TEAM PR: Cody Hodgson Posts Top-10 In K&N Pro Series East Debut


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Hodgson Lands Top-10 In K&N Pro Series East Debut


GREENVILLE, S.C. – Cody Hodgson of Escalon, Calif., finished 10th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday, April 2. Hodgson also qualified the No. 03 Ocala Gran Prix Dodge in the Top-10 in his series debut with Dave Davis Motorsports, posting the ninth-fastest speed on the 32-car starting grid. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate rallied for the impressive finish after twice pitting to fix damage suffered in accidents involving other cars. In a race featuring 19 rookies in the field, only four of them finished ahead of Hodgson.


WHO: Cody Hodgson, Escalon, Calif.

TEAM: Dave Davis Motorsports No. 03 Ocala Gran Prix Dodge

WHAT: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

WHERE: Greenville Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C. (.500-mile oval)




LAPS LED: 0 times for 0 laps


NEXT RACE: April 16, South Boston 150, South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Va., (.400-mile oval)






That first 50 laps, it was really about feeling everything out, feeling out what the car was going to do and the guys I was racing with that I've never raced with before. Once I got in my groove, it was a lot of fun.


Despite the fact that we had to pit twice and come back up through the field, I was really happy with my performance, and the team was happy with my performance. It makes you confident knowing that you can have a good day after all we went through.




I'm more than happy to just finish in the Top-10 in my first race, especially with everything that happened in the middle of the race. With having to pit a couple of times and all the damage we hand and then having to restart in the back, I wasn't even sure if I'd get anywhere near the Top-10.


The guys did awesome job in the pits to get us a good car. Had we we been better early on and qualified a little better, we had a Top-5 car, no problem, which is awesome.




I know know what I need to do now, what I can get out of the car in qualifying, especially. Qualifying is really, really important in these races. But at the same time, if I don't get the qualifying I want, I know that I can just settle in early, stay out of wrecks and be able to move to the front.


I kept the car clean, never gave up and still came out of there with a Top-10 finish. So, I'm really excited about keeping things going.




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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Review: Moffitt Keeps On Rolling

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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Recap: Moffitt Keeps On Rolling

Led wire-to-wire in season opener at Greenville Pickens Speedway



GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 2, 2011) — Brett Moffitt started off 2011 the same place he ended last year: in Victory Lane. The only difference was the uniform.


In his first race for Michael Waltrip Racing, Moffitt won the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 Saturday night at Greenville Pickens Speedway. Moffitt led all 150 laps in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener at the historic half-mile.


“This was an amazing win,” Moffitt said. “Luckily we were able to put it on the pole – I was very excited about that – and then after that being able to lead green-to-checker is just awesome.”


Moffitt closed out the 2010 season with a win at Dover International Speedway with for Joe Gibbs Racing. He took over the No. 00 at MWR, and replaced two-time series champion Ryan Truex who moved up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Moffitt won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light earlier in the day Saturday and became the first driver since Ryan Moore in July of 2005 to lead every lap.


“Being able to start the season like that is amazing, and hopefully we never look back,” Moffitt said.


Coleman Pressley challenged Moffitt for the lead on Lap 136, and looked to have the line to move up front, but the caution flag came out which reverted the field back to the last completed green flag lap. Moffitt was too strong on the final restart and the closing laps, and Pressley had to settle for a runner-up finish in his K&N Pro Series East debut.


“We put ourselves in a good position, and there at one time I thought we had the lead from Brett, but cautions and restarts didn’t fall our way,” said Pressley, the son of past Greenville Pickens track champion Robert Pressley. “For the first time out for X Team Racing, we’ll take it, and go to South Boston and go for the win.


Rookies Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott finished third and fourth, respectively. Matt DiBenedetto, a teammate of Pressley and Bowman with X Team Racing, rounded out the top five.

Defending race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. was sixth, followed by Sergio Peña, Brandon McReynolds, Brandon Haley and Cody Hodgson.


Four months after his 15th birthday, Elliott also became the youngest driver in series history to take a green flag. With a finish of 22 positions higher than his starting spot, he took home the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award. Wallace was the Featherlite Most Improved Driver with a finish 19 spots better from the previous race while Bowman earned Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors as the highest finisher among the 18 rookies in the event.


There were a total of 12 drivers that made their first K&N Pro Series East start in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, which saw 11 caution periods for 57 laps. Twenty-one cars finished on the lead lap.


The 2011 edition of the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 marked this sixth year in a row the series opened its season in Greenville. Each event has produced a different race winner, but Moffitt became the first to earn more than one pole as he was also the fastest qualifier in 2009.


The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to the track for the South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, April 16 in a doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.


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