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Jan 26, 2014
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Jeb Burton’s Future Uncertain After Reports Of Sponsor’s Withdraw
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Jeb Burton, driver of the #4 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. - Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Jeb Burton, driver of the #4 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. - Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Sources say that Arrowhead, the primary sponsor for Jeb Burton in the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado has abruptly withdrawn its support to Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM), suddenly leaving the driver and team in limbo with the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener less than a month away.

Reported troubles within the Arrowhead corporate structure have been cited for the sudden and unexpected departure from the South Boston, Virginia driver. In August 2013, federal agents from the USDA’s Office of Inspector General and the IRS raided Cherokee Tobacco LLC, the operating company of the Arrowhead electronic cigarette brand, seizing business records. It is currently unknown if the apparent drop of sponsorship is linked to that investigation (RE:Federal agents conduct operation at Cherokee Tobacco).

After a surprisingly strong freshman season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which included a season-high seven poles, a win at Texas Motor Speedway, five top-fives and 11 top-10s en route to a fifth place finish in the final championship standings, Burton had been eyed as a champion hopeful this season.

Burton under the reins of Mike Hillman Jr. posted one of the fastest laps in preseason testing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway two weeks ago, adorning the Arrowhead brand. The duo finished fifth in their Daytona debut last February.

Turner Scott Motorsports could not be reached for comment and it is unknown if the No. 4 team will compete in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 on February 21.

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