Burton Posts Career-Best Finish After Up-and-Down Night
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Morton Buildings Toyota Tundra, posted his career-best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in Friday night's M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Burton ran a strong race and was running in the top-five when an incident spun him on the last lap, resulting in an 11th-place finish. The 200-lap race was only his third 2017 start behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra.
Stage One Recap:
- Earlier in the day, Burton qualified his No. 51 Morton Buildings Toyota Tundra 15th to start Friday's race. When the green flag dropped the rookie driver held his own against veteran drivers in his first NCWTS start at Iowa. Burton slowly passed trucks on the track and battled with fellow Toyota-driver Matt Crafton for the 12th position near the end of the stage, eventually winning the battle. When the caution flag flew to end the stage, Burton was in the 12th position.
Stage Two Recap:
- Burton started Stage Two by making a trip to pit road for four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment, placing him 15th when the stage began. During the stage Burton raced his way back to 12th place until a caution came out on Lap 107. Battling a tight Toyota Tundra, the 16-year-old stopped on pit road for four new tires and adjustments. Burton was running 13th when the second caution flag of the night flew. The stage ended under caution and Burton was scored 10th.
Stage Three Recap:
- Stage Three began after the trucks were stopped on track under red-flag conditions. When the green flag came back out Burton had his best restart of the night and quickly moved to the 8th position. Burton battled for position throughout most of the stage, showing off veteran moves on the track. He made one final trip to pit road under caution on Lap 184 and restarted ninth with only seven laps to-go in the race. On the final lap of the night, Burton was running in the top five when he got caught in an incident that spun him around and resulted in an 11th-place finish.
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