Date: Sept. 13, 2019
Event: World of Westgate 200 (Race 19 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Location: Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: Three Stages; 30 laps/30 laps/74 laps
Start/Finish: 9th/9th (Running, completed 134 of 134 laps)
Winner: Austin Hill of Hattori Racing Enterprises (Toyota)
Harrison Burton qualified ninth and finished ninth in Friday night’s World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The top-10 finish was Burton’s 10th across 19 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts this season.
Stage One Recap:
- Burton earned the ninth starting position in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
- The 18-year-old rookie battled a tight-handling Safelite Tundra during the opening stage, but would cross the stripe in the eighth position on lap 30.
Stage Two Recap:
- In an effort to give his young driver track position, veteran crew chief Mike Hillman ordered up a right-side tire and fuel stop with a major trackbar adjustment to try and improve the handling of the No. 18 Toyota.
- Burton was scored in the second position when Stage Two went green on lap 36, but quickly found himself in the middle of a five-wide battle for position and two laps later had subsided to the 11th spot.
- After two trucks running inside the top 10 had engines expire simultaneously, the field was slowed for the third time on lap 41. Burton gave up the eighth position to hit pit road for fresh left-side tires and fuel.
- The Safelite Tundra was scored in the 19th position when the field went back green on lap 45. Over the final 15 laps of the stage, the talented teenager was able to work his way back up to the 11th position.
Final Stage Recap:
- Hillman summoned his driver to pit road for a four-tire and fuel stop between stages. When the Final Stage went green on lap 67, Burton was scored in the 10th position.
- After a quick caution, Burton had a solid restart and when the field was slowed for sixth and final time on lap 82 had advance up to the fifth spot.
- The Safelite Tundra hit pit road for the final time and the over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop. With teams on varying pit strategies, Burton lined up 11th for the lap-86 restart.
- Another strong restart allowed the second-generation driver to move up to the eighth spot on lap 87 and three laps later he had captured the seventh spot.
- As the race proceeded caution free to the finish, Burton reported that something was ill with the handling of his Toyota and he would fall back to the ninth position when the field crossed the stripe to finish the race on lap 134.
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Talk about the run here in Vegas.
“Just a bummer man. It’s just not to the point that you want to be. We finished ninth. It’s not good enough. I want to win races and perform and contend for wins, and we just struggled with the balance. I don’t know why. It was weird. Right when we got it good, we would make an adjustment that I thought would tie it all together and it would completely fall apart. Just got go back to the drawing board I guess, and come back to win.”
World of Westgate 200 Recap:
- Austin Hill picked up his third victory of the 2019 season. Ross Chastain finished 2.116 seconds behind Hill in the runner-up spot. Christian Eckes, Sheldon Creed and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured six cautions for a total of 32 laps. There were 21 lead changes among five drivers.
How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:
- Christian Eckes, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished third
- Todd Gilliland, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished fifth
Gander Trucks Driver Standings:
Burton maintained the 10th position in the Gander Trucks driver point standings.
Burton will be back behind the wheel of the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Tundra when the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series resumes action Oct. 12 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Live coverage of the Sugarland Shine 250 begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1.