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INDIANAPOLIS- Michael Waltrip Racing made some changes to the No. 66 Toyota ride for a couple of upcoming races in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Originally, Jeff Burton was supposed to be behind the wheel of the entry at next weekend’s race at the Michigan International Speedway. But, due to changes on the car that they were trying to achieve at MIS not being able to be done in time, they scrapped that plan and will put the Virginia native in the car at New Hampshire next month.
Burton, is the all-time winningest driver at New Hampshire with four victories in 38 career starts at the one-mile oval. His four wins there is also the most amount of wins he has at any track on the schedule.
By virtue of the move, MWR will put rookie Brett Moffitt in the No. 66 ride at Michigan now.
“Our No. 66 team was originally scheduled to run some new components at Michigan with Jeff (Burton), but those plans were delayed last week, causing us to debate running Michigan at all,” MWR co-owner Michael Waltrip said via the release. “However, after the great effort we saw with Brett in his debut at Dover, we decided to move forward with Michigan, allowing Brett more seat time and to work toward his NASCAR eligibility on bigger tracks.”
Moffitt, has been a test driver for MWR the last two seasons but made his Sprint Cup debut last week at Dover where he finished 22nd.
“It seems like this is all happening very fast, but I feel like we have been working toward this kind of opportunity for a long time,” Moffitt said.
Burton, has made one start this season where he finished 17th in the third race of the year at Las Vegas. He’s been testing the car some and getting ready for his next chance.
“When the testing plans for Michigan changed and the ability to run New Hampshire became available, I jumped at the opportunity,” Burton said. “This gives Brett a chance to get some well-deserved race time and the ability for me to race at one of my favorite race tracks. This is a win for all of us at MWR.”
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