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02/10/19
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Harrison Burton Wins ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200
Harrison Burton
Harrison Burton

Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota) drove to victory in Saturday's ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway. It was Burton's first start of any type at Daytona.

"It means so much to come here and win at a track my dad won at before me," Burton said. "I can't thank my guys at Venturini Motorsports enough, they busted their butts on this car for the last month to get it so we can come here and compete to win.

"We had some debris on the grille over the last run and I think it actually helped. The temperatures went up but they weren't too high. I got the jump on the restart and I knew Todd was on a run. We were up high next to the wall and I looked up and saw no one had a run. I knew that any time something bad could happen, and I was just waiting for it. It never did and then when I crossed the line I started screaming my head off."

Burton held off Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Toyota) on a one-lap overtime dash to the checkered. 

"I could go wherever I wanted with this car," Gilliland said. "No matter what line I was in, we could go to the front and help the whole line. It was a shame I couldn't get up there and beat my Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate for the win, but we learned a lot for next week.

Gilliland planned on riding at the back in the early stages of the race then charging to the front at the end. He was able to team up with Brandon McReynolds (No. 28 US Work Boats Toyota) but McReyolds was involved in a crash that sent the race into overtime. From there, it was a one lap dash to the finish, and Gilliland tried to outduel Burton, but couldn't make it stick on the final lap around.

"There's still a lot to be learned," Gilliland said. "I think I learned a lot for next week. It would have been great to get up there and race Harrison tonight but I think what I learned will be a huge help when we get back here in the Truck next week."

Grant Quinlan (No. 30 Jones Demolition & Abatement Ford) finished third. Quinlan's team owner, Terry Jones, finished second here in 2017, and Quinlan, a former ARCA/CRA Super Series late model champion also capitalized in a rare superspeedway start.

"I don't do a lot of superspeedway racing," he said. "It's a lot different than what I am used to. We hooked up with Todd (Gilliland) and went to the front late in the race. We had some debris on the grille and had to make a second pit stop but thankfully he was back there too and we could work our way up to the front together."

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), the General Tire Pole Award winner, lined up second on the final restart and ended up fourth.

"I thought we had a little bit better car than Harrison did but that's speedway racing," Eckes said. "We just weren't in the right line on the restart. As far as the points are concerned it was a good day. It would have been good to win here but we're happy to get a good start on the championship."

There were five cautions for incidents which consumed 30 laps, the final one of which sent the race into overtime. The first accident of the night involved defending race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) and last year's runner-up finisher Willie Mullins (No. 3 County Waste Systems Ford) tangled on the back stretch, cutting their day short.

Other incidents involved Eric Caudell (No. 2 Caudell Consulting & Marketing Ford), Thad Moffitt (No. 46 Performance Plus Oil Chevrolet), Paul Williamson (No. 36 Vizion Motorsports Toyota), J.J. Pack (No. 61 IceBoxx Customs Toyota), Brandon McReynolds, and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet). There were no injuries in any of the incidents.

Burton led three times for 48 laps. Other leaders included Eckes, who led 9 laps from pole, Gus Dean (No. 32 CAB Installers Chevrolet), who led 29 laps. There were five lead changes among three drivers.

The next race for the ARCA Menards Series is the ARCA Pensacola 200 at Five Flags Speedway, scheduled for Saturday, March 9. The race will be live on MAVTV at 8 pm ET; ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates free for registered users.

Results

FINSTRNODRIVER/HOMETOWNTEAM & CARLAPS STATUS
1520Harrison Burton/Huntersville NCDEX Imaging Toyota86Running
2184Todd Gilliland/Mooresville NCFrontline Enterprises Toyota86Running
32530Grant Quinlan/Maidstone OntarioJones Demolition and Abatement Ford86Running
4115Christian Eckes/Middletown NYJBL Audio Toyota86Running
52243Sean Corr/Goshen NYNesco Chevrolet86Running
6754Natalie Decker/Eagle River WIN29 Technologies Toyota86Running
7157Codie Rohrbaugh/Petersburg WVGrant County Mulch Chevrolet86Running
8827Travis Braden/Wheeling WVMatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Vlg Ford86Running
9902Andy Seuss/Hampstead NHRobert B. Our Company Chevrolet86Running
101718Riley Herbst/Las Vegas NVMonster-Terrible Herbst-Orca-Advance Toyota86Running
111022Connor Hall/Hampton VAMarlow Yachts Ford86Running
121252Tyler Dippel/Wallkill NYKen Schrader Racing Ford86Running
13245Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PALucas Oil Chevrolet86Running
14331Chuck Heirs/Jacksonville FLAshley Homes-Gleckler Lumber Toyota86Running
15355Leilani Munter/Rochester MNWhat the Health Toyota86Running
163111Jason White/Sunpeaks BCPowder Ventures Excavating Chevrolet86Running
172629Derrick Lancaster/Christiansburg VATotal Car & Truck Service-GRM Erectors Toyota86Running
181423Bret Holmes/Munford ALBret Holmes Racing Chevrolet85Accident
193448Brad Smith/Shelby Township MICopraya.com Chevrolet85Running
202763Dave Mader III/Irvington ALDiamond C Ranch-American Apparel Ford84Suspension
212077Joe Graf Jr./Mahwah NJChad Bryant Racing Ford83Running
223506Con Nicolopolous/Columbus MIGreatRailings.com Chevrolet83Running
233010Tommy Vigh Jr./Parsippany NJExtreme Energy Cleaner Ford82Running
241309CJ McLaughlin/Framingham MARobert B. Our Company Chevrolet79Running
251128Brandon McReynolds/Mooresville NCKBR Development Toyota78Accident
261632Gus Dean/Bluffton SCCAB Installers-Baker Distributing-LGHVAC Chevy78Accident
27246Thad Moffitt/Trinity NCPerformance Plus Oil Chevrolet70Accident
282961J.J. Pack/Haymarket VAIceboxx Customs Toyota50Accident
291935Brenden Queen/Chesapeake VAVizion Motorsports Toyota49Accident
302336Paul Williamson/Kenansville NCVizion Motorsports Toyota48Running
31625Michael Self/Salt Lake City UTSinclair Oil Toyota48Accident
322869Scott Melton/Rockford MIMelton McFadden Insurance Agency Ford45Brakes
33322Eric Caudell/Piedmont OKCaudell Consulting & Marketing Ford40Accident
342144John Ferrier/Middletown NYGrumpy's Performance Chevrolet35Clutch
3543Willie Mullins/Fredericksburg VACounty Waste-Crow Wing Recycling Ford3Accident

General Tire Pole Award: Christian Eckes - 49.180 (183.001 mph)
Margin of Victory: 0.112 seconds Cautions: 5 for 30 laps
Time of Race: 1:41:51 Average Speed: 126.655 mph
Lap Leaders: Christian Eckes 1-9 (9); Harrison Burton 10-13, 15, 44-86 (48); Gus Dean 14, 16-43 (29)
Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader: Gus Dean
Fastest Lap of the Race: Todd Gilliland - 48.445 (185.778 mph)

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