NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event: M&M’s 200, Race 9 of 23, 200 Laps – 60/60/80; 175 Miles
Location: Iowa Speedway in Newton (0.875-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast: June 16, 2018 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Burton has one prior NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Iowa last year when he started 14th and finished 11th. He also finished third in ARCA Racing Series competition in 2016 and has one top-five finish (fourth in 2017) in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at the 0.875-mile oval.
- He continues to run limited schedules in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, ARCA and Super Late Models. He recently won the ARCA race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in his first start there. He has finished in the top-five of both of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts (third at New Smyrna and second at Bristol). The 17-year-old driver has four Super Late Model victories in 2018; winning three features during the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and bringing home the victory in the prestigious Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, Ala
- Morton Buildings will sponsor Burton for two NCWTS races this season. For more than 100 years, Morton Buildings has provided quality to their customers. Today, Morton is the leader in the post-frame construction industry and continues to innovate and improve building components and techniques. Whether you want a basic storage building or commercial facility, Morton offers a wide variety of features to fit your building vision. They also operate over 100 construction centers across the country which means, your local sales office is probably close by. https://www.mortonbuildings.com/
Harrison Burton, Driver Q&A
Do you have more confidence heading into Iowa since you ran the NCWTS race there last year?
“I think anytime you can get experience somewhere and then apply that you are going to be way better than where you were the first time. Everything is going to come together way easier and way smoother and you can get in a rhythm a little easier the second time around.”
How much easier will it be to focus on racing now that school is out for the summer?
“It’s made my life a whole lot easier for sure. I don’t have to worry about doing homework on my way to the race track, or while I’m at the race track. I can focus on racing and prepare more ahead of time. I can watch race film instead of doing homework at night. I can start applying myself more in the gym and in the shop. It’s big relief to not worry about being at school everyday and instead focus on racing full time, which is awesome.”
Is it hard to race in so many different series with different types of vehicles, or is the overall experience a plus?
“I think anytime you can get in a race car is a positive. Every lap you turn you have an opportunity to learn something and gain experience in any vehicle. If it has four wheels, gas and brake pedals then you are going to learn from it. You can race against the best drivers in each series and learn from them, whether it’s Kyle Busch or the track champion at the Super Late Model races. They are all hard to beat and you learn from them and try to get better.”
Harrison Burton Career Highlights
- Earned a top-10 finish (eighth) at Martinsville Speedway in March 2018
- Captured the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship after registering a series-high five wins, two poles, 142 laps led, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and an average finish of 3.3 across the series’ 14 events
- Visited victory lane in the ARCA Racing Series at Pocono Raceway earlier this month and Toledo (Ohio) Speedway in 2017
- In six NCWTS starts in 2017, recorded an average finish of 12.3 and earned a career-best fourth-place finish at Martinsville last October
Harrison Burton’s No. 51 Morton Buildings Tundra:
KBM-035: The No. 51 Morton Buildings team will race KBM-035, for Saturday’s M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway. This Tundra was last raced by Todd Gilliland at Phoenix where he finished seventh last November.
KBM Notes of Interest
- KBM drivers have collected three wins, three poles, 525 laps led, seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.0 across 21 starts at Iowa
- William Byron led a race-high 107 laps en route to the victory at Iowa in 2016. Erik Jones took the checkered flag in 2014 and 2015
- After Texas, the No. 51 team has one win and one pole, both with Kyle Busch, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The team is ranked second in the owner’s championship standings.
- KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (67) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).