Harrison Burton Joins KBM No. 51 Driver Roster

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Harrison Burton has joined the driver roster for the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra in 2017. (NASCAR Photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Harrison Burton is the latest driver tabbed by Kyle Busch Motorsports to share the No. 51 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Burton will enter six races for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017, beginning with the April 1 event at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway. He’ll also race at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway on June 2, Iowa Speedway on June 23, Eldora Speedway on July 19, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 16 and Martinsville on Oct. 28.

Burton competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2016, earning one pole and a seventh-place finish in the final point standings as a rookie. Burton collected three super late model victories this year, including a Southern Super Series victory at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., and also earned a third-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway.

Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, made his Truck Series debut with KBM at Martinsville in October of 2016, finishing 22nd after spinning out just past the halfway mark.

“Harrison did a really nice job in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville this year and we are excited to be able to bring him back for a six-race schedule in 2017,” team owner Kyle Busch said. “I think everyone at KBM was really impressed with how he handled himself on and off the track throughout the weekend at Martinsville and in the end, he was able to bring the truck back in one piece — which isn’t an easy task for a young driver at that track. We look forward to being a part of his continued development next season.”

“I honestly feel like I have hit the jackpot by signing with a championship-caliber team like Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Burton said. “”Having raced in Martinsville last season with KBM, I understand the strength of the team and have complete confidence that they can provide me with great race trucks while making my transition into the Truck series as smooth as possible.”

Burton is the third driver announced to share the No. 51 Toyota Tundra at Kyle Busch Motorsports. He joins Todd Gilliland and Busch in the No. 51, with one more driver expected to be announced. Burton’s sponsors will also be announced at a later date.