For the third year in a row, Jeff Burton and CITGO will team up during Labour Day Weekend to help raise money to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

The No. 99 CITGO Ford will sport a special MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), red, white and blue paint scheme and Burton will be wearing a specially designed helmet and firesuit. After the race, Burton will autograph the helmet and firesuit, which will then be auctioned off at a later time to help raise money for MDA.

"This is a really important cause," said Burton. "CITGO is the single largest corporate contributor to MDA and to be associated with a company like that is a great honour. I know the entire CITGO team supports the cause and to represent CITGO, MDA and all the kids out there that need a cure is a phenomenal responsibility, but it's one that we take pride in."

Muscular dystrophy is a group of debilitating neuromuscular diseases that prevents children from running and playing and sidelines teens and adults from sports and everyday activities. Through its support of MDA, CITGO employees and customers have helped raise money to fund research and to help find a cure for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. This makes CITGO one of the largest corporate contributor to MDA, a title that they are proud of.

"CITGO has raised more than $50 million over the last 18 years to help MDA conduct research to find cures and treatments, and to provide important medical services," said CITGO chief operating officer Jerry Thompson. "We are delighted that our support allows MDA to offer even more assistance to families affected by neuromuscular diseases."

Burton and the No. 99 CITGO team are hoping to raise more money and awareness for MDA by placing the No. 99 CITGO Ford in victory lane, Sunday, August 31 in conjunction with the 38th annual Jerry Lewis Labour Day Telethon.

To date, Burton has chalked up two wins (back-to-back in 1999), eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes at Darlington in a Winston Cup car. In the 2002 spring Busch race, Burton took the pole, led every lap and brought home a win in addition to winning the fall 2002 Busch race in the No. 9 Roush Racing Ford. This brought his Busch stat totals up to four wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes at the 1.366-mile oval. Safe to say Burton is one of the few drivers that have tamed the track, 'Too Tough To Tame' and he's looking to do it again in two weeks at the Southern 500.

 

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