Seventeen-Year-Old Notches First NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Career Victory

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Rhodes Seals The Deal At Greenville

Seventeen-Year-Old Notches First NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Career Victory


GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 23, 2014) — From his perspective it was a week late, but Ben Rhodes got his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win.


After leading all but the final two laps in his last start on March 15 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the 17-year-old Louisville, Ky., native took no chances on Saturday night by leading the final 26 laps en route to a victory in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday night at Greenville Pickens Speedway.


“We just had a great race car all day long,” said Rhodes. “The gang at Turner Scott Motorsports gives us great cars every week and every race. I can’t thank those guys enough.


“Winning at Greenville Pickens is really cool,” he continued. “It’s a place known for saving tires and our strategy worked out.”


It was just the 11th start for the NASCAR Next driver. His previous best finish at the track was sixth, earned in September of last year. Rhodes’ best series career finish coming into the night was a pair of third-place efforts including that previous Bristol start.


Ronnie Bassett Jr., an 18-year-old rookie from Winston-Salem, N.C., crossed the line just behind Rhodes for his first top-five-finish in six series outings.


“We’ve struggled early this year. It was good to get to a track we’re a little more familiar with and get a good result,” said Bassett. “It’s too bad we came up one short, but we’ll learn and come back next time a little stronger.”


Cameron Hayley, who started from the outside pole position and led 29 laps, finished third in his first Greenville start in a K&N East car.


“It was difficult to gauge how hard to go before and after the break,” he said. “The pace was really fast, so you couldn’t give up too many positions. It was a good night overall and we’ll head to Richmond and try to get a win there.”


Jesse Little scored his best finish of the season with a fourth-place showing and Drive for Diversity driver Daniel Suárez, who got into the fray late after a start back in the 15th position, came home in fifth, his third top-five finish in four starts this season.


Ryan Gifford finished sixth, followed by rookies Kaz Grala and Brodie Kostecki while Sergio Peña and Eddie MacDonald rounded out the top 10.


Gifford and Peña are Rev Racing teammates of Suárez and also are part of the Drive for Diversity initiative.


With the victory, Rhodes took over the lead in the championship standings by seven points over Suárez and nine better than Gray Gaulding. Both Suárez and Gaulding join Rhodes as members of the NASCAR Next program.


NASCAR Next is an industry initiative that spotlights young, talented drivers, who could shape the future of the sport.


The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 will be telecast by FOX Sports 1 on Friday, March 28 at 11 a.m. ET.


The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is back on the track on April 25 for Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.



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NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST-Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 Results


At Greenville Pickens Speedway

Greenville, S.C.

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Ben Rhodes, Louisville, Ky., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 58.366 mph.

2. (11) Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, NC, Toyota, 150.

3. (2) Cameron Hayley, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Chevrolet, 150.

4. (3) Jesse Little, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

5. (15) Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico, Toyota, 150.

6. (10) Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn., Toyota, 150.

7. (6) Kaz Grala, Westborough, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

8. (8) Brodie Kostecki, Perth, Australia, Toyota, 150.

9. (21) Sergio Pena, Winchester, VA, Toyota, 150.

10. (20) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

11. (14) Gray Gaulding, Colonial Heights, Va., Chevrolet, 150.

12. (13) Kenzie Ruston, El Reno, Okla., Chevrolet, 150.

13. (16) Brennan Newberry, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 150.

14. (24) Clint King, Denton, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

15. (23) Zach Bruenger, Quincy, Ill., Chevrolet, 150.

16. (22) Nick Drake, Mooresville, N.C., Toyota, 150.

17. (9) Scott Heckert, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

18. (7) Lee Pulliam, Semora, N.C., Toyota, 150.

19. (25) Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 150.

20. (12) David Garbo, Jr., Stonington, Conn., Toyota, 149.

21. (17) Mackena Bell, Carson City, Nev., Toyota, 149.

22. (4) Austin Hill, Winston, Ga., Ford, 149.

23. (18) Brandon Jones, Atlanta, Ga., Chevrolet, 148.

24. (5) Josh Berry, Hendersonville, Tenn., Ford, 146.

25. (26) Jerry Dawson, Saugus, Mass., Toyota, 118, handling.

26. (19) Sam Hunt, Midlothian, VA, Toyota, 56, carburetor.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 17 minutes 6 seconds

Margin of Victory: .779 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: B. Rhodes * (87.024 mph, 20.684 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 24 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Rhodes 1-80; C. Hayley 81-84; K. Grala 85-99; C. Hayley 100-124; B. Rhodes 125-150.

Standings: 1. B. Rhodes, 160; 2. D. Suarez, 153; 3. G. Gaulding, 151; 4. C. Hayley, 142; 5. E. MacDonald, 133; 6. K. Ruston, 131; 7. K. Grala, 130; 8. J. Little, 129; 9. B. Newberry, 124; 10. A. Hill, 120.


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Devil's Bowl Speedway Forms Alliance with Airborne Park Speedway

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Forms Alliance with Airborne Park Speedway

Devil’s Bowl owner Bruno accepts management position at Airborne


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PLATTSBURGH, NY – Two of the North Country’s prominent asphalt stock car racing tracks – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY – will be closely aligned in 2014.  Devil’s Bowl owner Mike Bruno and Airborne owner Jamie Atkins have formed a partnership aimed at strengthening both tracks for the immediate and distant future.

Bruno has accepted a management position at the 4/10-mile, D-shaped Airborne Park Speedway.  Effective immediately, Bruno will assume the roles of Race Operations Manager and Competition Director at Airborne, working closely with Atkins, general manager Sherm Hamel, the veteran Airborne staff, and race teams in all divisions at the speedway.  Bruno plans to activate similar strategies at Airborne that have helped to significantly improve Devil’s Bowl Speedway since he took control of the track in October 2011.

Both tracks are sanctioned by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and both tracks feature similar racing classes with many of the same competitors in their weekly programs.  Bruno brings intimate knowledge of the NASCAR program and has many long-lasting relationships at the track from his years as a competitor; he won championships there in 1997 and 2006.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Airborne community, and at the same time I’m excited about the benefits for both Airborne and Devil’s Bowl as we work together,” Bruno said.  “My family’s history at the track goes back more than 30 years, so it’s a home away from home for me.  I can’t wait to help bring Airborne into the next phase of its future with Jamie Atkins and the staff.”

“I’m looking forward to working with Mike Bruno,” Atkins said. “Our challenge is to embrace the changing short track industry while building upon our strengths to keep the future of our sport exciting and affordable for fans and competitors alike.  Having both tracks pointed in the same direction will help us sustain Airborne as a family entertainment destination in the North Country.”

Airborne Park Speedway’s 61st season opens on Saturday, May 3, followed on Sunday, May 4 by Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 48th season opener, the historic American-Canadian Tour Spring Green.  Devil’s Bowl runs weekly Friday night events during the summer, with Airborne running weekly on Saturday nights.

Airborne Park Speedway is located on Broderick Road in South Plattsburgh, NY, one mile from Exit 36 on Interstate 87.  For more information, call (518) 647-4444 or visit www.airborneparkspeedway.com.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.


Contact: Justin St. Louis                                                                                                                                                          Phone: (802) 355-3282

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com


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