NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — Harrison Burton wasn’t going to be denied twice in a row.
The 16-year-old from Huntersville, N.C. led every lap en route to a win in Monday’s super late model 35-lap feature at New Smyrna Speedway. It was his first victory of the week at the 51st World Series of Asphalt Racing, and comes on the heels of finishing second in last Friday’s opening race.
The race was slowed for just one caution, setting up a restart duel between a pair of NASCAR Next drivers: Burton and defending World Series champion Ty Majeski. The two ran side-by-side for two laps before Burton was able to clear the 21-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin.
“We had a really, really great restart there,” said Burton. “And Ty raced me clean, which is awesome. It’s fun to race people clean like that. We just got a great jump off the line, being the control car really helps a lot with that, and held him off as long as I could.”
From there, Burton cruised to the win by .745 seconds.
“Tonight to get some redemption and get the checkered flag is awesome,” added Burton, the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton. “It’s been an incredible ride. Hopefully we can keep some more wins going.”
Stephen Nasse finished third, followed by Spencer Davis and Dalton Armstrong.
Davis, an 18-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia, is also part of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class — an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport’s rising stars. Burton, Majeski and Davis help make up a stout field of some of the top young talent in stock car racing on display at New Smyrna this week.
Martin Latulippe, David Rogers, Brandon Watson, Jeff Choquette and Brad May rounded out the top 10.
On Friday, Davis led the entire way, while Burton charged from 10th starting position but came up one spot short.
The Super Late Model division will be back Tuesday for a 50-lap extra-distance race.
“We’ve just got to keep working,” said Burton. “Never stop working no matter how good you are. As good as this car was, we can still make it better. We’ve got great drive off. We just need to get through the center a little better and I’m confident that my guys can do that for me.”
RESULTS: NASCAR Whelen All American Series; New Smyrna Speedway; Feb. 20, 2017
Super Late Models (35 laps): 1. Harrison Burton, 2. Ty Majeski, 3. Stephen Nasse, 4. Spencer Davis, 5. Dalton Armstrong, 6. Martin Latulippe, 7. David Rogers, 8. Brandon Watson, 9. Jeff Choquette, 10. Brad May, 11. Daniel Keene Jr., 12. Derek Griffith, 13. Cole Anderson, 14. Garrett Hall, 15. Gus Dean, 16. Ryan Moore, 17. Dan Fredrickson, 18. Steve Weaver, 19. Derek Kraus, 20. Mason Diaz.
CREDIT: NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications