Scott Heckert made it two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race wins in as many weeks on Saturday when he won the Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway. Heckert's previous win also came on a road course last Friday at Watkins Glen International.
Heckert now has two career wins in 28 K&N East starts. He started from the pole Saturday at VIR and led the first two laps before giving way to Gray Gaulding. Gaulding led until lap 25 when Cameron Hayley took the lead. The second caution flew on lap 29 when Brodie Kostecki had an engine issue. He finished 20th of the 24 cars.
Gaulding would take the lead back from Hayley on the lap 30 restart but Hayley took the lead back on lap 32. The fourth caution came out on lap 42 for a crash by Cole Custer. Custer finished in 18th. The fifth caution then flew on lap 44 for a crash by Ronnie Bassett Jr. He finished 17th. The cautions kept coming as the yellow flew for the sixth time on lap 48 when Brandon Gdovic and Sam Hunt crashed. Gdovic finished 15th and Hunt 16th.
The race restarted on lap 51 and on lap 52 Heckert took the lead from Hayley. Before the race could get to the advertised distance the seventh caution flew to send the race into a green-white-checkered finish. Sergio Pena crashed on lap 54 and finished 14th.
Heckert was able to hold off Hayley to win by a margin of 0.848 seconds at the completion of lap 60. Rookie Austin Hill finished third, Gray Gaulding fourth, and rookie Kaz Grala fifth. Matt Tifft finished sixth, Brandon Jones seventh, Jesse Little eighth, Ryan Gifford ninth, and points leader and rookie Ben Rhodes tenth. Also on the lead lap were Kenzie Ruston in 11th, rookie Nick Drake 12th, and Brennan Newberry 13th.
After 14 of 16 races Ben Rhodes leads Cameron Hayley by 65 points. Brandon Jones is third, Jesse Little fourth, Gray Gaulding fifth, Kaz Grala sixth, Kenzie Ruston seventh, Scott Heckert eighth, Nick Drake ninth, and Austin Hill tenth.
The next race up for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is on September 6th at Greenville Pickens Speedway where Rhodes will look to clinch the championship.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West was at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington Saturday night for the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 and David Mayhew made a pass in Turn 4 of the final lap to win his third race of the 2014 season. Mayhew got past Dylan Lupton with the outside move.
Brandon McReynolds won his second career pole but it was Greg Pursley that took the lead in Turn 1 on the opening lap. McReynolds would fight back and take the lead on lap 8 but the lead swapped again when Pursley went back in front on lap 23. The points leader would show the way until a restart on lap 77 when Dylan Lupton made the pass for the lead after a restart and just past halfway in the 150 lap race,
The fourth and final caution of the event came out on lap 127 for an accident by Nicole Behar. She finished 17th of the 19 car field. When the race restarted on lap 132 with 19 laps left Lupton still led. As the field took the white flag to begin lap 150 Lupton, Mayhew, and McReynolds were all nose-to-tail and Mayhew made his move in Turn 4 to get past Lupton. McReynolds also made it past to take second and Lupton had to settle for a disappointing third.
For the 32-year-old Mayhew it is his seventh career K&N West win and third of 2014. Finishing fourth was rookie James Bickford, Giles Thornton finished fifth, rookie Gracin Raz was sixth, rookie Tyler Tanner seventh, Thomas Martin eighth, and rookie Dan Moore was the last lead lap car in ninth. Rookie Austin Reed was one lap down in tenth. Greg Pursley finished four laps down in 11th.
After 10 of 14 races Greg Pursley still holds a 25 point lead over Dylan Lupton in the points. Brandon McReynolds is 31 points back in third and David Mayhew is 40 back in fourth. James Bickford is fifth.
The next race on the schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is at Kern County Raceway Park on August 30th.
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Tags: Austin Hill, Ben Rhodes, Brandon McReynolds, Cameron Hayley, David Mayhew, Dylan Lupton, Evergreen Speedway, Giles Thornton, Gray Gaulding, Greg Pursley, James Bickford, K&N Pro Series West, Motorsports, Scott Heckert, Virginia International Raceway