Monday's motors roundup: Burton gets Sprint Cup ride
Charlotte, N.C. — Jeb Burton has landed a seat in the Sprint Cup Series just days before teams report to Daytona International Speedway.
BK Racing snagged Burton for the No. 26. The 22-year-old son of former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton had no job after sponsorship for his Truck Series team fell through two weeks ago.
Burton has run two full seasons in the Truck Series, and finished a career-best fifth in 2013. He has just two career Xfinity Series starts and has never raced at NASCAR's top level.
BK Racing says it has a multi-year deal with Burton.
J.J. Yeley will drive the No. 23 for BK Racing this year. Johnny Sauter will drive the No. 83 car in the Daytona 500.
NASCAR elevates Helton
NASCAR has elevated Mike Helton from president to vice chairman, and added chief operating officer Brent Dewar to its board of directors.
Helton had been president of NASCAR since 2000.
The moves announced Monday mean Helton will be the senior NASCAR official at all national series racing events overseeing competition. He'll also work closely with chairman Brian France on long-term strategic planning, and will represent NASCAR in various roles to help grow the sport.
NASCAR said Helton will remain a member of the board.
Dewar, who joined NASCAR as COO in 2013, will assume additional responsibilities in racing development, innovation and he will also work with NASCAR partners.