Date: May 4, 2018
Event: JEGS 200 (Race 5 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (one-mile oval)
Format: Three Segments; 45 laps/45 laps/110 laps
Start/Finish: 17th / 5th (running, completed 210 of 210 laps)
Winner: Johnny Sauter of GMS Racing (Chevrolet)
Harrison Burton made his second NCWTS start at Dover on Friday in the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra. After struggling with the handling during practice Thursday and qualifying Friday, Burton and the team got things turned in the right direction when the race began. The driver and team fought hard all day to finish fifth.
Stage One Recap:
- Burton started 17th and said his No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra was a little free early in the race.
- With an early caution he was up to 11th by lap seven and finished Stage One there when it ended on lap 45. His Tundra was a little tight in traffic by the end of the run, so his KBM team gave him four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment during his pit stop.
Stage Two Recap:
- Burton was 12th for the restart on lap 55. Within 15 laps he was up to eighth and gained one more spot to move into seventh.
- A caution on lap 88 ended Stage Two a few laps early with Burton in seventh.
- When the pits opened on lap 93, he brought the DEX Imaging Tundra in for four tires and no adjustments.
Stage Three Recap:
- He was sixth to start the final 110-lap stage on lap 98 and by lap 105 he was up to fifth.
- The team was planning a scheduled green-flag pit stop, but luckily a caution came on lap157. During the four-tire stop, the No. 51 team was penalized by NASCAR for an uncontrolled tire, which sent Burton to the tail of the lead-lap trucks.
- When the race resumed on lap 163, Burton was in seventh and determined to regain his track position.
- A caution on lap 199 sent the race into overtime. Burton was fifth for the two-lap shootout and was able to hold his own to finish fifth.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about your race today:
“It was fun. We had a lot of adversity to battle and fought hard. That’s what it’s all about as a race team – we struggled really bad yesterday and were really slow and then qualifying today was really, really loose and got a cool moment out of it I guess, but we didn’t qualify very good and had to rebound at a place that’s hard to pass. I’m proud of our boys. We worked hard on this thing all day and yesterday and last night and got it good, and just circumstances didn’t go our way on pit road some and on some restarts. I need to get better. I’m trying to figure out everything and get better.”
JEGS 200 Recap:
- Johnny Sauter won the race, followed by Matt Crafton, Justin Haley, David Gilliland and Burton rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured seven cautions for a total of 46 laps. There were eight lead changes among four drivers. KBM’s Noah Gragson led 60 laps.
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 20th
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 10th
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 team is currently third in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings, 56 points out of first.
Brandon Jones will pilot the No. 51 Tundra when the Truck Series returns to action next Friday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1. Burton’s next race in the No. 51 will be at Iowa Speedway on June 15.