Jeb Burton’s XFINITY Series Team Suspends Operations Following Sponsor Troubles

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Following financial issues with sponsor J. Streicher, Richard Petty Motorsports has been forced to suspend operations of their No. 43 NASCAR XFINITY Series team piloted by driver Jeb Burton. The team had originally planned to run the full schedule and had competed in the first 11 races of the season. However, after several missed payments from J. Streicher, the team will have to cut back, starting with this weekend’s XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway.

“This is an unfortunate situation,” said RPM CEO Brian Moffitt. “We make commitments to both our employees and vendors that are based on sponsor commitments, and we take those commitments seriously. We will pursue every avenue to ensure the contractual obligations between RPM and our sponsor are met. We’ll take each week as it comes and do our best to get the #43 Ford Mustang on track as much as possible this season.”

In their press release, RPM stated that they will “continue their relationship and work to get Burton on track as much as possible this year.”

However, Burton won’t be absent from the track this weekend. He will drive the No. 32 car for GO FAS Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. The No. 32 has most often been piloted by Jeffrey Earnhardt this season, including last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bobby Labonte has driven the car twice, while Joey Gase been behind the wheel three times.

In 11 races in the XFINITY Series this season, Burton sits 11th in points and has earned one top 10 finish. In 28 career Sprint Cup Series starts, Burton’s best finish is 27th at Martinsville Speedway.

This will be Burton’s first Sprint Cup Series start in 2016.

 

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