JEB BURTON TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH
Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that NASCAR driver Jeb Burton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks game vs. the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, August 27. First pitch for Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MST at Chase Field.
In addition to the first pitch, Burton will also lead the seventh-inning stretch, will wave the checkered flag for the Legends Race in the fifth inning and will show off his arm in a sixth-inning t-shirt toss atop the D-backs dugout. He will also be available for interviews with Phoenix-area media before and during the game.
Burton earned his first career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when he took the checkered flag in the WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7. He currently sits in third place in the Truck Series season points standings with nine races remaining in the season. Burton will make his Truck Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Lucas Oil 150.
“We are thrilled that the D-backs have invited Jeb to throw out the first pitch,” Sperber said. “This will be an opportunity for D-backs fans to meet one of NASCAR’s promising young stars.”
Burton, 21, is the youngest member of one of the most recognizable and most successful families in NASCAR history. His father, Ward Burton, won the 2002 Daytona 500; and his uncle, Jeff Burton, was the 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year and is a 21-time winner in Cup Series races.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s playoffs, starts on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway. Phoenix will once again host the penultimate weekend on the schedule, with events running Nov. 7-10 and culminating with the AdvoCare 500, the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Racing gets underway with Gatorade Pole Qualifying and the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov 8. It continues with the ServiceMaster 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Nov. 9, and is immediately followed by the Casino Arizona 50 NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West championship race.
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