Harrison Burton Ready For His Dirt Debut At Eldora

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On Wednesday night in a small town in Ohio, 16-year-old Harrison Burton will strap into his No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Toyota Tundra to do something he’s never done before – race on a dirt track.

The Eldora Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, will mark Burton’s fourth start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for the 2017 season, but his first-career start racing on dirt. Eldora Speedway, also known as The Big E, is owned by former Monster Energy Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Wednesday night will be the fifth-annual NCWTS event at the famed dirt track.

Kyle Busch Motorsports is no stranger to Victory Lane at Eldora and is the only NCWTS team with multiple victories at the track, winning the event in 2014 with Darrell Wallace Jr., and in 2015 with Christopher Bell. Burton has high hopes for his dirt debut and is excited to hit the track to see what he can do away from the asphalt tracks he is more comfortable with.

The rookie has had a solid season so far in his first three NCWTS races piloting the No. 51 Tundra. He made his season debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where he started the race from the seventh position and after a late-race spin that put him near the rear of the field, he worked his way back to a solid 13th-place finish. His second race of the season came at Dover (Del.) International Speedway where Burton started the race 10th and raced his way to a 13th-place finish. In Burton’s latest event for KBM at Iowa Speedway, the Huntersville, N.C., native rolled off 14th and was en route to a top-five finish until an incident on the last lap resulted in a career-best 11th-place finish.

After Eldora, Burton has two more NCWTS events behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2017 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Aug. 16 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 28.

For Wednesday’s race under the lights, Burton will sport a new sponsor on the hood of his Tundra – Hunt Brothers Pizza. Hunt Brothers Pizza was started by four brothers from Indiana with a goal to build America’s No. 1 convenience store pizza brand. Hunt Brothers Pizza has been a proud sponsor of NASCAR drivers for 10 seasons and Burton is thrilled to have them on board for Eldora.

There’s a first time for everything and Burton will try to make Wednesday a night of firsts. He hopes that after his first event racing on dirt he’ll be able to park his No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra in Victory Lane for the first time. The 16-year-old is ready to get a little dirty, kick the dust up and have some fun in front of the fans at The Big E.

Harrison Burton, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra:

Wednesday night will be your first-time racing on a dirt track, how have you prepared and are you excited?

“I am really excited for Eldora! Although I’ve never raced on dirt, I’m always excited to try something new. I have been preparing for this race the best I can. I’ve watched film of races from years past and spent a lot of time testing. It is definitely going to be something different for me, but I think it’s going to be a fun night of racing!”

 

Kevin “Bono” Manion, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra:

What are your thoughts on Eldora Speedway and leading Harrison in his first-career dirt race?

“Last year Eldora was a lot of fun. I think the fans really enjoy seeing the Truck Series race on dirt, it adds some excitement to the summer stretch. This is Harrison’s first race on dirt so we are just going to go out there and do our best and see how he does in practice and qualifying. Harrison is smart and a quick learner, so I am confident Wednesday night will be a fun one to watch.”

Harrison Burton’s No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra:

KBM-012: The No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza team will race KBM-012 for Wednesday’s Eldora Dirt Derby. This Tundra has one win in 2014 at Iowa Speedway driven by Erik Jones. Cody Coughlin also drove this Tundra in last year’s race at Eldora Speedway.

KBM-012 Performance Profile:

 

Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
20
1
12.6
11.1
298

Notes of Interest:

Harrison Burton 2017:

  • Has made three of six 2017 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where he started seventh and finished 13th, Dover (Del.) International Speedway where he started 10th and finished 13th and Iowa Speedway where he started 14th and finished 11th

  • After nine events leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings by 14 points over Todd Gilliland

  • Has collected four wins (Bristol, South Boston, Memphis and Thompson), two poles, 124 laps led, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 3.0 across the first nine K&N Pros Series East events

  • Outdueled NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Erik Jones to pick up the victory in the prestigious ARCA/CRA Super Late Model Series Speedfest at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga. (1/29/17)

  • Crowned the Super Late Model division champion in the 51st Annual World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February after posting two wins, two runner-up finishes and an average finish of 2.4 across five races (2/20/17 – 2/25/17)

  • Led 31 of 100 laps en route to victory in the CARS Super Late Model Tour event at Concord (N.C.) Speedway (3/11/17)

Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
3
0
0
0
0
647
0
10.3
12.3
K&N Pro Series East
9
4
8
9
2
1015
124
3.2
3.0
Totals
12
4
8
9
2
1662
124
6.75
7.65

Harrison Burton 2016:

  • Competed in the NACAR K&N Pro Series East earning one top-five, five top-10 finishes and one pole in 14 starts in his rookie season

  • Won three Super Late Model events, including a Southern Super Series Blizzard Series race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

  • Earned a third-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway

  • Made first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October where he started 17thfinished 22nd

Harrison Burton 2015:

  • Became the youngest driver (15 years and eight days) to make NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start

  • Competed in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races earning one top-10 finish

     Harrison Burton 2014:

  • Became the youngest winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history with a victory at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway

     Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Tundra:

  • The No. 51 team has earned two wins (Kansas and Charlotte), two top-five, three top-10 finishes, 210 laps led and an average finish of 12.8 across 10 races in 2017 and currently rank fifth in the NCWTS Owner’s points standings

  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 61 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

     KBM NCWTS Program:

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (61), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and mostOwner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 61 wins, 33 poles, 143 top-five and 230 top-10 finishes across 380 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 32. Erik Jones and Williams Byron each collected seven victories, Christopher Bell and Darrell Wallace Jr., each have five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph

  • Has collected victories at all 21 tracks on the 2017 schedule

     KBM NCWTS @ Eldora Speedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, 227 laps led, five top-five and six top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.5 across 11 starts at Eldora

  • KBM has won two events at the half-mile dirt oval; Christopher Bell led 106 of 154 laps en route to his first-career NCWTS victory in 2015 and Darrell Wallace Jr., led a race-high 97 laps en route to victory in the 2014 event

The Manion Report:

Kevin “Bono” Manion guided KBM’s No. 51 team to one win, one pole, four top-five and seven-top 10 finishes with four different drivers behind the wheel last year in his first season as a Truck Series crew chief. Prior to joining KBM, the Massachusetts native collected five victories in 10 seasons atop the pit box in NASCAR’s premier series, including two marquee wins with Jamie McMurray in 2010; the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Before graduating into NASCAR’s top division, he guided Martin Truex Jr., to back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series titles in 2004 and 2005. In addition to his five Monster Energy Cup Series victories, Manion boasts 15 XFINITY Series wins; 13 with Truex Jr., and two with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Manion’s lone Truck Series race at Eldora resulted in a 19th-place finish with Cody Coughlin last season.

                                                                                                                          

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Driver Pts./Pos.

2/24

Daytona

Snider

13

10

100/100

0

Running

30/13

3/4

Atlanta

Busch

2

26

127/130

25

Running

59/9

4/1

Martinsville

 Burton

      7

13

250/250

0

Running

87/10

5/12

Kansas

Busch

10

1

167/167

91

Running

147/3

5/19

Charlotte

Busch

4

1

134/134

90

Running

207/3

6/2

Dover

Burton

10

13

198/200

0

Running

235/3

6/9

Texas

Snider

13

16

160/167

0

 Crash

65/5

6/17

Gateway

Gilliland

4

21

112/160

0

Transmission

278/6

6/23

Iowa

Burton

15

11

199/200

0

Running

                         304/5

7/6

Kentucky

Snider

6

16

149/150

4

Running

332/5

 

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