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Burney Joseph Lamar

Birthplace: West Sacramento, Yolo County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Niki Taylor
Father of Minor Child and <private> Lamar

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Immediate Family

    • Minor Child
    • <private> Lamar
    • <private> Martinez
    • <private> Martinez

About Burney Joseph Lamar


Burney Lamar (born August 21, 1980)[1] is an American race car driver. He has driven in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series and is currently a free agent.

Racing career

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 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 would share the Braun Racing #32 Dollar General Toyota in 2009 with Brian Vickers. He was again released after one top 10 in his first few races of 2009.

Personal life

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. 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.

Burney currently works as a flight instructor for Airline Transport Professionals in Nashville, TN. His current forms of transportation are the Piper PA-44 Seminole and the Toyota Prius.

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Burney Joseph Lamar's Timeline

August 21, 1980
West Sacramento, Yolo County, California, United States