If you are a fan of NASCAR, you may have wondered if Harrison Burton, the young driver who competes in the Cup Series for Wood Brothers Racing, is related to Jeff Burton, the former driver and current commentator for NBC Sports. The answer is yes, they are father and son. But their family ties go beyond that. Here is everything you need to know about the Burton family and their racing legacy.
A Racing Family
Harrison was born to parents Jeff Burton and Kim Burton on October 9, 2000. His birth name is Harrison Brian Burton. The 22-year-old comes from a racing family. His father Jeff is a former stock car racing driver who now serves as a racing commentator. Likewise, his mother Kim serves as a vice president of Jeff Burton Autosports.
Harrison is not the only one who inherited his father’s passion for racing. His uncle, Ward Burton, also raced in the Cup Series and won five races, including the 2002 Daytona 500. Ward’s son and Harrison’s cousin, Jeb Burton, also races in the Xfinity Series.
Harrison started his racing career at a very young age. He received a go-kart at age two, which later turned into a quarter midget at age four. He won his first late model race in early 2014, and his first super late model win came in early 2015. He also won three USAC quarter midget championships.
A Rising Star
Harrison made his NASCAR debut in 2016, competing in the Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He scored his first pole position at Martinsville Speedway in 2019, and finished 12th in the standings that year.
In 2020, he moved up to the Xfinity Series, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. He won his first race at Auto Club Speedway, and went on to win three more races that season, including one at Martinsville Speedway, where his father and uncle had also won before. He was named the Rookie of the Year and finished eighth in the standings.
In 2021, he continued to race in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, and also made his Cup Series debut for Gaunt Brothers Racing at Talladega Superspeedway. He finished eighth in the Xfinity Series standings again, and scored four top-ten finishes in the Cup Series.
In 2022, he moved up to the Cup Series full-time, driving the No. 21 Ford Mustang for Wood Brothers Racing. He is currently 27th in the standings after 15 races.
A Bright Future
Harrison Burton is following in his father’s footsteps, but he is also making his own name in NASCAR. He has shown talent, speed, and maturity on and off the track. He has also earned respect from his peers and fans alike.
He is part of a new generation of drivers who are challenging the veterans and bringing excitement to the sport. He has a bright future ahead of him, and he hopes to add more wins and championships to his family’s tradition.