Harrison Burton’s Preview To Kentucky

Harrison Burton


NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series OverviewEvent:                          

Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 (Race 13 of 23), 150 Laps – 35/35/80; 225 Miles

Location:                     Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile tri-oval)

Date/Broadcast:          July 11, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90 

The Beat on Burton:

  • As the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series regular season hits the homestretch, Harrison Burton will get buckled in his No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway and continue his fight for a spot in the Gander Trucks Playoffs. Burton enters Kentucky riding the momentum of three top-five finishes across the last four events. Thursday night’s event at the 1.5-mile tri-oval will be the second-generation driver’s first Gander Trucks start at Kentucky, but that talented teenager has compiled an average finish of 7.6 on the previous five mile-and-half tracks that he’s tackled for the first time in NASCAR’s third division this season, including a fourth-place finish in the series’ last stop at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
  • With four regular season races remaining, Burton currently sits sixth in the driver point standings, but finds himself in the eighth and final spot on the playoff grid. With Ross Chastain having a win and being on the verge of moving into the top 20 in points, which would make him playoff eligible per the NASCAR rule book, Burton would slide off the playoff grid to ninth. Burton’s fourth-place finish and additional 10 stage points at Chicagoland Speedway combined with Ben Rhodes’ engine troubles, allowed him to close the gap for the eighth and final playoff spot, once Chastain works his way onto the grid, on Rhodes by 40 points. Heading into Thursday night’s 225-mile event, the North Carolina native finds himself 13 markers behind Rhodes.
  • Across 12 Gander Truck Series starts this season, Burton has posted five top-five and seven top-10 finishes while recording an average starting position of 7.5 and an average finish of 10.4. The 18-year-old driver currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings by 50 points over Sheldon Creed.
  • Burton’s crew chief, Mike Hillman Jr., is a two-time champion atop the pit box in the Gander Truck Series. He guided Todd Bodine to Toyota’s first-ever National Series title in 2006 and the duo won the championship again in 2010. Across 21 starts working together since October of 2017, Hillman Jr. and Burton have posted an average starting position of 8.2 and an average finish of 8.8.
  • Hillman Jr.’s drivers have posted one win (Todd Bodine, 2010), 72 laps led, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.3 across 13 starts at Kentucky Speedway.
  • Safelite AutoGlass, the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, will adorn the hood of Burton’s Tundra for 19 of the 23 events on the NGOTS schedule in 2019.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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