By David Morgan, Associate Editor
With Christopher Bell moving to the Cup Series in 2020, Joe Gibbs Racing had a vacancy in their No. 20 entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. On Thursday, the team filled that vacancy by announcing Harrison Burton will take over the ride on a full-time basis next season and contend for Rookie of the Year honors.
Burton made his Xfinity Series debut with JGR in April 2019 at Bristol and has driven in five additional races for the team this season, scoring one top-five and three top-10 finishes along the way. As the 19-year old moves up the ranks next year, he will be bringing sponsor Dex Imaging along for the ride.
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“Next year is going to be a really cool opportunity for me because I grew up watching my dad race in the Xfinity Series, said Burton. “Making my first start at Bristol this year was really surreal. I remember being a little kid and watching him race there and now, I will have the opportunity to compete for the Xfinity Series championship next year.
“On top of that I’ve got Dex Imaging continuing their support of me for a majority of races next season. That’s really cool because I’ve had them as a sponsor since I was 13 and to bring them from pro late models all the way to the Xfinity Series is pretty wild.
“I want to finish this season strong, but I’m excited to get 2020 started. My time with JGR this season will really help me because I’ve already gotten to know so many people there and it’s such a great team and organization. They have a long history of helping to develop drivers and this is big next step in my career.”
Currently, Burton is running full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports, where he has scored seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. With three races remaining in the 2019 season, Burton finds himself eighth in points with Martinsville, Phoenix, and Homestead still on the calendar.
Burton will drive in two additional Xfinity Series races this season, piloting the No. 18 entry for JGR at Kansas this weekend and again at Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks’ time.