In the late 1990s and early 2000s, brothers Jeff and Ward Burton competed against each other in NASCAR’s highest levels of racing. Now it’s time for the next generation of Burtons to do battle on the NASCAR stage.
This will happen in today’s Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Ward’s son Jeb will be driving the No. 20 Chevrolet for Young’s Motorsports, while Jeff’s son Harrison will pilot the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions marks the first time that 25-year-old Jeb and 17-year-old Harrison have faced each other on the track. They spoke about this experience will reporters prior to Saturday’s race, according to NASCAR.com.
“I can remember that me and Jeb have always been pretty competitive, but it’s not been on the racetrack,” said Harrison, “it’s been playing Madden on the Xbox and things like that.”
“Always talking about the day when this would happen,” Jeb added.
“Yeah right, we’re always going, ‘Well, I’ll beat you on the race track though,'” Harrison said. “Now we get to put that to the test.”
While Harrison recently became the youngest driver to win the K&N Pro Series East championship, he’s only allowed to race at tracks 1.25 miles or shorter in the Truck Series due to age limits. As for Jeb, this is his first Truck Series race since 2015, but he does have one career victory in the Truck Series.
In comparison, the fathers of these two drivers, Jeff and Ward, combined for 26 Cup Series victories.
Only time will tell if Harrison and Jeb can live up to the Burton name when it comes to professional stock car racing.