Gaunt Brothers Racing taps Harrison Burton for Cup Series debut at Talladega

Gaunt Brothers Racing revealed Thursday that Harrison Burton is set up to make his NASCAR Cup Series launching April 25 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Burton remains in his 2nd complete season with Joe Gibbs Racing’s efforts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he has 4 profession wins — all taped last season on his method to Sunoco Novice of the Year honors. The 20-year-old motorist presently ranks 3rd in the series standings.

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Harrison Burton

Harrison Burton

Burton is the boy of previous racer and present NBC Sports expert Jeff Burton, who gathered 21 Cup Series wins and 27 Xfinity Series success in his profession.

DEX Imaging will sponsor the Marty Gaunt-owned entry at the 2.66-mile Alabama track. The race weekend will likewise mark Burton’s 50th profession start in the Xfinity Series.

“I‘m incredibly grateful to DEX Imaging and Toyota for providing this opportunity with Gaunt Brothers Racing,” Burton said in the team’s press release. “From the minute I began racing, the Cup Series was constantly the objective. In whatever I‘ve done, I‘ve been working toward this moment. I saw how hard my dad worked to get to Cup and how hard he worked to compete and win races. He instilled that same work ethic in me and I‘m just really proud and honored to have the chance to do what he did and compete with the best of the best.”

The No. 96 team has made two starts this season, both with Ty Dillon behind the wheel. Gaunt Brothers Racing failed to qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500 but raced at Daytona’s roadway course and Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt-track occasion.

“We‘re proud to represent such an innovative brand in DEX Imaging and equally proud to have Harrison make his first NASCAR Cup Series start with us,” group president Marty Gaunt stated. “As a Toyota team, we‘ve seen firsthand how well Harrison has developed. He‘s been racing and winning in Toyotas for years, and yet he‘s still only 20 years old. He has a very bright future ahead of him and we aim to make his Cup Series debut a successful one.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.