In the 2013 Kroger 250 ThorSport scored its third career one-two finish as Johnny Sauter -- who tied NASCAR national series history by winning the first two events last season -- finished first ahead of 2013 drivers' champion Matt Crafton.
Burton made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville in March 2012 and qualified seventh before finishing 13th. His 28th career start came in his ThorSport debut, at Daytona and he steered his way through some typical Daytona on-track melees to finish seventh.
"Having VaporBrands and its VAMP e-cig colors back on our Tundra at Martinsville is a big deal for me and ThorSport because of the way our organization runs there and the incredible fan support I have at my home track," said Burton, a native of nearby Halifax, Va. "We're looking forward to getting our short-track Tundra out there and showing everyone what we can do with it."
Because two of the drivers that finished in front of him are not registered for points in the NCWTS, Burton heads to Martinsville fifth in the championship. That's three positions behind Sauter, who was third at Daytona and five spots in front of Crafton, who finished 13th.
"I'm coming to Martinsville with a new team and a new crew and we have to get our notebooks on the same page, if you will," Burton said recently. "But ThorSport as an organization has a great track record here, and that counts for a lot, too.
"Johnny and Matt were one-two last year and I finished third, so I think I can lean on their expertise here and with my experience, going back to the Late Model Stock Car days, I hope I can help lift up the whole organization a little bit because this is short-track racing, and that's what I was brought up on."
ThorSport is still trying to locate additional sponsorship for Burton to enable his team to potentially run the full, 22-race schedule. Burton finished fifth in the 2013 championship, the highest-placed rookie contender, but was second in the Truck Series' Rookie of the Year race.
"Dennis (Connor, three-time NCWTS champion crew chief) and the guys have been working hard on our Tundras and I have no doubt the piece we unload at Martinsville will be a good one. It's huge for me to come to my home track fifth in points, with a brand-new race team -- that's like a win already."
Burton, who as a rookie won the Truck Series' season-long Keystone Light Pole Award by winning seven poles, also won his first truck race, in his 12th career start, at Texas Motor Speedway last June.