Harrison Burton Is Looking For A Grandfather Clock At Martinsville

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For the second time this season, Harrison Burton and the No. 51 DEX Imaging team will head north to “The Paperclip” for a weekend of short-track racing. Martinsville (Va.) Speedway is the only track on the NASCAR circuit that’s been there since the beginning in 1948. Drivers look forward to racing the 0.526-mile track in search of winning a famed Martinsville Grandfather Clock. One Grandfather Clock is already part of the Burton family as the rookie’s father and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Jeff Burton, won at Martinsville in 1997.

Since the last time the youngest Burton was behind the No. 51 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) back in August at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, he’s added a championship title to his name. On Sept. 29, Burton earned the title of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion after winning the final race of the season at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Burton started the race in the third position and eight points behind the points leader, his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammate, Todd Gilliland. After a stroke of misfortune for Gilliland, Burton led the last 18 laps of the race to win his first NASCAR championship.

As the rookie focuses on the race this weekend at Martinsville, he can lean on the two prior starts that he has under his belt at the track already. Burton made his Truck Series debut with KBM in October of 2016 at the Virginia track. After qualifying 17th, Burton maneuvered his way through the field and was running in the ninth position just past the halfway mark of the event when he was spun from behind and ended up losing a lap. He ended the event with a 22nd-place finish. Burton’s second start at Martinsville came earlier this season in his 2017 season debut in April. He started the race seventh and ran around in the top 10 for most of the race until once again he was spun from behind. When the checkered flag flew to end the race, Burton crossed the finish line 13th. The 17-year-old hopes to learn from his first two races at the track and apply it this weekend.

For Saturday’s race, Burton will once again don the colors of his sponsor DEX Imaging. DEX Imaging, based out of Tampa, Fla., is the nation’s largest independent provider of office technology with a local touch. Burton is thrilled to have them back on board his No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his last NCWTS race of the 2017 season.

Burton is excited to head back to “The Paperclip” for the third time. He’s confident that Saturday when the checkered flag waves, he will have a chance to take his No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra to Victory Lane for the first time and bring home a Grandfather Clock to add to the Burton collection.

Harrison Burton, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS DEX Imaging Tundra:

You raced at Martinsville earlier this season and finished 13th, what can you take from that race and apply it to this weekend?

“I can definitely take a lot from that race. I learned a lot about that race track when I was there and about how the trucks move around the track. Racing at Martinsville is a lot of fun. I think it’s kind of a unique style of racing than everywhere else. You have to block on a half-mile track and that can be a little tough. But, there is a lot that I learned and that I can take from the experience. I know that we ran better than 13thand had a good run for most of the race. I’m ready to get back there and prove myself and get it done in my DEX Imaging Tundra.”

Mike Hillman Jr., Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS DEX Imaging Tundra:

This is your first race as the No. 51 crew chief, what are your goals for the rest of the season?

“First of all, I want to say how excited I am to be at Kyle Busch Motorsports. Everyone has been very welcoming and it’s an honor to be a part of one of the most elite teams in the Truck Series. We only have four races left in the season but I’m eager to get out there and get things done. We have some very talented rookies behind the wheel of the No. 51 and I’m looking forward to working with each of them.”

You have experience working with rookies in the Truck Series, what advice do you have for Harrison (Burton) going into Martinsville?

“Since this is Harrison’s third race at Martinsville, I think that he just needs to take what he knows about the track, learn from it and use it. He needs to be patient, he needs to keep the truck balanced and he needs to be there at the end. We have two practices on Friday to get the truck dialed in and comfortable for Harrison so that when Saturday comes, we will go out there and make the most of his last race of the season.”

Harrison Burton’s No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra:

KBM-034: The No. 51 DEX Imaging team will race KBM-034 for Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200. Burton raced this Tundra earlier this season at Martinsville where he started seventh and finished 13th.  This Tundra was also driven by KBM teammate Todd Gilliland earlier this season at New Hampshire. He started the race fifth and finished third.

KBM-034 Performance Profile:

Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
5
1
6.4
8.6
126

Notes of Interest:

Harrison Burton 2017:

  • Has made five 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, Iowa Speedway where he started 14th and finished 11th, Eldora Speedway where he started 23rd and finished 15th and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway where he started 13th and finished 18th

  • Earned the title of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion for the 2017 season

  • Collected five wins (Bristol, South Boston, Memphis, Thompson and Dover), two poles, 142 laps led, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 3.3 across all 14 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
5
0
0
0
0
999
0
13.4
14.0
K&N Pro Series East
14
5
12
14
2
1540
142
3.9
3.2
Totals
19
5
12
14
2
2539
142
8.6
8.6

 

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), five top-five, seven top-10 finishes, 289 laps led and an average finish of 13.3 across 19 races in 2017

  • The team currently ranks fifth with 2,109 points going into the Round of 6 for the 2017 NCWTS Owner’s Playoffs

  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 64 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

KBM NCWTS Program:

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (64), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

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

  • Has collected 64 wins, 36 poles, 154 top-five and 247 top-10 finishes across 408 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Erik Jones, Williams Byron and Christopher Bell have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has 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 @ Martinsville Superspeedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected five wins, 722 laps led, 16 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.6 across 36 starts at the 0.526-mile track

  • Denny Hamlin (2011 and 2012) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (2013 and 2014) each have two wins for KBM at ‘The Paperclip,’ while Kyle Busch (2016) has one victory

Hillman’s History:

 

Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., will be calling the shots for KBM’s No. 51 Toyota Racing team. Hillman Jr., helped Toyota capture its first-ever NASCAR national series championship when he guided Todd Bodine to the Truck Series title in 2006. The duo won 14 races as a pairing from 2006 to 2011 and topped the driver’s standings in NASCAR’s third division again in 2010. Overall in his 10-plus seasons atop the pit box, the New York native’s NCWTS drivers have collected 20 wins and 18 poles.

Hillman Jr., has seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 20 starts as a crew chief in the NCWTS at Martinsville.

 

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

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Owner 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

Accident

265/5

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

7/19

Eldora

Burton

23

15

150/150

0

Running

354/8

7/29

Pocono

Busch

2

25

36/60

32

Accident

385/8

8/12

Michigan

Busch

10

3

100/100

47

Running

439/5

8/16

 Bristol

Burton

13

18

99/100

0

Running

458/6

9/3

Canadian Tire

Gilliland

13

11

64/64

0

Running

487/7

9/15

Chicago

Snider

10

10

150/150

0

Running

2,022/3

9/23

New Hampshire

Gilliland

5

3

175/175

0

Running

2,062/2

9/30

Las Vegas

Snider

9

28

0/146

0

Accident

2,061/7

10/14

Talladega

Snider

9

3

95/95

0

Running

2,109/5

 

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