South Boston resident Jeb Burton and his younger cousin Harrison Burton started off the season on a strong note by finishing in the top five of the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway.
Jeb finished in fourth place, and Harrison finished third in an exciting race that saw Jeb involved in two separate wrecks, but he received minimal damage to have a shot at the win in the end.
Harrison was tied for the most laps led in the race with race winner Austin Cindric with 28 laps led. With 15 laps remaining in the race, Ty Dillon and Daniel Hemric were involved in a wreck that took out several race favorites. Jeb was involved in the incident when one of the cars involved spun back up the track hitting his drivers side door and subsequently into the wall.
Jeb and his Kaulig Racing team got his #10 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet back on the track without losing a lap and was able to restart in the top 15. But then with six laps remaining, Jeb was involved in another accident that once again caused minimal damage.
On the final restart of the race, Harrison was in second place and Jeb in sixth. Cindric and Brett Moffitt jumped in front of Harrison and they stayed in the top two positions across the finish line.
The Burton cousins crossed the finish line one after another.
Harrison is coming off of a rookie season where he won four races and was named the Xfinity Series rookie of the year for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Jeb raced a limited schedule last year with JR Motorsports, but his success in those races landed him his first full-time ride in the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing.
Both Burton’s will be competing for the championship season, something that hasn’t been done since their fathers Ward and Jeff raced against each other years ago.