FORT WORTH, Texas (June 7, 2013) -- Rookie Jeb Burton, son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, held off a hard-charging Ty Dillon in the closing laps to capture his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in Friday evening's WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Burton, driving the No. 4 Arrowhead Chevrolet for Turner-Scott Motorsports, held off Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) by .139 of a second to secure his first victory in his 12th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start dating to last year.
Despite it being his first career start on Texas Motor Speedway's tricky and ultra-fast 1.5-mile oval, Burton looked like a veteran late in the 147-lap race. After rookie Ross Chastain's brush with the Turn 3 wall brought out the third and final caution on Lap 140, all the leaders led by Dillon pitted for fuel and fresh tires.
Dillon came out of the pits first and was followed by Burton, Matt Crafton (No. 88 Goof Off/Menards Toyota) and Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Chevrolet), respectively. Burton, however, grabbed the lead from Dillon on the restart on Lap 144 and took Crafton along with him.
Dillon climbed back into second as he passed Crafton with 18 to go and continued to stalk Burton as he stayed within .5 of a second the entire way before making a dramatic charge on the final lap. Burton was one turn away from his first win when Dillon got a strong run off Turn 4 and nearly pulled off the come-from-behind win at the line.
Rookie German Quiroga (No. 77 Net 10 Toyota) finished a career-best third, topping his previous best of eighth at Talladega last season. Crafton and Gaughan rounded out the top five, respectively.
In the early going, it appeared that the winner was going to come from the Richard Childress Racing stable as Dillon and his teammate Gaughan looked very strong. Dillon, with a race-high 76 laps led, and Gaughan, withh 44, combined to lead five times for 120 laps.
Dillon was chasing his second career NCWTS win while Gaughan was pursuing his fifth series win at TMS -- which was 11 years to the day of his first Texas win in 2002 -- but they fell short despite solid runs.
Burton's win allowed him to shave seven points off Crafton's NCWTS championship lead, which stands at 23 points. Gaughan is third in the championship standings, 35 back off Crafton.