16-year old Harrison Burton is back behind the wheel of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry this weekend, as the second generation driver will pilot the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN). The rookie has had a solid season so far in his first four Truck races, as he made his season debut at Martinsville, where he started the race from the seventh position. He’s suffer from a late-race spin that put him near the rear of the field, but he worked his way back to a solid 13th-place finish.
His second race of the season came at Dover, where Burton started the race 10th and raced his way to another 13th-place finish. At Iowa Speedway, he rolled off 14th and was en route to a top-five finish until an incident on the last lap resulted in a career-best 11th-place finish. In Burton’s latest event for KBM, he made his dirt-racing debut at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and started 23rd but brought home a hard-fought 15th.
Wednesday night though, Burton is hoping for a top five, even a victory.
“First, I’m really excited to go to Bristol,” Burton said ahead of this weeks race. “It’s one of my favorite tracks to race at and I feel like it’s also one of my best tracks. Getting my first K&N win there was so exciting and I learned so much about the track in that race. I’m hoping I can take my skills and get my No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra dialed in and compete for my first NCWTS win there as well.”
Burton is a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, competing for a championship in the series. Earlier this season, Burton captured the checkered flag at Bristol in his first of his four wins so far in the 2017 K&N Pro Series East season. He started the race from the pole position and dominated the event, leading 68 of the rain-shortened 70-lap race. Burton hopes he can take that experience and bring it with him to the race Wednesday night while he searches for his first win in the Trucks. Bristol is also the track that Burton captured his first K&N Pro Series East pole in 2016.