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Burton Returns to Racing at South Boston

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2002 Daytona 500 victor Ward Burton hops back in the driver's seat to turn laps at South Boston Speedway

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The most active pre-season testing day of the new year at South Boston Speedway finished late Wednesday evening with something of a shock.

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Previous NASCAR Cup Series star and 2002 Daytona 500 champ Ward Burton took a short turn in the driver's seat of a late model stock vehicle co-possessed by his child, 

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NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Jeb Burton, and H.C. Merchants.

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"It was truly fun," the senior Burton said cheerfully. "I value Jeb and H.C. Dealers permitting me to play briefly. 

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It brings back a ton of recollections since I was quickly letting them know what I want to get myself familiar and feeling right. 

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I understand what I really want to speed up."

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Burton, the champ of two of NASCAR's most renowned Cup Series races, 

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the 2002 Daytona 500 and the 2001 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, 

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let it out had been for a spell since he last guided a late model stock car.

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"I think it was 1991," he answered when asked when he last drove a late model stock vehicle. 

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"The late 'Goo' Fallen had me go to Orange District Speedway with him. 

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Eddie Hatcher was all the while working for him. He maintained that me should drive the vehicle. 

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The vehicle was fine. It was only the engine wouldn't run."

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Burton made sense of looking at the experience of driving a late model stock vehicle a long time back with driving one on this afternoon was hard.