Burton readies for Camping World Truck Series debut with father at his side
Related: Martinsville practice results " Views from opening day MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Heading into this weekend, Harrison Burton's experience level at Martinsville Speedway was next to zero, counting only a smattering of laps shaking down his cousin Jeb's Late Model car not long ago. His lap count went up significantly Friday in practice for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in Saturday's Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Should things go according to plan, he'll add another 200 more circuits to his developing background at the .526-mile track in his first NASCAR national series event. But the 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver has some tangible factors to help offset his lack of laps around the historic short track -- a top-quality Kyle Busch Motorsports truck and some sage advice from his father, Jeff Burton , who logged 39 career starts here, including a win in 1997, before transitioning to the NBC Sports broadcast team. The elder Burton was by his son's side after Friday's final practice, providing a sounding board with helpful pointers. "He's had tons of experience at places like this and obviously at this very race track, he's won in the (Sprint) Cup Series which is one of the hardest things to do," Harrison Burton said. "Obviously he's a great resource and I've utilized him pretty much every day coming up to this event. I've talked to him about it and tried to pick his brain as much as I could. He's really smart about this kind of stuff, that's for sure." Burton posted the seventh-fastest lap in Friday's early practice and followed that with the 18th spot on the leaderboard in final practice in the KBM No. 18 Toyota. But Friday was also about gaining experience and making first impressions at one of NASCAR's most rhythm-dependent venues. "It's probably one of the hardest race tracks I've been to," Burton said. "I feel like the braking and how to get off the brakes, how to get on them and how far to drive in -- it's so easy to overdrive these corners because they're so little. Compared to how long the straightaways are, it's just disproportional. It really throws me for a loop, but I'm learning as fast as I can and I'm trying my hardest." Burton's path to NASCAR's national ranks has been a fairly conventional one, but with extraordinary progress. He finished seventh this year in his first full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, but has also made his mark with an excellent run of Late Model success. Burton turned 16 on Oct. 9, making him eligible for national series races on tracks 1.25 miles or shorter. Making the move three weeks after blowing out the candles might seem like an accelerated jump, but Burton says he hasn't locked himself into a firm timetable for his stock-car racing career. "It's hard to tell," Burton said. "Just to make it in one of NASCAR's three series is so, so tough. You have to do so many things right and have so many things align for you to have an opportunity like I have now, so I didn't really have a timeline. I was just going to go out every race and race as hard as I could every time I did and hopefully impress some people to get a shot at it." The timetable isn't quite set for 2017 and beyond, Burton said, with plenty of pathways still to be decided in the offseason. "The schedule's still in the works, for sure," Burton said. "We have a lot of options and a lot of things to think about, which is great. You always want to have options and hopefully you make the right choices leading up. It's tough to foresee the future. We might choose right, we might choose wrong, but no matter what, we've got to stay 100 percent committed to our choice. I'm really excited for the future and what it has to come. I hope we make the right choices." Burton indicated he has modest goals for his maiden voyage in the truck series, hoping to complete every lap but also keeping the door open to grab more if the opportunity exists. It's helped having Kyle Busch Motorsports personnel as support, bringing a certain level of swagger in their approach to the race weekend. "All these guys out here want to come out here and win every single week and that's what you have to have," Burton said. "You have to have that drive to come out and beat everyone and walk down pit road and say, 'I'm going to beat you and you and you and you,' and that's what these guys have. They come out here 100 percent committed. There's a lot of intensity involved, which is awesome. It's a great environment and I've loved it so far." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Burton to run six races with Kyle Busch Motorsports
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 16-year-old Harrison Burton will compete in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2017. Burton's six-race schedule begins April 1 at Martinsville Speedway and also includes Dover International Speedway June 2, Iowa Speedway in Newton June 23, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio July 19, Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 16 and Martinsville Speedway Oct. 28. The NASCAR Next product competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2016, earning one pole and a seventh-place finish in the final point standings as a rookie. Burton collected three Super Late Model victories this year, including a Southern Super Series victory at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, and also earned a third-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Burton , the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton , made his Truck Series debut with KBM at Martinsville in October of 2016. After qualifying 17th , Burton methodically maneuvered his way through the field and was running in the ninth position just past the halfway mark of the event when he got spun from behind and ended up losing a lap while he was stuck on the curb. He ended the event with a 22nd -place finish, but earned the praise of KBM owner Kyle Busch . "Harrison did a really nice job in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville this year and we are excited to be able to bring him back for a six-race schedule in 2017," Busch said. "I think everyone at KBM was really impressed with how he handled himself on and off the track throughout the weekend at Martinsville and in the end, he was able to bring the truck back in one piece -- which isn't an easy task for