The 11th different winner in 11 combination races at Iowa Speedway for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West was crowned Friday night when Brandon Jones earned his first career K&N Series win. Jones led the final nine laps of the Autolite Iridium XP 150 in the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 33 Chevrolet.
It was the 17-year-old Jones' 19th career East Series start and he also made one previous West Series start. It is the third time Jones has been to victory lane this season with Turner Scott Motorsports. He is two-for-two in the ARCA Racing Series this season.
Kenzie Ruston put late pressure on Jones for the win and finished second by 0.338 seconds. It is her career best finish and also eclipsed her own mark for the best finish ever in the series by a female driver.
Greg Pursley finished in ninth and was credited with the win for the West Series. It is his second win of the 2014 season and the 20th of his career.
Jesse Little was on his first career pole and led the first 24 laps before Brodie Kostecki took the lead. He led until lap 50 when Ben Rhodes took the lead. Rhodes led until the halfway caution when he and Little, Kostecki, and Kyle Benjamin pitted one lap before the pit road was open. That put all four drivers at the back of the pack for the restart where Sergio Pena found himself in the lead. Cole Custer was able to get the lead on lap 76 and led until lap 140 when Pena passed him . Pena only led one lap as Brandon Jones then got by on lap 142 and then held off Ruston.
Finishing third was Cole Custer with Sergio Pena fourth, Scott Heckert fifth, Eddie MacDonald sixth, Ben Rhodes seventh, Kaz Grala eighth, Greg Pursley ninth, and David Mayhew tenth. Daniel Suarez was 11th, Jesse Little 12th, Gray Gaulding 13th, Brandon McReynolds 14th, Brodie Kostecki 15th, Nick Drake 16th, Kyle Benjamin 17th, James Bickford 18th, Cameron Hayley 19th, Trey Hutchins 20th, and Ross Chastain was the last lead lap car in 21st. There was a full field of 43 drivers and Chad Finley was the one driver that did not qualify for the race.
Other notables were Ronnie Bassett Jr in 22nd, Chris Eggleston 25th, Dylan Lupton 27th, Cale Conley 32nd, and Austin Hill 34th, Five drivers were out of the race at the end. Brennan Newberry crashed and finished 39th, Ryan Gifford crashed and finished 40th, Zack Huffman crashed and finished 41st, Anthony Giannone had an engine expire and finished 42nd, and Anderson Bowen had an early oil leak and finished 43rd.
After 12 races Ben Rhodes holds a 71 point lead in the East Series over Cameron Hayley. Brandon Jones is third, Gray Gaulding fourth, Jesse Little fifth, Kenzie Ruston sixth, Kaz Grala seventh, Nick Drake eighth, Austin Hill ninth, and Ronnie Bassett Jr tenth.
After nine races Greg Pursley holds a 34 point lead in the West Series over Dylan Lupton. Brandon McReynolds is third, David Mayhew fourth, and James Bickford fifth.
The next race up for the East Series is the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen International on Friday, August 8th, The next race for the West Series is the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, August 16th.
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Tags: Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Cameron Hayley, Cole Custer, Eddie MacDonald, Greg Pursley, Jesse Little, K&N Pro Series East, K&N Pro Series West, Kenzie Ruston, Kyle Benjamin, Motorsports, NASCAR, Sergio Pena, Turner Scott Motorsports