Arrowhead, the primary sponsor of Jeb Burton’s No. 4 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) entry, has defaulted payment to the team. This will cause a loss of Burton’s truck team and the loss of 20 percent of the current Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) workforce.
“The breakout success of Jeb Burton and the entire No. 4 team in 2013 makes these decisions especially painful,” said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. “However, we will do everything we can to put Jeb on the racetrack with our organization going forward. He is a great talent and has a great career ahead of him. Despite this setback, Turner Scott Motorsports remains strong overall and will compete for championships in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. We are extremely proud of the talent of our workforce here at TSM, and it is very difficult for us to lose anyone within our organization. We understand the way that this affects the lives of everyone involved, and we will do our best to assist in placement elsewhere in the sport.”
Efforts to move forward are underway to compete with multiple entries in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NCWTS. TSM will have two full-time teams in the NNS with Kyle Larson and a second driver to be announced soon. Ben Kennedy will pilot the No. 31 full-time in the NCWTS and one part-time team with driver Brandon Jones will be present. Other drivers will share the driving duties with Jones.
Jeb Burton tweeted, “Really hard time for my team and my family. My future is unclear right now, but we’re doing everything we can to be on the track in 2014.” His tweet gathered support from fellow drivers including Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, James Buescher, and Chase Elliott, not to mention the fans. He later thanked all who have supported him.