"WELCOME, N.C. -- Jeff Burton will trade in his fire suit and helmet for an
acting role on ABC's General Hospital.BurtonBurton, driver of the No. 31
Chevrolet, will visit the set of General Hospital on Thursday to take part in
scenes with top neurosurgeon and Port Charles resident Dr. Patrick Drake.
Drake's character, played by Canadian actor Jason Thompson, is an avid fan of
racing on the popular daytime Emmy award-winning series."I'm excited about going
to the set of General Hospital and taking on a role with Jason," Burton said.
"I've been in commercials and was a guest star on a sitcom a couple of years ago
so I'm hoping those appearances prepped me for my soap-opera debut. Luckily, I
get to play myself and talk racing, which will help take some of the pressure
off."After Thompson teaches Burton the ins and outs of being a soap opera actor,
the roles will reverse when Thompson visits Auto Club Speedway in Fontana,
Calif., to shadow Burton on Sunday.Burton will treat the actor to a pace car
ride before heading out to the Caterpilar hospitality tent where both will
participate in question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Before taking a seat
atop the Cat Racing team's pit box for the Sprint Cup Series race, Thompson also
will participate in the race track's pre-race festivities by attending the
drivers' meeting and driver introductions.Scheduled air of Burton's episode is
slated for mid-March."