Burton to make Cup debut at Talladega with Gaunt Brothers
Harrison Burton will make his NASCAR Cup Collection profession on April 25 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Gaunt Brothers Racing introduced Thursday that it’s placing Burton in its No. 96 Toyota for the occasion. Talladega would be the crew’s third race this season.
DEX Imaging, which has sponsored Burton all through his racing profession, would be the automobile’s main associate. Burton will run double-duty at Talladega, as he at the moment competes full-time within the Xfinity Collection for Joe Gibbs Racing and also will be in that collection’ April 24 race.
“I’m extremely grateful to DEX Imaging and Toyota for offering this chance with Gaunt Brothers Racing,” Burton mentioned. “From the second I began racing, the Cup Collection was all the time the purpose. In all the things I’ve completed, I’ve been working towards this second. I noticed how arduous my dad labored to get to Cup and the way arduous he labored to compete and win races. He instilled that very same value ethic in me, and I’m simply actually proud and honored to have the prospect to do what he did and compete with the most effective of the most effective.”
Burton is the son of NBC Sports activities analyst and former driver Jeff Burton. All through his Cup Collection profession, Jeff Burton gained 21 races and was nominated for the 2021 NASCAR Corridor of Fame class.
Harrison Burton has 4 wins in 49 Xfinity Collection begins. He completed eighth within the championship final yr and gained Rookie of the 12 months honors. Burton additionally has 11 wins within the Tenting World Truck Collection.
Burton’s climb up the racing ladder additionally consists of wins at a number of the most distinguished late mannequin races across the nation, in addition to within the Okay&N Professional Collection and the ARCA Menards Collection. In 2017, Burton gained the Okay&N Professional Collection East championship.
Gaunt Brothers Racing fields a single-car crew within the Cup Collection on a part-time foundation. After failing to qualify for the Daytona 500, Ty Dillon drove the automobile within the Daytona street course race and the Bristol grime occasion.
“We’re proud to symbolize such an progressive model in DEX Imaging and equally proud to have Harrison make his first NASCAR Cup Collection begin with us,” crew proprietor Marty Gaunt mentioned. “As a Toyota crew, we’ve seen first-hand how properly Harrison has developed. He’s been racing and profitable in Toyotas for years, and but he’s nonetheless solely 20 years previous. He has a really brilliant future forward of him, and we goal to make his Cup Collection debut a profitable one.”