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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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2001 Pepsi 400 was also first race that NBC televised Note: NBC Sports Network is reairing this race on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET as part of its NASCAR Classics series. The 2001 season was far from an easy year for the NASCAR world. The sport was shaken to its core by a crash on the closing lap at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 that led to the passing of NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt. The races in the weeks after were filled with emotion as Dale Earnhardt, Inc. driver Steve Park won the week after the Daytona 500 at Rockingham. Two weeks later, Kevin Harvick , in just his third career Cup start, scored his first career win in the re-numbered No. 29 car for Richard Childress Racing . Harvick had been tapped after the Daytona crash to take over the car, which had been Earnhardt's No. 3. Many wondered what would happen when the sport returned to Daytona that summer for the Pepsi 400 as an emotional scene was sure to unfold. The 2001 Pepsi 400 also marked NBC's initial foray into NASCAR race coverage as it was the first race the network televised as part of a six-year pact with the sport. An interesting coincidence is that this year's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona will be NBC's first premier series race under its new TV contract that kicks in this season. The booth for that first race featured play-by-play man Allen Bestwick with analysts Wally Dallenbach and Benny Parsons. Britney Spears gave the command to start the race. Here is the intro NBC used for races in 2001 featuring the song "Fuel" by Metallica. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; At the time, Dale Earnhardt Jr . was 26 years old and in his second full-time season in the sport's top series. He came to Daytona that summer on a 39-race winless streak. After experiencing the loss of his father, his 2001 season was very much up-and-down as you might imagine. He came into Daytona the sentimental and emotional favorite. The race had plenty of emotion in the air as Sterling Marlin led the field to the green flag. Starting 13th, it took Earnhardt 26 laps to get his No. 8 Chevrolet to the front and from there it was his show for most of the night. Dale Jr. led 116 circuits in the 160-lap race en route to his third career premier series win and his first at Daytona. The win was anything but certain though, as Junior had to hold off DEI teammate Michael Waltrip (who held off Junior to win the 2001 Daytona 500 ), Elliott Sadler and Ward Burton to win by 0.123 seconds. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; When the checkered flag dropped, the crowd at Daytona roared with approval as Dale Jr. took the victory under the lights. There were tears and jubilation among the crew members and one heck of a burnout, not to mention a big embrace with Chocolate Myers, the fuel man with RCR on his dad's team. The celebration spilled over to the infield with Dale Jr. and Waltrip, who never got to truly celebrate the Daytona 500 win that year, embracing. In Victory Lane, an emotionally drained Dale Jr. told NBC's Bill Weber, "Man, I just don't know what to say. I am worn out. I got to thank my buddy Tony (Eury Jr.), my crew chief for hanging in there with me. All my friends, all the guys on the crew. "I had a great car. It was all car, 100 percent. I was just holding on." On his father he said, "he was with me tonight. I don't know how I did it. He was there and Michael helped me. I guess we're even now." He also predicted that he would be "crying sooner or later." "I dedicate this win to him. There ain't nobody else I could dedicate this win to that it would mean more to me." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Waltrip said of his role reversal with Dale Jr. from the last Daytona race, "I just wanted Dale Jr. to win so bad and I wanted to be a part of it. …I was committed to Dale Jr. just like he was to me in February." The victory would be the first of three Junior recorded that season as he later added victories at Dover and Talladega in the fall. NBC returns to NASCAR premier series coverage after a nearly nine-year absence, with Sunday night's Coke Zero 400 (7:45 p.m. ET). Rick Allen will handle the play-by-play duties alongside analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.
After Sonoma, Busch boys join list of brothers who finish 1-2 It’s not unusual for brothers to compete against one another in NASCAR's premier series, and as it turns out, it's not unusual for them to occasionally finish 1-2 in a race. Such was the case this past weekend at Sonoma Raceway when Kyle Busch won the event while older brother Kurt finished second. It was, however, a first for the Las Vegas natives, who have been competing together fulltime at NASCAR's top level since 2005. Combined, they have won 57 Sprint Cup Series races (Kyle 30, Kurt 27) but it wasn't until Sunday that the two crossed the finish line 1-2 for the first time. According to NASCAR records, brothers have finished first and second 26 times. Before Sunday, the last 1-2 finish between siblings came in 1999 when Jeff and Ward Burton finished 1-2 in the 50th annual running of the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. It marked the third, and final, time the Burtons swept the top two spots in a Sprint Cup Series race. Jeff, the younger of the two, finished first on all three occasions, beating Ward at Rockingham, N.C., and Las Vegas in ’99 as well. The very first time brothers took the top two spots? That took place in just the second year of NASCAR when two of the three racing Flock brothers, Tim and Bob, finished 1-2 respectively on April 2, 1950 at Charlotte Speedway. The Flocks, which included brother Fonty as well, posted 1-2 finishes 13 times during their racing careers. Never managed the sweep, it seems, with the three winding up first, second and third. The Labonte brothers, Terry and Bobby, account for three of the 26 1-2 finishes by brothers. Both are former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions; Terry will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame next January. Two of their three 1-2 finishes came in ’95. When Bobby scored his first career Sprint Cup win in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, Terry placed second. That same year, Bobby won the GM Goodwrench 400 at Michigan International Speedway to complete a sweep at the 2-mile track located in the Irish Hills. Terry wound up a distant second, trailing his younger brother by nearly seven seconds. Terry finally drew some measure of revenge a few years later, winning at Talladega while Bobby finished second. The string of 1-2 finishes by the Labontes came more than 20 years after the Allisons, Bobby and Donnie, took first and second in the Coca-Cola 600 at CMS. The Allisons, charter members of the legendary Alabama Gang, managed the feat on four occasions. The only other siblings to score a 1-2 finish were the Thomas brothers, Herb and Donald, who did so on one occasion in 1954 at Orange Speedway in Hillsboro, N.C. There have several other pairings that have competed in the same events through the years. But there was never a 1-2 finish for the Waltrips (Darrell and Michael), the Bodines (Geoff, Brett and Todd), the Wallaces (Rusty, Steve and Kenny), or the Parsons (Benny and Phil). The Pettys, Richard and Maurice, competed in the same race on numerous occasions as well, but also never posted a 1-2 finish. For Kyle Busch , Sunday's victory was especially memorable. It was his first win since returning from injuries suffered at Daytona in February of this season, and it included a runnerup finish by his brother. "We grew up racing on ovals, but to do that here on a road course, I think that's just a true testament to our father and everything he's done for us over the years to get us to the point," Kyle said afterward. "To have both Busch brothers be as good as we are and to be winning drivers on the Sprint Cup tour each year is certainly a true testament to our family." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jeb Burton , Tony Stewart and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were involved in a spin just a few laps after after a restart at Kentucky Speedway.