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The Roanoke Times | File 2012
Jeb Burton raced to his first NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night with his dad, Ward Burton, spotting for him.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Jeb Burton and Chase Elliott could have saved a stamp.
Turned out, the best spot to send Father's Day cards in auto racing these days is Victory Lane.
Burton, the 20-year-old son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward, raced to his first NASCAR Truck Series victory Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Elliott, the 17-year-old son of 1988 Cup champion Bill, followed the next day with a win in the ARCA Racing Series at Pocono Raceway.
Like fathers, like sons.
Bill Elliott won five times at Pocono in the Cup series. He was all smiles as he joined Chase at the podium to celebrate the special win.
"I autographed a picture from the last time I was in Victory Lane here in '02 and Chase was about this big," Elliott said, holding his hand about waist high. "Now, 10 years later, here he is in Victory Lane himself in an ARCA car. He did a great job."
Elliott and Burton won shortly after they were selected for this season's NASCAR Next program. NASCAR Next, formerly known as Next9, highlights drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 who might one day star at the Nationwide or Sprint Cup level.
When Burton took the checkered flag, his father, who was spotting him, told his son to do the burnouts he had always wanted to do.
"This is the most special moment in motorsports I've ever experienced, and I know it is for my family, too," Ward Burton said. "This is huge. I can't begin to tell you the trials and travails and all the sacrifices we've all made. I didn't have the financial resources to give Jeb the kind of motorsports experience background that a lot of these guys have. He's just driving off of pure raw talent. He doesn't have the experience."
Smith holds off Larson to win Nationwide race
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Points leader Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps.
It was Smith's second win of the year and 11th top-10 finish in 13 starts. He took the lead with 13 laps remaining when Parker Kligerman had to pit, and although Larson closed the gap a bit toward the end, he wasn't able to overtake Smith's No. 7 Chevrolet.
The 125-lap, 250-mile race was run under threatening weather conditions, but drivers were able to finish with no delays. Paul Menard was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne.
Smith's final margin of victory was 0.331 seconds. He also won at Talladega in May.
Penske: 'Brad had some misinformation' on hires
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Roger Penske refuted Brad Keselowski's claim that some of their employees were poached by other NASCAR teams.
Penske said Saturday "I think Brad had some misinformation," when the defending Sprint Cup champion accused Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing of luring away Penske employees in an effort to steal information.
Keselowski's comments led to a stern rebuke from Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs, as both team owners blasted the driver for spreading false information.
"We didn't lose any employees who were under contract or who weren't free to go elsewhere as part of our engine reorganization," Penske said before the IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile.
Keselowski was at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., on Thursday, when he said his Penske Racing team has been reluctant to share information with Roush Fenway Racing on their Ford cars.
"What keeps it from going too far is the fact Hendrick and (Joe Gibbs Racing) have this nasty little habit of going to our teams and outbidding different people and taking those employees and stealing our information," Keselowski said, according to ESPN.com.
"We look forward to competing with Brad on the racetrack, but hope that he will use better judgment in the future before making such misinformed claims and accusations," Gibbs said.
Penske said Hendrick called him about Keselowski's comments and he considered the issue closed.
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