Harrison Burton Joins KBM for Six 2017 NCWTS Starts

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After making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in 2016, 16-year-old Harrison Burton will return to the organization in 2017.

Burton, son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NBC announcer Jeff Burton, will compete in six NCWTS events for the team in 2017, driving the No. 51 Toyota.

Burton’s starts will come at Martinsville Speedway (Apr. 1), Dover International Speedway (June 2), Iowa Speedway (June 23), Eldora Speedway (July 19), Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 16) and Martinsville again (Oct. 28).

After rising through the Super Late Model ranks, Burton, a member of the NASCAR Next program, competed his first full season in a NASCAR-sanctioned series in 2016, scoring a top five and five top 10s en-route to a seventh-place points finish in the K&N Pro Series East. The Huntersville, N.C., native also competed in an ARCA Racing Series event, finishing third at Iowa.

Burton made his NCWTS debut last fall at Martinsville, qualifying 17th and rising into the top 10 before a late spin relegated him to a 22nd-place result.

“Harrison did a really nice job in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville this year and we are excited to be able to bring him back for a six-race schedule in 2017,” KBM owner Kyle Busch said in a release. “I think everyone at KBM was really impressed with how he handled himself on and off the track throughout the weekend at Martinsville and in the end, he was able to bring the truck back in one piece — which isn’t an easy task for a young driver at that track. We look forward to being a part of his continued development next season.”

With the announcement, Burton joins Kyle Busch (five races) and Todd Gilliland (four races) as drivers confirmed to split driving duties for the No. 51 team. KBM confirmed in the release that a “final driver” for the No. 51 team will be announced in the future, indicating that one driver will likely fill the remaining eight races of the 2017 NCWTS schedule.

“I honestly feel like I have hit the jackpot by signing with a championship-caliber team like Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Burton said. “”Having raced in Martinsville last season with KBM, I understand the strength of the team and have complete confidence that they can provide me with great race trucks while making my transition into the Truck series as smooth as possible.”

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