Burton to make Xfinity debut with JGR at Bristol

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Burton to make Xfinity debut with JGR at Bristol

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Burton to make Xfinity debut with JGR at Bristol

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Harrison Burton will compete in eight upcoming Xfinity Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Burton, who currently competes full-time in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Kyle Busch, will drive the No. 18 Dex Toyota Supra. He will debut in Xfinity this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Teenager Burton gets a first-class ride for his Xfinity debut at Bristol. Image by LaBounty/LAT

Following Bristol, Burton will run the June 16 event at Iowa Speedway; July 20 in New Hampshire; Sept. 20 in Richmond; Sept. 28 at Charlotte; Oct. 5 at Dover; Oct. 19 in Kansas; and Nov. 2 in Texas.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to make my Xfinity Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing,” Burton said. “Dex has been so supportive of me from the very beginning, and I’m honored that they will be on board with me as I start this new chapter.

“I am so pumped to be going to a team that has had so many accomplishments, with great drivers to look up to as I continue to grow in my racing career. I am really grateful for this opportunity.”

Burton is ninth in Truck Series points after Texas. Image by Jarrett/LAT

Burton, 19, is the son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NBC Sports broadcaster, Jeff Burton. His Xfinity Series opportunity comes after just 20 career starts in the Truck Series with nine top-10 finishes. He is ninth in points heading into another off-weekend for that series.

Burton was also the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion.

“Harrison continues to impress at each level of his racing career,” said Steve DeSouza, executive vice president of Xfinity Series and development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “Ben (Beshore, crew chief) has the No. 18 team off to a strong start this season, and we believe Harrison will continue that momentum for us starting at Bristol.”

Burton finished 18th in his only Truck Series start at Bristol in 2017. In three K&N starts at the track, he has one win and two poles.

The No. 18 team has won three of the last four races with Kyle Busch behind the wheel (photo at top) after finishing 15th and sixth in the season’s first two races with Jeffrey Earnhardt.

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