Date: August 26, 2018
Event: NCWTS 250 (Race 17 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Location: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course)
Format: Three Segments; 20 laps/20 laps/24 laps
Start/Finish: 14th / 13th (running, completed 65 of 65 laps)
Winner: Justin Haley of GMS Racing (Chevrolet)
Harrison Burton made his first road course start Sunday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). His goal going into the race was to minimize mistakes and maximize track position since that is what it takes for a solid finish on a road course. Burton stuck to the plan, but a wild final-lap spin left him with a 13th-place finish.
Stage One Recap:
- Burton started his No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza/FIELDS Tundra 14th after qualifying on rain tires on a damp track Saturday evening.
- He held his own and gained experience with each lap and finished the first 20-lap stage in 11th place.
- Burton pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
Stage Two Recap:
- Since some trucks had short pitted before the stage break, Burton was 14th when the race resumed on lap 25.
- He cracked the top 10 on lap 36, and on the next lap his crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., called him to pit road for fresh tires and fuel to help gain more track position after the stage break.
- Burton was 17th when Stage Two ended on lap 40.
Stage Three Recap:
- Having stayed out, Burton was up to seventh to start the final stage on lap 49.
- A tough restart after another caution dropped him back to 13th, but he never gave up.
- He was 12th with eight laps to go, but a caution on lap 60 set the stage for a two-lap shootout to finish the race.
- Burton remained 12th with one lap to go, but coming through the final turn the leaders spun in front of the field which created a chain-reaction accident. Burton was hit from behind and spun coming to the finish line, but he hit the gas when his Tundra was pointed straight and finished 13th.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza/FIELDS Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about your race today:
“Well, it was a crazy race for sure. I felt like every time that we’d gain track position in our Hunt Brothers Pizza/FIELDS Tundra, we’d get bumped back and lose it again. That’s what Canada is famous for. It’s just a tough race. We all wanted to run better and do better, but I’ve got a lot of work to do and I think I can come back stronger and better next year.”
What happened on that two-lap shootout?
“Well, there was a bunch of craziness going on between the front two and then that stacked everyone up and I think the 98 (Grant Enfinger) hit us square in the bumper and spun us around. It was kind of funny because I spun around once and I saw the straightaway and I was pretty sure I spun around again and I just throttled up and hoped for the best and got around first and finished 13th, which is not bad for spinning on the last corner. We’ll take it and move on, get better, go home and win the next one.”
NCWTS 250 Recap:
- Justin Haley won the race followed by John Hunter Nemechek, Brett Moffitt, Timothy Peters and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured five cautions for a total of 18 laps. There were eight lead changes among six drivers. KBM’s Noah Gragson led 35 laps while Todd Gilliland led 11 laps
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 11th
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 9th
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 team is seventh in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings, 40 points out of first.
Brandon Jones will be behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra when racing action resumes in two weeks on Friday, Sept. 14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 9 p.m. ET on FS1.