Ward Burton returning, will try to qualify at Martinsville

Updated: October 18, 2006, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

Ward Burton, out of racing for two years, will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet for Morgan-McClure Racing this week at Martinsville Speedway.

Burton, the older brother of NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Jeff Burton, will attempt to qualify the car for Sunday's Subway 500.

"He's expressed a lot of interest in driving," said Chris Carrier, crew chief for the Morgan-McClure team. "He's a Virginia driver and we're a Virginia team. That makes for a great combination at Martinsville."

The 44-year-old Ward Burton, who lives in South Boston, Va., has a Daytona 500 victory and two top-10 points finishes to his credit in an 11-year Cup career. Most of those years were spent at Bill Davis Racing.

Ward Burton parted ways with Davis after the fall Martinsville race in 2003 and joined Haas-CNC Racing, where he competed in the No. 0 but was plagued by six mechanical failures in 34 races during the 2004 season. His last Cup start was in November 2004 at Phoenix.

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