Harrison Burton cruises to second straight top-five

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Harrison Burton cruised to his second straight top-five in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Burton’s No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing consistently ran inside the Top-10 throughout the first two stages of the 200-lap event, finishing seventh and fifth, respectively.

Not having run 1.5-mile tracks much in his career thus far, Las Vegas Motor Speedway proved to be a learning curve for the 19-year old, but Burton said he and the team continue to build momentum.

 “Mile-and-a-halves are not necessarily my strong suit just for the fact I haven’t run them as much as I have short tracks growing up and all that. I’m just trying to learn it and get better at it,” said Burton. I felt like my team executed well today, better than we did yesterday.

We worked better as a team today. That was good to learn from what we did on Saturday, get a chance to look back at it and now have a better result because of it. Felt pretty good about it. Not what we wanted, obviously we came here to win and didn’t quite make that happen. I think we’re building momentum and hopefully we’ll be a force to reckon with soon.”

In last week’s season opener NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Burton captured his career best finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, a second-place result.

Burton didn’t run the full schedule last season, competing only part-time, however he’s already on the right path statistics and improvement wise in 2020.

He has two top-five finishes in the first two races of the season already, while in 2019 Burton had one top-five and five top-10 finishes in nine series starts.

Currently, the NXS Rookie-of-the-Year contender leads the rookie points standings by 39 points heading into next weekend’s Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

Burton stated post-race at Las Vegas, that the team has started out good but you can never be satisfied in this sport.

“We started good. To get out of Daytona in one piece and with a good points day and then to come here and get stage points in every stage and finish with a top-five is good. Good, not great,” said Burton.

“I think I expect to win, and I expect my team expects me to win, so I’m still working, and you can never be satisfied in this sport. It will come back to bite you and the winner is going to have to work hard to win again next week. You have to be the best every weekend in this sport to be good and we’re working towards that.”

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