NASCAR’s Jeff Burton drives into Port Charles and the daytime drama “General Hospital” in an episode that airs WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18.

In the storyline, Burton visits neighborhood tavern Jake’s, where he’s having a conversation about racing with bartender Coleman (Blake Gibbons) when Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) arrives. Despite being a race car enthusiast, Drake does not recognize the 21-time winner on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, and a comedic beat ensues.

Burton will also be seen on ABC later this year as the network televises the final 11 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, starting with the September 12 event at Richmond, Virginia. ABC has the live coverage of all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which determines the NASCAR champion.

“General Hospital” celebrates 46 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2009, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on the ABC Television Network, having aired over 11,000 episodes. A winner of a record ten Emmys for Best Daytime Drama, “General Hospital” consistently rates as one of the top daytime programs with Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Jill Farren Phelps is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. “General Hospital” airs weekdays (3:00-4:00 p.m., ET, 2:00-3:00 p.m., PT) on the ABC Television Network as well as weeknights (10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on SOAPnet. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.

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