Jeb Burton Is Off To A Great Start In 2013 NASCAR Season

By Christy Valdez
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series currently has one of the biggest rookie of the year competitions within all of NASCAR. With the long list of rookies, Jeb Burton has stood out as one the year’s biggest surprises, and Dover gives him another shot at more surprises.

With strong five races into the 2013 Trucks series season, Burton has been making a case for himself to not only win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, but to be a top contender in the trucks series. Burton has surprised considering the tough competition on the track and his follow rookie competitors.

While getting his first full season in one of NASCAR’s top series, Burton has been racing his way to one of the top spots in the point standings. Currently sitting in second place, he has accomplished plenty to make his rookie year a successful one.

In just five starts, Burton has captured three poles, starting off in better positions than the rest of the field. He also led for the most laps during the race at Martinsville, finishing a season-best third.

Burton currently holds three top-10 and two top-five finishes. He has averaged a start of 2.6 and a 8.6 finish. He sits above of his fellow rookie competitors Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr. in the points standings, and is even above current Truck Series champion James Buescher.

Heading into the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway, Burton can continue to climb in the standings and continue to have a successful season in his first full year in the truck series. 22 points currently separate him from points leader Matt Crafton, and Dover can give him the opportunity to close the gap.

Burton has been flirting with the top spot  in points for a while, but it may only be a matter of time until he gets a taste of it.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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