Jeb and Harrison Burton didn’t have the days they were hoping for in Saturday’s inaugural Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.
Harrison Burton finished in 25th place, and Jeb Burton finished in 31st and two laps down.
Jeb Burton, son of Halifax County’s Ward Burton, started on the pole for Saturday’s race after random draw, but the power steering went out in his car on lap 17. Having no power steering on a road course with 14 turns makes for a long day in the race car. After the race, Jeb shared a video to his Twitter page showing off his blistered hands from battling the steering wheel all afternoon.
“That was the longest race of my life,” he said in the video. He added that it was no one’s fault and that it was just bad luck for the team.
Jeb is back on the track next weekend at Kentucky, and he is looking forward for the opportunity to make up for the lackluster finish in Saturday’s race.
“We’ll go to Kentucky and try to win a race there,” he said.
Harrison Burton, son of Halifax County Native Jeff Burton, set a rookie record in the NASCAR Xfinity Series a few weeks ago at Homestead-Miami Speedway when he finished in the Top 10 in ten consecutive races. Harrison broke Carl Edwards’ streak of nine races that Edwards set in the 2005 season.
That streak came to a halt a week later at Talladega Superspeedway when he finished in 33rd place after a crash took him out of contention. The next two races at Pocono and Indianapolis also were not kind to him as Harrison finished 32nd at Pocono and 25th on Saturday at Indianapolis.
The slump also saw Harrison slip from third in the Xfinity Series standings down to seventh, but with two wins on the season Harrison is already locked in to the playoffs.
Both Harrison and Jeb will look to redeem themselves when they head to Kentucky Speedway for back-to-back races beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Both races will be broadcast on FS1.
Chase Briscoe recorded his fifth win of 2020 when he took the checkered flag at his hometown track. Briscoe is from Indiana and was elated to get the win in his home state. Briscoe had to hold off a late race charge from several drivers, but in the end it was Briscoe and his team that were kissing the famed bricks at the start/finish line at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.