Second generation racers practice at Martinsville Speedway
This is the first time that both Robert Johnson and Jeb Burton have raced Late Models at the half-mile track, but they certainly have a leg up on the other rookies with the knowledge they can gain from their racing fathers.
Nascar has always been a sport that seems to be about family. The France family has been in charge since the beginning. The Pettys, Allisons and Wood Brothers just a few of the multi-generation families that have been involved in racing.
For years, Junior Johnson and Ward Burton raced at the Martinsville track. But that time has come to an end. That job now belongs to their sons, who are both testing for the upcoming Late Model Race.
"To be able to win this race, it is like the most prestigious of any Late Model Race they have, and it would be great if we could win it, and I think we have a good shot at it," said Robert Johnson.
"It is a super speedway to Late Model, it is Daytona to Late Models it would be a dream to win it. I just want to make the field and try to finish in the top five and go from there," said Jeb Burton.
This will be the first time that both Robert and Jeb have raced Late Models at the half mile track, but they certainly have a leg up on the other rookies with the knowledge they can gain from their racing fathers.
"I think I will be better next year but I am just trying to find that line and my dad is helping me a whole bunch. I might get him to get in the race car he knows what it needs to feel like to get around this race track," said Burton.
"He has been there, he has done that, I mean there is nothing that he hasn't done, he has been around forever, and it is great to sort of look back to see where you can go. He has experience from pretty much the entire history of Nascar and he can apply that to this Late Model car," said Johnson.
Along with the knowledge and the last name comes expectations.
"There is a lot of pressure but it is like a blessing and a curse. You got all the pressure having to follow in dads footsteps and fill his shoes so to speak, but it is also really good because you have more opportunities than the average guy," said Johnson.
There will be a second test session on September 22 for the October 2 race.
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