Saturday, August 5, 2017

Will Rodgers Earns First Career Victory

Will Rodgers Earns First Career Victory

Road Course Ace Holds off Garcia Jr. In Overtime

Will Rodgers Earns First Career Victory #NASCAR


It was a day of firsts for Will Rodgers. In his first ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start, he became a first-time winner.



The Murrieta, California, native wheeled his No. 7 Solvang Brewing Company Ford to Victory Lane for the first time in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series career, holding off Ruben Garcia Jr. and Todd Gilliland on an overtime restart.



"We fired off right off the truck really well," Rodgers said post-race. "I knew we were going to have a really good piece for the race. It was just a matter of making the right moves at the right time."

Todd Gilliland came home in second-place, 1.493 seconds behind Rodgers and Harrison Burton crossed the start/finish line in third-place.

"We had a pretty good run from being ninth in practice," Gilliland said post-race. "We picked up a little from qualifying to qualify in the fifth position. And from there, we kind of rode for the first few laps and then those guys got off line and made a few mistakes and were able to slide by them. Just a little more mistake free than those guys I was racing. "

Burton maintains his championship series points lead over Gilliland by four points.

"Battling back was the biggest deal," Burton said post-race. "We just had an ill-handling race car in the first segment there. Fought back from that, got a little better at the break and had to capitalize on the restarts and cautions that came out. [...] solid points day, but we just got to look ahead."

"We fired off right off the truck really well," Rodgers said post-race. #NASCAR


Fin Str Car Driver Laps
1 2 7 Will Rodgers * 42
2 5 16 Todd Gilliland 42
3 3 12 Harrison Burton 42
4 14 6 Ruben Garcia Jr. 42
5 7 42 Jay Beasley 42
6 11 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. 42
7 12 4 Chase Cabre * 42
8 15 28 Dylan Murry * 42
9 10 44 Dillon Bassett 42
10 9 27 Matt Tifft 42
11 16 40 Brandon Jones 42
12 6 30 Tyler Dippel 42
13 19 43 Gary Klutt * 42
14 20 32 Robert Pawlowski * 42
15 13 17 Chase Purdy * 42
16 4 2 Collin Cabre 42
17 8 31 Scott Heckert 42
18 17 13 Max Papis 35
19 1 1 Ryan Truex 26
20 18 5 Enrique Baca * 9
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Truex, Time: 73.345 Seconds, Speed: 120.254 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 14 mins, 7 secs Average Speed: 83.301 mph Margin of Victory: 1.493 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 22-23 (Break - FP #13); 27-29 (#01 in the esses - FP #30); 36-39 (#13 before the inner loop - FP #31). 3 for 9 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Truex 1-26, Todd Gilliland 27-30, Will Rodgers * 31-42.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Truex 26, Will Rodgers * 12, Todd Gilliland 4. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: 
  1. Harrison Burton 468
  2. Todd Gilliland 464
  3. Chase Purdy * 406
  4. Ronnie Bassett, Jr. 404
  5. Ruben Garcia Jr. 393
  6. Chase Cabre * 388
  7. Jay Beasley 367
  8. Dillon Bassett 350
  9. Tyler Dippel 346
  10. Collin Cabre 338

RACE NOTES:

  • • The #6 Team was sent to the rear on the initial start due to unapproved adjustments after post qualifying tech
  • • At the break, the #17 and #27 did not roll at designated time and were penalized to the rear of the field
  • • The #11 Team ran the #01 on the car for the event – The #11 will receive the owners points for the event
  • • The #9 Team ran the #5 on the car for the event – The # 9 will receive the owners points for the event
  • • The #7 Team does not hold a combination license (West only) and will not receive Owners points for the event
  • • The #27 Team does not hold a combination license (West only) and will not receive Owners points for the event

CONTINGENCY AWARDS:

  • COOR'S LIGHT POLE AWARD: #01 Ryan Truex
  • SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE: #7 Will Rodgers
  • COCA COLA MOVE OF THE RACE: #6 Ruben Garcia Jr
  • BREMBO BRAKE THROUGH CHALLENGE: #6 Ruben Garcia Jr



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