Three drivers failed to find enough speed to make Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. They were Travis Kvapil, Jeb Burton, and Reed Sorenson.
Jeb Burton spun off turn three at Pocono in the first few minutes of final practice for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono. His car was destroyed and he will have to go to a backup.
Jeb Burton has qualified for four flat track races this year and he finished better than he started in each race. His greatest improvement on this track type has been seven positions—most recently at Pocono Raceway in June.
With a larger than normal entry list of 46 cars this week, simply making the race could be a challenge for Jeb Burton at Kentucky Speedway. He has failed to qualify for three of five races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year.
Jeb Burton failed to qualify at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coke 600, but that seems to have galvanized the team. He made the next show at Dover International Speedway on time before finishing 30th; last week he took a provisional to start 40th, but advanced to 33rd at the end.
Jeb Burton needs track time and he should get plenty at Pocono Raceway. Only 43 cars are entered the week, which means no one will go home from the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 and the No. 26 does not need to worry about qualification.
Jeb Burton has been running at the end of a Cup race only once in his last six attempts. That came at Richmond International Raceway in April when he finished 38th in teammate JJ Yeley’s car.
Jeb Burton has had a difficult time this year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He attempted to qualify for all four races with a best of 35th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Jeb Burton had to rely on provisionals to make his first two starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. He rolled off the grid 40th at Atlanta and 41st at Vegas en route to 35th- and 40th-place results respectively.
Jeb Burton hopes to make his first start on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway in the Cup series. He failed to race his way into the Daytona 500 earlier this season and expects Talladega SuperSpeedway to provide that experience.
Jeb Burton will get to race in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway but he will do so in the No. 23 Toyota for BK Racing and not his usual No. 26 Toyota.
Jeb Burton was running at the end of five consecutive races from the Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta through the STP 500 at Martinsville. He failed to qualify in his next attempt and failed to finish last week at Bristol due to an accident. His Toyota Owners 400 will be a qualified success if he is running at the end of the show.
Jeb Burton failed to qualify at Texas for the first time all season in a race with standard procedures. (He also failed to advance from the Daytona 500 heat races.)
Jeb Burton is coming off his career-best finish of 29th at Martinsville last week and hopes he can continuum to post top-30 results as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to Texas.