Burkett Turns Around His Virginia Luck
ALTON, Va. – Daniel Burkett and K-Hill Motorsports turned around there luck Sunday at Virginia Int’l Raceway by capturing round six of the Atlantic Championship.
Having been plagued with mechanical issues this weekend and unable to turn many laps on the VIR 17 turn course, Burkett said he was “basically running qualifying laps all race.” He noted that second-place Jimmy Simpson was in his mirrors the whole race.
“Now that Simpson and I clearly have our cars dialed in, Mid-Ohio will be real exciting,” said Burkett, who failed to finish Saturday’s race.
After the green flag waved, Saturday VIR winner Simpson was able to hold his lead position against a determined Burkett. Burkett attempted to pass on the inside of the entrance to turn one and on the exit of one. Simpson made some great defensive moves, but could only him off until turn three, when Burkett made an aggressive move and passed him for the lead. Burkett held the lead for the remainder of the race.
Simpson said he tried to close the gap throughout the race and managed to stay reasonably close throughout the event. He stayed extremely close to Brukett and set multiple fast laps in the process. Simpson re-set his track record from Saturday, making the new VIR track record for the Atlantic Championship Series a 1:42.292.
Keith Grant tried to catch the leaders, but sat comfortably in third for most of the race. He finished in that position and made a return to the podium on the third step.
Michael Mallinen driving for Swan Racing and Matt Miller of COMPREP both qualified in the top five and they finished out round six of the Atlantic Championship Series in fourth and fifth, respectively. It marked Mallinen’s best finish of the season.