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Jeff Burton elected to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 23: Former driver Jeff Burton speaks on stage during a press conference about the competetion changes for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Convention Center on January 23, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Jeff Burton, a NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports, has been elected to the Sports Hall of Fame in his home state of Virginia.

Burton, a native of South Boston, will be inducted in the Hall of Fame on April 6 at Zeider’s American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach.

Burton is being recognized for a racing career that had 21 Cup wins, including two victories in the Coca-Cola 600 and the 1999 Southern 500.

Burton was also the Cup rookie of the year in 1994.

He’ll be part of an eight-member class that includes:

  • Former NFL players Heath Miller and Ruben Brown
  • Former Old Dominion University women’s basketball coach Wendy Larry
  • Olympic Gold Medalist diver Mark Lenzi
  • Former University of Richmond quarterback William “Buster” O’Brien
  • Former Old Dominion University Sports Information Director and Senior Associate Athletic Director Debbie White
  • Former Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager.

The class was selected by the Hall of Fame’s 30-member Honors Court after reviewing nominations among athletes, coaches, journalists and other contributors, who either were born and/or raised in Virginia or achieved their fame playing in the state.