Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Could Jeb Burton's 2014 NASCAR season get derailed?

    Last-minute sponsorship problems could derail Jeb Burton's planned 2014 season in the NASCAR Truck Series.

    A team spokesperson confirmed to the Observer on Tuesday that if sponsor Arrowhead Electronic Cigaretes is unable or unwilling to fund the Turner Scott Motorsports team this season, then the organization will have to "review" its options for the season.

    Reports surfaced on Monday that the company would not be serving as Burton's sponsor for the 2014 season. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service raided raided Cherokee Tabacco LLC, the parent company of Arrowhead Electronic Cigarettes, seizing business records.

    Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver Ward Burton, had a successful rookie season in Trucks in 2013, earning a win and finishing fifth in the series standings.

    The team spokesperson said the organization hoped to have an update on the situation in the "near future."