Sunday, May 19, 2024

Jeb Burton snaps top 10 dry spell with JAR’s first win

Jeb Burton last scored a NASCAR Xfinity Series top ten forty-seven races ago at Talladega Superspeedway in 2021, so it is fitting he snapped the drought there when he edged out Sheldon Creed to win Saturday’s Ag-Pro 300. The victory also marked the first triumph for Jordan Anderson Racing, fulfilling their namesake owner’s goal of making the playoffs in just their first year as a multi-car operation.

Burton and Creed traded the lead throughout the final ten laps, which were overshadowed by multiple wrecks. One crash came with three laps to go and caused Daniel Hemric to flip onto his roof in turn four. Oddly, he was not the only car to go over as Blaine Perkins went around on lap 49, resulting in his car barrel rolling multiple times down the backstretch. It was the first NASCAR race with multiple flips since the Cup Series’ 2016 Talladega spring race, while the most recent case in Xfinity was the 2000 Daytona opener.

Amid the carnage, Burton held off Creed to score his second Xfinity win, the first also coming at Talladega two years prior. His JAR team-mate Parker Retzlaff finished seventh to wrap up a strong day for the team.

Interestingly, Burton’s victory came in the #27, with which his father Ward Burton scored his maiden Xfinity victory at Rockingham in 1992. His uncle Jeff Burton even has twenty-seven career Xfinity wins.

“The only thing I’m disappointed about is I didn’t get to do a burnout—blew the transmission out of it,” quipped Burton. “I’m pumped up. I’m out of breath from yelling. Went through some stuff in the offseason and I’m more focused now than ever. These guys have made racing fun again for me.

“Our little team, you have no idea how good this feels. This is huge. Locked into the playoffs. I can promise you one thing: we’re gonna drink a lot of beer tonight.”

Others to enjoy breakthrough finishes include Caesar Bacarella and Joey Gase with career bests of sixth and ninth, respectively. Ryan Ellis nearly added a second top ten for Bacarella’s Alpha Prime Racing in eleventh.

On the other hand, Saturday was a day to forget for JR Motorsports as three of their four drivers wrecked together on lap 100 with Derek Kraus. Brandon Jones, the only survivor from JRM mustered a fourteenth, though Jones had his share of trouble when he was caught up in a wreck with JRM ally Sam Mayer and Riley Herbst on lap 76.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 8 27 Jeb Burton Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
2 2 2 Sheldon Creed Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
3 38 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Team Chevrolet 121 Running
4 18 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 121 Running
5 17 6 Brennan Poole JD Motorsports Chevrolet 121 Running
6 28 43 Caesar Bacarella Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
7 4 31 Parker Retzlaff Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
8 26 08 Gray Gaulding SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
9 33 35 Joey Gase Emerling-Gase Motorsports Ford 121 Running
10 23 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
11 36 45 Ryan Ellis Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
12 10 25 Brett Moffitt AM Racing Ford 121 Running
13 32 53 C.J. McLaughlin Emerling-Gase Motorsports Ford 121 Running
14 21 9 Brandon Jones JR Motorsports Chevrolet 121 Running
15 27 28 Kyle Sieg RSS Racing Ford 121 Running
16 29 4 Garrett Smithley JD Motorsports Chevrolet 121 Running
17 13 19 Ryan Truex Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 121 Running
18 1 21 Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 121 Running
19 37 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 120 Accident
20 25 38 Joe Graf Jr. RSS Racing Ford 113 Running
21 9 11 Daniel Hemric Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 110 Accident
22 31 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 110 Accident
23 15 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 110 Accident
24 30 26 Kaz Grala Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 110 Accident
25 11 16 Chandler Smith Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 110 Accident
26 35 91 Josh Bilicki DGM Racing Chevrolet 110 Accident
27 14 10 Derek Kraus Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 110 DVP
28 7 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 100 Accident
29 16 1 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 100 Accident
30 20 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 100 Accident
31 19 44 Jeffrey Earnhardt Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 83 Transmission
32 3 20 John Hunter Nemechek Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 81 Accident
33 12 18 Sammy Smith Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 63 Accident
34 34 02 Blaine Perkins Our Motorsports Chevrolet 47 Accident
35 22 66 Dexter Stacey MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 47 Accident
36 5 5 Jade Buford Big Machine Racing Team Chevrolet 47 Accident
37 6 78 Anthony Alfredo B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 37 Accident
38 24 24 Parker Chase Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 37 DVP
DNQ 13 Jason White MBM Motorsports Ford
DNQ 34 Jesse Iwuji Jesse Iwuji Motorsports Chevrolet
DNQ 07 David Starr SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet
DNQ 74 Mike Harmon CHK Racing Chevrolet
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points