Burton finishes 13th in Homestead finale

Jeb Burton, driver of the No. 13 Estes Express Toyota Tundra qualified a track-best ninth for Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS), but contact with another competitor early in the 134-lap event relegated Burton to a 13th-place finish in his second start at the 1.5-mile track.

Starting from the inside of row five in the ninth position, Burton made contact with the No. 05 machine in Turn 2 to bring out the races first caution at lap 6. Crew chief Jeriod Prince brought the No. 13 Toyota Tundra to pit road twice to fix damage to the right side splitter and nose of the Estes Express machine and change tires. When racing resumed on lap 9, Burton was scored 33rd.

 

The ThorSport driver worked his way up to the 17th position before the races second caution flag was displayed on lap 25 for a spin in Turn 2. Prince would bring the Estes machine back to pit road for four tires and fuel, including adjustments, to aid in a "free on entry and tight center to exit" feel. When racing resumed on lap 28, Burton was scored 16th.

 

The Halifax, Va. native would work his way up to the seventh position by the races half-way point, but fade back to a top-12 position in the closing laps, fighting a "tight center and off" feel, causing him to lose time on entry into the corner. After 134 laps, Burton would cross the stripe in the 13th position, his 14th top-15 finish in 22 starts this season.

 

Thorsport PR

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