ARCA: Burton’s Late-Race Charge Results in Third-Place Finish at Iowa

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Harrison Burton circles around Iowa Speedway in his No. 8 DEX Imaging Chevrolet (Jeremy Thompson/The Racing Experts photo).

Harrison Burton circles around Iowa Speedway in his No. 8 DEX Imaging Chevrolet (uncredited photo).

NEWTON, Iowa —

15-year-old Harrison Burton went to school for most of Saturday’s ARCA race at Iowa Speedway.

Burton fell back a few spots before the first caution flew on lap 86 and remained outside the top-five until final pit stops 40 laps later His No. 8 DEX Imaging Chevrolet came alive in the final 24 laps and began mounting a charge on Ranier Racing with MDM teammate Kyle Benjamin in the closing stages of the ABC Supply 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores.

He didn’t race at the .875-mile speedway until Saturday and scored an impressive third-place finish in his series debut.

“It was a lot of fun,” Burton said. “We started off a little bit too loose there in the beginning of the race. We worked our way to get tighter and tighter. As soon as we made that last change on pit road, that thing came alive and we started running them down bigtime. It was a whole lot of fun to race the 55 and try to run down my teammate Kyle Benjamin. This thing was fast at the end of the race, had there been 50 more laps, I think we might be where the winner is tonight.”

The No. 8 of Burton and No. 77 Chase Briscoe race hard early Saturday night (Jeremy Thompson/The Racing Experts photo).

The No. 8 of Burton and No. 77 Chase Briscoe race hard early Saturday night (uncredited photo).

The slicing-and-dicing between he and Dalton Sargeant after the final restart made for some great racing as Burton finally cleared the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota to take the third spot and settled there for a strong run in his first visit to the Iowa track. There were great battles all over the track as Matt Kurzejewski tried to hang on to second but fell back to sixth after being bounced around like a pinball in the final laps. Burton had a close moment with eventual race winner Chase Briscoe early on as the 77 made contact with the No. 8 Chevrolet, but both drivers continued on.”

“I learned a whole lot about pit road, I learned a whole lot about this racetrack and how the top really comes in pretty good there. It was a whole lot of fun, I can’t really put it in any other way. It was a blast to run out there.”

Burton never did live pit stops in a race as the K&N East Series uses half-way breaks for making changes to the car. He runs full-time in East driving for HScott Motorsports and won his first career K&N pole at Bristol in April.

But bad luck has plagued the second-generation driver in 2016 after leading the opening laps of the K&N Bristol race when the engine let go on his No. 12 Toyota and drive the same car Saturday night that Brandon Jones wheeled to victory last month at Michigan.

The K&N East-West combo race returns to Iowa this month as Burton gets an opportunity to run another 150 laps in the event already putting the ARCA race under his belt. Next up for the East Series is a 70-lapper at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Granite State 70, a track where his dad Jeff won four Cup races at. The NASCAR on NBC analyst is also the last driver to lead every lap in a Sprint Cup Series race.

What Iowa holds next for the younger Burton will come soon enough.

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