Sunday’s Camping World 301 may have been the final Sprint Cup race for veteran driver Jeff Burton, who is transitioning into a role as a TV commentator for NBC.
The 47-year-old South Boston, Virginia, native has been running in Cup for 22 years, starting 693 races, winning 21 of them, including four at New Hampshire, the track where he has won more races than any other in his career. He also got one of his 27 Nationwide wins at the one-mile oval in Loudon.
He drove the No. 66 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing for the second time this season. He started 30th and finished 20th.
“We had a good car, we just never got track position,” he said. “And then Danica (Patrick) got into me there. I think Tony (Stewart) was working the outside, and I think she just thought Tony was on the outside. Got the right side torn up. After that, we never turned.”
Burton said before the race that Sunday’s race might be his last in Cup.
“I can give you a positive that I don’t know,” he said. “I think it’s a good chance. I’m OK with that. I’m really comfortable with what I’m doing.”
Erik Jones picks up where Kyle Busch left off
Erik Jones picked up where his boss Kyle Busch left off with the No. 51 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series.
Jones drove the truck on Friday night at Iowa Speedway and beat Ryan Blaney to get his second career win. It was the sixth win in nine races for the No. 51 this season, as Busch has won all five of the races he’s run so far. The other Kyle Busch Motorsports truck, the No. 54 of Darrell Wallace Jr., also has one win. The other two races were won by defending Series champion Matt Crafton, who also drives a Toyota.
Blaney, whose No. 29 Ford is owned by Cup driver Brad Keselowski, had a chance to beat the No. 51, but lost the race off pit road on his final pit stop and could not overtake Jones.