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Harrison Burton to make Truck Series debut Saturday at Martinsville


Harrison Burton, son of former Sprint Cup driver and current NBC NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton, will make his Camping World Truck Series debut in Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

Burton, who turned 16 on Oct. 9, making him eligible to race in the Truck Series, will drive the No. 18 DEX Imaging Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Wes Ward will serve as Burton’s crew chief.

“I’m really excited about making my first Truck Series start at Martinsville,” Harrison Burton said in a media release. “This is a huge opportunity with a great team like Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“I’ve raced in a lot of big races during my young career and I will look to that experience to help me make this transition.”

The second-generation racer will be making a jump up from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series this season. The younger Burton made 14 starts, finishing seventh in the standings with one top-five (fourth place at Columbus, Ohio), five top-10s and one pole.

Burton also has earned wins in three Super Late Model events and finished third in an ARCA race at Iowa Speedway in July.

At the age of 14, Burton became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Whelen Super Late Model event. In October 2015, just after turning 15, he became the youngest competitor in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.

Burton has high hopes for his Truck Series debut.

“(If) I can be in good position with 20 to go, then anything can happen,” Burton said. “My focus is learning the truck, the track and the guys I am racing with and then applying that as the race comes to the finish.”

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