Harrison Burton Making Truck Debut with KBM in Octoberby Kyle Pokrefky March 17, 2016
Second-generation driver Harrison Burton will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports later this year, the team announced this morning.
Burton, now 15, will race for the team at Martinsville Speedway’s October date, the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 in their No. 18 Toyota Tundra with sponsorship to be provided by DEX Imaging and Konica Minolta.
Burton will be eligible to race in the Camping World Truck Series following his 18th birthday on October 9th.
The Truck start adds to Burton’s already busy schedule of a full run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, a series he currently sits eighth in points in. Burton is also competing in a limited late model schedule this year with his family-owned team.
“I am proud to have Konica Minolta join our DEX Imaging team for my Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Burton said. “It means a lot to have these sponsors onboard for the next step in my racing career and making it possible for me to be able to race for the marquee team in the series.
“It’s a big step, but we have been working really hard to prepare ourselves for everything that’s to come this year and we’re ready.”
Team owner Kyle Busch has taken notice of Burton’s prowess on the short tracks of the nation in the past and states that the 15-year-old is more than deserving of a short in Trucks.
Burton becomes the latest driver under 25 years of age to join the organization as he joins a team that consists of Christopher Bell (21), William Byron (18), Cody Coughlin (20) and Daniel Suarez (24.)
“Harrison is mature beyond his age on the track and it’s impressive the resume he has already put together at the age of 15,” Busch said. “He comes from a racing family and doesn’t have to look very far to find a role model that can show him what it takes to be successful both on and off the track.
“We’ve been fortunate the last few seasons to get KBM to the point where we can provide young drivers an opportunity to grow in the sport and we’re excited to be a part of Harrison’s continued development.”
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