Rain doesn’t dampen Langley funPublished 10:03pm Friday, June 28, 2013
By Gary Daughtrey
Special to the News-Herald
Dylan Kwasniewski of Las Vegas, Nev., moved out front on lap 46 and led the rest of the way to win NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, the main event during last Saturday’s racing program at Langley Speedway.
The victory was Kwasniewski’s third of the season and second in a row.
Qualifying was rained out, putting points leader Brett Moffitt on the pole for the start. Moffitt paced the first 45 circuits with Kwasniewski in tow. He surrendered the top spot on lap 46 and also lost second place to local favorite Brandon Gdovic.
During the second caution period, which began on lap 52, Moffitt gave up the third position to make the first of several visits to the pit lane. Gdovic ran second to Kwasniewski until lap 97, when he gave way to Daniel Suarez on a restart.
The race was slowed by five more caution flags, bringing the grand total to 12 and giving Suarez plenty of opportunities to snatch away the win. Kwasniewski was strong on the restarts, though, and held Suarez at bay.
The final yellow flag appeared on lap 169 and pushed the race into overtime. On the last restart, at lap 175, Suarez gave it his best shot, staying on the leader’s outside flank until they reached Turn 2. Kwasniewski gained the upper hand on the backstretch, however, and pulled away to win by three lengths as the checkered flag waved on lap 177.
Suarez was second, followed by Jesse Little, Cale Conley and Ryan Gifford.
From Langley, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 on July 13.
Robbie Parker started on the pole and led all the way for his fourth win of the season in a 40-lapper for the Pepsi Grand Stocks.
Ritchie German moved up to second in the opening circuits and shadowed Parker until the waning laps, when the leader pulled away. German and third-place Brandon Hinson combined to bring out the last of the race’s three caution flags on lap 39.
Defending champ Ricky Derrick filled Parker’s mirror on the final restart, but couldn’t muster a winning pass as Parker won by a couple of car-lengths.
Tommy Sweeney was third to the line, while Jamie Sample and Michael Waters rounded out the top five.