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Burton scores top-10 finish at Kentucky

Jeb Burton of Halifax continued his recent string of solid performances on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit this weekend with a ninth-place finish in Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.

Burton’s ninth-place finish allowed him to remain in second place in the series points standings, 22 points out of the lead.

“It wasn’t the finish we wanted, but the team worked so hard and did a great job,” said Burton. 

“A top-10 finish is never a bad thing. It’s just tough not being able to get these guys a back-to-back win.”

 With a big smile and a pat on the back, crew chief Hillman Jr. told Burton, “This is how you win a Championship!” 

Turner Scott Motorsports team owners Steve Turner and Harry Scott also greeted Burton as he pulled onto the grid following the race.

«It means a lot to have everyone›s support,” said Burton.

“It only makes me more determined to win.”

After ranking in the top-three in both practice sessions and qualifying in 11th position, Burton set out on a solid outing on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway on which he was racing for the first time.

With fast speeds from both practice and qualifying, Burton and the No. 4 Arrowhead team had few adjustments prior to the race. Once the green flag dropped, however, Burton quickly realized passing was going to be very difficult at this particular track.

 Only 27 laps into the start of the UNOH 225, the first caution came out, giving the No. 4 team an opportunity to pit for tires, fuel and make a track-bar adjustment. 

Burton maintained speed from the 10th position before the second yellow flag dropped on lap 40.

«The off-side feels pretty loose, but it seems to be giving to me a little,» Burton reported to his crew chief, Mike Hillman Jr., who conveyed to Burton that the issue would resolve itself and the team would not pit under caution. 

At lap 50, Burton was quick to report that the truck was getting better every lap. The third caution of the night occurred on lap 79 and Burton brought his No. 4 Chevy to pit road to receive four tires, fuel and make a slight air-pressure adjustment. 

Maintaining speed, the fourth caution allowed Burton to climb to sixth position on lap 89, but it was short-lived as yet another yellow flag dropped only 18 laps later. 

After receiving two right-side tires, Burton continued to race in the top 10 for the remainder of the race and finished ninth. 

The NCWTS has a one-week break before returning to action at Iowa Speedway on July 13. The American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen will air live on SPEED at 8:30 p.m. EDT.