WATCH: Jeff Burton is Ecstatic During Commentary After Son Harrison Wins NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Texas

Published 10/25/2020, 9:38 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


In the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway, Harrison Burton stunned everybody when he took an unexpected win. To say that his father, Jeff Burton, was delighted, would be a massive understatement. The former racer and current commentator was practically hopping around in his booth.

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Family ties aside, Harrison Burton won the race in dramatic fashion, passing Noah Gragson in the final corner. This effectively denied Gragson a surefire spot in the Xfinity Series Championship 4 Round.

Burton had a topsy-turvy race after he spun and brought out the sixth of 10 cautions. However, he managed to recover quickly and scythed his way to 2nd place, passing Anthony Alfredo with two laps to go. He then needed those two laps to hunt down race leader Gragson.

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With one lap to go, Harrison Burton stalked Gragson and simply bided his time. Then, on the exit of Turn 4, he pounced and sailed past the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and crossed the finish line nearly half a second ahead.

Burton was ecstatic after 3rd win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season

“We had such a fast race car,” Burton beamed. “I’ve never driven anything harder than that last corner in my life. I don’t know how it stuck. I lost my voice—I was screaming. Gosh, that’s special. I’ve never spun out and come back and won, so that’s cool.”

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Had this happened in the Round of 12, Burton would have sealed his berth in the playoffs. Sadly, this win comes too late for the driver who boasted of having the fastest car on the track.

Oct 3, 2020; Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Harrison Burton (20) NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Sieg (39) NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Garrett Smithley (07) and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Myatt Snider (93) crash on the last lap of the AgPro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Admittedly, the dice rolled in his favor when a ‘Big One’ eliminated most of the playoff contenders. The victims included Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, and Ross Chastain. In the end, Gragson had to settle for 2nd, with Anthony Alfredo in 3rd. Cindric finished fourth, ahead of Brandon Brown, Michael Annett, Haley, Ryan Vargas, Josh Williams, and Tommy Joe Martins.

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Burton’s triumph complicates things for the playoff drivers, as they have one race to cement their place in the Championship 4. So when the Xfinity paddock reaches the Martinsville paddock, the playoff drivers will be under pressure.

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