Fans and drivers were transported back in time for the Busch North Throwback weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) Saturday night. With a handful of series legends in attendance, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams sported paint schemes honoring past drivers. Though Harrison Burton may not be a veteran of Thompson or the series, he raced as though he was one on the way to his fourth K&N East victory of the season.
“It was a really good and clean race between me and Todd (Gilliland). I was lucky enough to have what I believe was the better of two cars so I have to give a big hats off to the guys at MDM for giving me such a great car,” Burton told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
“It was an awesome race and what an awesome race track,” Burton said. “There were multiple grooves with a lot of opportunities for drivers to move around.”
Burton was coming off a sixth-place finish at Berlin Raceway (MI) after winning the previous two races at Memphis (TN) and South Boston (VA).
“We kind of struggled at Berlin so it felt great to come back and come back swinging,” he stated. “This is our fourth K&N win this season and ninth win so far this season so it has been a lot of fun.”
Winning in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series is no easy task as there is a lot of competition currently competing in NASCAR’s top feeder series. For Burton, the win is even sweeter knowing that he had to beat some solid competition.
“The competition between us and DGR (David Gilliland Racing) and Rev (Racing) and a few other teams has been really tight, so when you can make up some ground on those guys and be a step ahead of them it’s extremely gratifying because of all the work that is being put into these cars.”
With no previous experience at Thompson, Burton took advantage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver and Connecticut native Ryan Preece by getting any information he could about Preece’s home track. Also on hand was Modified driver Doug Coby.
“I got a lot of information. Preece is probably one of the nicest guys that you will talk to at the race track and is willing to help you. Even though he will also race you hard and compete with you, he is willing to help you. That is something that is really cool about both Preece and Coby.”
Coby made his K&N East debut for Calabrese Motorsports coming home in the fourth position behind Burton, Gilliland and Ronnie Bassett, Jr.
“They are there to win but also have fun, so when you are running with guys like that that have ran there and proven that they are fast you definitely use them to your advantage and try and pick their brains as much as you can.”
Burton now leads the K&N East points standings over Todd Gilliland and Chase Purdy as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.
-Story by: Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Rick Ibsen