Bristol: Burney Lamar preview

Burney Lamar makes his debut in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway MOORESVILLE, NC (March 17, 2009) -- Braun Racing's Burney Lamar makes his debut in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota in this weekend's Scotts Turf ...

Burney Lamar makes his debut in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 17, 2009) -- Braun Racing's Burney Lamar makes his debut in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota in this weekend's Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Lamar kicks off his 2009 season with a new team and a new manufacturer but with a familiar logo on the car.

"I am really looking forward to getting back in the car with Dollar General on the side," said Lamar. "I have had a long and very good relationship with Dollar General and am extremely proud to represent them. Being with Braun Racing is anything a driver could hope for and I am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity."

The Dollar General family is also excited by the return of the Nashville, Tenn. resident.

"It's with a lot of pride that we have Burney in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota," said Monty Bailey, Motorsports Manager for Dollar General Corporation. "Burney has remained a true friend and member of the Dollar General family since our relationship began in 2006. Burney has a very strong, loyal fan base around the country and it's exciting to see him back out there for them. This will be an emotional weekend for all of us."

At only five years old, the West Sacramento, Calif.-native climbed behind the wheel of a go-kart and, by the time he was 14, Lamar had captured a total of 25 track and International Karting Federation championships. At 16, he made his stock car debut at the Stockton 99 Speedway, finishing 11th in track point standings while running only a partial season. He also broke Ernie Irvan's record to become the youngest driver to win both a Trophy Dash and heat race. Lamar continued to make a name for himself in west coast series such as the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series and the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series, where he earned numerous accolades.

Lamar moved from regional stock car racing to the national ranks in 2005, running a limited number of NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and Camping World West Series events. He quickly set the bar high, collecting two victories in the West Series and winning the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway. In only his second West Series start, Lamar collected his first career West Series win, driving from third place to first on the last lap!

In 2006, he made the move up to the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 77 Dollar General car. He kicked off his rookie season with a second-place finish at Daytona International Speedway and went on to capture two additional top-10 finishes in his 29 starts. After a brief hiatus, Lamar returned to racing in 2008, running a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.

This season, Lamar will share driving duties with Brian Vickers in the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota, running 18 of the 35 Nationwide Series events. The No. 32 team enters this weekend's Scotts Turf Builder 300 second in the Nationwide Series owner's championship points.

* Since we were last at the track, Burney Lamar became a new dad! Ciel Taylor Lamar was born on March 4th in Nashville, Tenn. Weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, Ciel is the first child for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) driver.

* Lamar has made three previous starts at the famed Thunder Valley short track. His highest start was 10th (March, 2006) and his highest finish was 20th (March, 2006).

* Lamar has 50 career NASCAR Nationwide starts.

* After the first three NNS events, the No. 32 Dollar General team is second in Nationwide Series Owners Points, only 48 points behind the No. 60 team!

* Lamar will be signing autographs at the Food City Family Race Night from 6-8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20th.

Burney on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"Bristol Motor Speedway is so compact that it is important to unload a good car. Trent Owens and the 32 Dollar General guys have done a great job of putting together fast cars this year and I am sure they will bring a good one to Bristol. This is my first race in the 32 and I am very excited to finally be behind the wheel. Bristol is a track where anything can happen, but this team is solid and competitive every week and I feel we have a great chance for a top-10 or even a top-five finish."

Burney on being a new dad:

"The last two weeks have been amazing. I know I keep saying it, but I just love everything about my daughter. She is such a good baby! She is sleeping well, eating well and everything. I'm excited because my parents are coming out this week to meet her and my dad is coming to my race. Life pretty much doesn't get better than this!"

Equipment Information

The No. 32 Dollar General team will compete with chassis #BR022 in this weekend's Scotts Turf Builder 300. Chassis #22 was last seen at Phoenix International Speedway (November 2008) with Kyle Busch behind the wheel. The No. 32 team started fifth and finished third.

-credit: br

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Drivers Ernie Irvan , Trent Owens , Brian Vickers , Burney Lamar , Kyle Busch