Burr Motorsports Career Highlights and Statistics
2017 was a good year for Burr Motorsports. Terry English and the team competed in 20 races (mostly MARS series events) at 7 different tracks. The team had one DNF on the year. In the best finishes of the 19 races finished, Terry won 3, finished second 10 times (9 of those to son Tanner), got one third, and two fourths. Terry set fast time in qualifying 8 times and won 11 heat races. The highlight of the year was winning the last MARS race of the year at Clarksville by setting fast time, winning his heat, and leading every lap in the feature for a $3,350 pay day.
In 2016 Terry English and the Burr Motorsports team ran an abbreviated schedule partially due to not getting the new Rocket XR1 chassis completed until May. The team also ran mostly special shows because of the closing of Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and the reduction of the purse at Clarksville Speedway due to low car counts. As such the team entered 16 events at 7 different tracks. The team got 2 feature wins, including a $2,500 to win race at Clarksville, along with 3 seconds and 4 thirds. The highlight of the year, aside from the $2,500 win, was finishing third in the one Summer Nationals race entered in 2016.
Once again campaigning the Burr Motorsports #96 Revelution chassis, Terry English and the team entered 20 events. Terry drove the car to 6 wins on the year, including a $5,000 victory at Clarksville Speedway. In addition to the wins, the team also had 3 seconds and 3 thirds.
The Burr Motorsports team once again teamed up with driver Terry English for the 2014 year. This time the team competed with Terry’s long-time number of 96 on the Revelution chassis, Frank O’Fria powered super late model. The team ran in 28 events at seven different tracks. The team had only one DNF during the year. On the year the best finishes were 5 wins, 7 seconds, and 6 thirds. Some highlights during the year were a couple of $1,500 wins at Clarksville, a second in a $5,000 to win race at Duck River, and a second and two thirds at $3,000 to win races at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and Tennessee National Speedway. Terry qualified fastest five times and won seven heats during the year.
The 2013 season was a step back for Burr Motorsports. Terry English was again the driver of the #33 Frank O'fria powered Barry Wright Ford. The team competed in 8 regular shows at Clarksville Speedway, winning 4. Terry also drove the #33 to a win at Duck River Speedway. Otherwise it was a tough year. The team entered only 14 other events, including 6 Summer National events, 3 MARS events, and the Southern Fried 75 at Duck River. The low number of races was partially due to a violent flip at Paducah in the World 50 that ended the run for the Barry Wright machine in August. The team acquired a new Revelution chassis, but never got the bugs worked out before the end of the season. In races finished Terry had 5 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, 2 fourths, 1 fifth, 2 sevenths, 2 tenths, a thirteenth, and a fourteenth in 18 races completed.
Terry English and the Burr Motorsports team had another good season in 2012. The team ran a Frank O'fria Ford powered Barry Wright chassis in 30 events. Terry was still running at the end of 25 events. Of those 25 races finished the team scored 11 wins, 10 seconds, 1 fifth, 2 eighths and 1 twelfth. That's a 44% winning percentage and an 84% top two percentage.
Some highlights of the season were:
Former UMP national champion Terry English was again teamed up with the Burr Motorsports team for the 2011 season. The team ran a Barry Wright chassis powered as always by a Frank O'fria Ford engine. The team entered 35 events and had 6 DNFs. Of the 29 races finished the team scored 25 top fives, including 13 wins, 3 seconds, 4 thirds, 4 fourths, and 1 fifth.
Some highlights of the season were:
The Burr Motorsports team, with Terry English behind the wheel, once again hit the dirt tracks in 2010. The team entered 21 events and had four DNFs. In the 17 features completed, the team had six wins, five seconds, two thirds, and one fourth. Of the features finished the team had a winning percentage of 35%, a top two percentage of 65%, a top three percentage of 76%, and a top four percentage of 82%.
Terry set fast time seven times and swept the pole, the dash, and the feature five times.
After a year off, the Burr Motorsports team resumed competition with Benton Kentucky's Terry English behind the wheel of a Rocket chassis powered by an O'Fria Ford motor. The team competed in only 21 events during the year. Of the 17 features finished, the team had 11 top three finishes with three feature wins, four seconds, and four thirds. Terry had a big lead at the mid-point in another feature when he lost an axle. The team finished the season strong at a Southern Regional Racing Series event at Duck River Speedway with a second place finish in a 41 car field.
