Dillon Bassett would have been a safe bet to win the “Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150” if you were placing money on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Easley, South Carolina. Instead, it was hometown hero Kyle Benjamin who crept around in the top three the entire night that found his way into victory lane for the second consecutive K&N East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
Benjamin, after qualifying on the pole, lead only a handful of laps, but at the end of the night he lead the laps that mattered the most.
This victory was a little sweeter than a normal one because Benjamin returned to victory lane for the second consecutive year in front of his hometown.
“To win at Greenville (Pickens) is really special to me because of all the history of the track and the fact that I had a lot of friends and family up in the stands,” said Benjamin. “I always had a really hard time winning here in a late model so to win in a K&N car here is awesome.”
There was a lot of aggressive racing throughout the entire field, some of that took place at the front of the field with Benjamin battling Dillon Bassett for the lead. Benjamin, while skeptical about his car at the beginning of the race, knew he would be the one to beat at the end of the race.
To top off a hometrack win, Benjamin and Joe Gibbs Racing announced a four-race Xfinity deal that will start off at Richmond International Raceway (VA) at the end of the month.
“It’s a huge confidence booster to now have this win and get into an Xfinity car at places I have been to is going to be a huge help.”
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-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @HannahNewhouse
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 150
Greenville Pickens Speedway, Easley, South Carolina
|2||04||Ronnie Bassett Jr.|
|9||6||Ruben Garcia Jr.|
|12||5||Luis Rodriguez Jr.|
|16||49||John Holleman IV|