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Jeb Burton wins Charlotte pole; second in points

Jeb Burton scored his third pole position in this season’s five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on Friday, winning the pole for Friday night’s 11th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Halifax resident maintained second place in the series points standings, 22 points behind series points leader Matt Crafton, despite a 13th-place finish that resulted after he was forced to make a late-race pit stop to have his team address a vibration issue.

“This was a tough night for my No. 4 Arrowhead/Kangaroo Express team,” said Burton.

“I really thought we had the truck to beat, and that was very evident after our qualifying effort. We just couldn’t catch a break tonight.

“It was great to have friends, family and a new sponsor, Kangaroo Express, on board, but I wish I could’ve taken them to victory lane,” added Burton.

“My team worked hard. We fought back and managed an okay night in the points, and showed we’re not letting anything stop us.”

Burton won the Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the race with a fast lap of 29.773 seconds and 181.372 mph, a lap that was two tenths of a second faster than the rest of the field.

A caution-filled race led to highs and lows for Burton, who had a tough fight on his hands in the late stages of the race.

Fuel strategy was at play when Burton was called to pit road for a splash of fuel under the first caution of the night. After another quick caution flag, Burton restarted third and was soon put in the middle of three-wide racing and he shuffled himself back to the eighth spot to avoid reckless driving by competitors.

Comfortably maintaining a top-10 position on the track, Burton was making faster times than the leaders. Some bad luck hit the Turner Scott Motorsports team’s pit-road strategy as a green-flag stop on lap 72 came at the same time a caution was displayed.

Burton was called to pit road for four tires and fuel, and the pit stop forced him to restart from the 19th spot.

By lap 87, Burton was back in the top five. A lap-107 restart following a caution flag had Burton fighting door-to-door with NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski for position.

Luck changed for the No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports team on lap 114, when Burton told his crew over the team radio that he felt a strange vibration and needed to come to pit road. 

After the issue was fixed, Burton was shuffled back to 16th as laps began to wind down. Determined to come back from adversity and gain as many points as possible, Burton drove hard for a 13th-place finish.

Kyle Busch rebounded from a pit road penalty to win the 200-mile race, with Brendan Gaughan, Max Gresham, Crafton and Ty Dillon rounded out the top five finishers.