K&N Pro Series East Headed to Greenville
Greenville, S.C. -- A few short weeks ago in Bristol, Dylan Kwasniewski was able to fend off Brett Moffitt all race long to take the victory in the season opening NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
On Saturday, the series will visit a very different short track, Greenville Pickens Speedway, for the Kevin Whitaker 150 Presented by G-Clean. Some drivers are trying to forget their last visit to Greenville, when a huge pileup on the white flag lap destroyed several cars.
Greenville Pickens Speedway (GPS) is known for being a challenging track, and many drivers are looking forward to that challenge. One driver scheduled to make his first K&N Pro Series East start at GPS this weekend is Jeremy Burns. "We will all have the same issue trying to keep the right rear [tire] under control," said Burns who has plenty of Late Model Stock experience at GPS, but has never started a K&N Pro Series event.
Greenville-Pickens is a tough track to get a handle on, but a few exceptional series rookies have won 3 of the last 9 K&N Pro Series East races at Greenville (Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Darrell Wallace Jr). "Whenever I go to a racetrack, I expect nothing less than a win," said Dylan Kwasniewski, who won the championship in the K&N Pro Series West in 2012 and started his 2013 East campaign with a win at Bristol. "Managing your tires will definitely be tough at Greenville...as long as we can get good drive off the corner, then we should have a winning car." Kwasniewski has one previous start at GPS.
"Testing at Greenville was really the best decision our team made this off-season," said Scott Heckert, a series rookie who made his first start at Bristol last week. "I've never raced at Greenville, but after watching some video from last year...it's really important to have good information from your spotter [so] you aren't hung out on the outside line."
The K&N Pro Series East race last Fall at GPS saw Corey Lajoie charge from the back to the front to win, though not without controversy. Brett Moffitt had the car to beat in the race before getting moved out of the way in turn 3 by Lajoie. "Brett Moffitt will be the guy to beat," said Dylan Kwasniewski. "He showed a lot of strength [at Bristol], and he has been around this series and Greenville-Pickens for a while."
The Kevin Whitaker 150 Presented by G-Clean starts at 8:00 PM on Saturday (April 6, 2013). Be sure to get there early, qualifying is at 6:00 PM, followed by an autograph session with the K&N Pro Series East drivers at 7:00 PM!