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Harrison Burton to make SBS debut in PASS race

Another member of the Burton family will make his South Boston Speedway racing debut Saturday.

Harrison Burton, the 13-year-old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, will compete at South Boston Speedway for the first time in Saturday night’s 150-lap PASS Super Late Model race.

He has competed in two PASS Super Late Model races this season and has one top-five finish and one top-10 finish to his credit.

“I’m really excited to run there,” said Burton, who, in February won two Pro Late Model races at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway in the New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, including a 100-lap race, and became the youngest-ever Pro Late Model winner in World Series history.

“This will be the first time I’ve been on South Boston Speedway. I can’t wait for that. There is a lot of family history there, and it’s really exciting for me to hopefully add something to the history book.”

Burton’s father, Jeff, has won eight NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway, and his uncle, Ward Burton, has four career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race wins at the .4-mile oval.

With them and Ward Burton’s son, Jeb, who competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and has competed at South Boston Speedway in the Late Model Stock Car Division ranks this season, the young racer will have plenty of resources available to aid in his learning curve on the South Boston Speedway layout.

“I feel like we have a good shot to be competitive at South Boston with all of the mentors I will have,” Burton remarked.

“I can always rely on my crew to give me a good car. I can’t wait to get there. I hope we can get a win, a top-five or a good finish.”

Saturday night’s racing action at South Boston Speedway will start at 7 p.m., with four races on tap, highlighted by the 150-lap PASS Super Late Model event. Twin 25-lap races for South Boston Speedway’s Limited Sportsman Division and races for the Pure Stock Division and Legends Cars are also on Saturday night’s card.

The PASS (Pro All Stars Series) Super Late Model Series is one of the most competitive touring Super Late Model racing series in the country. Through the first five events of the season, there is a real dogfight underway for the PASS South title.

Tyler Church of Hickory, N.C. leads Cole Timm of Mooresville, North Carolina by 32 points heading into Saturday night’s action at South Boston Speedway. Jared Irvan of Midland, North Carolina, son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver Ernie Irvan, sits in third place, 38 points behind Timm. Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, New York sits in fourth place, just two points behind Irvan. Trevor Noles of Charlotte, North Carolina rounds out the top five in the points standings.

Among other drivers expected to be on hand for Saturday’s PASS Super Late Model race are Tate Fogleman of Durham, North Carolina, the young son of veteran racer Jay Fogleman, who was one of the top contenders in the Late Model Stock Car Division ranks at South Boston Speedway and Orange County Speedway at Rougemont, N.C. years ago, Brandon Setzer, son of well-known former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series driver Dennis Setzer and Tanner Rumberg of Beaverdam, who has competed at South Boston Speedway in the Modified Division ranks as well as the PASS Super Late Model ranks.

Saturday’s activities start with practice from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open and ticket sales will start at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying time trials will start at 4:45 p.m.

A Fan Appreciation event will be held trackside from 6 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., with the first race starting at 7 p.m. 

Advance tickets are on sale at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. Friday.