Date: March 26, 2018
Event: Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (Race 4 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (0.526-mile oval)
Format: Three Segments; 70 laps/70 laps/110 laps
Start/Finish: 13th / 8th (running, completed 250 of 250 laps)
Harrison Burton made his first of nine starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. He started 13th on Saturday and finished eighth on Monday after the track received three inches snow Saturday night. Burton rallied from a spin on lap 86 to finish in the top 10.
Stage One Recap:
- Burton started 13th and said his No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra was a little tight off early in the race.
- He was up to 11th when the race was red flagged for rain and snow after 24 laps, and eventually postponed until Monday morning.
- When the race resumed Monday morning, Burton held his position to finish the first stage in 11th place. His DEX Imaging Tundra was a bit free on entry and snug in the center. He pitted for four tires and a wedge adjustment.
Stage Two Recap:
- Burton was 12th for the restart on lap 83. A few laps after taking the green, he was caught up in a spin in front of him which caused only cosmetic damage to the left rear of the truck.
- The spin put him back in 18th, but Burton battled his way back up to 10th by the time the second stage ended on lap 140. He pitted for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
Stage Three Recap:
- He was 13th to start the final stage and was back into the top 10 within 10 laps.
- Burton came to pit road for the final time under caution on lap 216. He returned to the race in 10th place.
- With a lot of side-by-side racing throughout the field, he was 12th with 20 laps to go, but fought back into the top 10 to finish eighth. It was his second career top-10 finish in the Truck Series.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about your race today?
“It was a crazy race to say the least. I think we did a really good job of overcoming adversity all day. We were spun early, but we stayed calm and composed and did a good job rebounding. I’m really proud of my guys and it was a lot of fun to race out there. I love racing in the Truck Series – it’s so much fun. Hopefully when I come back in the fall we can end up in Victory Lane since we’re not far from it. It’s tough to come in and try to win, so I’m excited to get a rhythm going, run some more races and hopefully get some wins.”
Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Recap:
- John Hunter Nemechek won the race, followed by Kyle Benjamin, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger and KBM’s Noah Gragson rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured 10 cautions for a total of 68 laps. There were 10 lead changes among six drivers. KBM’s Todd Gilliland led once for one lap.
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 5h
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 14th
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 team is currently fifth in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings, 35 points out of first.
Burton will pilot the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra when the Truck Series returns to action in six weeks on May 4 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 5 p.m. ET on FS1.