DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Harrison Burton, the 18-year-old son of retired NASCAR great Jeff Burton, won the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, in the opening event of this year’s DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.
Burton, driving the No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota for car owner Billy Venturini, decisively pulled away from runner-up Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Toyota) on the 86th and final lap. A multi-car incident on Lap 79 forced the race into an overtime situation beyond the scheduled distance of 80 laps. The race was restarted on Lap 86, giving the field one chance and one last lap to finish the event.
Burton won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2017; this year he will drive full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports. His victory Saturday – his first career race at DIS – led him to a place his father visited when he won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the famed race track back in July 2000: Gatorade Victory Lane.
“To win at Daytona is so special … it was really cool and a really humbling experience to win here, for sure,” Burton said. “Everything’s kind of a blur. The one thing that really sticks out to me is coming out of [Turn] 4 and looking up and seeing that no one has a huge run coming, and thinking, ‘Wow, that really happened,’ and crossing the line and screaming my head off for a long time.”
“Not only because this is Daytona, but the work it’s taken to get this win [also makes it special],” added Jeff Burton.
It was a big day for the ARCA organization overall at the “World Center of Racing.” Prior to the Lucas Oil 200, the series announced a multi-year extension of its long-running sponsorship contract with the home improvement chain Menards. The extension elevates Menards from a presenting sponsor role to the important role of series entitlement sponsor. (NASCAR acquired the series, which was founded in 1953, last year.)
Saturday night during the “Draw Party” held in the UNOH Fanzone in the speedway infield, Greg Erwin, crew chief for Paul Menard, drew the pole position for Sunday’s (3 p.m. ET, FOX Sports) 41st annual Advance Auto Parts Clash, the traditional season-opening non-points race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Clash’s extra-special field features pole winners from the 2018 season, former Clash champions, former DAYTONA 500 champions who competed full-time in 2018 and drivers who qualified for the 2018 Monster Energy Series Playoffs.
Before the Clash, at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger will “lock in” the first two starting spots for next week’s (Feb. 17) 61st running of “The Great American Race.” The single-car, two-round session will also establish the grids for Thursday night’s Gander RV Duel. The Duel consists of two 150-mile races that determine positions 3-40 in the DAYTONA 500 field.
There was one full DAYTONA 500 practice session on Saturday, led by the 2017 Monster Energy Series champion Martin Truex Jr. Now driving the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota for his new team, Joe Gibbs Racing, Truex posted a fast lap of 195.920 mph. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota) and Erik Jones (No. 20 Sports Clips Toyota) were second- and third-fastest, respectively.
A second practice was halted prematurely due to rain, with Bubba Wallace (No. 43 Aftershokz Chevrolet) having the top speed of 195.020 mph. Wallace, who drives for seven-time DAYTONA 500 champion Richard Petty, finished second in the DAYTONA 500 last year.
Tickets for the 61st annual DAYTONA 500 and all other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
|FIN||STR||NO||DRIVER/HOMETOWN||TEAM & CAR||LAPS|
|1||5||20||Harrison Burton/Huntersville NC||DEX Imaging Toyota||86|
|2||18||4||Todd Gilliland/Mooresville NC||Frontline Enterprises Toyota||86|
|3||25||30||Grant Quinlan/Maidstone Ontario||Jones Demolition and Abatement Ford||86|
|4||1||15||Christian Eckes/Middletown NY||JBL Audio Toyota||86|
|5||22||43||Sean Corr/Goshen NY||Nesco Chevrolet||86|
|6||7||54||Natalie Decker/Eagle River WI||N29 Technologies Toyota||86|
|7||15||7||Codie Rohrbaugh/Petersburg WV||Grant County Mulch Chevrolet||86|
|8||8||27||Travis Braden/Wheeling WV||MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare Ford||86|
|9||9||02||Andy Seuss/Hampstead NH||Robert B. Our Company Chevrolet||86|
|10||17||18||Riley Herbst/Las Vegas NV||Monster-Terrible Herbst-Orca-Advance Toyota||86|
|11||10||22||Connor Hall/Hampton VA||Marlow Yachts Ford||86|
|12||12||52||Tyler Dippel/Wallkill NY||Ken Schrader Racing Ford||86|
|13||24||5||Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA||Lucas Oil Chevrolet||86|
|14||33||1||Chuck Heirs/Jacksonville FL||Ashley Homes-Gleckler Lumber Toyota||86|
|15||3||55||Leilani Munter/Rochester MN||What the Health Toyota||86|
|16||31||11||Jason White/Sunpeaks BC||Powder Ventures Excavating Chevrolet||86|
|17||26||29||Derrick Lancaster/Christiansburg VA||Total Car & Truck Service-GRM Erectors Toyota||86|
|18||14||23||Bret Holmes/Munford AL||Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet||85|
|19||34||48||Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI||Copraya.com Chevrolet||85|
|20||27||63||Dave Mader III/Irvington AL||Diamond C Ranch-American Apparel Ford||84|
|21||20||77||Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJ||Chad Bryant Racing Ford||83|
|22||35||06||Con Nicolopolous/Columbus MI||GreatRailings.com Chevrolet||83|
|23||30||10||Tommy Vigh Jr./Parsippany NJ||Extreme Energy Cleaner Ford||82|
|24||13||09||CJ McLaughlin/Framingham MA||Robert B. Our Company Chevrolet||79|
|25||11||28||Brandon McReynolds/Mooresville NC||KBR Development Toyota||78|
|26||16||32||Gus Dean/Bluffton SC||CAB Installers-Baker Distributing Chevrolet||78|
|27||2||46||Thad Moffitt/Trinity NC||Performance Plus Oil Chevrolet||70|
|28||29||61||J.J. Pack/Haymarket VA||Iceboxx Customs Toyota||50|
|29||19||35||Brenden Queen/Chesapeake VA||Vizion Motorsports Toyota||49|
|30||23||36||Paul Williamson/Kenansville NC||Vizion Motorsports Toyota||48|
|31||6||25||Michael Self/Salt Lake City UT||Sinclair Oil Toyota||48|
|32||28||69||Scott Melton/Rockford MI||Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford||45|
|33||32||2||Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK||Caudell Consulting & Marketing Ford||40|
|34||21||44||John Ferrier/Middletown NY||Grumpy’s Performance Chevrolet||35|
|35||4||3||Willie Mullins/Fredericksburg VA||County Waste-Crow Wing Recycling Ford||3|