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>
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 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.
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;
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."
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.
Burton , Letarte explain Gordon's decision
NASCAR on NBC crew go in-depth on Gordon's choice to step away Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live MORE: NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France statement on Gordon " Gordon hub page RELATED: Drivers react to Gordon's announcement " Fans share favorite Gordon memories CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- 2015 marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at the start of a 10-year relationship between NASCAR and NBC Sports. It also marks Jeff Gordon 's final one. The NASCAR on NBC broadcasting team of Jeff Burton , Steve Letarte and Rick Allen touched on Gordon's recent announcement that this would be his last full-time Cup season on Tuesday during Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom, each with their own spin on it, as a driver, crew chief and broadcaster. The trio gets into why Gordon would have made this decision to leave NASCAR at the top of his game, what he's been missing out on in his personal life and how they think he'll fare in 2015. Jeff Burton , 21-time Sprint Cup Series winner "The starting age is starting sooner. When a guy can start sooner, that means they're probably going to retire sooner. You love what you're doing, but it's a really stressful way to make a living. What I came to believe was the season was perpetual; it never stopped. Everybody looks at it where there's a 2014 and 2015 schedule -- and there are, for points -- but from a lifestyle standpoint and a commitment standpoint, it's from January to January. It doesn't stop. So when you do that for 20 years, it's hard to bring that same level of intensity that you did on year 20 as you did on year one. I think that's why you see drivers retiring. "To be quite honest, this generation of drivers has been really fortunate to be able, financially, to retire. In the sixties, that didn't happen. The fact that we're starting younger, the fact that, financially, it's better in the sport than it's ever been. The fact that it is very intense. It's hard on your family, it is a commitment not only for the drivers that the crew chiefs and everybody involved, it's a commitment for the families, too. When you don't get to see your kid graduate, when you don't get to see your daughter leave to go to the prom and all those kinds of things start happening later in life as you have children, they start to mean more. So all of those things start to factor in. "It is a great thing when a guy like Jeff Gordon can retire when he's at the top of the game. He was a real serious contender for the championship (in 2014) and to be able to say 'Hey, this is my last year,' I think that's a great thing, it's wonderful that he can do it, but there's a lot of factors that go into that." RELATED: NBC Sports 'thrilled' to be part of NASCAR coverage Steve Letarte, 15-time Sprint Cup Series-winning crew chief "The sport is difficult. The Cup garage is one of the most competitive places I've ever seen. For a driver or crew chief, you have to bring your A-game week in and week out, 36 races over the course of the year. Jeff's point was accurate -- the season never ends. We might not race for a few weeks or a few months but there's so much work that has to be done over those few months that really you never get a chance to step away and I wouldn't give back a single year of my career as a crew chief, I loved every race, every minute of it. But just like Jeff said, I missed my little girl's first communion. "There's a lot of things you have to sacrifice and basically you have to get to a point where you look in a mirror and decide 'Am I as good as I can be? Does my team deserve better? Am I bringing all the effort I can bring?' and I felt like I did that last year but at some point, I felt like I would be the hold up to my race team. Dale Jr. was committed, the guys on the team were committed. They make the same sacrifices and if you can't bring the same intensity as you brought last year or the year before then you really have to look in the mirror and make another decision. "I mean, to be quite frank, who knew what possibilities were out there for me, but the NBC team is great and I'm glad to be on it and it really gives me an opportunity to still cover a sport that I love at what seems to be a cut back schedule compared to being a crew chief but my second family is still in the NASCAR garage and I still get to see them for a big chunk of the year." RELATED: NBC, Offerman 'park and wreck' way into NASCAR Rick Allen, NBC Sports commentator and lead race announcer "I'm actually already trying to write the script for when Jeff Gordon wins the championship at Homestead in his final race in the Sprint Cup Series. There are some incredible storylines coming into the 2015 season that we get to cover. The excitement level, I think, is growing continuously and I can't wait to be a part of that." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule