By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Harrison Burton won the Hooters 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida on Saturday afternoon. Burton won the race in a little more than two hours.
The 19-year-old driver — who is the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton — has won his second career Xfinity Series win. He also won the 2020 Production Alliance Group 300 before the coronavirus pandemic on Sat., Feb. 29, 2020 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
“I’m so excited, that’s so awesome,” said Burton, who drives the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “I gave away the lead in the first restart in the same position and I didn’t really want to do that again. I knew the nine (Gragson) was going to drive in real deep and slide up so I felt good about that. I’m proud of my guys, we worked on this thing so hard every day, every run I should say and made it better and better.
“What a day to get this Dex Imaging Toyota Supra in Victory Lane. They can keep on doubting us and we’re going to keep on coming back. What a race, man. This track is so much fun and really puts it in the drivers hand, especially at the end there. I’m just ready to go again [on Sunday], to be honest with you. I’m ready to get two.”
Burton was able to defeat Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson by .379 seconds. With the win, Burton is now the youngest driver to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Cindric finished in second place, while Gragson finished third.
“It was tough,” Gragson said. “The No. 9 guys at JR Motorsports had really great pit stops all day. Restarts were just the biggest struggle. I was really proud of my restarts here last year here, but just couldn’t get them going [on Saturday].
“I thought we were going to be able to come home with the win, running the top. That was so much fun.”
Gragson led a race-high 83 laps, while Ryan Sieg led 27 laps and Ross Chastain led 26. Cindric, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Burton led multiple laps, while Brandon Jones led one lap.
Several drivers were not able to finish the race. This list includes Chad Finchum, Kyle Weatherman, Vinnie Miller, Brett Moffitt, Stephen Leicht, and Kody Vanderwal.
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