Rev Racing had high expectations for The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway, after all four teammates qualified in the top-10 for the first time this season. Daniel Suarez (@DnlSuarez) qualified second, Bryan Ortiz (@BryanORacing) sixth, Ryan Gifford (@RyanGifford2) eighth, and Mackena Bell (@MackenaBell) 10th, putting them in a great position to finish ahead.
Suarez, who led a race-high 64 laps, took over the lead on lap 3. He surrendered the lead to preserve his tires before making a late-race effort for the win. He didn’t have enough time to catch up to the race leader but was able to drive his No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota to a second place finish, his fourth top-five finish of the season.
Bell had an outstanding performance all day, qualifying 10th and racing in the top-five throughout the race. The rookie driver scored her second fifth place finish of the season, matching her best effort to date, a top five finish at Richmond earlier this year. She was the highest qualifying and highest finishing female of the day.
Gifford and Ortiz had fast cars at the start of the race but chose to drop towards the back in order to preserve tires. Unfortunately their strategy didn’t pan out as there was only one caution during the race and not enough time for either driver to rally back to the front. They finished the night 19th and 13th respectively.
The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 will air on FS1 on Sunday, Sept. 22 at noon. The next race for Rev Racing will be the North American Power 100 this Saturday, Sept. 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, N.C.(July 30, 2013) – Rev Racing returns to Iowa Speedway this Friday, Aug. 2, for the second East-West combination race of the season, The Pork Be Inspired 150. This is another monumental weekend for the team as Ryan Gifford becomes the third Rev Racing driver to make his NASCAR national series debut when he competes in the U.S. Cellular 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event on Saturday.
Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford will be doing double duty this weekend in the NKNPS East and NNS. He is currently fourth in the NKNPS East standings with one win, and four top-five finishes. His best finish in a K&N East-West combination race was of sixth in 2011.
Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Maintenance and Contracting Toyota Camry) – Ortiz is currently 12th in the series standings, with a best finish of sixth this season and four top-10 finishes. He has an average finish of 13th in the K&N East-West combination races at Iowa.
Mackena Bell (No. 27 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell who is competing in her rookie season is currently 11th in the point’s standings and a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. She has one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season, with a best finish of fifth at Richmond earlier this year.
Daniel Suarez (No. 69 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry) – Suarez is headed to Iowa fresh off his first NKNPS East win, at Columbus Speedway the last time out. He’s currently ninth in the K&N East Championship standings, with one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes this season. His best overall K&N East-West finish was 10th in 2012.
This weekend Bell and Suarez will be running with different numbers due to point standings in the K&N East-West combination race. Bell will be in the No. 27 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry and Suarez will be in the No. 69 Visit Acapulco Toyota Camry.
Qualifying for The Pork Be Inspired 150 from Iowa speedway will begin at 5 p.m. CT and the green flag will drop at 8 p.m. CT. The race will air on Fox Sports 1, Aug. 25, 1 p.m. ET.
Follow @RevRacin on twitter for updates throughout the race.