Safelite AutoGlass Driver Registers Third-Career Third-Place Finish
Date: May 3, 2019
Event: JEGS 200 (Race 6 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (One-mile oval)
Format: Three Stages; 45 laps/45 laps/110 laps
Start/Finish: 9th/3rd (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Winner: Kyle Busch of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)
Harrison Burton tied his career-best NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series finish with a third-place result in Friday’s JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway. After qualifying ninth, Burton positioned the Safelite Tundra inside the top three for the majority of the final two stages, taking the lead momentarily with a three-wide pass with just over 80 laps remaining.
The 18-year-old driver was on the bumper of Sheldon Creed for the lead with just under 50 laps remaining when a two-truck accident slowed the field for the fourth time. Teams hit pit road for their final scheduled pit stop and Burton exited pit road the fourth driver with four fresh tires and lined up sixth for the restart with 41 laps remaining.
The Safelite Tundra was scored in the third spot when the final caution of the race occurred with 10 laps remaining. Burton would maintain the third position on a restart with five laps remaining and crossed the stripe there as well, earning his third-career third-place finish.
Stage One Recap:
- Burton started the 200-lap event from the ninth and methodically began to maneuver his way forward. He settled into the seventh spot for the first 23 laps before making his way around his Kyle Busch Motorsports’ (KBM) teammate Raphael Lessard for sixth on lap 29.
- On the final lap of the opening stage, the second-generation driver was able to pick up one more position to come home fifth.
Stage Two Recap:
- Burton communicated to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that his Safelite Tundra was “tight landing” before hitting pit road for four fresh tires and fuel with an air pressure adjustment.
- The Safelite Tundra lined up sixth when Stage Two went green on lap 54. He would remain in the sixth spot for the duration of the segment.
Final Stage Recap:
- Burton communicated that his Toyota was still “Tight landing,” before hitting pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment.
- The No. 18 team restarted sixth when the Final Stage went green on lap 98. He quickly picked up two positions and was scored fourth when the third caution of the race occurred on lap 111. After Johnny Sauter failed to maintain his position under caution trying to save fuel, Burton moved up to the third position.
- The field went back green on lap 117 and Burton flexed his muscle, diving to the inside of the top-two trucks as the field enter Turn 1. The top three raced three-wide for an entire lap with the Safelite Tundra leading lap 118 before settling in the runner-up spot then next lap.
- Burton got back to the bumper of the leader with 50 laps remaining but unable to complete the pass.
- After the field was slowed for the fourth time, the leaders hit pit road for their final scheduled stops. Once again, Burton reported that his Toyota was “still on the tight side,” before getting his final four Goodyear tires and enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.
- Burton advanced from sixth to fourth on the ensuing restart before another caution quickly occurred.
- The Safelite Tundra lined up fourth for the restart with 36 laps remaining and once again gained two more positions before the field came back to the stripe. He fell back to the third spot with 30 laps remaining, where he remained until the sixth caution of the day with nine laps remaining set up a five-lap shootout to the finish.
- Burton restarted third and would remain third over the final five laps. The third-place finish was the third of his career, tying his career-best result that he achieved twice last season.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. Safelite AutoGlass Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
How was the race today?
“It was an up and down day for sure. We had a really good Tundra in the second half of the race and had a chance to win. Made some moves that put us in position to win, but it just never panned out. I got in second behind Ben Rhodes there that last little bit. Just couldn’t get by him. I should have tried the top, but I ran the bottom thinking he would slip up on two tires, but he never did. He stayed committed to the bottom and I got passed on the top. We lost track position there and that put us in the hole for the finish. Always a learning experience. I thought this was a good race for us to rebound from Texas. Come out of here with good stage points and a good finish and move on to Kansas, which is one of my favorite race tracks.”
What was it like going three-wide at Dover?
“It’s fun. I had an up and down kind of day and was trying to make up for some mistakes in the past. I think that if anyone had the run that I did, they would try it and if not, then I don’t think they should be out here. It’s kind of what race car drivers do, we do things that probably aren’t smart, but they’re fun. I enjoy that and enjoy that opportunity to have a truck good enough to get runs like that and put it three-wide.”
Did you get any tips from Kyle Busch on the radio today?
“Kyle (Busch, team owner) was on our radio a lot today and helping me with restarts and stuff. I guess I should listen to him more, the more he talked it seemed the better we got. That’s something that was really helpful today was to have Kyle on our radio helping us and kind of coaching me along. That was definitely a good thing.”
JEGS 200 Recap:
- Johnny Sauter collected the 24thwin of his Gander Trucks career. Brett Moffitt finished 0.603 seconds behind Sauter in the runner-up spot. Burton, Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured six cautions for a total of 35 laps. There were 11 lead changes among six drivers. Burton led once for one lap. For the fourth time in six races this season, Burton was the top finishing rookie contender.
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Raphael Lessard, driver of the No. 46 Raphael Lessard Toyota, finished 11th
- Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 13th
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 15th
Gander Trucks Championship Standings:
Burton moved up two positions to seventh in the Gander Trucks championship standings. After six races he finds himself 48 tallies behind points leader Grant Enfinger.
Burton will be back behind the wheel of the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra when the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series resumes action May 10 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Live coverage of the Digital-Ally 200 begins Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1.