Behind every great driver is a great team. The crew members that put in countless hours at the shop and at the track sometimes do not receive the recognition deserved for a job well done. The combination of a great driver and a great crew is the recipe for making great things happen on the track.
That’s why the team at PitBoxes.com, who specialize in fabricating a high quality line of standard and custom pit boxes, is proud to honor a monthly “Pit Crew of the Month” from the short track ranks of America on Speed51.com. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industy insiders will vote on which pit crew helped lead their driver to success on the track. The pit crew with the most votes will then be the “PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Month” and will receive a $100 product certificate to use at PitBoxes.com. At the end of the 2016 season, the pit crew that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Year” and will be awarded $1,000 product certificate to PitBoxes.com. For more on PitBoxes.com visit their website today.
This edition of the “PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Month” for the month of January goes to……
The Harrison Burton Pit Crew
Super Late Models
Harrison Burton was quick to thank his pit crew after his second-place finish at SpeedFest on Sunday. After qualifying 26th, the 15-year-old driver raced his way into the 200-lap race through the last chance qualifier. He started 24th and drove through the field to take home a runner-up finish, even pulling side by side with leader Bubba Pollard coming to the checkered flag.
The Burton pit crew made adjustments between qualifying and the LCQ, helping him to gain a starting spot in the big dance. Burton worked his way up to 16th when the caution flew at lap 100 signifying a 10 minute break. Burton’s crew went to work, making a handful of adjustments on his No. 12 machine, including track bar, tire pressure and bump stop adjstments, to help free up the car a bit for the final 100 laps.
In those next 100 laps, Burton passed almost every remainig car on the track, getting to the inside of Pollard on the white flag lap before coming up a nose short of the win.
The work Burton’s pit crew performaned on Sunday was just the icing on the cake of a hard-working off season for the group. After hitting the wall hard at the Snowball Derby, Burton’s crew built two race cars from scratch in just about six weeks to be prepared for SpeedFest. Late nights and weekends at the shop were the norm, but it all came together beautifully for Burton and his crew with a great run and a great start to the season at SpeedFest.
Harrison Burton Pit Crew Members:
Chris Wimmer (crew chief)
-Text by 51 Staff