Wimmer Motorsports and Harrison Burton started the 2019 season off with a top-three finish at SpeedFest. The North Carolina driver qualified the Wimmer Motorsports Fury in the eighth position and took the lead on lap 69. The caution flew on lap 104 and after taking tires, Burton fell back as far as ninth before battling back to the front.
He sat third on the final restart with just a handful of laps to go but was unable to make up any more ground over the closing laps.
“We just needed a little more drive on the final restart to contend for the win, but we had a good shot at it,” said Burton. “Nevertheless, it was a fun, fun race to say the least.”
“I thought the car was pretty good all weekend and Harrison did a great job as well,” said Wimmer Motorsports team operator and crew chief Chris Wimmer. “We fell back a little there in the middle, but were able to lead laps and be there at the end to contend for the win.”
For Burton this is the start of a busy season. He will continue to compete in select Super Late Model events with Wimmer Motorsports while entertaining a packed schedule across different levels of racing.
“This was a good tune-up for me going into what will be the biggest year of my career. I feel ready to go and win some races,” said Burton.
“It’s exciting to see everything Harrison is going to do this year,” said Wimmer. “It’s been great to watch him grow as a driver and as a person. I’m excited we still have him for some Super Late races and we plan to compete for wins each time we’re on the track.”
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