Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Welcomes Jeff Burton
Burton, the winner of the Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural Sprint Cup Series race in 1997 and the first Cup driver with multiple victories at the 1.5-mile track, will become the 18th member inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Burton will be honored Thursday, April 7, at the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala benefitting Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter that will be held in The Speedway Club's Grand Ballroom during the Duck Commander 5000 NASCAR weekend. The event recognizes some of the most outstanding individuals in motorsports.
In addition to Burton, NASCAR Hall of Famers Glen and Leonard Wood, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship contender Martin Truex Jr. and 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Erik Jones will be honored at the gala.
Burton earned the first of his 21 career Sprint Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway with his victory in the Interstate Batteries 500 in 1997. Ten years later, he became with first Sprint Cup Series driver with multiple victories at TMS when he led just one lap en route to the win in the 2007 Samsung 500.
The Wood brothers will receive the Bruton Smith Legend Award for their contributions to the sport. Both Glen and Leonard have been instrumental to the success of NASCAR and Wood Brothers Racing, which was founded in 1950. Since that time, the organization has become cemented in the legacy of NASCAR. Still competing in the famed No. 21 car, the team holds the distinction of being the oldest active team in NASCAR. Some of NASCAR's legendary drivers competed for Wood Brothers Racing including Glen Wood, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Junior Johnson, Bob Welborn, Ralph Earnhardt, Ned Jarrett, Fireball Roberts, Tiny Lund, Marvin Panch, Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt, David Pearson, Neil Bonnett, Buddy Baker and Dale Jarrett.
Stewart will be honored with the prestigious Maj. General Thomas Sadler Award for his support of Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter. Stewart's support as host of his annual "Smoke Show" fantasy camp and contributions with his parade lap for auctions has allowed Speedway Children's Charities to raise more than $1.5 million, all of which is distributed to North Texas non-profit organizations benefitting children.