Lamar in 2009
August 21, 1980 |
West Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Achievements||3-time International Kart Federation Champion|
|Awards||2001 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Rookie of the Year|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|59 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||22nd (2006)|
|First race||2005 United Way 300 (Kansas)|
|Last race||2009 NorthernTool.com 250 (Milwaukee)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|2 races run over 1 year|
|Best finish||65th (2005)|
|First race||2005 Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)|
|Last race||2005 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 (Atlanta)|
|Statistics current as of November 20, 2011.|
Lamar 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 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 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, 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 Ford for Day Enterprises.
On October 10, 2008, it was announced that Lamar would share the Braun Racing #32 Toyota in 2009 with Brian Vickers. He was again released after one top 10 in his first few races of 2009.
In the fall of 2006, he was 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. On November 16, 2011, Taylor gave birth to her second child with Lamar, a son named Rex Harrison Lamar. He appeared in a March 2009 magazine advertisement for Skechers Footwear with his pregnant wife and her twin sons. Taylor has twin sons, Jake and Hunter, with her ex-husband, former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez.
Until recently, Lamar worked as a flight instructor for Airline Transport Professionals in Nashville, Tennessee. He was hired by Mesa Airlines in November 2013 (Mesa contractually flies as US Airways Express as well as United Express). During his time at ATP he was known by the nickname "Blue Falcon."
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results|
Camping World Truck Series
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
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- Burney Lamar Career Statistics
- About Burney
- "Niki Taylor Engaged". US magazine. 2006-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 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 2007-06-02.
- People, March 4, 2009
- Burney Lamar driver statistics at Racing-Reference