- Jason Burdett
- Birth Date:
- Nov. 8, 1977
- Arkport, N.Y.
- Crew Chief - No. 7 Chevrolet
Jason Burdett returns for his third year as crew chief of the No. 7 JR Motorsports team, joining forces with driver Justin Allgaier for the second season. In just two years (66 races) as a NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) crew chief, Burdett has two wins, 24 top fives and 53 top 10s under his belt, leading the team to third and fourth-place finishes in the NXS championship standings during that span.
His sophomore year as crew chief in 2016 saw impressive stats with 13 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes in 33 races and a spot in the Championship 4 in the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase. With the championship coming down to a final restart a Homestead-Miami Speedway, the No. 7 ultimately ended the season third in the standings, just five points shy of earning the title.
In his first year with JR Motorsports’ No. 7 team, Burdett earned two wins with driver Regan Smith and finished just 22 points behind the 2015 NXS champion. Being part of a title-contending team is nothing new to Burdett. In his 19-year career, he was a member of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship teams, most recently with Hendrick Motorsports and driver Jeff Gordon in 2001. Two years earlier, Burdett was part of the Robert Yates Racing team that won the title with Dale Jarrett.
A native of Arkport, N.Y., Burdett’s racing journey began with several local teams around the Watkins Glen area. In 1998, he transitioned to North Carolina and joined Robert Yates Racing. A year later, he helped Jarrett’s team to the title as a tire specialist.
A move to Hendrick Motorsports followed, and in 2001 Burdett earned a second championship with Gordon. In 2007, Burdett joined Michael Waltrip Racing, reuniting with Jarrett and serving as crew chief of the No. 44 team in the latter half of the season. It was there he honed his skills at the top level of NASCAR competition and leveraged the experience into a return to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008. In the five years since, Burdett excelled as car chief on the No. 24 team from 2008-10 before moving over to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 team from 2011-14.