CONCORD, NC (October 1, 2012) Following a toughly contested battle at the “Monster Mile,” Rev Racing Rookies, Kyle Larson and Bryan Ortiz, are now first and fifth in the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points chase. With his fifth place finish in Friday’s American Real TV 150, at Dover International Speedway, Larson moves into the series points lead with teammate, Ortiz, following in fifth after his sixth place finish in the race.
Despite being sent to the rear of the 28-car field after a transmission change prior to this race, Larson was able to put his No. 6 Rev Racing and L&M Ethanol Maintenance & Contracting, Inc. Toyota Camry, into the top-10 by the midway break, on lap 75.
As the second half of this race began, Larson made a hard charge into the top-five with 60 laps remaining. Continuing to battle and avoid many of the issues that plagued his competitors, Larson was able to hold on to a top-five with the wave of the checkered flag.
“Although I was hoping for another win after last week, I am thankful for this top-five after some difficult restarts,” said Larson. “I am also glad to take over the points lead and hope to continue this through the last two races of the season.”
Following a sixth place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, teammate and Rookie of the Year contender, Ortiz, continued to maintain his top-five position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series points standings with another excellent finish in the American Real TV 150.
Rolling off the grid in ninth, Ortiz was able to maintain this position, before moving his No. 4 Puerto Rico Does It Better Toyota into the top-six, on lap 60. Avoiding a stalled car on the frontstretch on lap 73, Ortiz fell back to seventh going into the halfway break.
After encountering continued handling issues throughout the second half, Ortiz continued to fall back in the field before finding his stride in the closing laps of this race where he would cross the finish line in sixth.
“This isn’t exactly the finish that we wanted,” said Ortiz. “We had to deal with several issues out of our control during this race and because of my great team we came back and finished strong and I am looking forward to the last two races.”
Ready for an exciting end to the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Season, Derik Crotts, General Manager, Rev Racing said that these teams and drivers continue to work hard for a successful season.
“The Rev Racing team faced several challenges at the Monster Mile, but did some great work to finish where we did,” said Crotts. “It is nice to have first and fifth place standings in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship Chase with only two races remaining. This is going to be an exciting finish to the season, no doubt.”
Larson and Ortiz, along with their teammates Ryan Gifford and Jorge Arteaga, will make their return to the track in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140, at Greenville Pickens Speedway, in Greenville, SC, on Saturday, October 27.