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Harrison Burton waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. 

 

Harrison Burton is already locked into the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs by virtue of his two wins earlier in the season, but with only three races remaining before the playoffs start Burton is looking to shorten the gap between him and the top spot.

Burton currently sits in fifth place in the Xfinity Series standings with a doubleheader this weekend at Richmond and one race at Bristol remaining before the playoffs start on Sept. 26 at Las Vegas.

Burton is 216 points back of series leader Austin Cindric heading into this weekends races at Richmond Raceway. He is currently predicted to start the playoffs in the seventh spot. The rookie Xfinity Series driver is the son of South Boston native and former NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeff Burton.

Burton started the season with a remarkable run of 10 straight races with a top ten finish before getting involved in an accident at Talladega that ended that streak. After the ten race streak, Burton struggled, only finishing inside the top 15 one time in the next five races. He then reeled of two top five finishes at Texas and Kansas before finishing 16th at Road America. Since then he has only finished outside of the top ten once in the last five races and that was an 11th place finish at Dover.

It has been a season of ups and downs for Burton, but wins at Auto Club Speedway and Homestead Miami have obviously been the bright spots for the rookie driver.

Since he is already locked into the playoffs, Burton has accomplished another feat in his first season in the series.

As the season winds down Burton so far has 11 top five finishes and 16 top ten finishes and has led 175 laps this season to go along with his two victories.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV