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Burton takes seventh after capturing Rockingham pole

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Jeb Burton (right) races for position against truck series veteran and past champion Ron Hornaday Jr. / April 15, 2013
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Jeb Burton battled through another learning experience at Rockingham Speedway Sunday, finishing seventh.

Kyle Larson held off Joey Logano in the finish to win the NC Education Lottery 200 in the third Truck Series race of the season.

Brendan Gaughan finished third, and Johnny Sauter took fourth, as his back-to-back race win streak got snapped. Chase Elliott was fifth.

Matt Crafton, Burton, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Miguel Paludo rounded out the top ten.

There were four lead changes among three drivers. Logano gambled on late tire strategy and nearly overtook the dominant truck racer of the day. Larson led twice for 187 laps, but Logano seemed to be in position to overtake Larson at the end as the race went to overtime after the final OT push.

Larson won by 0.177 seconds.

Burton had another steady day overall. He was also the highest finishing rookie. Sauter now leads the Truck Series points chase by 16 over Burton.

“It was a good day for us, good points day. Wish we could have led some laps, and been a little bit better. You’re not going to hit it every week,” Burton said.

“It was a good race for us. Got another pole, that was big.

“”Everything’s still good. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully we can get a win soon,” Burton said.

Burton said his team made a big adjustment the last time. But he got too tight again near the end.

“We needed probably two more pit stops — or at least one more — and we’d probably dialed it in pretty good,” Burton said.

“The last restart, if the nose would have turned a little bit better, I think I could have run with those guys. But it just wasn’t our day,” he said.

The 20-year-old Larson enjoyed his first win and first top 10 finish in 2013, as he barely had enough to hold off Logano.

Several notable figures had tough days. Series defending champion James Buescher finished 14th, Ron Hornaday Jr. found trouble again and finished 15th, and Danville driver Timothy Peters Jr. got caught up in an incident not of his making and finished 26th.

Peters, not hiding his frustration, said, “We just never could get a handle on our truck all weekend. I felt like 93 (Chris Jones) could have cut us a little slack, but nonetheless, it’s just a bad weekend.”

Larson, finally broke through with a national series win after a couple of second place finishes earlier this year.

Burton won the pole award with a time of 24.505 seconds, 146.909 mph. It was his second pole in eight Truck series races, and his third top ten start of 2013.

The fast time also represented a new track record for the Trucks at Rockingham.

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