March 9, 2016

RPM 2016 Las Vegas 300 Race Report

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 04:  Jeb Burton, driver of the #43 J Streicher Ford, during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

It was certainly not the weekend Jeb Burton and the No. 43 J. Streicher Ford team were hoping for, but with a 17th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the team made strides in the XFINITY Series Point Standings.

The Las Vegas 300 started on the wrong foot for Burton. After qualifying 21st, the team barely had a chance to move through the field when a car came down on the No. 43 on Lap 1, causing Burton to move to the apron and make a save. There was minimal damage, and the team pit for four tires, fuel and to put tape on the hood to ensure the car could make it through all 300 miles. Burton was on a mission after that, restarting 30th and having to move his way through the field to get a good position back. However, he battled a loose racecar throughout the race, doing everything he could on the track while the team worked on adjustments.

Burton went down a lap in the first quarter of the race and while able to move up to the 18th position, was not able to keep the No. 43 Ford on the lead lap through the end of the race. He finished 17th but was able to make some good points gains and sits 10th in points through the first three races. The XFINITY Series has not yet had a driver qualify for the Chase based on wins.

“It wasn’t the weekend we hoped for, but I can’t thank my No. 43 J. Streicher team enough for putting the work in to try and get this car fast,” said Burton. “I was free all day, especially on entry into the turns, but we worked hard as a team to get a Top-20 finish and get some good points toward the Chase. We’re looking forward to heading to Phoenix next weekend and try to get some speed on a short track.”