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Harrison Burton continues consistent season at Bristol

Photo courtesy Associated Press/Mark Humphrey

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer 

Consistency continued for Harrison Burton on Monday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing finished in the top-10 for the seventh consecutive race in 2020.

Burton kicked off this year’s campaign with a second-place finish in the season opener at Daytona in February and hasn’t let up ever since. When the series visited Auto Club Speedway, Burton captured the victory, his first in the series.

When the NXS marched on to Phoenix, he would finish second, followed by back-to-back finishes of ninth as NASCAR returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Bristol Motor Speedway brought on a rare Monday evening event for the series. Burton had a front row seat starting on the pole for the event that would go for 303 laps around Thunder Valley.

He finished the first two stages in 14th and fourth, respectively. When the checkered flag waved on lap 303, he crossed the finish line in fourth – his seventh top-10 in seven events, that’s a top-10 in every race this season.

“Yeah, it was super fun to come to Bristol. I had a fast car, early, and that was because of all the hard work back at the shop, those guys put in,” expressed Burton.

“That was [kind] of something that we struggled earlier the last few races – firing off with the speed we needed to. We had some ups and downs, had some damage early. We got ourselves in a tough situation on older tires, struggling a little bit, but made some [really] good changes late and got ourselves in contention to win and that’s all you can ask for.”

Additionally, Burton qualified for the Dash 4 Cash in his first attempt. However, with Atlanta on the horizon, he stated the main goal is still to go and win the race.

“That’s a big opportunity. There is a lot of things you could do with that money,” said Burton. “There is a lot of people in need right now, and a lot of situations that I feel like that could be used for which is a really cool opportunity for me. Obviously, you have to treat your guys with some of that as well if you get it. It’s going to be a cool opportunity. There is a lot of good that you can do with that money. Hopefully, we get to do that.”

“The main thing is going and winning. That’s the main goal, and then the other things will follow. That’s our mindset. No different than any other race, other than it’s a bigger payday in the end.”

The NXS heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the EchoPark250 on Saturday June 6 at 4:30 PM ET on FOX.

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