Concord, NC (Feb. 19, 2015) – Kenzie Ruston is a proven commodity in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The El Reno, Oklahoma native has consistently performed well in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the past two seasons. The only question surrounding Ruston’s Rev Racing debut was how should would adapt to a new car and a new crew. By the end of the night, both questions were answered. And if Sunday’s top-10 finish is any inclination of the year to come, Ruston is in for a championship caliber season.
Although Ruston had an excellent end to her night, there was still an adjustment period early on. The 22-year-old experienced some obstacles and struggled to post a time better than 14th throughout practice. Her struggles continued through qualifying and Ruston ultimately began the race outside of the top-20.
However, despite her early struggles, the veteran driver remained poised and optimistic. With dozens of races already under her belt, it was going to take more than a few early struggles to deter Ruston.
After taking the Green flag, Ruston wasted little time cracking the top-20. Eventually after increasing her standing to 19th, her teammates, Jay Beasley and Collin Cabre, trailed in the following two positions. The three of them would go on to race a decent portion of the race in this tandem, moving through the pack in a synchronize effort. By lap 93, Ruston began to distance herself from her teammates and was threatening to crack the top-10. After a few subsequent cautions, Ruston was finally able to crack the top-10 with just under 25 laps to go. Over the final few laps of the race, a couple more cautions allowed a few competitors to impose on Ruston’s position every time she managed to create some separation. However, Ruston ultimately fought off all challengers and was able to hold on to her 10th place position through the checkered flag.
Additionally, Ruston’s teammate Cabre was able to battle to a 15th place finish in his Rev Racing debut after spinning out mid-way through the race and damaging the tail end of his vehicle. Unfortunately, remaining teammates Beasley and Amos were unable to finish the race.
Rev Racing will return to the track on April 4, 2015 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
ABOUT REV RACING: Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities, women drivers, and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit www.revracing.net and follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.
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