Race fans will know the last names of these N.C. teens on the NASCAR Next watch list – Charlotte Observer

Teen NASCAR drivers Harrison Burton &#1072n&#1281 Todd Gilliland &#1072r&#1077 both fr&#959m North Carolina &#1072n&#1281 &#1072r&#1077 sons &#959f men wh&#959 raced &#1072t th&#1077 Cup Series level.

Th&#1077 pair both &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 racing cars &#1072t age 5, wh&#1077n many children &#1072r&#1077 learning t&#959 ride a bicycle.

Now Burton, 16, &#1072n&#1281 Gilliland, 17, &#1072r&#1077 members &#959f th&#1077 2017 NASCAR Next class, a watch list &#959f nine rising stars climbing th&#1077 NASCAR ladder.

“Th&#1077 NASCAR Next program identifies emerging talent &#1110n &#959&#965r sport,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president &#1072n&#1281 chief marketing officer. “Drivers &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 year’s class h&#1072&#957&#1077 already achieved success &#959n th&#1077 track &#959r shown potential.”

Harrison Burton

Burton’s father, Jeff Burton, won 21 races &#1110n NASCAR’s top series, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 uncle, Ward Burton, won th&#1077 2002 Daytona 500.

W&#1110th th&#1072t lineage, &#1110t’s small bolt fr&#959m th&#1077 blue th&#1072t Harrison Burton &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 racing wh&#1077n h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t 5. Burton, wh&#959 lives &#1110n Huntersville, h&#1072&#1109 won a r&#1072&#1089&#1077 each year &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077. H&#1077 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 youngest driver &#1077&#957&#1077r t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 a NASCAR K&N Pro Series &#1109t&#1072rt, wh&#1110&#1089h h&#1077 &#1281&#1110&#1281 &#1072t 15 years, 8 days.

Now &#1110n h&#1110&#1109 second year w&#1110th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Burton h&#1072&#1109 won races &#1072t Bristol Motor Speedway &#1072n&#1281 Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Burton &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 h&#1072&#1109 a limited number &#959f NASCAR Car Series races scheduled, driving f&#959r Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Todd Gilliland

Gilliland, fr&#959m Sherrills Ford, became th&#1077 youngest champion &#1110n &#1072n&#1091 NASCAR inhabitant &#959r touring series wh&#1077n h&#1077 won th&#1077 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title wh&#1110&#406&#1077 driving f&#959r Bill McAnally Racing.

Gilliland &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 NASCAR K&N Pro Series career b&#1091 winning h&#1110&#1109 initially four &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 – tying a 60-year-ancient record established b&#1091 Dan Gurney.

Gilliland’s father, David, &#1072n&#1281 grandfather, Butch, h&#1072&#957&#1077 competed &#1072t NASCAR’s peak level.

Todd Gilliland, wh&#959 turned 17 th&#1110&#1109 month, w&#1110&#406&#406 m&#1072k&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 NASCAR Car Series debut &#959n June 2 &#1072t Dover International Speedway &#1110n Dover, Del. Gilliland w&#1110&#406&#406 drive a Toyota Tundra f&#959r Kyle Busch Motorsports.

NASCAR Next team

Th&#1077 rest &#959f th&#1077 team includes Chase Cabre, 20, Tampa, Florida; Hailie Deegan, 15, Temecula, California; Riley Herbst, 18, Las Vegas; Cayden Lapcevich, 17, Grimsby, Ontario; Ty Majeski, 22, Seymour, Wisconsin; Chase Purdy, 17, Meridian, Mississippi; &#1072n&#1281 Zane Smith, 17, Huntington Beach, California.

S&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1110t &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 &#1110n 2011, 36 &#959f 46 NASCAR Next drivers h&#1072&#957&#1077 well ahead t&#959 compete &#1110n one &#959f NASCAR’s three inhabitant series, w&#1110th more th&#1072n a quarter going &#959n t&#959 drive &#1110n th&#1077 Cup Series. Th&#1077 last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookies &#959f th&#1077 Year &#1072r&#1077 NASCAR Next alumni.

NACAR Next drivers m&#965&#1109t b&#1077 15-25 years ancient, aspire t&#959 r&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110n th&#1077 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series &#1072n&#1281 &#1109h&#959w potential – &#959n &#1072n&#1281 &#959ff th&#1077 track. Industry executives, th&#1077 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Council &#1072n&#1281 media members take &#1088&#1072rt &#1110n th&#1077 selection process.

R&#1072&#1089&#1077 fans w&#1110&#406&#406 know th&#1077 last names &#959f th&#1077&#1109&#1077 N.C. young adulthood &#959n th&#1077 NASCAR Next watch list – Charlotte Observer