Miller, Burton Split K&N East Twin 100s At South Boston

Travis Miller (left) and Harrison Burton (right) both scored victories in twin NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. Photos by Bob Leverone/NASCAR via Getty Images

Travis Miller and Harrison Burton split a pair of 100 lap features for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Saturday night at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Miller took the win in the first feature, while Burton went to victory lane in the second.

For Miller, it marked his first career series victory.

Miller and his No. 40 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet started the first race in the third position and quickly picked his way to the front of the field. It was a restart on lap 59 that enabled the 29-year-old to take the lead from Chase Purdy. Once Miller was able to get to the lead, he went on to lead the final 40 laps for the victory.

Purdy made one last effort to get around Miller as they exited turn 4 coming to the checkered flag, but was unable to get past Miller and had to settle for second. It was the rookie’s best career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish to date.

Todd Gilliland finished third, with Dillon Bassett fourth and Harrison Burton in fifth.

Burton would better that fifth place result by taking the victory in the second feature.

With just three laps to go, Purdy, who was on the inside of race Gilliland, jumped the restart and opened the door for Burton to challenge Gilliland for the lead. The Huntersville, N.C., teen was able to pilot his Toyota past Gilliland to earn his second series victory in a span of two weeks.

The NASCAR Next driver was speechless in victory lane as he celebrated with his family who has a long, rich history of winning at the .400-mile Virginia oval. His father, Jeff Burton, and his uncle, Ward, raced in the track’s Late Model Stock Car division en route to two careers in NASCAR’s premier Cup series. Jeff Burton made his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series start at South Boston in 1988 and finished 17th. He made eight starts there under the old Busch Series banner, with a win in 1991. Two sections of the front stretch grandstands bear the name of Jeff and Ward.

Gilliland held on to finish second, an improvement from his fifth-place finish earlier in the night.

With his solid-top five finishes at South Boston, he finished fifth in the first twin feature, and his victory at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway, Burton sits atop the K&N Pro Series East standings with an 18-point lead over Gilliland.

Vinnie Miller finished third, with Chase Cabre fourth and Ruben Garcia in fifth.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will be back in action Saturday, June 3 at Tennessee’s Memphis International Raceway.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA
WhosYourDriver.org 100 – May 6, 2017

Race One

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 3 40 Travis Miller MDM Motorsports Toyota 100 48 5 Running
2 2 17 Chase Purdy * Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota 100 43 1 Running
3 5 16 Todd Gilliland NAPA Toyota 100 41 Running
4 10 44 Dillon Bassett Bassett Gutters Ford 100 40 Running
5 4 12 Harrison Burton Dex Imaging Toyota 100 39 Running
6 7 6 Ruben Garcia Jr. Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota 100 38 Running
7 1 4 Chase Cabre * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota 100 38 1 Running
8 16 42 Jay Beasley Honda Generators Toyota 100 36 Running
9 8 18 Peyton Sellers Toyota of Danville Toyota 99 35 Running
10 6 41 Vinnie Miller * MasterMfgInc.com Toyota 99 34 Running
11 11 2 Collin Cabre UTI/NTI Toyota 99 33 Running
12 17 31 Matt Bowling * Whelen Engineering Chevrolet 99 32 Running
13 14 23 J.P. Morgan www.soldbyjackiemorgan.com Chevrolet 99 31 Running
14 15 9 Enrique Baca * Peak Performance/NextGen Motor Ford 98 30 Running
15 12 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. Bassett Gutters Chevrolet 97 29 Running
16 9 30 Tyler Dippel TyCar Ford 88 28 Running
17 13 13 Hunter Baize Blue Ridge Auto Group Chevrolet 57 27 Accident
18 18 19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr. Spring Drug Chevrolet 7 26 Oil Leak

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Chase Cabre *, Time: 14.711 Seconds, Speed: 97.886 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 30 mins, 25 secs Average Speed: 74.904 mph Margin of Victory: .116 sec

Caution Flags: Laps 55-58 (Turn 4 – 30, 41, 2, 18 – Turn 2 23, 16 – No FP).  1 for 4 laps.

Lap Leaders: Chase Cabre * 1-19, Chase Purdy * 20-58, Travis Miller 59-100.

Total Laps Led: Travis Miller 42, Chase Purdy * 39, Chase Cabre * 19.  2 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Harrison Burton 168, Todd Gilliland 154, Chase Purdy * 144, Ruben Garcia Jr. 143, Hunter Baize 141, Ronnie Bassett, Jr. 140, Chase Cabre * 126, Dillon Bassett 123, Jay Beasley 122, Collin Cabre 121

* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Race Two

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 6 12 Harrison Burton Dex Imaging Toyota 100 47 4 Running
2 5 16 Todd Gilliland NAPA Toyota 100 43 1 Running
3 4 41 Vinnie Miller * MasterMfgInc.com Toyota 100 41 Running
4 1 4 Chase Cabre * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota 100 41 1 Running
5 7 6 Ruben Garcia Jr. Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota 100 39 Running
6 3 40 Travis Miller MDM Motorsports Toyota 100 38 Running
7 13 13 Hunter Baize Blue Ridge Auto Group Chevrolet 100 37 Running
8 11 18 Peyton Sellers Toyota of Danville Toyota 100 36 Running
9 17 9 Enrique Baca * Peak Performance/NextGen Motor Ford 100 35 Running
10 15 42 Jay Beasley Honda Generators Toyota 100 34 Running
11 2 17 Chase Purdy * Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota 100 35 2 Running
12 10 30 Tyler Dippel TyCar Ford 98 32 Running
13 8 44 Dillon Bassett Bassett Gutters Ford 98 31 Running
14 9 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. Bassett Gutters Chevrolet 92 30 Running
15 16 31 Matt Bowling * Whelen Engineering Chevrolet 77 29 Running
16 12 2 Collin Cabre UTI/NTI Toyota 72 28 Accident
17 18 19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr. Spring Drug Chevrolet 5 27 Engine
18 14 23 J.P. Morgan SoldByJackieMorgan.com Chevrolet 4 26 Suspension

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Chase Cabre *, Time: 15.158 Seconds, Speed: 94.999 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 36 mins, 10 secs Average Speed: 66.359 mph Margin of Victory: 1.126 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 6-11 (Turn 1 #19 – No FP); 73-80 (Turn 1 #2 – FP #9); 93-96 (Backstretech #04 – FP #42).  3 for 18 laps.

Lap Leaders: Chase Cabre * 1-4, Chase Purdy * 5-81, Todd Gilliland 82-97, Harrison Burton 98-100.

Total Laps Led: Chase Purdy * 77, Todd Gilliland 16, Chase Cabre * 4, Harrison Burton 3.  3 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Harrison Burton 215, Todd Gilliland 197, Ruben Garcia Jr. 182, Chase Purdy * 179, Hunter Baize 178, Ronnie Bassett, Jr. 170, Chase Cabre * 167, Jay Beasley 156, Dillon Bassett 154, Tyler Dippel 151

* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

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