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NKNPSE: Harrison Burton Wins Race at Dover and 2018 Championship Title

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DOVER, Del. — Harrison Burton won Friday’s National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 presented by Carl Deputy and Son Builders as well as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship at Dover International Speedway.

Harrison Burton with parents, Jeff and Kim, in victory lane following the NKNPSE National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 presented by Carl Deputy and Son Builders at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. ©Jacob Mullins

Burton, the son of former Monster Energy Cup Series Driver Jeff Burton, earned his fifth win of 2018 won the title by eight points over Todd Gilliland who had to retire from the race after blowing an tire on lap 58.

In overtime, Burton jumped ahead of Riley Herbst on a restart and cruised to race win and title. Burton led the final 17 laps of the 128-lap race. Burton took the lead from Ruben Garcia Jr. as the pair battled side-by-side for more than two laps.

led the final 17 laps at Dover, taking the lead from in a spirited side-by-side duel that went more than two laps. Burton then held the field off in overtime, which extended the race three laps to 128 laps.

Eddie MacDonald finished second in the race while Tyler Dippel, Sheldon Creed and Jay Beasley rounded out the top five.

Burton was greeted in victory lane by his father, mother and ecstatic crew as he joined an elite group of drivers of past K&N East champions: Joey Logano (2007), Kyle Larson (2012), William Byron (2015) and Justin Haley (2016).

“That’s a good list to be on,” Burton said. “Winning a championship is something that is really hard to do. There’s a lot of things that can go wrong.”

“We’re a racing family,” Harrison Burton said. “To share a championship with the people that love you the most is pretty cool.”

Harrison Burton and Sheldon Creed vying for position on the frontstretch during the NKNPSE National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 presented by Carl Deputy and Son Builders at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. ©Jacob Mullins

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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