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Transmission trouble plagues Burton in Canada

Transmission problems spoiled a potentially good run for Jeb Burton and his Turner Scott Motorsports team in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont.

A 15-minute stop for his team to change the transmission in his truck dropped Burton far back in the field as he fell 10 laps down to the race leaders, but he rallied back, recording lap times that were among the five fastest on the track, to finish 22nd.

The 22nd-place finish dropped Burton to fourth place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, two points behind Ty Dillon, who now occupies third place.

“My team is awesome,” said Burton.

“We had a top-five truck today, and if we hadn’t had an issue early on, we could’ve put up a fight. As frustrating as it is to have one of the fastest trucks on the track and finish outside of the top-20, we all worked hard, learned a lot and didn’t do half bad for our first time on a road course.

“I’m looking at the big picture here,” he added.

“We had the speed today, and we’ll have it in Iowa.”

During the weekend’s two extended test sessions, Burton and his team stayed patient and learned the road course, placing the truck in 14th and 17th place before the two official practice sessions, where Burton scored 12th-fastest and ninth-fastest among the field.

Remaining consistent, Burton landed in the middle by qualifying 11th on the grid. 

After the green flag dropped, Burton fell back two positions before the first full-course caution came out on lap 7. Sticking with crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.’s plan, Burton remained on the track rather than coming to pit road.

He restarted in seventh position and raced his way into the top five just before reporting a bad vibration in the No. 4 truck. It was not long afterward that Burton radioed to Hillman that he had no third gear in his truck. Making a quick decision, Hillman told Burton to remain on the track while the crew prepared for repairs in the garage. By lap 17, Burton had dropped to 18th position, and was headed to the garage for a new transmission. Within 15 minutes, the crew had replaced the transmission and Burton’s truck was on its way back to the track. Receiving fuel before joining the field on lap 27, Burton began hitting his marks again from the 26th position, 10 laps down to the leaders. 

As the second caution arose on lap 33, Hillman continued to implement his plan, leading Burton to pit road for a splash of fuel. Just before the third caution on lap 46, Burton had gained two positions, placing him in 24th. Under the full-course caution, Burton pitted for four tires, fuel and an adjustment to both rear shocks.

With less than 10 laps remaining in the race, Burton had jumped to 22nd position and was running among the top-five fastest lap times on the road course.

In an eventful ending to the race, Burton managed to avoid multiple wrecks on the final lap and crossed the finish line in 22nd position. 

Hillman quickly communicated to the team, “Good job today boys. We worked under pressure, got the truck back out there in no time and were just as fast as anyone out there. We work together, we learn together.”