Revolution Racing will make its NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway this weekend with four rookie drivers. Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Sergio Pena and Darrell Wallace Jr. will all contend for the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.
Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
Greenville Pickens Speedway
Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET (TV: SPEED, April 1, 6 p.m. ET)
Greenville Pickens Speedway is a flat, half-mile asphalt oval with five degrees of banking in the turns.
Team: No. 8 Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Jerry Babb
Bell on making her debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East:
“I’m looking forward to making my first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this weekend. I’m excited for the opportunity to compete at a historic track like Greenville Pickens Speedway, against a field of great drivers. I’ve got a great crew chief in Jerry Babb and I’m ready to go out there and learn as much as I can about racing in this series.”
- Bell raced super late models at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) in 2009 for Position One Motorsports. She finished the season eighth in the points standings with one top three and 10 top‐10 finishes.
- This will be Bell’s first career start at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
- Bell is the only female driver on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East entry list for this weekend’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.
Team: No 2 Distribution One Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Lee McCall
Gifford on his Greenville Pickens preparation:
“We had a really good test last week and I got a little bit of experience in these cars last year, which will really help us this season. I think we have what it takes to go out there this weekend and run up front.”
- Gifford made five starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series last season (four in the East and one in the West). He scored two second-place finishes, including the season finale at Dover International Speedway.
- Gifford has never competed at Greenville Pickens Speedway. This will mark his first career start at the historic track.
- Gifford is a hands-on driver and is at the shop working on his cars every chance he gets. He prides himself on knowing what he can do to make his cars faster.
Team: No. 4 Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Mark McFarland
Pena on making his first start since the Toyota Showdown:
“We ran well out in Irwindale which was a huge confidence booster for me. It helped to get that seat time and to get a feel for these cars, but now the season really starts and we have to go out there and be consistent and run up front every week. I’m excited to work with Mark (McFarland) this year and I think we’ll be good this weekend.”
- Pena made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut at the Toyota Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in January. He qualified on the pole and finished second to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano.
- As a rookie in the late model division at Shenandoah (Va.) Speedway in 2009, Pena scored six wins in 11 races.
- Pena has just one year of oval track experience; prior to running late models, he competed on road courses in open-wheel formula cars.
Team: No. 6 Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Robert Huffman
Wallace on his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East:
“It’s been a long off season and I am ready to get back to racing. Everyone at Revolution Racing has been working hard to get these cars ready for this weekend. I’m ready to get to Greenville so we can show everyone what this team is capable of doing.”
- Wallace has been competing in late models since he was 14 years old. Now at 16, he’s old enough to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR’s premier development series.
- At just 16 years old, Wallace is Revolution Racing’s youngest driver.
- Wallace has raced late models at Greenville Pickens Speedway in the past; this will be his first start at the track in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car.
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