John Edward "Ward" Burton III (born October 25, 1961) is an American stock car racing driver. He has five career wins in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series), including the 2002 Daytona 500 and the 2001 Southern 500.
He is the older brother of fellow NASCAR driver and NBC Sports broadcaster Jeff Burton and the father of current Sprint Cup driver Jeb Burton.
He currently operates the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, a conservation and sportsmans' organization. Over his career he made a estimate of $270 million.
Burton began his NASCAR Busch Series career in the 1990 season and competed full-time for four seasons. In his first season, he had 23 starts with three Top-10 finishes, ending the season in 21st place. His results improved steadily over the next three years. For his second season, he had 29 starts with two Top-5 finishes and 10 Top-10 finishes, completing the season in 18th place.
Burton's third season in 1992 brought his first win on February 29 at Rockingham in the number 27 Gwaltney car owned by Alan Dillard. He completed the season in eighth place overall with one win, three Top-5 finishes and 10 Top-10 finishes. His final full-time season in 1993 brought three more wins, nine Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes, ending up in sixth place in the final points standings.
In 1995, Burton started driving for Buz McCall in the #95 Caterpillar, Inc. Chevrolet after John Tanner was released. He drove for Bill Davis Racing in 1996 for eight starts in the #22 MBNA Pontiac.
Burton did not start another Busch Series race until 1999 when he ran five more races for Bill Davis with sponsorship from Siemens. He accumulated three top-5 and five top-10 finishes including a 2nd place finish at Dover International Speedway. He also ran one race for Innovative Motorsports and their #47 Chevrolet.
In 2000, Burton ran five more races for Davis with sponsorship from Polaris Industries and one race with Innovative Motorsports. He then ran two races in 2001 for Tommy Baldwin Jr.'s new team with Pillsbury sponsorship.