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Harrison Burton Looking Forward to Debut NASCAR K&N Effort

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The next several months stand to be the embodiment of everything that young Harrison Burton has worked for over the past three seasons.

To wit, after several successful years proving himself in southeastern Super Late Models, the 2016 season could very well could be the year that the 15-year-old establishes himself as a bonafide NASCAR prospect.

Burton began what he expects to be his busiest season to date by finishing second to Bubba Pollard in the CRA Speedfest event at Watermelon Capital Speedway on Sunday night. The son of Sprint Cup Series veteran Jeff Burton will have a loaded schedule over the next 12 months that includes both a full slate of Late Model races and the complete NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.

He will compete in NASCAR for HSCott Motorsports with Justin Marks, driving the No. 12 Toyota with sponsorship from DEX Imaging and given the pedigree of that team — he expects to win.

“Yeah, I’m really excited about that,” Burton said on Sunday at Cordele. “The guys at HScott will put a good car under me, I’m sure, because they always seem to have the fastest cars. We’re going to start the season at New Smyrna and I’m running a Super Late Model there all week too.

“I’m going to be prepared and those races are just plain fun. Nine overall nights of racing is going to leave us pretty tired but it will all be worth it.”

Burton has showed well for himself in Super Late Models. Even though he hasn’t won with the regularity that he had wanted to by this point, he’s done a great job of taking care of his equipment and rarely placing himself in a position to get knocked out of races.
That was the lesson that his dad wanted him to learn over the past three years, so having accomplished that, Burton could become a multi-race winner now that he’s chasing a championship for the first time in his career.

He finished 11th and sixth in his first two K&N West starts last season at Roseville and Phoenix so Victory Lane is the natural next step.

“I definitely hope we can win,” Burton said. “It’s tough competition really. The series seemed to have a lot of it last year and I think we’re going to have a lot more of it everywhere we go. I just hope so and I know we’re going to have a great car underneath us so I’m ready to go.”

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Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.