ComServe Wireless 150 - Dominion Raceway
Rookie Earns First Career K&N Pro East Win
Kyle Benjamin was fastest in practice, won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award and led the first 137 laps of the scheduled 150 lap race. Unfortunately, his race dominance did not result in a win. An controversial incident on a late-race restart ended his day in last place.
We had the dominating car,” Benjamin told Speed51.com powered by JEGS about his race ending contact with Dillon Bassett and his brother Ronnie, “To have that happen to you really sucks. I don’t know what more you can say about him jacking us up, then me saving it, and then him turning me again. He intentionally wrecked us the second time, so you know it wasn’t an accident.”
That left Benjamin’s teammate Spencer Davis to duke it out with Justin Haley. The finish was so exciting and close that both drivers had to wait for the NASCAR Officials to review the finish.
"Just the amount of emotion right there going on between the whole team," said Davis of sitting in his No. 41 Davis Poultry/Ruud.com Chevrolet. "That long dramatic pause was about to push me over the edge. When I heard my name over the intercom, everyone started screaming over the radio. And it was the best burnout I've ever done." Monday's victory came in his tenth career K&N Pro Series start.
FINAL LAP pic.twitter.com/cPbUnh4zzO— The Weekly Racer (@theweeklyracer) May 30, 2016
Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)• Headed into the weekend ranked second by default with four top fives and five top 10s.
• Finished fourth at New Smyrna this season and fifth in 2015.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.
Spencer Davis (No. 41 Ruud.com Chevrolet)• Was fourth in the standings with three top-five finishes.
• At New Smyrna this season, he finished second.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.
Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)• Leaded the series standings with one win, four top fives and five top 10s.
• In his two starts at New Smyrna, he’s finished 21st (2015) and fifth (2016).
The ComServe Wireless 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action on Friday, June 17, at historic Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.
The series next competes on June 17, 2016 at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Stafford 150.
|1||3||41||Spencer Davis *||150||Running|
|6||7||6||Ruben Garcia Jr. *||150||Running|
|7||2||15||Christian Eckes *||150||Running|
|8||8||13||Hunter Baize *||150||Running|
|9||12||49||John Holleman IV *||150||Running|
|10||14||66||Reid Wilson *||150||Running|
|11||13||38||Tyler Dippel *||150||Running|
|12||6||42||J.A. Junior Avila *||150||Running|
|14||20||46||Brian Henderson *||150||Running|
|15||22||4||Ali Kern *||150||Running|
|17||10||8||Tyler Hughes *||150||Running|
|19||5||43||Ronnie Bassett Jr.||149||Running|
|20||24||28||Clair Zimmerman *||147||Running|
|21||16||12||Harrison Burton *||146||Running|
* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
RACE STATISTICSFastest Qualifier: Kyle Benjamin, Time: 14.834 Seconds, Speed: 97.074 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 6 mins, 40 secs Average Speed: 54.000 mph Margin of Victory: .005 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 42-48 (#13 - Turn 2 - FP #39); 76-80 (Break - FP #13); 123-128 (Debris on Frontstretch - FP #39); 132-137 (#30 Turn 2 - FP #09); 139-144 (#40, #44, #43, #08 Turn 1 - FP #09). 5 for 30 laps.
Lap Leaders: Kyle Benjamin 1-137, Spencer Davis * 138-150.
Total Laps Led: Kyle Benjamin 137, Spencer Davis * 13. 1 changes involving 2 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points:
- Justin Haley 246,
- Kyle Benjamin 227,
- Spencer Davis * 223,
- Kaz Grala 209,
- Noah Gragson 208,
- Tyler Dippel * 205,
- Ronnie Bassett Jr. 205,
- Austin Theriault 199,
- Hunter Baize * 187,
- Collin Cabre 175
CONTINGENCY AWARDS:21 MEANS 21 POLE AWARD
PRESENTED BY COORS LIGHT: #40 Kyle Benjamin
COCA-COLE MOVE OF THE RACE: #55 Noah Gragson
AUTOLITE IRIDIUM XP LAP LEADER: #40 Kyle Benjamin
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE: #41 Spencer Davis