Burton Scores First Win
Burton Scores First Win
Drives to Victory in his 12th Career Start
19-year-old Harrison Burton continued his strong start to his rookie season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series scoring his first victory at Auto Club Speedway in California.
On Saturday, the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Supras were dominate. Burton started on the front row beside teammate Brandon Jones, who scored his first pole. It looked early like it might be Jones’ day as he led the first 73 (of 150 laps) and won both of the first two stages. However, Burton drove to the front in the closing stage and was able to get away from his other JGR teammate – Riley Herbst – on the final restart to score his first win.
“So proud of our guys,” said Burton. “ll we’ve heard is we can’t do it, we can’t do it, we’ll never do what last year’s 20 did . We’re off to a good start. It’s awesome, it feels so good to win. There’s times when you go through a little bit of a drought and just doubt yourself. To get a win feels so good, especially after last year when we struggled a little bit. Really proud of our guys. The DEX Imaging Supra was fast and once we moved up to the top at the end, it was going to be really hard for him to pass us. Just trying to be smart and not put it in the wall leading.Harrison Burton
“This Monster Energy Supra was really fast and I’m really, really proud of Harrison (Burton),” said Herbst. “We’ve worked really hard this off-season. We’ve read everything and heard everything – that we’re not ready for this, that we can’t do this in this series. Keep on talking because we’re coming for more wins this year for sure.”Harrison Burton
Burton – who has started his rookie season with three top five finishes – took over the points lead with Toyota’s 499th NASCAR victory.
On Sunday, Kyle Busch nearly hit a milestone for the second straight year as he came one spot from Toyota’s 500th win.
“Just didn’t have the speed overall today for some reason. Then, there at the end felt like the tires were worn out at the last bit of the race,” said Busch “Just frustrating day for us with our Interstate Batteries Camry. Give it up to my guys and everybody at the shop, they’re certainly working hard. I just feel like we’re kind of missing it a little bit – here, here, here and here and those things kind of add up and drag you down a little bit. Overall, great day I guess coming home with second and getting good points out of here.”Kyle Busch
Busch was joined in the top 10 by his JGR teammates Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Erik Jones (10th).
NASCAR racing action finishes their West Coast run with a stop at Phoenix Raceway. The ARCA Menards Series leads off the weekend on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. The Xfinity Series runs on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1 while the Cup Series race will be broadcast on FOX on Sunday, March 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.