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Burton fifth in Truck race

SoVaNow.com / February 25, 2013
NASCAR Trucks rookie Jeb Burton stayed out of trouble and posted the highest finishing effort of the rookie class Friday night in the season-opening event.

Burton finished fifth in the Truck Series opener.

Burton avoided any serious mistakes and showed a steady hand racing in a crowded field. Burton also garnered some extra publicity afterwards, sharing the DIS media interview stage with Ron Hornaday Jr. and Kyle Busch.

Busch finished second and Hornaday took third.

Burton made an impressive Daytona debut.

“It started off kind of wild, then it settled down. Right there at the end, I was going to do whatever the 3 (Ty Dillon) did. 3 jumped up on the outside. I didn’t feel that was the right thing to do, so I stayed down low. Caution came out. We needed one more lap, I think. It would have been interesting going down the back. But happy to get a top five.

Burton was here in 2002 when his dad, Ward, won the Daytona 500. Jeb Burton had a fast truck in practice and hoped for a repeat victory lane effort.

“I was hoping I was going to be there this evening, but it didn’t work out like that.

“It would have been really cool to win, especially because he (Ward) did. My uncle (Jeff Burton) has won here at the night race. So, you know, it was a good way to start off the year,” Burton said.

Burton also said this year’s race featured less trouble than the season opener a year ago.

“A little better. It was a little calmer than what we’ve seen in the past. Last year (the Trucks) did three green-white-checkereds. I was glad we went across the finish line and I wasn’t in a wreck.”

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