After what possibly is the best Xfinity race we’ve seen all year, Harrison Burton comes out of nowhere to pull an alpha move and outdrive two of the best drivers in Xfinity. No other way to describe it other than showing more talent than your competitors.
Noah Gragson was running away with it with the better car all day, but a late caution opened Burton up to the win. A hard battle between Burton, Cindric, and Gragson broke out on the final restart where each led the field at one point in the two laps. After Burton took it three wide on the bottom, he took the lead and wouldn’t be stopped.
With this being one of the races Dale Earnhardt Jr. took part in this year, many expected him to be a factor, however outside of watching some fun slide jobs that weren’t the case.
It’s mind blowing what Harrison Burton has been able to do, and I think that it has put the NASCAR community on notice to the potential that he has. He flew so far under the radar after his underwhelming career in the truck series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but whatever the case was, there is not the same on the next level.
He never won a single truck race in 38 starts, but he’s already onto his second win in only 9 starts in Xfinity full time. It’s an anomaly that nobody really saw coming.
In just 9 races this season his current stats are:
Top Fives: 7
Tops Tens: 9
Average Finish: 4th
In 9 races he has an average finish of 4th? That’s an incredible feat that should not be taken lightly. Not even Chase Elliott nor Christopher Bell ever went on a 9 race stint of averaging a 4th place finish.
The Xfinity series is so talented this year and completely up for grabs with Burton, Gragson, Briscoe, Cindric, and Chastain all vying for it and chances at Cup rides next season.