Harrison Burton: ‘We still need that last step to win’

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Harrison Burton will try to check off his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway.

19-year old Burton has started off his 2020 Rookie campaign strong, capturing two consecutive top-five finishes to kick off the season in his No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota Supra.

Those finishes include a second-place finish in the season opener NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona.

Harrison Burton cruises to second straight top-five

However, Burton stated to the media on Friday that the team has come close to winning but they still need that last step to make it happen.

“We’ve run well and finished pretty well, but I feel like we still need that last step to win. I feel like we’ve come really close to that. Hopefully this weekend we can turn it from good to great. Our team has really high standards for ourselves and our job is to win races. Hopefully we can do that here this weekend and put our Toyota Supra in victory lane.”

Furthermore, he has prepared for Saturday’s event by racing on a Toyota simulator, in addition to spending a lot of time on iRacing at home.

“This is a really unique track. From what I’ve seen, it seems really, really fun. I’m excited,” said Burton. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the Toyota simulator and a lot of time on iRacing at home.Just kind of preparing and trying to get a feel for everything.”

“This place is so big that if you fire off and you miss where you have to drive into or where you have to get back on the gas, whatever it may be, if you miss it by a little bit, it adds up super-fast. It’s like Pocono where a small mistake can add up to a half-second in a heartbeat.  Just being really, really solid when you fire off the truck here is really important for lap time. Tires are important here as well, make everyone feel better when you’re fast off the truck and that’s pretty important.”

With that said, he is looking forward to Saturday’s Production Alliance 300 and the overall challenge Auto Club Speedway will provide.

“This place looks like so much fun, I’m excited,” said Burton. “I watched a lot of Kyle Busch’s in-car camera from last year. He’s sliding around sideways and driving the heck out of this thing. Hopefully it’s like that for me.  It looks like a super-big Iowa; which Iowa is one of my favorite race tracks. Hopefully it’s like that and you get to slide around and things like that.  Makes me pumped up.”

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