Brett Moffitt led from the pole to the checkered flag in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Pennsylvania to win his second race of the season and the ninth of his career.
Bret Moffitt drives the No. 11 car in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Moffitt wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway
He had to put in a little extra work to win the Samuel 150 with a green-white-checkered flag finish, which resulted when the lights went out on the back stretch of the track on lap 147. Moffitt finished 0.396 seconds ahead of rookie Kyle Larson.
"Kyle in the 96 car there gave me a heck of a run at the end too,"Moffitt said.
Moffitt won a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race leading wire-to-wire at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina in 2011.
With the win in Pennsylvania, Moffitt moved in to first place in the K&N Pro Series East standings. He has a four-point lead over Larson.
"From what I've heard we're the points leader,"Moffitt said. "It couldn't get any better than that. Just go on to Ohio and hopefully capitalize on that."
It was the first time since 1988 that the K&N Pro Series East has visited CNB Bank Raceway Park.
Chase Elliott, who entered the Samuel 150 as the leader in the K&N Pro Series East standings, had a rough race. A flat tire early in the race knocked him back in the field and he finished in 15th place.
Corey LaJoie, another K&N Pro Series East championship contender, didn't have a good race in Pennsylvania either. He was a point behind Elliott in the K&N Pro Series East standings when the race started, but finished in last place. He completed only eight laps and had to withdraw on lap 82 after his car suffered damage from a crash early in the race.
Larson was second in the Samuel 150. He has seven top-10 finishes in eight races and is in second place in the K&N Pro Series East standings.
Bret Moffitt has a four-point lead over Kyle Larson in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
"As soon as we took the green for the second half, I knew we were pretty good,"Larson said. "I could roll the bottom better than most could. It was definitely a good run, good points night for us. Hopefully we can keep these consistent runs going.”
Ben Kennedy was third, matching the best finish in his K&N Pro Series East career.
"We had a real good run tonight,"Kennedy said after the race. "Hopefully we'll be back at it in Columbus.”
Ryan Gifford was fourth and Bryan Ortiz was fifth.
The next K&N Pro Series East race is the Jegs 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio on July 21.
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