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Jeb Burton finishes seventh at ‘The Rock’

 

Jeb Burton’s storybook early-season run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series continued Sunday with a seventh-place finish in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the one-mile Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

Burton’s day started off well, with the 20-year-old Halifax resident winning the pole for the race. It was the second straight race in which Burton had won the pole for a NCWTS race.

In what was a career-best weekend, Burton won the pole for the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway and went on to post a career-best third-place finish.

Last weekend, he backed it up with another pole win and track qualifying record and a seventh-place finish. While Burton indicated he was disappointed with his finish, the seventh-place finish was his third single-digit finish in as many starts this season and made Burton three-for-three with Sunoco Rookie of the Race awards.

Burton also continues to hold down second place in the NCWTS season points standings, trailing leader Johnny Sauter by 16 points in the standings.

“I guess being disappointed in a seventh-place finish is a good thing,” said Burton.

“I definitely thought I had more for them, but seemed to run out of laps to prove that at the end. I can’t say enough about my team and my crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. They worked really hard to make this Chevy as competitive as it was and sitting on the pole for the second week in a row is proof of that.

“I said I wanted a single-digit finish and I accomplished that,” added Burton, “but I’m so determined to get my first win here soon.”

Kyle Larson dominated Sunday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine, but had to hold off a charging Joey Logano in a green-white-checker finish to claim his first victory in the series.

The green-white-checker finish, which extended the event to 205 laps, was set up when Timothy Peters and Ryan Sieg crashed on the track’s frontstretch with three laps remaining. After the yellow flag was displayed on lap 199, Ron Hornaday clipped Darrell Wallace Jr. in response to an earlier incident, turning him into the backstretch’s outside wall. NASCAR is reviewing the incident.          

When the race restarted on lap 204, Larson was leading and Logano was second. Larson produced an excellent restart while Logano lagged and that proved to be the difference as Larson defeated Logano by a mere 0.177 second.

Brendan Gaughan claimed third, while point leader Johnny Sauter took fourth. Fifth went to Chase Elliott. 

Even though Larson›s victory was his first in the truck series, it wasn›t his first venture at the storied track. Larson captured NASCAR›s K&N Pro Series East 2012 championship last November at the historic facility.

Larson averaged 103.318 mph in the race that was slowed by seven caution flags for 33 laps.