Harrison Burton wins 1st career super late model race
NEW SMYRNA, Fla. (AP) Jeff Burton’s 14-year-old son won his first NASCAR Super Late Model race by taking the lead with 10 laps remaining in Friday night’s feature at New Smyrna Speedway.
Harrison Burton chased Paul Schafer Jr. for several laps before making his move with 13 laps remaining. It took him another three laps to complete the pass.
”It means the world to me,” Burton said of his first victory.
”I’m just so glad to race clean and have fun with it,” Harrison said. ”We’ve been kind of hunting our way in. We’ve been third, second, third and fourth. We’ve been all up in there, it’s about time we got one. Hopefully more are coming our way.”
Jeff Burton, the former Cup driver and current NBC Sports analyst, said his son is a typical teenager until he gets in the race car.
”He drives like 20-year old,” Jeff Burton said. ”He’s a fun kid to be around, he’s committed to this, he’s dedicated. We don’t do this because of me, we do it because he wants to do it. He’s impressed me as a driver and as a young man. It’s fun to see him and all his hard work be rewarded with a win here tonight.”
Friday was the first of six Super Late Model races during the nine nights of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at the .48-mile high-banked oval just south of Daytona International Speedway.
Shafer was second and followed by Spencer Davis, Tyler Dippel and Austin Nason.
Open-wheel dirt standout Rico Abreu finished 23rd, one lap down, in his second asphalt stock car start.