Harrison Burton victorious at Bristol in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race

Harrison Burton victorious in at Bristol in KN Pro Series East

Harrison Burton slew Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, taking home his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC


APRIL 22, 2017

It may have been a short day at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it was a sweet one for Harrison Burton.

After qualifying for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was cancelled due to rain on Friday, Burton started from the pole for the Zombie Auto 125 and led all but a few of the first 70 laps before the rain began.

Unable to dry the half-mile surface, NASCAR called the event short, handing the victory to 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver. In his 17th career start, the win is his first on any NASCAR K&N tour.

“I feel like every team circles this race on their calender,” Burton said. “We kind of wanted to run the whole race and win it that way. We were confident our car was good enough that we could win it that way. I feel like it would’ve been cool to cross the line in dry conditions. But, I’ll take it. I never wanted it to rain so bad in my life.”

Finishing second, NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity and NASCAR Next veteran Rubén García Jr. showed potential all weekend after leading the way in the lone Friday practice session. The Mexico City native drove back into the runner-up spot before coming up short of a win.

“Really, really happy,” García said. “Probably one of the best [cars I’ve ever had]. Between this car and the one we had last race, certainly two of the best cars I’ve ever had in the K&N East.”

Spencer Davis completed the top three while the Martin-McClure Racing duo of Hunter Baize and Chad Finchum rounded out the top five

With off-and-on precipitation and a hectic NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the start of the race was delayed for nearly two hours. This led to more urgent racing in the opening laps, which saw lead changes and accidents.

“I was pretty agressive to start,” Burton said. “After seeing a few guys blow tires, we wanted to conserve tires. One we heard rain was in the area, we started running a little bit harder.”

For the one and only lead change of the race, Collin Cabre took the top spot before losing it after only two laps. Burton led the rest of the way en route to the win.

It was a troublesome day for Ryan Truex, who started in the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments, taking his No. 11 to the garage after only 10 laps. In what was his first series start since 2010, it ended in the 25th position.

Vinnie Miller spun in turn three after contact from Chad Finchum to bring out the race’s second caution flag before Ronnie Bassett Jr. cut a tire while racing Todd Gilliland for eighth spot.

Collin Cabre came home sixth followed by Julia Landauer, Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith and Eddie MacDonald in the top 10.

1 1 12 Harrison Burton Dex Imaging Toyota
2 8 6 Rubén García Jr. Sunoco Toyota
3 12 96 Spencer Davis Davis, Scott Toyota
4 5 13 Hunter Baize Reynolds Wrap/Lightning Auto Sales Chevrolet
5 11 39 Chad Finchum Emory & Henry College/WEHC 99.7 FM Toyota
6 6 2 Collin Cabre UTI/NTI Toyota
7 20 88 Julia Landauer One Love Fountain Ford
8 21 16 Todd Gilliland NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
9 16 43 Zane Smith * Icon Vehicle Dynamics/Lapaz Margarita Toyota
10 18 71 Eddie MacDonald Grimm Construction Chevrolet
11 2 40 Sheldon Creed * A.M. Ortega/United Rentals Toyota
12 22 17 Chase Purdy * Bama Buggies Toyota
13 7 30 Tyler Dippel TyCar Ford
14 10 42 Jay Beasley Honda Generators Toyota
15 23 9 Brandon Lynn Next Gen/Peak Performance Chevrolet
16 3 41 Vinnie Miller * Toyota
17 15 14 Trey Hutchens Boninfante Friction Inc Chevrolet
18 25 18 Sam Hunt Team HSR Toyota
19 9 4 Chase Cabre * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota
20 17 66 Reid Wilson * TruNorth Warranty Programs Chevrolet
21 13 44 Dillon Bassett Bassett Gutters and More Ford
22 14 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet
23 26 97 Jesse Little NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota
24 24 5 Luis Rodriguez Jr. * Troy Williams Racing/Peak Chevrolet
25 4 11 Ryan Truex Otics USA Chevrolet
26 19 23 J.P. Morgan Chevrolet