Is third time a charm for Burton?

In Jeb Burton's debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway in March 2012, he finished a respectable 13th. This past April, Burton returned to the .526-mile paper-clip-shaped track as a full-time driver in the second race of the season and almost pulled off the victory.

He improved upon his previous finish at the track by 10 positions, finishing third behind veterans Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton. He led a race-high 154 of 250 laps. This weekend, Burton and the rest of the truck series return to Martinsville for Saturday's Kroger 200 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).

"I can't wait to get back to this track. It's my favorite track on the circuit," Burton said. "We dominated last time we were here and unfortunately just gave it away towards the end.

"We have a really good truck and I think we have a good shot at getting another pole award and, hopefully, another win."

Burton was able to get the most out of his good starting position by running at the front or near the front of the field for most of the race. The Virginia native has become quite adept at starting on the front row in his first full year of competition capturing the pole a series-high six times in the first 18 races, including last weekend at Talladega.

In two career races at the track, Burton has an average start of 4.0 and average finish of 8.0.

He is having a solid season, which includes his first national series win at Texas; however, he's currently in fourth place in the championship standings, 82 points behind leader Crafton. In the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race, he trails Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Although he might not take home the champion's hardware at the end of the season, one thing is apparent -- Burton is a talented driver with a bright future.

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