JGR taps Harrison Burton for eight Xfinity races this season

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced Monday the newest addition to its NASCAR Xfinity Series team as Harrison Burton will join the organization for eight races in the No. 18 Toyota, starting in this weekend’s Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Burton is currently running full time in the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. This is the NASCAR NEXT alum’s first full season of Gander Trucks competition, and he has already produced a top-five finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a top-10 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Sponsorship for Burton’s efforts will come from DEX Imaging. The JGR No. 18 Supra team has already scored three Xfinity Series wins this season, with Kyle Busch at the wheel.

“I am so pumped to be going to a team that has had so many accomplishments, and great drivers to look up to as I continue to grow in my racing career,” Burton said as part of a news release provided by the team. “I am really grateful for this opportunity.”

Not only will the 18-year-old Burton run double duty in Xfinity and Gander Trucks, but he also competes in the ARCA Racing Series, where he won the Lucas Oil 200 in February at Daytona International Speedway.

Leading up to Burton’s start in the NASCAR national series, he made history in 2014 by being the youngest Division I driver to win in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. A year later, he became the youngest to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (15 years, eight days old).

Burton is the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeff Burton and nephew of 2002 Daytona 500 Champion, Ward Burton.