pacing the field with two laps to go when he sputtered out of fuel. 22. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon worked with his crew on getting his car to turn better at the start of the race and tried to employ pit strategy to improve his track position in the final 100-lap stretch. 23. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Handling and track position were constant challenges for Allmendinger, who worked with spotter Coleman Pressley to find a faster line around Loudon’s oval. 24. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt briefly climbed to 13 th after choosing not to pit during the eighth caution flag. 25. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt ran in the top 10 for most of the day but had to pit in the final laps to refuel. 26. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer cracked the top 10 after the seventh caution, but later had to make an unscheduled pit stop when the crew suspected his right-front tire was going down. 27. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Despite getting into the wall on Lap 211, Moffitt still scored his best Loudon result. 28. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland rolled off the grid 34 th and scored his best result in the last three Cup races this year. 29. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Lapped shortly after the start of Sunday’s race, Annett was coached to try a line similar to that of the leaders. 30. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto matched his best Loudon start and went on to earn his best finish there. 31. Josh Wise , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Making his BK Racing debut, Wise came within striking distance of his best Loudon result. 32. Ryan Preece , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. The 2013 Whelen Modified Tour champion made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut on Sunday. 33. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . After taking 41st at New Hampshire in July, Burton fared better on Sunday in his second career Loudon outing. 34. BJ McLeod , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . McLeod employed a conservative approach after lining up 39 th in his Cup debut. 35. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Making his second career Cup start, Earnhardt initially worked through a tight-handling condition. 36. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Hill was on pit road in the opening laps on Sunday after he noted his water temperature was 220. 37. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "It's killed. It's killed," Busch radioed his crew after losing his right-front tire and getting into the wall on Lap 159. His crash brought out the fifth caution flag and sent him behind the wall for repair. " MORE: Wreck weakens Busch's grip on the Chase 38. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill's car was smoking earlier in the race, and was briefly sidelined early by a power steering leak. 39. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier briefly improved his track position when he opted not to pit during the eighth caution flag, but smacked the wall 26 laps later and headed for the garage. 40. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick was running 12 th on Lap 204 when she spun on the track and received subsequent contact from the No. 55. The incident prompted NASCAR officials to wave the red flag. " WATCH: Danica gets drilled after spin 41. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan was running 25 th when he made contact with a wrecking Danica Patrick as she spun down track on Lap 204. 42. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman was running 30 th when he reported that the throttle stuck and he crashed into the wall to bring out the fourth caution flag. 43. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . "That hurt," Almirola radioed his crew as he got into the wall on Lap 36 and his car came to a rest to bring out the first caution flag.
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Jeb Burton takes the lead on the final restart and the NASCAR Next '13 driver scores his first NCWTS victory.