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Two-time TMS winner Jeff Burton headed into track’s Hall of Fame

Jeff Burton will become the 18th member in the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame next month. His first of 21 Cup victories came at TMS.
Jeff Burton will become the 18th member in the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame next month. His first of 21 Cup victories came at TMS. Star-Telegram

Jeff Burton won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997, and added another win in the spring of 2007.

So it came as no surprise when the speedway announced that Burton would become the next member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Outside of becoming the first driver with multiple victories at Texas, Burton posted nine top-10 finishes in 26 career starts. He also made headlines in the fall of 2010 when he scuffled with Jeff Gordon along pit road at Texas.

Burton, 48, finished his career with 21 Cup wins, his first coming at TMS. He becomes the 18th member of the Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted during a ceremony on April 7 at TMS’ Speedway Club. The track will also recognize other individuals on that night leading into the Duck Commander 500.

Among the honorees:

▪ NASCAR Hall of Famers Glen and Leonard Wood will receive the Bruton Smith Legend Award for their contributions to the sport. They founded Wood Brothers Racing in 1950, and are the oldest active team in the sport today. Among drivers who have run for them include Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt and Dale Jarrett.

▪ Tony Stewart will receive the Maj. General Thomas Sadler Award for his support of Speedway Children’s Charities — Texas Chapter. The three-time Cup champion has raised more than $1.5 million through things such as his annual “Smoke Show” fantasy camp.

▪ Martin Truex Jr. will receive the TMS Sportsmanship Award. Truex is coming off a career year in which he contended for a championship, and also gave back through his Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to help end cancer after his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 2014.

▪ Erik Jones will receive TMS Racer of the Year. Jones is one of the rising stars in the sport, and had a breakthrough victory last year at TMS by winning his first Xfinity Series race in April. He then won the truck race in November.

All guests are expected to attend the event, which begins with dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by the start of ceremonies at approximately 8 p.m. Fans interested in attending can purchase individual tickets for $150 by calling Speedway Children’s Charities at 817-215-8421. Table sponsorships are also available, beginning at $1,500.