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Harrison Burton Overcomes Penalty To Win At Concord Speedway

Harrison Burton Overcomes Penalty To Win At Concord Speedway

by March 12, 2017 0 comments

CONCORD, N.C. – Harrison Burton captured his first-career CARS Tour Super Late Model win on Saturday at Concord Speedway in the Circle Track Warehouse 200 after recovering from a pit road penalty.

After starting fourth on Saturday and entering the pits too early during the series’ first-ever live pit stop, Burton led the final 30 laps en route to the victory. Although a mistake was made early in the race, the 16-year old was thrilled to finally be in Victory Lane after winning a CARS Tour race. In the final laps, Burton held off defending Myrtle Beach 400 and Snowball Derby winner, Christian Eckes.

“Man, I’m just excited to be in Victory Lane,” Burton said. “It took us a while to get one in the CARS Tour, but man oh man, it’s good now that we got here.”

On Saturday, Steve Wallace became the first CARS Tour Super Late Model pole-sitter under the new knockout qualifying format. Once the green flag flew to start the race, Matt Craig, who started second, jumped out in front of the field and set sail.

The first caution of the afternoon came out on lap 32, when Tate Fogleman spun down the backstretch.

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas/TheFourthTurn.com | Tate Fogleman brings out the first caution of the afternoon at Concord.

For the first time in series history, the CARS Tour saw live pit stops during the caution. Burton, son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Jeff Burton, entered the pits when it was closed. As a result, Burton was penalized, and he had to restart from the rear of the field.

“I made a mistake coming down pit road, obviously” Burton said. “I felt like my heart sunk to the bottom of my stomach there. Honestly, I almost thought that our race chances were over, but you have to stay calm, cool and composed in that scenario, and we ended up having two great pit stops in a row and picking up a lot of spots on those.”

On the restart, the field didn’t even make one lap before the second caution came out. This time, it was Lucas Jones spinning in Turns 3 and 4. Jones was able to recover for an impressive sixth-place finish.

The third caution of the afternoon came on out lap 35 for an accident involving Spencer Bayston in Turn 1. Once again, Craig led the way following the restart.

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas/TheFourthTurn.com | Spencer Bayston wrecks in Turn 1 at Concord Speedway.

Craig was the only driver to lead a lap during the first half of the race, but Burton made a huge run to the front following the pit road penalty. By lap 65, Burton had passed Wallace for second, and five laps later, he passed Craig for the race lead.

“I was going pretty hard the whole race, really,” Burton said. “I wish I was saving them (tires), but you know I feel like we had a car that was good enough if I hadn’t made that mistake, we would’ve – If I wouldn’t have made that mistake, we would’ve been able to save a lot longer, but since I came back from the rear, I had to go pretty had from the beginning.”

Just 30 laps from the finish, the fourth and final caution flew, when Dan Speeney and Austin Thaxton spun through the dogleg on the backstretch. Burton took off on the restart and never looked back.

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas/TheFourthTurn.com | Harrison Burton celebrates in Victory Lane at Concord Speedway

 

Finishing behind Burton and Eckes, was Cole Rouse in third. Matt Craig and Cole Timm rounded out the top-five. Completing the top-10 was Lucas Jones, Brandon Setzer, Zane Smith, Gus Dean and Tyler Ankrum.

Up next for the CARS Tour Super Late Models is the River City QDMA Duels at Dominion Raceway on Saturday, March 25. Live broadcast of the event will be on carstour.tv.

Results:

1.) #12 Harrison Burton

2.) #15 Christian Eckes

3.) #51r Cole Rouse

4.) #54 Matt Craig

5.) #57 Cole Timm

6.) #16 Lucas Jones

7.) #6 Brandon Setzer

8.) #77s Zane Smith

9.) #56 Gus Dean

10.) #58 Tyler Ankrum

11.) #57t Austin Theriault

12.) #34 Nolan Pope

13.) #37 Dan Speeney

14.) #15t Austin Thaxton

15.) #66 Steve Wallace

16.) #29 Spencer Davis

17.) #55 Spencer Bayston

18.) #8 Tate Fogleman

19.) #53 Jerry White

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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