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Burkett's Goal to Reach NASCAR Ranks

Jason Burkett Stock Car

photo provided by Jason Burkett

Jason Burkett of Longwood won Late Model rookie-of-the-year honors at Volusia County Speedway this year. But Burkett, 18, doesn't yet feel anything like an old pro. "I'm still learning all the time," Burkett said. "I will never be a veteran." Using his older brother Jeff's hand-me-down car, Burkett finished fourth in the points race at Volusia County Speedway this season. That, though, was somewhat of a disappointment. "I ran the first six weeks without a problem and was in the top five every week," Burkett said. "Then I missed one night (with an engine problem). That's how I fell back in the points. Overall, this year went pretty good. I only had a couple of accidents and my worse finish was eighth.

Burkett has a new car and a new venture. He is going to try to win rookie of the year in the Florida Pro Series.

Jason Burkett Car

photo provided by Jason Burkett and Jim Jones

"Hopefully, this will be my biggest year", said Burkett, who graduated from Lake Mary High School last year. "Hopefully I'll go out and finish in the top five."

PIT BULL: Oldsmobile's new Motorsport Aurora V8 had a successful test session at Daytona International Speedway last week. Drivers Irv Hoerr and Darin Brassfield tested a competition-prepared engine in one of Brix Racing's IMSA GTS cars. The pair completed 150 laps during seven hours of track time....The rubber match for the NASCAR Winter Heat manufacturers' bragging rights will be played on Jan. 8 when the Super Truck Series visits Tucson Raceway Park. PJ. Jones gave Ford a victory of Dec. 11 with a come-from-behind triumph in the $37,200 pickup truck race. Jones finished second to Rick Carelli and Chevrolet in the first race....Scott Lagasse of St. Augustine has signed a series of one-race deals to drive a Super Truck co-owned by Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon.He will drive the DuPont truck all 20 races in the series that begins the 1995 season on Feb. 5....Winston Cup testing begins at Daytona International Speedway with the Ford teams on Jan. 3-5.

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photos provided by Jason Burkett