One night after getting crashed out of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR Next driver Ben Rhodes won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bowman Gray Stadium. Rhodes' victory in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 was his third of the East Series season and also helped him extend his points lead.
Rhodes turned in a new track record lap in qualifying and dominated the race Saturday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He led all but one of the races 152 laps after the race was extended in a green-white-checkered finish due to the 12th caution of the night on lap 144. Daniel Suarez led at the line on the lap 150 restart but Rhodes took the lead back from Suarez to lead the final two circuits.
Daniel Suarez finished in second place with Austin Hill third, Brandon Jones fourth, and Ronnie Bassett Jr fifth. Gray Gaulding finished sixth, Ryan Gifford seventh, Kenzie Ruston eighth, Jay Beasley ninth, and the last lead lap car was Nick Drake in tenth. Jesse Little finished 16th of the 20 cars after an accident in Turn 1 on lap 120 cost him seven laps to the leader. Cameron Hayley finished 18th after an accident in Turn 1 on lap 85 cost him 30 laps.
After seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races Ben Rhodes has built his points lead to 39 over Gray Gaulding. Daniel Suarez is third in the points and 43 points back. Cameron Hayley is fourth, Austin Hill fifth, Brandon Jones sixth, Nick Drake seventh, Ronnie Bassett Jr eighth, Jesse Little ninth, and Kaz Grala tenth.
The next race for the East series will be on Friday, June 13th at Five Flags Speedway for the Pensacola 150.Tags: Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, Bowman Gray Stadium, Brandon Jones, Cameron Hayley, Daniel Suarez, Gray Gaulding, Jesse Little, Kenzie Ruston, Motorsports, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Next, Nick Drake, Ronnie Bassett Jr, Ryan Gifford