Harrison Burton to Drive Full-Time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2019 NASCAR Truck Series Season
Burton will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra with Safelite AutoGlass as primary sponsor for 19 races.
Kyle Busch Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Harrison Burton will compete full-time in the 2019 NASCAR Truck Series season behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra. The organization also announced that Safelite AutoGlass will return in 2019 as the primary sponsor for Burton's truck for 19 races.
Burton, the son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton, is currently in his third year driving a limited schedule for KBM.
"I've worked really hard the last few seasons driving a limited schedule for KBM to prove that I'm capable of running full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019 and I'm excited for this opportunity to do so with Safelite AutoGlass as my primary sponsor," Burton said.
Since making his Truck Series debut for KBM two years ago shortly after turning 16-years-old, Burton has accumulated a fair amount of wheel time in NASCAR's national series. In his 14 starts with the team since 2016, Burton has recorded one pole, has led 76 laps, and has earned three top-fives as well as seven top-10 finishes.
This season, Burton has participated in seven Truck Series races and earned his first pole at Iowa Speedway. There, he led 30 laps during the race. So far in 2018, Burton has earned three top-fives and six top-10 results with an average finish of 6.6.
Last week on Nov. 9, Burton matched his career-best finish by placing third at ISM Raceway. He will next compete in the 2018 season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, Nov. 16.
At the press announcement, team owner Kyle Busch said, "Harrison has done a great job of balancing being a high school student, as well as a student of racing since making his first Truck Series start for KBM shortly after turning 16 a few years ago." He continued, "The results of his hard work are starting to pay dividends and we're confident that his first Truck Series win will be coming shortly and he'll be able to be in the mix for the championship next year."
Sharing Busch's enthusiasm for having Burton behind the wheel of the No. 18 Tundra, Senior Vice President of Safelite AutoGlass West Region Garth Beck added: "We are very excited for the 2019 season with Harrison Burton behind the wheel of the Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra. He is a very talented young driver with many accomplishments at a young age and will be a great fit for Safelite. We are looking forward to another great year in partnership with KBM and Harrison for the 2019 season."
Additional sponsors, as well as Burton's future crew chief, will be announced at a later date ahead of the 2019 season opener.