Ty Dillon, the grandson of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner Richard Childress, won the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race of his career Saturday night at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia.
Ty Dillon won the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race of his career at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia
Kevin Swindell won the pole and led the first 128 laps of the race.
Dillon took the lead from reigning K&N Pro Series East champion Ryan Truex on lap 137 and held on for the final 14 laps of the race.
Truex and Kevin Swindell were battling for the lead and collided. Dillon inherited the lead and won the race under caution. The race was red-flagged four times and there were 12 caution periods for 70 laps of the 150-lap race.
The final caution period came during a green-white-checkered flag finish when Swindell stalled in turn two.
"It made me a little nervous on a couple those green-white-checkers, but we came out on top," said the 18-year-old Dillon, a rookie driver from Lewisville, N.C. "I'm happy."
Ty Dillon and Cole Whitt battle it out on the track for the win.
Dillon has two top fives and four top 10s in six K&N Pro Series East races this year.
Cole Whitt finished second, his fifth top-five finish in eight races.
"Our car seemed to get better and better and then those reds just kinda killed us," Whitt said. "You come home second. We're happy with it and we'll take what we got."
Ryan Gifford was third. It was his fourth top-five finish in eight races.
"We got to race this car again at Dover. I was just trying to save the guys at the shop some work," Gifford said.
The last race on the K&N Pro Series East schedule is at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on Sept. 24.
Truex, the leader in the East Series standings, finished seventh. He has a 66-point lead over Darrell Wallace Jr. with two races to go.
Wallace came in to the Gresham race only 33 points behind Truex. Wallace finished 15th and two laps down after his car was damaged in the wreck between Truex and Swindell on lap 137.
Swindell won the pole for the race and led 128 of the first 129 laps of the race. Truex took the lead from Swindell on lap 130 and held it for seven laps before he and Swindell crashed.
The next K&N Pro Series East race is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 17.
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