Rookie Austin Hill Wins First NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race at Dover International Speedway

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Autin Hill was left the winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway.
Autin Hill was left the winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway.
Rookie Austin Hill won the first race of his career and veteran Brett Moffitt turned a runaway championship run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East into a drag race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Dover International Speedway housed intense battle between Kyle Benjamin and Austin Hill.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Dover International Speedway housed intense battle between Kyle Benjamin and Austin Hill.
A pair of newcomers to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wound up on the podium. Austin Hill, making only his seventh career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, passed CJ Faison on lap 88 of the Drive Sober 150 and held off Justin Boston and Kyle Benjamin on the final restart of the race.

"That CJ Faison, the 39 car, he was really the class of the field for the first 75," Hill said. "I knew we had something for him at the last 75. Once I got out front, I knew there was nothing holding me back except for that last restart. I knew that it was going to be tough. When I got back to the front, got back to the lead, I knew there wasn't going to be no stopping me."

Faison started on the front row, next to pole winner Cale Conley, and led a race-high 77 laps. Faison was involved in an accident on lap 138 and fell to 24th place. Hill was out front for the final 63 laps.
Cale Conley walked away with the Coors Light Pole Award at the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway
Cale Conley walked away with the Coors Light Pole Award at the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway


The race had six cautions for 26 laps. Justin Boston, an ARCA series veteran, making his second K&N Pro Series East start, and Benjamin, a 15-year-old rookie making his debut, challenged Hill for the lead over the final four laps of the race. Hill won the race by 0.412 seconds.

"I can't thank everyone enough -- the LaJoies and all them and all they've done," said Hill. "This track is really hard. It's a fast track. I've never been on a track this fast. A track like this is crazy. It gets pretty intense. On lap 75, though, I knew we had a shot at winning. We just had to get back to the front."
Austin Hill enjoying his victory after winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway
Austin Hill enjoying his victory after winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway


Boston was second, followed by Benjamin in third. Three rookies took the top three spots in the race. "It was definitely a good end to the day," Boston said. "It was a melee out there for the first half of the race. We were definitely avoiding as many cars as we could."

Kyle Benjamin started on the second row and led three laps early in the race. "We had some troubles on restarts, a lot of people missing shifts, which was unfortunate," Benjamin said. "We got some nose damage, but other than, we had a really good race, managed to make it back up to the front."

Dylan Kwasniewski, who had a 40-point lead in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings two races ago, had electrical problems and finished in 29th place at the Dover International Speedway.

Brett Moffitt was 11th, but more importantly, trimmed Kwasniewski's lead to five points with one race to go. The final race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is at Road Atlanta in Georgia on October 18, 2013.

Related K&N News Articles about Dover International Speedway: NASCAR K&N Pro Series Racer Cory LaJoie Takes Home a Victory at Dover International Speedway; NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Dover International Speedway Delivers Racer Cole Whitt a 2nd Place Finish; Brett Moffitt Wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race at Dover International Speedway
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