Kwasniewski Knows The VIR Road
ALTON, Va. – It was the perfect day for Dylan Kwasniewski.
Kwasniewski was fastest in practice and put his Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet on the pole before going out to lead a race-high 39 laps en route to a win in the Biscuitville 125 on Saturday in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action at Virginia Int’l Raceway. It was Kwasniewski’s fourth win of the season and ninth overall in the K&N Pro Series for the reigning K&N Pro Series West champion.
Bryan Ortiz was near the front of the field all race long and finished second – crossing the line .847 seconds behind Kwasniewski – to record his best series career finish. Brett Moffitt finished third to record his 33rd career top-five finish in 57 series starts. Ben Kennedy and Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year contender Gray Gaulding finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Cale Conley, local standout Peyton Sellers, Scott Heckert, Eddie MacDonald and Alex Kennedy rounded out the top 10.
Kwasniewski led the race’s first 10 laps, but was content to let Daniel Suárez take over the point for 17 laps before everyone made pit stops for fuel. Kwasniewski, a member of the NASCAR Next program, regained the lead on Lap 29 and led the rest of the way. The race ended with a green-white-checkered finish after Suárez’s bid for a second win this season ended in a cloud of smoke due to a Lap 50 engine failure.
With the victory Kwasniewski extended his lead over Moffitt in the championship standings to 28 points with five races remaining. Ben Kennedy holds down the third spot – 40 tallies in back of the leader.
It was the first road-course race for the series since competing at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., in July 2010.