Date: November 2, 2018
Event: JAG Metals 350 (Race 21 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Format: Three Segments; 35 laps/35 laps/74 laps
Start/Finish: 8th / 6th (running, completed 147 of 147 laps)
Winner: Justin Haley of GMS Racing (Chevrolet)
Harrison Burton came to Texas Motor Speedway to make his first mile-and-a-half track start Friday in his No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra. Burton had said before the race he came to race with the big boys at the big track, and that’s just what he did. Learning with every lap, Burton finished the race in sixth place.
Stage One Recap:
- Burton started eighth and said his Tundra was free early in the race.
- He was still eighth when he pitted under caution on lap 22 for four tires to gain track position when the first stage was scheduled to end on lap 35.
- A caution on lap 32 ended the stage early with Burton in 16th place.
Stage Two Recap:
- After staying out Burton started the second 35-lap stage in third.
- A multi-truck accident brought out the caution a lap later. When the race resumed on lap 50, Burton moved up to second.
- On lap 58 Justin Haley was able to get by him, which opened the door for a few other trucks to follow, leaving Burton in seventh.
- A caution on lap 62 brought Burton to pit road for four tires before the stage ended.
- He was 13th for the restart on lap 64, but when the stage ended he was able to stay out and move up to second.
Stage Three Recap:
- Burton was second to start the final stage behind his KBM teammate Todd Gilliland.
- With 50 to go he was holding his own in third place.
- During a green-flag pit cycle, he pitted for fuel only on lap 117 and was good to go until the end of the race.
- The field was strung out and without another caution, Burton finished the race sixth for his first ever start on an intermediate-sized track.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about your first start at an intermediate track tonight:
“It was fun to get out there on the mile-and-a-half with the guys. It looked like it was going to be a good night for our teammate, Todd Gilliland, but unfortunately he ran out of gas and couldn’t get the win. I’m proud of our team. We had a good effort and had a really good DEX Imaging Tundra. I dialed us a little bit out and got us a little too tight. I think if I would have done a little better job we could have had a shot at it, but I learned and we’ll get better and faster. We’ll see how we do at Phoenix next week and go from there.”
JAG Metals 350 Recap:
- Justin Haley won the race followed by Ben Rhodes, Brett Moffitt, KBM’s Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured seven cautions for a total of 36 laps. There were 12 lead changes among eight drivers. KBM’s Todd Gilliland led 60 laps and Noah Gragson led two.
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 4th
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 10th
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
The No. 51 team is seventh in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings.
Burton returns behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra next week on Friday, Nov. 9 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Live coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1.