a young driver at that track. We look forward to being a part of his continued development next season." "I honestly feel like I have hit the jackpot by signing with a championship-caliber team like Kyle Busch Motorsports," Burton said. "Having raced in Martinsville last season with KBM, I understand the strength of the team and have complete confidence that they can provide me with great race trucks while making my transition into the Truck series as smooth as possible." The talented youngster's list of racing accomplishments includes three Quarter Midget championships, winning the pole for a Pro Late Model race at the age of 11 and winning a race at the age of 12. In 2015, he became the youngest driver ever to compete in the K&N Pro Series West race (15 years, eight days old) and earned a sixth-place finish in the event. In 2014, he became the youngest winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history with a victory at New Smyrna Speedway. An announcement of the final driver that will share driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra with Burton (six races), Busch (five races) and Todd Gilliland (four races) is forthcoming as well as an announcement on Burton's sponsors. </p>
KHI Management signs NASCAR Next's Harrison Burton
RELATED: Getting to know the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class KHI Management announced Tuesday that the marketing agency has signed NASCAR Next driver Harrison Burton to its list of clients. Burton , who turned 16 on Sunday, is the son of former Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton , who currently provides on-air analysis for NBC Sports. He also is a member of the current class of drivers in the NASCAR Next program, an initiative designed to highlight the young crop of new talent climbing the stock-car racing ladder. The younger Burton , who has already established himself as a talent in asphalt Late Model competition, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports on Oct. 29 at Martinsville Speedway . Burton logged a seventh-place finish in the standings this year in his first full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. KHI Management -- co-owned by DeLana and Kevin Harvick -- represents several prominent figures in the sports, broadcasting and music industries. In addition to both Jeff and Harrison Burton , KHI Management counts celebrities in MMA, motocross, golf and country music among its clients. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Burton looks to become second-youngest NCWTS driver ever
Harrison Burton turns his first laps in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as he looks to become the second-youngest NCWTS driver to make a start in that series at just 16 years and 20 days old.
Jeff Burton on standby for Clint Bowyer this week
Bowyer's wife, Lorra, expecting couple's first child Clint Bowyer's "baby watch" continues. As a result of that, his team has made appropriate accommodations for this week's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (Sept. 28, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Jeff Burton will be on standby for the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team. Burton has 40 career starts at Dover, 15 of which ended with top-10s. He also won once at the 1-mile concrete oval, in 2006. If called upon, it would be the third time since August Burton has served as a fill-in. He made two starts for Tony Stewart , in consecutive weeks at Michigan and Bristol, before Stewart returned to his seat in Atlanta. Burton has also made two starts in the No. 66 Toyota this year, at Las Vegas and New Hampshire. Bowyer is 19th in the standings after not qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His wife Lorra is due to deliver their first child, a boy -- which Bowyer had previously announced in a very Bowyer-esque manner. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Burton blows a tire and collects Koch
Blake Koch couldn't avoid running into Jeb Burton after Burton blew a tire and hit the wall at Texas Motor Speedway.
Miles the Monster grabs Jeb Burton in NXS practice crash
Jeb Burton crashes his primary car in the NASCAR XFINITY Series during the first practice at Dover International Speedway.
BK Racing unveils Jeb Burton throwback, driver swap
MORE: Burton discusses throwback scheme and more on "Dirty Air Podcast" When Jeb Burton decided to join the wave of throwback paint schemes for Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway , he didn't have far to look for inspiration. BK Racing announced Tuesday that Burton's BK Racing entry for the 66th running of the Bojangles' Southern 500 will pay tribute to the career of his father, Ward Burton , a two-time winner at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway. But the tradition-rich race will also feature another notable switch: The Ron Devine-owned team also announced Tuesday that it will make an intrateam driver swap starting at Darlington, with Burton taking over the No. 23 Toyota from J.J. Yeley, who will drive the No. 26 Toyota. RELATED: See all the throwback looks for Darlington The change in driving duties puts the younger Burton that much closer numbers-wise to the Bill Davis Racing No. 22 that his father campaigned during his heyday from 1999-2003. The yellow-and-black paint scheme for team sponsor Estes Trucking -- with its similar corporate colors to his father's longtime sponsor Caterpillar -- leans heavily on his family's racing tradition. "I saw all the throwback stuff and Estes has the same colors as Dad had, so I just thought about the idea and I got the PR team to come up with a design," Jeb Burton said. "I saw it and I thought it'd be a cool idea so we went on with it." Ward Burton caught his first glimpse of the car's vintage look ahead of last weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway . The resemblance -- both in colors and its similarly styled numbers -- is uncanny. "It's really cool," the 53-year-old Burton said. "We had a lot of success at Darlington, but more importantly I really appreciate Jeb thinking about me." Ward Burton flew the Caterpillar flag for his most prominent wins in NASCAR's premier series, foremost among them the 2002 Daytona 500 . The yellow-and-black look was also front and center for Burton and crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. when the Davis-owned team found a sweet spot at Darlington, yielding two victories at the 1.366-mile track, including the 2001 Southern 500. "Tommy and I'd hit a set-up