Racing America to Broadcast Ward Burton's Racing Return in Rogers Heating & Cooling Orange Krush 200 at Orange County
Jan 17, 2024
Ward and Jeb Burton join the Bullring Hot Lap to talk about March 28's Orange Krush 200 at Orange County Speedway.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the Rogers Heating & Cooling Orange Krush 200 on March 28 at Orange County Speedway. However, there might not be anyone more excited for the race than Jeb Burton.
The race will be a chance to go Late Model racing for $15,000 at a track close to home before the NASCAR weekend at Richmond Raceway, and it's all benefitting the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation.
Perhaps more importantly for Jeb, he’ll get to race against his father, 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton.
In a “Bullring Hot Lap” interview with Racing America’s Alan Dietz, Jeb and Ward Burton discussed the upcoming event, which will be broadcast live on Racing America.
“[Jeb]’s been talking about us racing against each other and creating a fundraiser for our conservation efforts,” said Ward Burton. “Rogers Heating & Cooling is a growing local company. Jeb pretty much started talking details with them, and next thing you know, that market in Orange County is where they’re moving and already in so we could help them and help raise money for conservation.”
“We’re excited and looking forward to getting Dad back in the car,” added Jeb. “He’s going to test here in a couple of weeks. He’s going to be in our Sellers-Burton Racing car, so that’s pretty neat. I’m purchasing a new car for me, but I won’t be able to test that until about two weeks before the race because we’re putting it together right now.
“The biggest thing is getting Dad comfortable and getting him up to speed where he can be competitive, so hopefully me and him can battle it out together in the top five, maybe we can battle for the win.”
The race will also be a throwback of sorts for Ward, who grew up racing at Orange County and his home track of South Boston Speedway.
“Back in the ‘80s, South Boston and Orange County worked together. They’d run alternate weeks. I won my first Street Stock race at Orange County. I’ve got a lot of fond memories and learned from the best, the Maurice Hills of the world, the best Late Model Stock drivers in the country.”
Jeb didn’t have as many opportunities to race at Orange County during his developmental years, and hopes the Orange Krush 200 will shine a spotlight on a facility that is sometimes overlooked in the racing landscape of the Carolinas.
“I feel like they don’t get the attention they deserve. The Xfinity Series used to race there. Dad’s won an Xfinity race there. There’s a lot of history there, and it’s only 45 minutes away from us. I wanted to do something to take us back to our roots and get away from maybe what others would do, do something different and unique.”
To hear more from both Ward and Jeb Burton regarding the event, watch the full episode of the “Bullring Hot Lap” below.
Click here to learn more about the Racing America broadcast of the Rogers Heating & Cooling Orange Krush 200.