Jeff Burton agreed to a multiyear deal to drive
for Richard Childress Racing beginning next week at Michigan International
The 37-year-old Burton, who was with Roush Racing since 1996, becomes the third driver this season in the No. 30 Chevrolet, taking over for Dave Blaney, who replaced rookie Johnny Sauter in June.
``Jeff will bring a great deal of experience and knowledge to the America Online team and all of RCR,'' team president Richard Childress said in a statement posted on the team's Web site. ``He is a driver who knows how to get the job done and we're going to give him what it takes to be a championship contender.''
Burton was the 1994 rookie of the year in NASCAR's top series. He has 17 career victories and two poles, and finished in the top 10 in the point standings from 1997-2001. He is 24th this year, with a season-high finish of fourth at Dover International Speedway. He hasn't won a race since 2001.
``I have always had the utmost respect for Richard Childress, and we're both dedicated to winning and running up front every week,'' Burton said in a statement.
Roush Racing announced Thursday that it will bring in Carl Edwards, who is currently third in the Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, to drive its No. 99 Ford for the rest of the season. Edwards will also continue to race in the truck series.