BURTON BESTS MORGAN IN PRO CUP 250
Motor Mile Speedway regular Skewes snares impressive podium showing – JW Martin
Jeb Burton celebrated a number of firsts Saturday night.
It was his first start in the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series. It was his first start at Motor Mile Speedway. And at the conclusion of the Heritage Truck Centers 250, Burton finished first.
“This is definitely the biggest win of my career. It feels so good,” Burton said from victory lane. “It was fun racing with J.P. Morgan. I was just pacing myself—that was the game plan, to fill his mirror up with the Common Grounds Chevrolet and make him mess up.”
The 250-lap marquee event reached its climax as the race dwindled down to the final 30 circuits. After pacing much of the feature, Morgan began sliding into the clutches of Burton’s No. 33 by lap 220. Burton’s assault for the top spot intensified as Morgan fought an increasingly loose machine. Several circuits of double-file racing culminated off turn four on lap 231 as Burton eclipsed Morgan for first.
It was the final lead change of the race.
“It was just too loose,” Morgan said. “We wanted to win, but second is not a bad finish. It’s frustrating, but we’ll hold our heads high.”
Motor Mile Speedway regular Rusty Skewes capped his 2012 season at the .416-mile oval with an impressive third place outing, finishing on the podium for the first time in his career in the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series.
“We were here Friday, and it was a dog,” stated Skewes. “Today, the crew worked on it and worked on it, and they turned it into a scalded dog. We qualified good, and came to the front with it.”
IN OTHER DIVISIONS
Doug Watts visited victory lane in the Virginia Mini-Cup feature following Ryan Adams’ disqualification in post-race technical inspection, with Daryl Mason capturing the checkered flag in the Southeastern Super Mini-Cup 25-lap heat.