SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Jeb Burton knows that every time he hops in the side window of the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, he’s got to make it count.
The son of retired NASCAR veteran Ward Burton certainly did on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, landing a career-best fourth-place finish in the Indiana 250 Xfinity Series race, matching a previous best at Daytona in 2017.
Sharing a part-time ride among several talented drivers and with an uncertain future ahead of him, Burton couldn’t hold back the emotions on pit road following the race.
“A lot of emotion, crying like a little baby, because you don’t know if you’re ever going to race again,” he said, choking up between sentences. “It just has a lot of emotion to run good like that. I’m lucky to have a team like this and the sponsors I have. It just means a lot.”
It’s Burton’s fourth top 10 in his fifth JRM start, with a brake issue costing him a fifth last month at Bristol. The 26-year-old is in top-tier equipment, for sure, but he’s making the most of it — and making a name of his own in the meantime.
“Every time I get in a race car I feel like I have something to prove. Like I said, you don’t know. This could be the last time out there,” Burton said.
“Just a lot of emotion. I cried like a little baby in my TV interview because it just means so much. Just got to cherish every moment.”