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NKNPS South Boston Speedway 5/6/17 Results - Dippel 16th & 12th

RACE 1 - SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Chesapeake, Virginia's Travis Miller won his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

Miller and his No. 40 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet started the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s in the third position and quickly picked his way to the start of the field. It was a restart on Lap 59 that enabled the 29-year-old to take the lead from Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Chase Purdy. Once Miller, who is making his season debut this weekend, was able to get around the 17-year-old, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native he never looked back and went on to lead the final 40 laps of the 100-lap feature event.

Purdy and his No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off Road Toyota made one last effort to get around Miller as they exited Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag, but was unable to get past Miller and had to settle for second. It was the rookie's best career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish to date.

NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland finished third after having one of the fastest cars on the track the first half of the race. The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, was picking his way through the field after starting fifth, when he crashed with JP Morgan in Turn 2 on Lap 55. To add to the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion's mid-race bad luck, he was later penalized for pitting too soon and had to restart from the rear of the field. As the laps dwindled, Gilliland in his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota quickly made his way back to the front of the field.

Dillon Bassett finished fourth followed by Harrison Burton in fifth.

Ruben Garcia Jr., pole-sitter Chase Cabre, Jay Beasley, Peyton Sellers and Vinnie Miller rounded out the top 10.

The first WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. ET.

The second WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 at South Boston Speedway will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

RACE 2 - SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Harrison Burton continued his winning ways Saturday night when he won the second WhosYourDriver.org 100 at South Boston Speedway.

With just three laps to go, rookie Chase Purdy, who was on the inside of race leader, Todd Gilliland, jumped the restart and opened the door for 16-year-old Burton to challenge Gilliland for the lead. The Huntersville, N.C., teen was able to pilot his No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota past Gilliland to earn his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in a span of two weeks. 

The NASCAR Next driver was speechless in Victory Lane as he celebrated with his family who has a long, rich history of winning at the .400-mile Virginia oval. His father, Jeff Burton, and his uncle, Ward, raced in the track's Late Model Stock Car division en route to two careers in NASCAR’s premier Cup series. Jeff Burton made his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at South Boston in 1988 and finished 17th. He made eight starts there under the old Busch Series banner, with a win in 1991. Two sections of the front stretch grandstands bear the name of Jeff and Ward.

Gilliland, 16, and his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota held on to finish second, an improvement from his fifth-place finish earlier in the night. Although he was disappointed with his finishes at South Boston, his two top fives kept the Sherrills Ford, N.C., native within striking distance of Burton in the standings.

With his solid-top five finishes at South Boston, he finished fifth in the first twin feature, and his victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Burton sits atop the K&N Pro Series East standings with an 18-point lead over Gilliland.

Finishing third was Vinnie Miller, driver of the MasterMfgIn.com Toyota, who earned his best series career finish in just his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. Chase Cabre, who started on the pole for both events, finished fourth while his Rev Racing teammate, Ruben Garcia finished fifth.

Completing the top-10 was the first twin-feature winner Travis Miller followed by Hunter Baize, Peyton Sellers, Enrique Baca and Jay Beasley.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will be back in action Saturday, June 3 at Tennessee's Memphis International Raceway.

The second WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET


NKNPS Bristol Motor Speedway 4/22/17 Results - Dippel 13th

BRISTOL, Tenn. - It may have been a short day at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it was a sweet one for Harrison Burton. 

After qualifying for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was cancelled due to rain on Friday, Burton and his No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota started from the pole for the Zombie Auto 125 and led all but two of the first 70 laps before the rain began. 

Unable to dry the half-mile surface, NASCAR called the event short, handing the victory to the 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver. In his 17th career start, the win is his first on any NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

"I feel like every team circles this race on their calender," Burton said. "We kind of wanted to run the whole race and win it that way. We were confident our car was good enough that we could win it that way. I feel like it would've been cool to cross the line in dry conditions. But, I'll take it. I never wanted it to rain so bad in my life."

