Former NASCAR Cup Series racing standout Jeff Burton is one of eight outstanding former athletes and coaches selected to comprise the Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame Class of 2019.
Burton, a South Boston native, will be inducted during the Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Weekend April 5-6.
The induction ceremony will be held Saturday night, April 6, at Zeider’s American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach. It will cap a weekend filled with events to honor the Class of 2019. Weekend festivities will include a VIP reception Friday, April 5, and a breakfast event the morning of Saturday, April 6.
Burton competed in 695 races in the NASCAR Cup Series during his 22-year racing career. He won 21 races and had 254 Top-10 finishes.
The South Boston native finished in the Top 10 in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings eight times. He currently works as a TV broadcast analyst for NBC Sports’ NASCAR race coverage.
Inductees joining Burton as members of the Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame Class of 2019 include former Pittsburgh Steelers standout Heath Miller who became a Super Bowl champion, Reuben Brown of Lynchburg who played in the NFL for 13 years as a member of the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears, and Wendy Larry who, as head coach, led the Old Dominion University women’s basketball team to 559 wins over 25 seasons and posted 608 wins over 28 seasons coaching at Virginia Wesleyan, Arizona, and Old Dominion.
Also slated for indiction into the Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame are Olympic Gold Medalist diver Mark Lenzi, former University of Richmond quarterback William “Buster” O’Brien, former ODU Sports Information Director and Senior Associate Athletic Director Debbie White and former Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager.
The eight member Class of 2019 was selected by the Hall of Fame’s 30-member Honors Court, after reviewing a host of nominations from among the ranks of athletes, coaches, journalists and other contributors, who either were born and/or raised in Virginia or achieved their fame playing in the state.