By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
A month-plus long break is long enough for most NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers. For Harrison Burton, the break is just one of many he’ll have to take until he turns 18-years-old in October. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver will make his second trip to Dover International Speedway.
In his first trip to “The Monster Mile,” Burton started 10thand finished 13th, two laps down. A caution during green-flag pit stops trapped him and many others one or more laps down.
This weekend, Burton will be behind the wheel of the No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota Tundra. For the JEGS 200, he will use chassis KBM-033. It is the same chassis that he drove last year and that Spencer Davis drove at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this season.
“I think the big challenge at Dover is not necessarily single-car stuff, but when you get into packs and groups of cars aero is really tough there,” Burton explained. “It’s hard to pass and hard to get runs on people because of how the trucks are, so definitely the biggest challenge is going to be passing and qualifying good is really important.”
Although the last Truck Series race was at Martinsville in March, Burton has been able to keep himself busy. He competed in the ARCA Racing Series event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, climbing from 25thto finish third to his teammates Zane Smith and Sheldon Creed. Then Burton drove in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing runner-up to his KBM teammate Todd Gilliland.
“Since Martinsville I’ve been pretty busy,” Burton admitted. “I was in the ARCA Racing Series in Nashville which was a lot of fun. We had a rough start to the race but had a good rebound and finished third. Then I ran the K&N race at Bristol and my teammate, Todd (Gilliland) and I, were duking it out at the end and he ended up beating me, but hopefully I can come back and beat him at Dover.”
Now Burton will look to carry the motivation of beating his friend and teammate at Dover on Friday, May 4.