By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
The last time that Harrison Burton competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he finished in 13th at Dover International Speedway after an untimely caution trapped him and much of the field one or more laps down. Now Burton will head to Iowa Speedway for the M&M’s 200, his third of six scheduled Truck Series races with Kyle Busch Motorsports for the 2017 season.
16-year-old Burton will pilot the No. 51 Morton Buildings Toyota Tundra. The No. 51 Tundra has visited victory twice this season with team owner Kyle Busch behind the wheel.
Burton has two previous starts at the 0.875-mile track, one in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, and one in the ARCA Racing Series. In the K&N Pro Series, he started 12th and finished in 15th last year. In ARCA, Burton started sixth and finished in third.
Burton has 20 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts with three victories, seven top fives, 11 Top 10s, and two pole positions. He currently leads the Championship Points standings by 28 points over Todd Gilliland.
Burton also picked up his first CARS Super Late Model Tour win in his 10th Tour start, earlier this year at Concord Speedway.
Burton looks forward to applying what he’s learned,
“I’m really looking forward to Iowa this weekend. I’ve learned a lot already this season at Martinsville and Dover, and I hope I can take what I’ve learned and apply it at Iowa. I’ve raced there a few times before, but never in the Truck Series. It is one of the nicest facilities on the circuit and the racing is always fun to be a part of. I know the No. 51 team has been working really hard to unload a fast Morton Buildings Tundra and I’m confident we can get it done Friday night.”
Burton’s crew chief, Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion, is excited to see what Burton will do at Iowa,
“Harrison is a great kid and I enjoy working with him. We tested at Iowa earlier this year and learned a lot at the track that will prepare us for this weekend. Iowa is a fun track with a lot of character that produces great races. I’m excited to have Harrison behind the wheel and see what we can do to bring home a great finish Friday night.”
Burton, with the help of Manion, will now look to learn and improve on his career best finish of 13th.