The 2012 NASCAR season will see triple the dose of the Burton family on the track. Ward Burton, who has been away from the sport of NASCAR for five years, has signed a contract with Hillman Racing to race their No. 27 Chevrolet Silverado in select NCWTS races in 2012.
Burton, the Virginia native and champion of the 2002 Daytona 500, will be making his truck series debut. Burton will also return to the scene of his greatest racing victory on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 for the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Burton’s 19-year-old son, Jeb will be alongside his father throughout the NCWTS season. Burton, who stepped away from the glamour of the NASCAR tour to focus on helping his son Jeb’s racing career as well as his beloved Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, is back on the NASCAR scene.
Hillman Racing, a new team to NCWTS competition, is owned by former General Manager of Germain Racing; Mike Hillman Sr. Hillman also was instrumental in creating the Germain team back in 2004 and has worked in the sport of NASCAR for over 17 years.
Trip Bruce, who headed the championship effort for Johnny Benson’s Bill Davis Racing team in 2008, will sit atop the pit box for the father-son combination throughout the season. Bruce also worked with Burton during his days at Bill Davis Racing.
Jeb, who has competed in the NASCAR Wheelen All-American Series, will drive in the majority of the races throughout the season. However, since Jeb does not have adequate experience for NASCAR to approve him for competition at Daytona in Feb., Ward will fill the seat.
The truck series debut for Jeb will come in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway in his home state of Virginia on March 31.
Sponsorship for this team has not been released at this date.