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Harrison Burton to make NASCAR Cup debut at Talladega

The 20-year-old son of retired NASCAR ace Jeff Burton gained 4 instances in his first full season within the second-tier Xfinity Sequence final 12 months with Joe Gibbs Racing, inserting eighth within the standings, and at the moment lies third within the Xfinity factors.

He’ll turn into the fourth member of the Burton racing household to compete at Cup degree when he joins the Marty Gaunt-owned workforce, which narrowly didn’t qualify for the Daytona 500 in February with Ty Dillon.

His father Jeff gained 21 Cup races in a full-time profession that spanned 20 full seasons between 1994 and 2013 with heavy-hitters Roush Racing and Richard Childress Racing, whereas his uncle Ward – whose Cup profession started in the identical 12 months and concluded in 2007 – gained 5 races together with the 2002 Daytona 500.

Ward’s son Jeb is an Xfinity common and has made 33 begins in Cup since 2015, most lately at Richmond in 2019, however has by no means completed increased than 27th.

“From the second I began racing, the Cup Sequence was all the time the objective,” mentioned Burton. “In all the things I’ve accomplished, I’ve been working towards this second.

“I noticed how laborious my dad labored to get to Cup and the way laborious he labored to compete and win races.

“He instilled that very same work ethic in me and I’m simply actually proud and honoured to have the possibility to do what he did and compete with the perfect of the perfect.”

Harrison Burton, Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry

Harrison Burton, Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry

Picture by: Gaunt Brothers Racing

In its first full Cup season final 12 months with Daniel Suarez, the #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota completed 31st in factors with solely three top-20 finishes.

However in previous years as a round-by-round entry, GBR has been efficient on superspeedways with Parker Kligerman inserting 15th within the 2019 Daytona 500 and later within the 12 months at Talladega.

Welcoming Burton to the workforce, Gaunt mentioned: “As a Toyota workforce, we’ve seen first-hand how nicely Harrison has developed. He’s been racing and profitable in Toyotas for years, and but he’s nonetheless solely 20 years outdated.

“He has a really vivid future forward of him and we intention to make his Cup Sequence debut a profitable one.”

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