The valuable lesson for Cup newbie Harrison Burton? “I won’t quit”

Harrison Burton

Despite how challenging Harrison Burton’s first season in the NASCAR Cup Series has been, he has maintained his determination.

Harrison Burton

The learning curve is steeper, the races are longer, and the circuits are more demanding, but Burton is certain that he will take his chance in the Cup series succeed.

Burton, the 21-year-old son of NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Jeff Burton, placed 14th at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway previous weekend, the only one of the 4 races this season in which he placed on the front lap.

His and his No. 21 Wood Brothers squad’s constantly excellent performance on Sunday may have been a small win, but it was a significant step forward.

“It’s like the first time where I wasn’t uncomfortable in this race car, which is pretty wild when you think about it,” Burton said. “This is a hard race car to drive, which is great for our sport, I think.

“When you hit it right, it drives really well, so we had some notes to build off of now – things that I like, especially based off of that run, some changes that I like – and hopefully that can carry over.

“For me, it was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. I can finally go be aggressive in this car.’ And I hadn’t felt that yet and now I kind of feel like we’ll be able to replicate that and go get after it more.”

Burton has had accomplishment in his very brief NASCAR professional life and has quickly progressed up the ranks.

He earned the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (now ARCA East) championship in 2017, raced fully in Trucks in 2019 and 2 fulltime seasons in Xfinity (with four victories) before being chosen to race the Wood Brothers’ historic No. 21 Ford this year.

Burton had never placed worse than 12th in a full-time NASCAR season before to this one, yet he is presently 29th in the Cup Series rankings.

“It’s been a rough start to say the least. Fourteenth-place is our best finish, so that’s not good. There’s no hiding that,” he said. “I think there’s been some growing pains there and I feel like now we’re getting rolling in the right direction.

“So, I’m excited to get back to the race track and hopefully be in that spot to try and contend for wins and just take it one step at a time and get some top-10s, get some top-fives and build there.

“I think if I get in a spot where I’m racing for a win, I’m going to be pretty aggressive for a multiple amount of reasons. Obviously, it would really change my whole life. I think it would be amazing for the Wood Brothers to get their 100th win.”

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