Burney Lamar (born August 21, 1980, West Sacramento, California) is a NASCAR driver. He began racing go-karts at the age of 5, and won a total of twenty-five track championships and three International Karting Federation Regional titles. At the age of sixteen, Lamar started racing stock cars at Stockton 99 Speedway and finished eleventh in points. Over the next three years, he raced on many West Coast short tracks, and won the Shell Oil Tri-Track championship.
In the year 2000, Lamar began racing in the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series. He posted seven top-fives and finished third in points, winning Rookie of the Year. The following year, he joined the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series, and would win Rookie of The Year that year as well. He would go on to win two races and finish second in points in 2002 as well.
Lamar signed with Kevin Harvick Incorporated in 2005, competing in a limited number of NASCAR Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, and NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series races. In addition to two victories in the West Series, Lamar also won the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway that season. In the Truck Series, he raced the #92 Chevrolet Silverado twice with a best finish of 21st. He qualified 8th in his Busch Series debut in the #33 Yard-Man Chevrolet, but wrecked early in that race and finished 41st. He would begin racing in the Busch Series full-time in 2006 in the #77 Dollar General Chevrolet, and began the season with a second-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. After two additional top-tens in the first third of the season, Lamar's results began to fall off, and was removed from the ride late in the season at the request of Dollar General, who wanted NEXTEL Cup drivers in the car.
Lamar attempted to make his Nextel Cup Series debut at the October race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and at the November race at Texas Motor Speedway in the Carter Simo Racing #08 Dodge sponsored by Rhino Energy Drink, but failed to qualify for both races. After failing to qualify for several attempts with E&M in the Cup Series, he returned to the Nationwide Series, to drive the #37 Ford Fusion for Gary Baker. Later in the season, he signed to drive the #05 31-W insulation ford for Day Enterprises Racing.
On October 10 2008 it was announced that Burney Lamar will share the Braun Racing #32 Dollar General Toyota in 2009. The car will be shared by two drivers who are both familiar faces in the yellow and black Dollar General firesuit. Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers who will return to the seat of the #32 for 17 races in 2009 will be sharing the ride with Burney Lamar who drove a Dollar General-sponsored car in the 2006 season. He was again released after no great performance other than 1 top 10 in his first few races of 2009.
Personal life Edit
In either September or October 2006 he became engaged to model Niki Taylor after just three dates . Taylor is five years older. They wed on December 27, 2006 at the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California. Instead of gifts, the couple asked for donations to be sent to Victory Junction Gang Camp, a camp for terminally ill children in North Carolina .
His first child, daughter Ciel Taylor Lamar, was born on March 4, 2009, one day before his wife 's 34th birthday . He appeared in a March 2009 magazine advertisement for Sketchers Footwear with his pregnant wife and her twin sons. Taylor has twin sons Jake/Hunter(Dec 94) with her ex-husband former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez.
- ↑ About Burney
- ↑ "Niki Taylor Picks Motherhood Over Modeling". people.com (2006-07-22).
- ↑ "Niki Taylor Engaged". US magazine (2006-10-10). Retrieved on 2007-06-02.
- ↑ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20005541,00.html Model Niki Taylor engaged
- ↑ "Model Niki Taylor Weds NASCAR Driver". People magazine (2006-12-29). Retrieved on 2007-06-02.
- ↑ It's a Girl for Niki Taylor! People, March 4, 2009