Burton to drive No. 99 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Ford at The Winston Huntersville, N.C. (May 6, 2003) -- Jeff Burton will trade in his red, white and blue CITGO paint scheme for the specially painted No. 99 VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Ford Taurus at...
Burton to drive No. 99 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Ford at The Winston
Huntersville, N.C. (May 6, 2003) -- Jeff Burton will trade in his red, white and blue CITGO paint scheme for the specially painted No. 99 VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Ford Taurus at The Winston on Saturday, May 17 in Charlotte, N.C. The grand prize winner of the "I'll Drive Your Name to Fame!" sweepstakes, Roger Hunter, will be flown to Charlotte for The Winston weekend to watch as the No. 99 Ford will carry his name next to Burton's in The Winston Open and hopefully The Winston.
"This is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity for Roger (Hunter)," said Burton. "To have your name on a NASCAR Winston Cup car, especially under the lights at The Winston, is really something special. Hopefully it will bring us good luck and we can drive the VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Ford Taurus into victory lane."
John Kelly from Kraft Foods commented, "May 17 will be a special day for KRAFT Deluxe and VELVEETA Shells & Cheese as we move from our associate sponsor role to primary with the VELVEETA Shells & Cheese car. However, the biggest kick will be awarding Roger Hunter with this historic opportunity to grab 90 laps of fame alongside Jeff Burton."
This year the winner of The Winston will receive a record $1 million, that's $50,000 per lap. The total purse for the event is $3 million and Burton wants a piece of it.
"The Winston is just an awesome event," said Burton. "It's our all-star event. It's the event we all come out and give everything we have. You don't worry about penalties, you don't worry about driving hard, you just go do what you've got to to get the job done and that's a lot of fun."
This year Burton will have to qualify for The Winston by winning The Winston Open, a feat that is not out of the question. Burton explains, "We've got a Velveeta Shells & Cheese paint scheme that we're running and we need to get that thing in the big race, so I can guarantee you that our team will be doing everything we can to turn the volume up a little bit and make something happen."
When asked if there was anything he would do with the rules for The Winston to make it more exciting Burton replied, "Yeah, put me in the race. I'll make it more exciting if that's what it takes. I'll make something happen. That's the only thing I would do."
Burton will return to the CITGO Ford the following weekend at the Coca-Cola 600.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Michigan, based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Winston Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle; two in the Busch Series with Stanton Barrett and Burton; and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Carl Edwards.