Burton Makes Second-Career Start at Martinsville
Harrison Burton will make his first 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the season Saturday afternoon at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota Tundra in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, made his Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) at Martinsville in October of 2016. After qualifying 17th, Burton 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. He ended the event with a 22nd-place finish, but hopes to take that experience and learn from it at the paperclip-shaped track this weekend.
Burton's six-race NCWTS schedule also includes Dover (Del.) International Speedway June 2, Iowa Speedway in Newton June 23, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio July 19, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Aug. 16 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 28.
The talented rookie'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 NASCAR 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 (Fla.) Speedway. Not only is Burton racing in six NCWTS events in 2017, he is also competing for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
When Burton takes the green flag Saturday afternoon, he will don the colors of his sponsor DEX Imaging. DEX Imaging, based out of Tampa, Fla., is the nation's largest independent provider of office technology with a local touch. Burton is excited to have them on board the No. 51 Toyota Tundra at Martinsville Speedway and he hopes to bring home his first grandfather clock to add to the clock his father won in 1997 when the checkered flag waves.