Rookie Harrison Burton took home an 18th-place finish in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra. This was only Burton’s fifth race of the 2017 season for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Date: August 16, 2017
Event: UNOH 200 (Race 14 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile oval)
Format: Three Stages; 55 laps/55 laps/90 laps
Start/Finish: 13th/18th (Running, completed 199 of 200 laps)
Winner: Kyle Busch of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)
Stage One Recap:
- After a rain-delayed start to the race, Burton took the green flag from the 13th position. While battling a slightly tight No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra, Burton used Stage One to familiarize himself with the race track and the handling of his truck. When the caution flew to end the stage, he was scored 15th.
Stage Two Recap:
- After a four-tire stop and a wedge adjustment on pit road, Burton started Stage Two from the 17th position, starting behind trucks that did not pit during the stage break. Burton was consistent for the rest of the stage, finding his groove on the racing surface. He ended the stage 15th.
Stage Three Recap:
- Burton started Stage Three by making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires. When he took the green flag his was in the 18th position. Burton maintained his position and was 16th when the final caution flag flew with only six laps left. After a green-white-checker finish, Burton crossed the finish like 18th.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
How was your first Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway?
“I’m pretty disappointed actually, I came here with high expectations for myself and I felt that I didn’t meet those expectations. I’ve got to go back and work on myself, I just can’t do what Kyle (Busch – team owner) can do right now. We’ll get there one day, but we’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m not afraid to work. We’ll get better and by Martinsville (Speedway) we’ll be ready to go and hopefully capture my first win. That’s tough when you feel like you’re doing everything you can and someone drives past you. Got to get back to work, got to get better, got to get faster and it will all come with time, but I want to make that that as quick as possible.”
UNOH 200 Recap:
- Kyle Busch won the race, followed by Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top-five finishers
- The race featured five cautions for a total of 31 laps. There were six lead changes among four drivers.
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 15th
- Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished seventh
- Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 46 Toyota, finished first
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 Toyota Racing team is now sixth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.
Todd Gilliland will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Sunday, September 3rd, at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Live coverage of the race begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.