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.