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2014 Kentucky: Jeb Burton NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 24, 2014 - 05:31 PM
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2014 Kentucky: Jeb Burton NASCAR Truck Race Preview


Jeb Burton and the No. 13 Estes team head into Thursdaynight's UNOH 225 in the "Bluegrass State" hoping to turn their luck around at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Following an 18th-place finish in the last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., the 21-year-old driver is optimistic as he enters the eighth Truck Series event on the 2014 schedule. In a state known for horse racing and horsepower, Burton's hoping to jockey for a position in victory lane following the 150-lap event, and be the first driver in ThorSport Racing's stables to accomplish the feat at the 1.5-track.

 

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Sounding off - Jeb Burton:
What kind of challenges does Kentucky Speedway present for a driver?
"Kentucky is a little rough, so you have to get your truck handling well over the bumps. Also, track position is key in having a good night, so qualifying will be important. I'm looking forward to getting back to the track and improving on our program this season. My guys have been working really hard and we feel like we're a better team than we've shown, we've just had some bad luck, but that's all going to change this weekend. The truck I'm taking is the truck I ran so well with at Kansas and Charlotte earlier this year, so I'm looking forward to a solid run Thursday night."

Burton in the Bluegrass State:
• One NCWTS start at Kentucky Speedway (2013) - started 11th and finished ninth
• According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, has a driver rating of 86.9 going intoThursday night's 17th annual Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway
• Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Kentucky Speedway (September, 2013) - started 13th and finished eighth

ThorSport Racing at Kentucky:
ThorSport Racing has a combined 31 starts by 10 different drivers at Kentucky Speedway since 2000. The Sandusky, OH team has claimed two poles, and led 86 laps en route to four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.

Jeb Burton 2014:
• Ranks 10th in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings heading into Thursday night's UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, 33 points behind fifth-place Ryan Blaney and 50 markers behind the leader Johnny Sauter
• Recorded a season-best 6th-place finish at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (May)
• Recorded a season-best 6th-place start at Kansas Speedway (May) and Gateway Motorsports Park (June)
• In seven starts in 2014, Burton has two top-10 finishes
• Has completed 98.6% of laps attempted (1167/1184)
• Second full-time season in the NCWTS

Burton's Career Truck Series Stats:
• 34 starts
• 1 win (Texas, June, 2013)
• 5 top-5 finishes
• 14 top-10 finishes
• 7 poles
• 5270 laps completed
• 289 laps led
• Average start: 9.1
• Average finish: 12.7

Catch the Action:
Fox Sports 1's coverage of the Truck Series at Kentucky Speedway will begin on Thursday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time(ET) with Truck Series qualifying, followed by the NCWTS Setup at7:30 p.m. ET and the UNOH 225 at 8 p.m. ET. The race will also be broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR radio channel 90.


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