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Kwasniewski Conquers Bristol NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Opener

Sunday, Mar 17 1625

The sign reads, ‘Welcome To The Last Great Colosseum’ at the tunnel entrance of Bristol Motor Speedway.

Dylan Kwasniewski, 17, bested the legendary .533-mile high-banked oval and the other 35 competitors on Saturday to win the DRIVE4COPD 125 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship season opener.

Kwasniewski, the reigning K&N Pro Series West champion out of Las Vegas, Nev., took the lead on Lap 30 after pole sitter and race leader Michael McGuire got tangled up with lapped traffic under caution. Kwasniewski – behind the wheel of his No. 98 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet – was able to hold off Brett Moffitt on seven restarts to pick up his first East victory in his fifth series outing.

Moffitt was followed by Ryan Gifford – racing out of the Rev Racing stable – in third. McGuire rebounded from the early incident to finish fourth while CJ Faison came home in the fifth position.

Gray Gaulding, Eddie MacDonald, Jimmy Weller, Ben Rhodes and Ben Kennedy rounded out the top 10.

Kwasniewski, who led a race-high 96 laps, is competing for a K&N East championship in 2013 with Turner Scott Motorsports in its first full season of competition. It’s his sixth overall K&N Pro Series triumph in 29 career starts.

The race was slowed due to caution eight times for a total of 37 laps and there was just one lead change.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action on Saturday, March 23 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 125 presented by G-Clean at Greenville (S.C) Pickens Speedway.

DRIVE4COPD 125 RESULTS

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (5) Dylan Kwasniewski, Las Vegas, NV, Chevrolet, 125 laps, 58.258 mph.

2. (6) Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa, Toyota, 125.

3. (8) Ryan Gifford, Winchester, TN, Toyota, 125.

4. (1) Michael McGuire, Vinton, Va., Toyota, 125.

5. (18) CJ Faison, Seaford, Del., Chevrolet, 125.

6. (13) Gray Gaulding, Colonial Heights, Va., Toyota, 125.

7. (30) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA, Toyota, 125.

8. (10) Jimmy Weller, Hubbard, OH, Toyota, 125.

9. (21) Ben Rhodes, Louisville, KY, Chevrolet, 125.

10. (3) Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, FL, Chevrolet, 125.

11. (29) Kenzie Ruston, El Reno, OK, Chevrolet, 125.

12. (15) Austin Wayne Self, Austin, Texas, Dodge, 125.

13. (36) Cale Conley, Vienna, WV, Toyota, 125.

14. (4) Jesse Little, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Chevrolet, 125.

15. (20) Steven Legendre, Danville, Vt., Chevrolet, 125.

16. (23) Austin Hill, Winston, Ga., Toyota, 125.

17. (16) Preston Peltier, Frazier Park, CA, Toyota, 125.

18. (33) Brandon Gdovic, Yorktown, VA, Toyota, 125.

19. (14) Tyler Reddick, Corning, Calif., Dodge, 125.

20. (28) Scott Heckert, Ridgefield, CT, Chevrolet, 125.

21. (7) Bryan Ortiz, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Toyota, 125.

22. (31) Martin Roy, Napierville, Quebec, Canada, Chevrolet, 124.

23. (26) Austin Dyne, Malibu, Calif., Chevrolet, 124.

24. (17) Cole Custer, Ladera Ranch, CA, Chevrolet, 121.

25. (32) Enrique Contreras, III, Mexico City, Mexico, Toyota, 121.

26. (24) Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico, Toyota, 119.

27. (35) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Jr., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Toyota, 110.

28. (19) Justin Boston, Sparks, MD, Toyota, 106, accident.

29. (25) Mackena Bell, Carson City, Nev., Toyota, 106.

30. (34) Brandon Glover, Cuba, NY, Dodge, 86, accident.

31. (11) Brandon Jones, Atlanta, Ga., Chevrolet, 85, electrical.

32. (9) Sam Hunt, Midlothian, VA, Toyota, 84, accident.

33. (22) Nate Caruth, Ames, IA, Dodge, 81.

34. (12) Chad Finchum, Knoxville, TN, Chevrolet, 30, accident.

35. (2) Dylan Presnell, Sevierville, TN, Toyota, 20, engine.

36. (27) Blake Jones, Sevierville, TN, Chevrolet, 5, engine.

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