DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – This year is all about redemption for current NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II leader Brett Kressley.
Kressley finished the 2014 Whelen All-American Series campaign ranked third behind champion Jared Umbenhauer and runner-up Jesse Dennis after tallying four wins, 13 top fives and 16 top 10s.
“Last season we had a lot of good runs, a lot of second place finishes,” Kressley said. “Jared was always a hair better than us and more consistent. It really motivated me to do better this season. So I worked hard in the offseason to get myself into a position where I could consistently compete for wins.”
Kressley started his comeback season strong, earning a win in the opener at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway on April 4 after starting ninth. He’s kept the wins coming, earning three in a row between April 18 and May 2.
“I’ve had a good start,” Kressley said. “I haven’t finished outside the top 10 the eight races we’ve had. I’m competing how I wanted to last season and hopefully I can keep being consistent.”
All his hard work has paid off, Kressley currently sits at the top of the Division II standings. In eight starts at Grandview he has already matched his win total from 2014, four, as well as earned seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
“I didn’t even know I was leading to be honest,” Kressley said. “I try not to look at that stuff until later in the season. It obviously feels good and it’s exciting, I just hope I can keep it up.”
Last year’s champion, Jared Umbenhauer has moved up to the Whelen All-American Series Division I and is currently ranked 130th with four top-10s in eight starts while 2014 runner-up Jesse Dennis is currently ranked sixth in the Division II rankings with four wins and seven top-five finishes in all seven starts at Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway and Iowa’s Adams County Speedway.
Kyle Purvis (Columbus Motor Speedway), Kenny Gilmore (Grandview), Chris Hawkins (Salina Highbanks Speedway, Flint Creek Speedway) and Shane Shrink (Columbus) round out the top-five of the 2015 Whelen All-American Series Division II standings.
In other Whelen All-American Series division news, South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway features the top four drivers in the Division III standings as Brad Burns (301 points) overtook Bobby Emory Jr. (292 points) for the top spot in the standings. Greenville’s Shane Hill and Blake Gregory follow in third and fourth, respectively, while Grandview’s Chuck Schutz Jr. rounds out the top-five.
Columbus has control of the Whelen All-American Series Division IV standings, with four of the top-five drivers hailing from the Ohio track. Devin Stansbury leads with 234 points, while Ryan Smith trails with 217 points. Ryan Tamburro, A.J. Sanders Jr. (Caraway and Bowman Gray) and Michael Robison round out the top-five.
Greenville is also dominating the Whelen All-American Series Division V standings with each of the top five hailing from the historic half-mile. Don Tavernia (306 points) and Travis Shelton (220 points) are first and second, respectively, in the standings. Michael Cross, Scott Parker and Chad Taverina completing the top-five.
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