at Darlington. For about three years there, we were on the top of the board whenever we showed up," Burton said. "Rain got us twice, a wreck got us one other time, a lug nut got us another, but we had the car to beat many times. I liked that place ever since I went there." Jeb Burton , 23, hopes the knack for the "Lady in Black" doesn't skip a generation as he prepares for his first Darlington start. His uncle, Jeff Burton , also won twice at Darlington, sweeping the season's two events there in 1999. The younger Burton got his first taste of driving the treacherous egg-shaped oval in an open test for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on June 10. "Darlington is its own animal," Burton said. "We went there and tested, and I struggled a little bit and was running the track a little wrong. Right there at the end of the session, I got behind Joey Logano and learned a lot, followed him and actually kept up with him. I thought that was really good, and our team did their best." BK Racing aims to jump-start its performance with next weekend's driver shakeup. Burton's Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidacy has been a rocky path thus far, with the No. 26 missing seven races and cracking the top 30 just twice this season. He ranks 39th in the driver standings. Yeley has run 23 of 24 in the Sprint Cup Series this season but is eligible for championship points only in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. (The team made a driver switch at Richmond with Burton in the No. 23 instead of Yeley.) The No. 23 team stands 39th in the car owner points; BK's No. 26 sits 44th after Bristol. Patrick Donahue will remain the crew chief on the No. 26 team, while Joe Williams will remain the crew chief on the No. 23 team. It's all been a learning process for Burton , who made the jump to Sprint Cup this year after two solid seasons in the Camping World Truck Series. "Coming into it, I didn't think it'd be as tough as it was because I had somewhat success," Burton said, "but in the Truck Series and the ( XFINITY ) Series, the competition level is high up front, but it's … one through 43 in the Cup Series is the best of the best. The best people, the best drivers, the best teams. You've got to be on it and our guys are working hard as a low-budget team. We're getting better every week."
Harrison Burton sets Truck Series debut with KBM
Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Thursday that Harrison Burton will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 29 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Burton , the son of former Sprint Cup Series driver and NBC commentator Jeff Burton , will drive the KBM No. 18 Toyota in the .526-mile track's Alpha Energy Solutions 200. Sponsorship will be provided by DEX Imaging and Konica Minolta, which has backed Burton's racing efforts since 2013. "It means a lot to have these sponsors on board for the next step in my racing career and making it possible for me to be able to race for the marquee team in the series," Burton said in a release provided by the team. "It's a big step, but we have been working really hard to prepare ourselves for everything that's to come this year and we're ready." Burton competes full-time as a Rookie of the Year candidate in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks . Burton , who won his first Super Late Model race at age 14, finished second in the division's standings last month in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. "Harrison is mature beyond his age on the track and it's impressive the resume he has already put together at the age of 15," team owner Kyle Busch said. "He comes from a racing family and doesn't have to look very far to find a role model that can show him what it takes to be successful both on and off the track." Burton is scheduled to make his national series debut shortly after turning 16 years old on Oct. 9. NASCAR officials lowered the truck series' age requirement in 2013, allowing drivers as young as 16 to compete on tracks of 1.25 miles in length or less. Drivers 18 and older are able to participate on tracks of all sizes. Burton is the latest addition to a talented crop of young up-and-comers on the KBM driver roster under the age of 21, joining Christopher Bell (21), Cody Coughlin (20) and William Byron (18). The organization also fields Super Late Models for 15-year-old Todd Gilliland, son of current Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland .
Jeb Burton lands XFINITY ride with RPM
Jeb Burton , son of former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton , will compete full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season for Richard Petty Motorsports, according to a team release. Burton , 23, will pilot the No. 43 Ford for the organization. RPM also fields a pair of entries in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, the No. 43 with driver Aric Almirola and the No. 44 with Brian Scott . Burton competed last season in the Sprint Cup Series, making 28 starts for BK Racing . He has only two previous XFINITY Series starts along with 50 starts in the Camping World Truck Series. "When you think NASCAR, you think Richard Petty, and I'm really looking forward to continuing their winning tradition and contributing to the legacy that is Richard Petty," Burton said. Veteran Drew Blickensderfer will handle crew chief duties for the team. Blickensderfer, a former Sprint Cup crew chief, worked with former RPM drivers Marcos Ambrose and Sam Hornish Jr . He was crew chief for Matt Kenseth in 2009 at Roush Fenway Racing when that team opened the season with back-to-back wins in the Daytona 500 and Auto Club 500. A third win came in 2011 with driver David Ragan , in July at Daytona. Burton's father Ward won five times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and finished in the top 10 in points twice. Jeff Burton , Jeb’s uncle, is also a former winner in the series and currently serves as a race analyst for NBC Sports. "We have worked with Jeb on a few opportunities over the past couple of years, and they just didn't fall into place," Brian Moffitt, Chief Executive Officer at Richard Petty Motorsports , said. "We feel Jeb is an extremely talented young driver, and I'm happy we have him in our organization. "He's proven he can win races and compete at a high level in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and we believe he can do the same in the NASCAR XFINITY Series."
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