McReynolds Taking Long Route To Make NASCAR K&N Start At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

Brandon McReynolds understands that to race, sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. And he doesn’t mind it one bit.
Take this weekend for example. He’s entered in Saturday night’s NASCAR K&N East Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway. He is, without a doubt, taking the most circuitous route to the track of anyone in the field.
He will be at Kansas Speedway on Friday, spotting for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Noah Gragson. Late that evening he’ll fly back to Charlotte, get up early Saturday and make the drive to South Boston.
“I’ll fly back, get a couple hours of sleep and go race on Saturday,” said McReynolds, the son of Larry McReynolds, former championship NASCAR Cup crew chief who is now an analyst for FOX TV’s coverage of NASCAR.
Just a few years ago McReynolds was a rising star in the sport. He won an ARCA race at Talladega in 2012. In 2014 he had 11 top-five finishes in the K&N Pro Series West. The next year he won two races in that series. And then, as is the case with so many talented drivers, the money dried up.
It was at the end of that 2015 season that McReynolds was hired as Gragson’s spotter. The young Las Vegas driver was just 17 at the time and McReynolds became an integral part of his rising career, not only serving as a spotter, but also as a driver coach and part of his management team.
“I started as a spotter for Noah, then his dad hired me fulltime as a driver coach,” said McReynolds, who now also works fulltime for a production and management company owned by NASCAR Cup driver Joey Logano. “Noah was the first driver the company signed. It’s been a good step to have Noah.”
But make no mistake, the competitive fire still burns within McReynolds.
“My first love is racing, but if I don’t have the funding, I need to do something else,” said McReynolds.
Over the winter, McReynolds joined forces with Visconti Motorsports, a first-year NASCAR K&N East Series team with plans on running a partial schedule. Saturday’s South Boston race will be just their third event. McReynolds finished 10th in the team’s initial outing at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida back in February and came back with an impressive fifth at Bristol Motor Speedway in April.
“We’ve had a couple of really good runs,” said McReynolds. “This is a tough series and when you aren’t racing every week, it’s tougher. These guys that are fulltime aren’t getting worse. They are building everything with each race. But I’m fortunate to be with Visconti Motorsports.
“I expect to do well every time we go to the track. I take a lot of pride in racing with a small, underfunded program, and then look up while we’re in the tech line after Bristol, we’ve finished fifth and we’re standing alongside teams that have several fulltime employees.”
When South Boston opens Friday afternoon for several hours of K&N East practice, McReynolds will be in Kansas. But his Visconti Motorsports Chevy will be in good hands back East. Four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Lee Pulliam will be behind the wheel for the practice.
“When we started talking about finding someone to practice the car, I immediately thought of Lee,” said McReynolds, who has raced at South Boston once in the past. “Every time I raced with Lee, I knew he was the one I had to beat, and he’s won a lot of races at South Boston.”
Now that he is running a much more abbreviated schedule than earlier in his career, McReynolds has learned to savor each start and make the most of it.
“I try to do my homework, be prepared and bring the intensity I need. I need to take full advantage of every race,” he said. “Each race is big for me now as I’ve gotten a little older. Back in 2016 I was really hard on myself when I was running just a few races and thought it was the end of the world if I didn’t win. Now, I don’t go to run second, but I try to enjoy myself and do the best we can. If you are prepared, it will show up.”
Tickets for the NASCAR K&N Twin 100s, which also features twin 75-lap Late Model races, are just $10 in advance until 5 p.m. Friday.  Tickets will be $15 at the gate. And, as is the case all season, children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 877.440.1540.
An autograph session for all drivers will be held trackside from 6:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Pre-race activities start at 6:40 p.m. and the first of twin 100-lap races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series east competitors will get the green flag at 7 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m.