Rusty Griffaw again piloted the Burr Motorsports #33 Ford in 2007. The team scored 11 feature wins at Clarksville Stormpay.com Speedway. In addition to the wins Rusty and the #33 Ford had four seconds, two thirds, and two fourth place finishes. Overall, the team had 17 top three and 22 top ten finishes out of 23 features finished for the year. Of features finished, the team had a winning percentage of 48%, a top two percentage of 65%, a top three percentage of 74%, and a top ten percentage of 96%. Other highlights for Rusty during the year included:
Burr Motorsports welcomed Rusty Griffaw as the driver of the #33 Ford in 2006. Together the team won 4 feature events at Clarksville Stormpay.com Speedway. The team also had 14 top three and 20 top five finishes out of 25 features finished for the year. Of features finished, the team had a winning percentage of 16%, a top three percentage of 56%, and a top five percentage of 80%. Other highlights for Rusty during the year included:
Randle Sweeney was the driver of the #33 Burr Motorsports Ford in 2005. Together the team won 13 feature events including a Battle of the Blue Grass Series win at Soggy Bottom Speedway. The team also had five seconds, three thirds, and one fourth for a total of 22 top four finishes for the year. Of features finished, the team had a winning percentage of 48%, a top two percentage of 67%, and a top three percentage of 78%. Other highlights during the year included:
Randle Sweeney drove the Burr Motorsports Late Model to eleven feature wins in 2004. He also had five seconds, and four more top five finishes. Of features finished, the team had a winning percentage of 48%, a top two percentage of 70%, and a top five percentage of 87%. Other highlights during the year included:
Randle Sweeney drove for the Burr Motorsports team in 2003. Together they had a successful season that included five feature wins. They also had seven seconds, five thirds, and two fourths. Of features finished, the team had a winning percentage of 23%, a top two percentage of 55%, a top three percentage of 77%, and a top four percentage of 86%. Other highlights during the year included:
Steve Ryan was the driver for the Burr Motorsports team in 2002. Steve and the team combined for two feature wins, four seconds, three thirds, three fourths, and five fifths in 30 feature starts. Of features finished, Steve had a top two percentage of 25% and a top five percentage of 74%. Steve finished second in points at Clarksville Speedway, second in UMP points in the state of Tennessee, and 46th in national UMP points despite running primarily one night a week.
In 2001 Steve Ryan began driving for Burr Motorsports. The combination resulted in four feature wins, five seconds, four thirds, and two fourths in 25 feature starts. Of features finished, Steve had a winning percentage of 21% and a top three percentage of 79%. Steve qualified in the top five in all but four events.
Burr Motorsports began in 1948 when three brothers from Springfield, Tennessee, Aaron Burr, Leroy Burr, and Billy Burr prepared a 1935 Ford for racing on the dirt tracks of Tennessee and Kentucky. Number 33 was off and running. Initially it was a one car operation with Billy driving and Aaron and Leroy turning the wrenches. The car was maintained in Holman Turner's garage. Later a second car was added from the left over parts. Aaron would be the driver of this 1937 Ford number 77.
The Burr boys would race at such tracks as the Legion Bowl and Cumberland Speedway in Nashville, TN, Davis County Fairgrounds and Owensboro Speedway in Owensboro, KY, Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, TN, Fairgrounds Speedway in Russellville, KY, and tracks in Murfreesboro and Manchester, TN. Don Payne, an uncle of the Burrs, also drove a car built and maintained by himself and Lawrence Hoge of Springfield. Other popular drivers with which they competed in that era were Slim Watkins, Bullet Bob Ruether, G. C. Spencer, Jimmy Sawyers, Pete Page, Buddy Payne, Coo Coo Marlin, and Jack Marlin.
A serious accident ended the driving career of Billy on June 18, 1950. Billy's car crashed underneath the rear of a flat bed truck parked outside the first turn at Davis County Fairgrounds in Owensboro, KY. They like to joke that he was never okay after the accident, but he was as good as he ever was. Aaron continued the operation until 1951. After that he drove for other owners including Bob Moore until 1953. Click here for pictures from the early years.
In 1975 Burr Motorsports resumed operations when Ed Burr began driving a street stock prepared by Aaron Burr, Phil Burr, Johnnie Guye, and himself. They began on asphalt at Highland Rim Speedway in Ridgetop, Tennessee where Ed won his first race and was hooked. They soon moved to "real racing" on the dirt at Clarksville. After one year in street stocks they moved up to the "Hobby" division where there were two rules: 11 inch tires and no quick change . They raced regularly at Clarksville from 1975 through the 1981 season. They also competed occasionally at tracks in Hopkinsville and Trenton, KY and at Buffalo Valley and McMinnville, TN. Popular competitors in the Hobby division included Eddie Pace, Gary Frost, Edwin Anthony, Freddy Bowles, Wendel Branton, Larry and Allen Stills, Larry Hagewood, and David Shacklett.
Ed and the team won quite a number of feature races in those days including some Season Championship and Mid-Season Championship races. After the 1981 season, Burr Motorsports ran only a few Late Model races in the early 80's until being revived by Phil Burr in 1996. Click here for pictures from the '70s and '80s. That year Steve Grissom ran a few races in a late model for Phil. The next two years Frank Ofria drove the car for a limited number of races each year. The first feature win in a late model came at the end of 1998 when Randle Sweeney took the wheel of the #33 Ford for the first time at the Clarksville "Triples." Randle would pilot the Burr Motorsports machine in 1999 and 2000, producing seven more feature wins.