Harrison Burton has never run the full ARCA Menards Series schedule. Since 2016, the son of NASCAR on NBC analyst and 19-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Jeff Burton has made 17 career ARCA appearances, earning a victory in each of the last three seasons.
His first win, at Toledo Speedway, came in just his second career series start. That season, he focused on winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship, which he did on the strength of five victories and an average finish of 3.2. In 2018, Burton didn’t run a full season on any one series. He bounced around between the K&N Pro Series, the ARCA Menards Series, the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, and selected super late model races. Burton started from the pole in the famed Snowball Derby for super late models and scored his only win of the season in any series in the June ARCA race at Pocono.
In 2019, Burton made the leap to a full-time run at the Gander Trucks championship. Teamed with Kyle Busch Motorsports, he would also dip his toes into the ARCA Menards Series to gain valuable experience at tracks he hadn’t been to before. One of those places was Daytona International Speedway, where Burton dominated. He led the final 43 laps to join his father as a winner at Daytona; the elder Burton having won the summer Cup race at Daytona in 2000.
Burton added a race to his ARCA schedule at the last minute when he substituted for fellow Venturini Motorsports driver Christian Eckes at Salem Speedway in April. Eckes had fallen ill the night before the race and didn’t receive clearance to compete, so Burton flew up in the morning and took Eckes’ car to an eighth-place finish.
Back in his familiar No. 20 Toyota, Burton finished fourth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and followed it with a sixth-place finish from the General Tire Pole at Pocono, his only pole award of the season. Burton pressured race winner Ty Majeski to the finish at Chicagoland Speedway, earning a second-place finish.
By the time the series headed for Kansas for the season finale in October, where he finished an uncharacteristic twelfth, Burton had already announced he would race the full NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2020. Despite the twelfth-place run, Burton’s previous performances, including the win at Daytona, were a big part of car owner Billy Venturini locking up the ARCA Menards Series owner’s championship. Burton’s season stats were impressive; he earned an average start of 3.8 and an average finish of 5.5 while scoring one win, three top-five and five top-ten finishes in six starts.
ARCA’s 67th season will come to a close when Christian Eckes will officially be crowned the 36th ARCA Menards Series champion on Saturday, December 14 at the Championship Banquet held at the Indiana State Convention Center, held annually in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. Tickets to the black tie gala, which are also available to the general public, are on sale now.