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Fresh off his K&N Pro Series East Championship with MDM Motorsports, 17-year-old Harrison Burton has taken the motorsport world by storm. Burton is no stranger to motorsports, being the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Jeff Burton. But Harrison is making sure that he is both following in his father’s footsteps and making his own name for himself, competing full-time in the K&N Pro Series East as well as part-time in both the ARCA Racing series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Burton drives the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports for six races.
Q: How old were you when you started racing?
Harrison Burton: I started racing go-karts when I was two, and I moved on to the quarter midget series when I was five. I then graduated to late models when I was eleven, and raced in the super late models a year later.
Q: So how did you manage to race for Kyle Busch Motorsports?
HB: I started racing in the K&N Series, and Kyle Busch reached out to myself as well as other up-and-coming drivers that he thought had potential. Kyle is very selective about who he picks to drive for him—so I’m very
fortunate he chose me.
Q: How much harder is the NASCAR Series than here?
HB: The intensity level is so much more in NASCAR. For example, if I ran wide in a turn and spun, 150,000 people would notice as opposed to the small crowd that we have here. It’s really a serious deal racing on that level, and I’m still learning how to manage and apply my knowledge as well as experience from the Camping World series to small track racing.
Q: What’s the coolest place that you’ve raced at?
HB: Honestly, I would have to say here at New Smyrna Speedway, just because of the close racing that this small track produces. My favorite tracks would also have to include Dover or Phoenix.
Harrison Burton plans to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when he turns eighteen next October. Until then, Burton is limited to just six drives in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports as per NASCAR rules and regulations. The Avion Newspaper wishes Harrison the best as he furthers his motorsports career in both the Camping World Truck Series and the Florida Governor’s Cup here at New Smyrna Speedway.