“There’s an Opportunity” – Harrison Burton on His Potential Cup Series Debut

Published 07/16/2021, 11:39 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson (9) races Harrison Burton (20) and Justin Haley (11) in front of Kaz Grala (21) during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, news broke that Harrison Burton is set to join the NASCAR Cup Series. He will race for Wood Brothers in the #21 car, effectively replacing Matt DiBenedetto. In light of this, the Xfinity driver spoke about his appointment and impending promotion to the Cup Series.

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He said, “I don’t know if you’re ever ready for the Cup Series. It’s a gruelling season with amazing drivers and amazing race teams that you have to find a way to get an edge on. Margin for error is tiny and when you’re a young guy and the opportunity rises to align yourself with a group like these people.

“You have a chance to get into the sport at a time when it is going through a lot of change, there’s an opportunity in that.”

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What else did Harrison Burton say?

The driver acknowledged that the season could be tough, especially the transition from Xfinity to Cup. He insisted that it will always be difficult to go up against more experienced drivers. However, Harrison Burton noted that this is his chance to get some hands-on experience.

Oct 31, 2020; Martinsville, VA, 23192; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Harrison Burton (20) during the Draft Top 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Burton continued, “They understand that I am a young driver and that I will have my good days and bad days. They are going to help me and give all the resources that I need, it will be great! When you put those things together, you lay down in bed at night, you try to figure out what the right decision is.

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“That’s a powerful combination, a team like Wood Brothers and with the help of Penske and Ford, that’s all I can ask for.”

For the moment, Harrison Burton is content with seeing out the remainder of the 2021 Xfinity Series season. Next year, he and Austin Cindric will graduate to the Cup Series, with the latter heading to the main Team Penske outfit.

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