Date: March 29, 2019
Event: Vankor 350 (Race 5 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile quad-oval)
Format: Three Stages; 35 laps/35 laps/77 laps
Start/Finish: 10th/31st (Running, completed 12 of 147 laps)
Winner: Kyle Busch of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)
Harrison Burton showed that he had a fast Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra in the opening laps of Friday night’s Vankor 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth when catapulted from his 10th starting position to the sixth spot in just two laps. After his Kyle Busch Motorsports’ (KBM) teammate Todd Gilliland got squeezed into the wall by the No. 45 truck to bring out the first caution of the race on lap five, Burton became the second victim of the No. 45 trucks early aggression when he got the air taken off his spoiler on lap 12 and went caroming into the outside wall.
The over-the-wall crew made a feverish attempt to repair the major damage to Burton’s Toyota before the crash damage clock expired, but as he was exiting his pit stall to return to the track lost power and came to a stop on pit road ending his night prematurely.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 18 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
What happened to take you out of the race early tonight?
“I’m not entirely sure. I haven’t seen any replays or anything, but it felt like the 45 just got really close and took the air off our spoiler, and that’s hard to avoid here. Everyone is racing so hard for position, and you have to get aggressive here, especially on these restarts, because on the green flag when you get a little bit more strung out, it’s so hard to pass. Man, I hate that so bad. We had a good Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra and we made a good charge on the first restart and went from 10th to sixth – I think – so I was pretty excited about that. I was looking forward to the rest of the race, but I didn’t quite get to run it. Hopefully we come back on the next one and win, but right now I kind of want to scream.”
The Vankor 350 Recap:
- KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch collected the 55th win of his Gander Trucks career and victory No. 202 across NASCAR’s top three divisions. Stewart Friesen finished 1.269 seconds behind Busch in the runner-up spot. Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured nine cautions for a total of 47 laps. There were 16 lead changes among six drivers.
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished first
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 14th
Gander Trucks Championship Standings:
Burton fell four positions to ninth in the Gander Trucks championship standings. After five races he finds himself 52 tallies behind points leader Stewart Friesen.
Burton will be back behind the wheel of the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra when the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series resumes action May 3 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Live coverage of the JEGS 200 begins Friday at 5 p.m. ET on FS1.