On Friday at Dover International Speedway 19-year-old Austin Hill won his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in only his seventh start. Also points leader Dylan Kwasniewski ran into trouble and his points lead is now down to only five points with one race remaining in the 2013 season.
Cale Conley won the pole and led for the first seven laps before Kyle Benjamin took the lead. The 15-year-old Benjamin was in his first career K&N Pro Series East start and led through lap 10 when CJ Faison took the lead on lap 11. Faison would show the way until Austin Hill passed him for the lead on lap 88 and then went on to lead the final 63 laps to win the Drive Sober 150.
Dylan Kwasniewski brought the first of six cautions out on lap 37 when his Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet stopped on track with electrical issues. Kwasniewski would return to the track but finished 48 laps down in 29th of the 30 cars.
CJ Faison brought out the final caution on lap 138 when he crashed. Faison led a race high 77 laps but finished 24th. The race restarted with four laps to run and Hill was able to hold off the challenge from Justin Boston and Kyle Benjamin.
Boston finished second in his second career start and Kyle Benjamin was third in his debut. Brandon McReynolds finished fourth, Jesse Little fifth, Daniel Suarez sixth, Brandon Jones seventh, Trey Hutchens eighth, Austin Dyne ninth, and Dylan Presnell tenth. Brett Moffitt was in 11th, Ben Kennedy 12th, Kenzie Ruston 13th, Cole Custer 14th, and Eddie MacDonald was the last lead lap car in 15th.
Other notables in the finishing order were Cale Conley in 17th, Mackena Bell in 19th, Gray Gaulding 21st, Brandon Gdovic 22nd, Ben Rhodes 26th, and Ryan Gifford 28th.
Two races ago Brett Moffitt trailed Dylan Kwasniewski by 40 points but that lead is now down to only five points. Daniel Suarez is 36 points back in third. Ben Kennedy is fourth and Eddie MacDonald fifth.
The season finale for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is on Friday, October 18th at Road Atlanta.
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