Concord, N.C. (April 15, 2013) – The inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. proved to be a success for Rev Racing. Twenty-six cars hit the pavement for the NAPA 150 on Saturday night, and Rev Racing came home with two top-ten finishes. Bryan Ortiz led the team with a sixth place finish in his No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry and Ryan Gifford came home ninth. Mackena Bell and Daniel Suarez finished 11th and 13th respectively.
The field ran under green for most of the 150-lap race, with only four cautions and a mandatory 10 minute break with 75 laps to go.
“I’m really proud of my entire team for their efforts this weekend. We had a competitive car and our sixth place finish shows how much we’ve improved since the season opener at Bristol. I have no doubt that we’ll continue showing improved results and we’ll come home with a win soon.” said Ortiz, the Bayamon Puerto Rico native.
This was the first time any of the Rev Racing drivers had competed at Five Flags Speedway, and they spent time learning their way around the track with a test on Friday and two practice sessions on Saturday.
Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Impact Toyota Camry) – Ortiz started the weekend with a fifth place qualifying effort, his highest starting spot ever in the series. He was competitive throughout the race, running as high as third, and came home with a sixth place finish. He moved up in the series point’s standings and is currently sitting in 13th place.
Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Patience has been the theme for Suarez this season, which he demonstrated once again on Saturday. He qualified 12th and ran consistently in the top-15 all night, finishing 13th. Suarez moved up two spots in the series point’s standings and is currently in 11th place.
Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell led the field with the fastest lap speed during the first practice session. She qualified 16th but she was patient throughout the race, searching for the right opportunity to pass her competitors, and came home with an 11th place finish. This was her highest finish in the NKNPS East.
Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Sunoco/NTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford had a fast car during the first practice session, finishing eighth quickest. He qualified 19th but worked his way up the field to score a top-ten finish, coming home ninth. Gifford is currently seventh in the series point’s standings.
The NAPA 150 will air on SPEED on Thursday, May 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The next stop for Rev Racing in the NKNPS East will be the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, April 25th, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All four NKNPS East drivers will be making an appearance at the Toyota Pit Pass display at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 26th. Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
Back to News