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02/10 2019

HARRISON BURTON WINS ARCA MENARDS SERIES LUCAS OIL 200 AT DAYTONA

Harrison Burton

Burton led three times for 48 laps.PHOTO BY ARCA

Holds off Todd Gilliland in a one-lap overtime finish

BY:  CHARLIE KRALL – ARCA Racing Series

Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota) drove to victory in Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway. It was Burton’s first start of any type at Daytona.

“It means so much to come here and win at a track my dad won at before me,” Burton said. “I can’t thank my guys at Venturini Motorsports enough, they busted their butts on this car for the last month to get it so we can come here and compete to win.

“We had some debris on the grille over the last run and I think it actually helped. The temperatures went up but they weren’t too high. I got the jump on the restart and I knew Todd was on a run. We were up high next to the wall and I looked up and saw no one had a run. I knew that any time something bad could happen, and I was just waiting for it. It never did and then when I crossed the line I started screaming my head off.”

Burton held off Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Toyota) on a one-lap overtime dash to the checkered.

“I could go wherever I wanted with this car,” Gilliland said. “No matter what line I was in, we could go to the front and help the whole line. It was a shame I couldn’t get up there and beat my Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate for the win, but we learned a lot for next week.

Gilliland planned on riding at the back in the early stages of the race then charging to the front at the end. He was able to team up with Brandon McReynolds (No. 28 US Work Boats Toyota) but McReyolds was involved in a crash that sent the race into overtime. From there, it was a one lap dash to the finish, and Gilliland tried to outduel Burton, but couldn’t make it stick on the final lap around.

“There’s still a lot to be learned,” Gilliland said. “I think I learned a lot for next week. It would have been great to get up there and race Harrison tonight but I think what I learned will be a huge help when we get back here in the Truck next week.”

Grant Quinlan (No. 30 Jones Demolition & Abatement Ford) finished third. Quinlan’s team owner, Terry Jones, finished second here in 2017, and Quinlan, a former ARCA/CRA Super Series late model champion also capitalized in a rare superspeedway start.

“I don’t do a lot of superspeedway racing,” he said. “It’s a lot different than what I am used to. We hooked up with Todd (Gilliland) and went to the front late in the race. We had some debris on the grille and had to make a second pit stop but thankfully he was back there too and we could work our way up to the front together.”

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), the General Tire Pole Award winner, lined up second on the final restart and ended up fourth.

“I thought we had a little bit better car than Harrison did but that’s speedway racing,” Eckes said. “We just weren’t in the right line on the restart. As far as the points are concerned it was a good day. It would have been good to win here but we’re happy to get a good start on the championship.”

There were five cautions for incidents which consumed 30 laps, the final one of which sent the race into overtime. The first accident of the night involved defending race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) and last year’s runner-up finisher Willie Mullins (No. 3 County Waste Systems Ford) tangled on the back stretch, cutting their day short.

Other incidents involved Eric Caudell (No. 2 Caudell Consulting & Marketing Ford), Thad Moffitt (No. 46 Performance Plus Oil Chevrolet), Paul Williamson (No. 36 Vizion Motorsports Toyota), J.J. Pack (No. 61 IceBoxx Customs Toyota), Brandon McReynolds, and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet). There were no injuries in any of the incidents.

Burton led three times for 48 laps. Other leaders included Eckes, who led 9 laps from pole, Gus Dean (No. 32 CAB Installers Chevrolet), who led 29 laps. There were five lead changes among three drivers.

The next race for the ARCA Menards Series is the ARCA Pensacola 200 at Five Flags Speedway, scheduled for Saturday, March 9. The race will be live on MAVTV at 8 pm ET; ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates free for registered users.

FIN

STR

NO

DRIVER/HOMETOWN

TEAM & CAR

LAPS 

STATUS  

1

5

20

Harrison Burton/Huntersville NC

DEX Imaging Toyota

86

Running

2

18

4

Todd Gilliland/Mooresville NC

Frontline Enterprises Toyota

86

Running

3

25

30

Grant Quinlan/Maidstone Ontario

Jones Demolition and Abatement Ford

86

Running

4

1

15

Christian Eckes/Middletown NY

JBL Audio Toyota

86

Running

5

22

43

Sean Corr/Goshen NY

Nesco Chevrolet

86

Running

6

7

54

Natalie Decker/Eagle River WI

N29 Technologies Toyota

86

Running

7

15

7

Codie Rohrbaugh/Petersburg WV

Grant County Mulch Chevrolet

86

Running

8

8

27

Travis Braden/Wheeling WV

MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford

86

Running

9

9

02

Andy Seuss/Hampstead NH

Robert B. Our Company Chevrolet

86

Running

10

17

18

Riley Herbst/Las Vegas NV

Monster-Terrible Herbst-Orca-Advance Toyota

86

Running

11

10

22

Connor Hall/Hampton VA

Marlow Yachts Ford

86

Running

12

12

52

Tyler Dippel/Wallkill NY

Ken Schrader Racing Ford

86

Running

13

24

5

Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA

Lucas Oil Chevrolet

86

Running

14

33

1

Chuck Heirs/Jacksonville FL

Ashley Homes-Gleckler Lumber Toyota

86

Running

15

3

55

Leilani Munter/Rochester MN

What the Health Toyota

86

Running

16

31

11

Jason White/Sunpeaks BC

Powder Ventures Excavating Chevrolet

86

Running

17

26

29

Derrick Lancaster/Christiansburg VA

Total Car & Truck Service-GRM Erectors Toyota

86

Running

18

14

23

Bret Holmes/Munford AL

Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet

85

Accident

19

34

48

Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI

Copraya.com Chevrolet

85

Running

20

27

63

Dave Mader III/Irvington AL

Diamond C Ranch-American Apparel Ford

84

Suspension

21

20

77

Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ

Chad Bryant Racing Ford

83

Running

22

35

06

Con Nicolopolous/Columbus MI

GreatRailings.com Chevrolet

83

Running

23

30

10

Tommy Vigh Jr./Parsippany NJ

Extreme Energy Cleaner Ford

82

Running

24

13

09

CJ McLaughlin/Framingham MA

Robert B. Our Company Chevrolet

79

Running

25

11

28

Brandon McReynolds/Mooresville NC

KBR Development Toyota

78

Accident

26

16

32

Gus Dean/Bluffton SC

CAB Installers-Baker Distributing-LGHVAC Chevy

78

Accident

27

2

46

Thad Moffitt/Trinity NC

Performance Plus Oil Chevrolet

70

Accident

28

29

61

J.J. Pack/Haymarket VA

Iceboxx Customs Toyota

50

Accident

29

19

35

Brenden Queen/Chesapeake VA

Vizion Motorsports Toyota

49

Accident

30

23

36

Paul Williamson/Kenansville NC

Vizion Motorsports Toyota

48

Running

31

6

25

Michael Self/Salt Lake City UT

Sinclair Oil Toyota

48

Accident

32

28

69

Scott Melton/Rockford MI

Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford

45

Brakes

33

32

2

Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK

Caudell Consulting & Marketing Ford

40

Accident

34

21

44

John Ferrier/Middletown NY

Grumpy’s Performance Chevrolet

35

Clutch

35

4

3

Willie Mullins/Fredericksburg VA

County Waste-Crow Wing Recycling Ford