Benjamin Goes Back-To-Back At GPS With K&N East Win

Kyle Benjamin earned his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Photo by Grant Halverson/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Benjamin capitalized on a late-race restart to win the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, South Carolina on Saturday night.

Benjamin started on the pole after running a track record lap of 19.144 seconds at 94.024 mph. The Easley, South Carolina, native ran inside the top-five nearly all night long and led 46 laps. At the halfway mark on lap 75, Benjamin was running third.

On lap 108, Benjamin passed Dillon Bassett for the race lead in turn 3. Benjamin maneuvered through lapped traffic and held off the hard charging cars of Ruben Garcia Jr., Todd Gilliland and Dillon Bassett. A lap 144 caution set the field up for a two-lap dash to the finish. Benjamin was able to stay out and front and win his second race in a row at Greenville Pickens Speedway.

Ronnie Bassett, Jr., who entered the night coming off his first-career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory at New Smyrna Speedway, finished second on Saturday. Bassett, Jr. qualified 10th, but he was able to battle back for a solid finish. He has now finished within the top-five in his last three visits to the half-mile oval and he currently leads the point standings by eight points over Harrison Burton.

In his first visit to Greenville Pickens Speedway, Todd Gilliland finished third. Gilliland entered the weekend coming off three wins in a row in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Burton came home in fourth, with Tyler Dippel finishing in fifth.

Dylan Murry, Hunter Baize, Dillon Bassett, Garcia, Jr. and Reid Wilson rounded out the top ten.

There were four lead changes among two drivers. Throughout the night, there were eight cautions.

The caution that set the field up for a two-lap dash to the finish occurred with 11 laps remaining, when Chase Purdy spun in turns 3 and 4 after contact with Ronnie Bassett, Jr. Purdy finished 11th following the contact.

Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the Zombie Auto 125 at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 22.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Greenville-Pickens Speedway – Easley, SC
Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 – April 8, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 1 40 Kyle Benjamin MDM Motorsports Toyota 150 47 4 Running
2 9 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet 150 42 Running
3 6 16 Todd Gilliland NAPA Toyota 150 41 Running
4 3 12 Harrison Burton Dex Imaging Toyota 150 40 Running
5 5 30 Tyler Dippel TyCar Ford 150 39 Running
6 15 28 Dylan Murry * Gorsline Company Ford 150 38 Running
7 11 13 Hunter Baize U S Forensic Toyota 150 37 Running
8 2 44 Dillon Bassett Bassett Gutters and More Ford 150 38 2 Running
9 4 6 Ruben Garcia Jr. Sunoco Toyota 150 35 Running
10 8 66 Reid Wilson * TruNorth Warranty Programs Chevrolet 150 34 Running
11 13 17 Chase Purdy * Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota 149 33 Running
12 17 5 Luis Rodriguez, Jr. * Next Gen/Peak Performance Chevrolet 148 32 Running
13 14 4 Chase Cabre * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota 146 31 Running
14 7 42 Jay Beasley Honda Generators Toyota 144 30 Running
15 18 9 Enrique Baca * Next Gen/Peak Performance Chevrolet 111 29 Brakes
16 16 49 John Holleman, IV Midway Mobile Storage Ford 110 28 Electrical
17 12 2 Collin Cabre UTI/NTI Toyota 94 27 Radiator
18 19 38 Salvatore Iovino * Infinite Wireless Chevrolet 67 26 Transmission
19 10 23 J.P. Morgan SoldByJackieMorgan.com Chevrolet 49 25 Engine

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Kyle Benjamin, Time: 19.144 Seconds, Speed: 94.024 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 10 mins, 27 secs Average Speed: 63.875 mph Margin of Victory: 1.555 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 11-14 (#66 Turn 2 – No FP); 17-20 (#38 – Turn 1 – FP #66); 36-40 (#4 – Spin Turn 2 – FP #28); 44-48 (#38 – Spin Turn 4 – FP #2);51-56 (#49 – Spin Turn 2 #9 Spin – FP #38); 65-70 (#49, #5, #28 – Turn 3 – No FP); 73-75 (#38 Turn 1 & Break – FP #5); 144-146 (#17 Turn 3 – FP #28).  8 for 36 laps.

Lap Leaders: Kyle Benjamin 1, Dillon Bassett 2-56, Kyle Benjamin 57-58, Dillon Bassett 59-107, Kyle Benjamin 108-150.

Total Laps Led: Dillon Bassett 104, Kyle Benjamin 46.  4 changes involving 2 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Ronnie Bassett, Jr. 89, Harrison Burton 81, Todd Gilliland 77, Hunter Baize 74, Reid Wilson * 72, Chase Purdy * 69, Ruben Garcia Jr. 63, Chase Cabre * 63, Tyler Dippel 60, Dillon Bassett 60

* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

 

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