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Harrison Burton Leads Lone Xfinity Series Practice at Iowa

Harrison Burton led the lone NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Iowa Speedway. Rain and nasty weather fell upon the track in Newton, IA, so NASCAR cancelled the final practice.

Earlier today (Saturday, June 15), inclement weather forced NASCAR to cancel NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series qualifying. The weather forced NASCAR to shorten the first Xfinity practice as well. At the current moment, the Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway is still on schedule for tonight.

In the lone Xfinity practice, Burton paced the field with a time of 24.195 seconds (130.192 mph). He completed 31 laps in this session. With Truck Series qualifying cancelled, Burton will start the M&M’s 200 in 10th position.

Burton’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell posted the second-fastest speed in the session, timing in at 24.210 seconds (130.112 mph). Bell won the most recent race held at Iowa, in July of last year.

Austin Cindric missed the fast time by .024 seconds, but his speed of 130.063 seconds made him third-fastest.

Rookie Noah Gragson had the fastest Chevrolet in fourth. He wheeled his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet around the 0.875-mile track in 24.235 seconds (129.977 mph).

Rounding out the top five was Cole Custer. He completed 20 laps in this session, and his fastest lap came on his 11th lap. He posted a time of 24.265 seconds (129.817 mph).

Justin Allgaier won this race last season, and posted the 10th fastest time in this session. He has not yet won in 2019.

36 of the 38 entered drivers completed a lap in this session.

Qualifying for the CircuitCity.com 250 will take place on Sunday (June 16) at 1:05 p.m. CT. The green flag is scheduled to fly for this 250 lap race at 4:30 p.m. CT.



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2 thoughts on “Harrison Burton Leads Lone Xfinity Series Practice at Iowa”

  1. Seems a strange way to develop talent. He can’t do the job in trucks so Dad decides he should give Xfinity a whack? Maybe master the easier task before moving up? Having more money than brains seems to be a problem these days.

    • Iowa Speedway is a short track, which is what Burton grew up racing on. Sponsorship also helped him secure this ride. He’s still a teenager, so more track time is always valuable experience. Also, it’s not his father deciding when he races; it’s Joe Gibbs Racing after all!

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