Burton Rallies to Finish 12th at the Magic Mile

Sep 21, 2014

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Making his track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Jeb Burton, driver of the No. 13 Estes Toyota Tundra, rallied back from a lap down, in the 19th position, to finish 12th in Saturday afternoon’s UNOH 175.

Starting 15th, Burton complained of a “tight” Toyota Tundra in the early stages of the 175-lap event and fell as far back as 19th, one lap down to the race leader before coming to pit road for a scheduled stop under green at lap 71 for four tires and fuel, including a chassis adjustment to aid in the handling. Burton maintained a position inside the top-20 until the race’s first caution flag was displayed at lap 102 for an accident in Turn 4. Crew chief Jeriod Prince made a race changing call when he opted to keep the Estes driver out on the race track to take the wave around, ultimately getting Burton back on the lead lap for the lap 106 restart.

Burton continued to rally on the race track, working his way up to the 12th position with 50 laps remaining and never looked back. The Halifax, Va. native would cross the stripe after 185.15 miles in the 12th position behind race winner Cole Custer.

• Jeb Burton finished 12th in his track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday
• Through 16 races, Burton has amassed one top-five and five top-10 finishes
• Burton moved up to ninth in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings following the UNOH 175
• Cole Custer won the 17th-annual UNOH 175 at NHMS followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr. (second), Matt Crafton (third), Johnny Sauter (fourth), and John H. Nemechek rounded out the top-five finishers
• Up next for the No. 13 ThorSport Racing team is the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 27

Quote – Jeb Burton:
“We fought a tight Estes Tundra most of the race and went a lap down early. Jeriod (Prince, crew chief) made a good call to get us our lap back and we made some gains from there. It was a long day for us, but the guys never gave up and we ended up 12th.”

Practice: 16th;29.62 seconds/128.57mph
2nd Practice: 17th;29.62 seconds/128.55mph
Final Practice: 13th; 29.18 seconds/130.52mph (Matt Crafton/Jeb Burton)
Qualifying: 15th; 29.39 seconds/129.59mph

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ThorSport Racing, based in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport, which has run in the Truck Series since 1996, in 2014 will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by 2013 drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Johnny Sauter and the No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra driven by Jeb Burton in the Truck Series and the No. 13 Toyota Camry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.