Birthday: August 6, 1992
Hometown: South Boston, VA
Burton started his professional racing career in the NASCAR-sanctioned Whelen All-American Series, in which drivers at local tracks compete for track championships as well as against drivers competing at other tracks for national titles, at South Boston Speedway shortly after his 16th birthday. He made his first start at the track, in the Limited Sportsman Series, in 2008, with his first full season of competition at the track coming in 2009; the 2009 season also saw Burton's best finish in the track's season-ending points standings, finishing 4th in the Limited Sportsman Series. Burton moved up to the track's Late Model Series in 2010, finishing 11th in the final standings, in addition to winning the track's Late Model Rookie of the Year award; he also competed in Late Models during the 2011 racing season.
In addition to competing at South Boston Speedway, where both his father and uncle made a name for themselves in their early racing careers, but where Burton, by his own admission, "struggled." Burton competed regularly at Ace Speedway, Orange County Speedway, and other racing circuits in the southern Virginia and central North Carolina areas, including at the "Daytona of Late Models", Martinsville Speedway. Burton's first Late Model win came at Ace Speedway in June 2011; he won a total of five races in Late Model competition over the course of the season at various tracks in the region.
By 2011 Burton was considered to be a rising star in the world of stock car racing. In July of that year, Burton made his debut in big-league, touring-series stock car competition, driving the No. 6 Toyota Camry for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA Racing Series' Hantz Group 200 at Berlin Raceway. Burton started 9th and finished 21st in the 200-lap, 100-mile (160 km) event; he was involved in a multi-car accident on the opening lap of the race, but rallied to complete 120 of the race's 200 laps before being forced out of competition with suspension failure. Ward Burton stated that he was attempting to secure a sponsor for his son to compete in the full ARCA Racing Series season, however no deal was reached and it was the only ARCA event he would compete in during the year.
After the 2011 season, Burton desired to move up to full-time competition in a national series. In January 2012, it was announced that Burton would be competing for Hillman Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2012 racing season, sharing a ride in the No. 27 truck, a Chevrolet, with his father Ward. He made his debut in the series at Martinsville Speedway in the second race of the season; Trip Bruce served as the team's crew chief.
In his first series race at Martinsville Speedway, Burton, competing for Rookie of the Year in the series, finished 13th, on the lead lap. After the sixth race of the season at Dover International Speedway, however, Burton was forced to start skipping races due to a lack of sponsorship. In September 2012, Burton debuted in the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series, winning his first start in the series at Motor Mile Speedway.
On November 21, 2012, Turner Motorsports announced the signing of Burton to a two-year contract to run a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2013 and 2014. Turner also announced that Burton's father, Ward Burton, had been hired to assist with driver development.
In April 2013, Burton won his first Truck Series pole at Martinsville Speedway. On June 7, 2013, Burton won the WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway, his first career NASCAR win. Later in the season he made his first career start in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in September, and his Nationwide Series debut at Kentucky Speedway later in the month.
The 2013 season was a success for Burton, as he finished fifth in the overall Camping World Truck Series standings. He totaled 731 points to finish 73 points behind winner Matt Crafton and just one point out of fourth place. In 22 starts, he totaled one win, captured seven pole positions, and had five top 5's and 11 top 10's with only one DNF.
Before the start of the 2014 season, Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Burton's sponsor, Arrowhead Cigarettes, had been forced to close the No. 4 team, leaving Burton without a ride. In early February Burton announced that he had signed with ThorSport Racing to compete in the season-opening Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series events at Daytona International Speedway, initially on a part-time basis, but on May 27, was increased to a full-time ride. For the 2014 season, Burton finished eighth in the overall standings, with two top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
In January, ThorSport Racing and sponsor Estes announced that they were unable to come up with an extension to continue and the team shut down the No. 13 truck, leaving Burton without a ride. Later however, he was called up by BK Racing to come up to the Sprint Cup Series and replace Cole Whitt, who had just left the team to race the No. 35 for Front Row Motorsports, in the No. 26 Toyota. He will drive full-time for the team in 2015 and will compete for the series rookie of the year award.