Finishing second, NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity and NASCAR Next veteran Ruben Garcia Jr. showed potential all weekend after leading the way in Friday's lone practice session. The Mexico City, Mexico, native drove back into the runner-up spot before coming up short of a win.

"Really, really happy," Garcia said. "Probably one of the best [cars I've ever had]. Between this car and the one we had last race, certainly two of the best cars I’ve ever had in the K&N East."

Spencer Davis completed the top three while the Martin-McClure Racing duo of Hunter Baize and Chad Finchum rounded out the top five.

With off-and-on precipitation and a hectic NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the start of the race was delayed for nearly two hours. This led to more urgent racing in the opening laps, which saw lead changes and accidents.

"I was pretty agressive to start," Burton said. "After seeing a few guys blow tires, we wanted to conserve tires. One we heard rain was in the area, we started running a little bit harder."

For the one and only lead change of the race, Collin Cabre took the top spot before losing it after only two laps. Burton led the rest of the way en route to the win.

It was a troublesome day for Ryan Truex, who started in the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments, taking his No. 11 Otics USA Chevrolet to the garage after only 10 laps. In what was his first series start since 2010, it ended in the 25th position.

Vinnie Miller spun in Turn 3 after contact from Chad Finchum to bring out the race's second caution flag before Ronnie Bassett Jr. cut a tire while racing Todd Gilliland for eighth spot.

Collin Cabre came home sixth followed by Julia Landauer, Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith and Eddie MacDonald in the top 10.


NKNPS East Greenville Pickens Speedway 4/8/17 Results - Dippel 5th

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Kyle Benjamin capitalized on a late-race restart to win the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday night.

Benjamin won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. earlier in the evening after running a track record lap of 19.144 seconds (94.024 mph) around the newly repaved half-mile. The Easley, South Carolina, native ran inside the top-five nearly all night long and led 46 laps. At the halfway mark on lap 75, Benjamin in the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota was running third.

On lap 108, Benjamin passed Dillon Bassett for the race lead in Turn 3. Benjamin maneuvered through lapped traffic and held off the hard charging cars of Ruben Garcia Jr., Todd Gilliland and Dillon Bassett. A lap 144 caution set the field up for a two-lap dash to the finish. Benjamin was able to stay out and front and win his second race in a row at Greenville.

Ronnie Bassett, Jr., who entered the night coming off his first-career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory at New Smyrna Speedway, finished second on Saturday. Bassett Jr. qualified 10th, but he was able to battle back for a solid finish. He has now finished within the top-five in his last three visits to the half-mile oval. The driver of the No. 04 Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet currently leads the point standings by eight points over Harrison Burton.

In his first visit to Greenville, Todd Gilliland qualified seventh and finished third. Gilliland entered the weekend coming off three wins in a row in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Saturday night’s race marked his first visit to Greenville, and he was able to capture a very competitive third-place finish. While he has found success in the K&N Pro Series West, Saturday’s third-place finish is his best effort this year in the K&N Pro Series East. He finished ninth at New Smyrna Speedway.

Rounding out the top-five was Harrison Burton and Tyler Dippel.

Dylan Murry finished sixth in his debut start in the series. Hunter Baize finished seventh. Dillon Bassett and Ruben Garcia Jr. both ran up front all night long, but late-race issues forced them to finish eighth and ninth respectively. Reid Wilson completed the top-10.

There were four lead changes among two drivers. Throughout the night, there were eight cautions.

The caution that set the field up for a two-lap dash to the finish occurred with 11 laps remaining in the 150-lap feature, when Chase Purdy spun in Turns 3 and 4 after contact with Ronnie Bassett Jr. Purdy finished 11th following the contact.

Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the Zombie Auto 125 at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 22.

The broadcast for the Kevin Whitaker 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway will air on NBCSN at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.


 
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