NASCAR: Jeb Burton Wins At Texas

By Christy Valdez
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

For Jeb Burton, his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series could not have gotten off to a better start and the race at Texas made it even better.

In Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, Burton went on to add more achievements to his rookie season by capturing his first Truck Series career win. Burton was able to hold off Ty Dillon for the win after taking the lead in the race’s final restart.

In his 12th career start, Burton’s first win of the season happens after he has won three poles this season and has captured four top-10 finishes.

At the checkered flag, Dillon, who led for most of the race, crossed the finish line in second. German Quiroga, who captured his best Trucks Series finish, finished the race in third. Matt Crafton, Brendan Gaughan, Darrell Wallace Jr., Johnny Sauter, Ryan Blaney, James Buescher, and Miguel Paludo closed out the top 10.

For most of the night at Texas, the race for the lead was a battle between teammates Dillon and Gaughan. Gaughan managed to take the lead from his teammate and seemed to be on his way to victory lane after 11 years to the day of capturing his first trucks career win back on June 7, 2002. After leading for several laps in the race, Gaughan lost the lead to Dillon, but managed to end the night with a top-five finish.

Dillon on the other hand dominated most of the race and came close to the win after battling Burton for victory. After a DNF at the Monster Mile at Dover last week, Dillon was well on his way to a great recovery, although Burton ended up with the checkered flag.

After taking the checkered flag at Texas, Burton’s win helps him not only in the point standings but also in the race for the championship. Burton currently sits in second just 23 points behind leader Crafton.

Along with Burton a few other drivers managed to find some success at Texas. Quiroga, one of the rookie contenders in the series, managed to capture his best trucks series performance with a third-place finish, as well as Wallace who finished with another top-10 performance. Crafton walks out of Texas still with the points lead. Meanwhile defending race winner Sauter, although he was one of the favorites heading into the race, walked out with a top 10 as he still recovers from his penalty.

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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