CONCORD, NC (June 25, 2012) Rev Racing brings home three top-10 finishes in Saturday night’s action packed Visit Hampton, VA 175, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Langley Speedway. Rev Racing rookies, Bryan Ortiz and Kyle Larson, bring home sixth and seventh place finishes, while teammate Jorge Arteaga cracked the top-10 for the first time this season.
The night started off well with three of four Rev Racing drivers, Larson, Ortiz and Ryan Gifford all qualifying inside the top-10. They maintained their positions for most of the night and by lap 66, Arteaga joined his teammates inside the top-10.
What was shaping up as one of Rev Racing’s best nights of the season was spoiled by a couple of late race accidents.
After the sixth of eight cautions on the night, and with only 20 laps remaining in the race, Larson, in the No. 6 Rev Racing and L&M Ethanol Maintenance Contracting, Inc. Toyota Camry, was spun coming into turn one and would end up near the back of the pack, in 17th position. Larson continued to work his way back through the field when teammate, Gifford, running in 10th, also experienced the wrath of short track racing when he tried to avoid a wreck involving the No. 99 of Travis Pastrana. The incident resulted in a flat left rear tire on the No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry and the resulting pit stop caused Gifford to lose a lap. With less than eight laps remaining in the race, this ended the teams’ hopes of all four drivers finishing in the top-10.
With just three laps remaining, Larson had made a spectacular drive through the field, coming from 17th to seventh in just 14 laps, and battled his teammate, Ortiz, to the finish. At the line, Ortiz would maintain his sixth place position and Larson would follow in seventh. Holding off the remainder of the competition, teammate, Arteaga, came home with his first top-10 since his 2010 season with the K&N Pro Series East.
After losing his car early at Gresham Motorsports Park, Bryan Ortiz, winner of the Sunoco Rookie of the Race and Featherlight Most Improved Driver awards, was excited to have another top-10 finish.
“This was a tough race and I am really happy with this finish,” said Ortiz. “My No. 4 Toyota/ Toyota Racing Development Camry team worked hard this week and will continue to work hard for a win this season.”
Larson, who was hoping to follow up his recent win at Gresham Motorsports Park with another, said that he was grateful for a top-10 after being spun out with just 20 laps to go.
“Competition was tough tonight and I am just happy that I was able to work my way back up to the top-10 in such a short time,” added Larson, who finds himself 3rd in series points and leads the Rookie of the Year standings at the halfway point of the season.
Rev Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will make their return to the track in the Samuel 150, at CNB Bank Raceway Park, in Clearfield, PA, on Saturday, July 14.