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Get To Know: Harrison Burton – Next-Gen Racer on the Rise
Seventeen-year-old Harrison Burton is no stranger to the NASCAR world. A second-generation driver and the son of former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Jeff Burton, the young Burton has spent much of his life at the race track
“Racing is something I love, and I always have fun when I’m on the track,” Burton told the Bristol Herald Courier. “I realize that I’m doing something that many kids dream about.”
That time spent on and off the track has quickly paid off as Burton has left numerous milestones in his wake, including at the age of 14 becoming the youngest winner in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series.
After competing in his second full-time season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) in 2017, Burton became the fourth Toyota driver to capture a NKNPSE title on the strength of a season-high five victories.
“It was a hard battle and I’m kind of speechless,” said Burton on winning last year’s K&N Pro Series East championship. “I remember being at the banquet in 2016 after a pretty bad season and saying, ‘I want to win this championship,’ and that’s why the decision to come back and run again was for this moment. It’s totally worth it – I can tell you that much.”
With a championship under his belt, Burton continues to hone his racing skills across three series this season. That strategy has paid off for the Toyota driver who has collected a win in the ARCA Racing Series and led his first laps in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series following his first career-series pole award at Iowa Speedway.
Burton races next at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the NCWTS where he will make his 11th career-series start and first on the 10-turn road course.