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2014 Pocono: Jeb Burton NASCAR Truck Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 03, 2014 - 04:05 PM
2014 Pocono: Jeb Burton NASCAR Truck Race Recap

Making his second-career start at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Jeb Burton, driver of the No. 13 Estes Toyota, fought an ill-handling Tundra for a majority of the Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday. The ThorSport Racing driver ran as high as fifth and as low as 20th, but crossed the line in the 16th position following a green-white-checkered finish in the 11th race on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.


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Starting from the inside of row nine for the 60-lap race, Burton quickly noted to his crew chief Jerriod Prince that his Estes Express Tundra was "free on entry and tight through the center of the corner and off." Maintaining a position inside the top-20, Burton was summoned to pit road for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel and a chassis adjustment under the first caution at lap 18. Restarting from the 17th position three laps later, Burton showed patience around the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle" as his Tundra became better on entry but remained tight through the center of the corner and on exit.

As a series of green flag pit stops cycled through, the Estes driver advanced to the fifth position before making his its way down pit road on lap 41 for a pair of right-side tires and one can of Sunoco fuel. Rejoining the field in the 20th position, Burton worked his way up to the top-10 before the second caution flag was displayed for accident in Turn 1.

In an effort to maintain track position, Prince opted to keep the Estes-Express.com Tundra out on the speedway and Burton restarted from the 10th position with less than 10 laps remaining. Several late-race cautions determined the outcome of the event and for the fourth time in its five-race history, the Pocono Mountains 150 ended with a green-white-checkered finish. Burton would cross the stripe in the 16th position behind race winner Austin Dillon.

• According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Burton ranked 16th in Average Running Position (14.719), 18th in Driver Rating (62.0), and 18th in Laps in the Top-15 (29) at Pocono in the Pocono Mountains 150
• In 11 starts this season, Burton has three top-10 finishes
• Burton is 10th in the 2014 NCWTS driver points following a 16th-place finish at Pocono
• Austin Dillon won the fifth annual Pocono Mountains 150
• Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers
• Up next: The NCWTS will take a week off before heading to Michigan International Speedway for the Careers for Veterans 200 on Saturday, August 16

Quote - Jeb Burton:
"We struggled with a Tundra that was free-in and tight through the center and off for a majority of the race today. We got better on entry as the day progressed, but we were getting killed through the center. It was just a long day for us, but I'm proud of the effort we my team put in and we will regroup and get back at it in Michigan. Due to circumstances, we gained a position in points today, but we just need to stay positive and capitalize the second-half of the season."

Practice: 17th (55.50 seconds/162.136mph)
Final Practice: 14th (55.42 seconds/162.382mph)
Qualifying: 18th(55.022 seconds/163.571mph)

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