BRISTOL, TN (April 23, 2017) – For the second race in a row Jeb Burton was behind the wheel of the No. 24 Toyota for JGL Racing. And for the second race in a row the Virginia native was plagued by bad luck. A loose battery cable on the No. 24 Estes/State Water Heaters Toyota cost Burton a few laps to the field and he was relegated to a disappointing 26 th place finish in the running of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“We just can’t seem to catch a break here,” said Burton. “The rain on Friday only gave us one short practice and we lost half of that fixing a brake issue. We utilized qualifying almost as an extended practice session and our car was getting better. We were decent there in the first half of the race but after that rain delay our No. 24 Estes/State Water Heaters Toyota wouldn’t fire up. We were forced to change out a battery and thus lost some laps to the field there that just really ruined our race.”
Burton would start the 300-lap event from the 22 nd position as a result of his qualifying effort earlier Saturday morning. The start of the race would see Jeb charge forward in the field and sit just outside the top-15 when he reported that his No. 24 Estes/State Water Heaters Toyota was starting to get tight. As the condition worsened, Burton would fall back in the field and sit in the 25 th position at the end of the first stage.
The second stage would find Burton continue to battle the handling on his No. 24 Toyota and hang around the top-25 as rain delayed the race at the lap 162 mark. After a lengthy delay, the race resumed but Jeb could not get the No. 24 Toyota to fire back up. The JGL Racing team was forced to change the battery which resulted in the loss of valuable laps to the field.
Once back on track, Burton would work with the No. 24 team and continue to improve their handling package. With a few additional trips down pit road, the driver/team duo made progress on their No. 24 Estes/State Water Heaters Toyota and slowly picked up positions on the field. Burton would manage to avoid multiple on track accidents and take the checkered flag in the 26th position.
“We made a lot of progress on our No. 24 Toyota from the beginning of practice on Friday to the checkered flag today,” added Jeb. “That battery issue really just killed us and easily cost us a top-20 finish. I appreciate all of the hard work from everyone at JGL Racing and look forward to my next time behind the wheel of the No. 24 Toyota.”
The JGL Racing team will next head to Richmond International Raceway for the running of the ToyotaCare 250 with Dylan Lupton making his season debut in the No. 24 Toyota. The eighth race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday April 29th and can be seen LIVE on Fox Sports1 at 1:00 pm ET. It can also be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.