RICHMOND, VA. (APRIL 27, 2012) – With eight laps remaining, Rev Racing driver Ryan Gifford was in second position and the only driver, other than the eventual winner Brett Moffitt, to have lead any laps in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100, here.
“We had a really fast car tonight and was in an exciting race,” said Gifford. “If that last caution had not occurred there would have still been an exciting finish but there would have been two Rev Racing drivers in the middle of it.”
Gifford, driver of the #2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry and teammate Kyle Larson, driver of the #6 Langley Speedway Toyota Camry had run in the top three positions for the majority of the race.
Both where in position to contend for the win when a red flag caution came out on lap 90. During the restart on lap 92, Gifford, who had lead 11 of the 100 laps, spun his tires and was hit from the rear and sent spinning toward the infield. He was able to save the car and did not bring out a caution. He was able to regroup and catch the field, but with only eight laps remaining, could not advance any further than twenty-first position before the race ended.
“After being so dominant all night, it’s a shame to have it end that way,” said Gifford. “But, we’ve shown we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with this year. There’s still eleven races remaining and a lot is going to happen.”
In addition to Gifford and Larson, the remaining Rev Racing drivers also showed the power being displayed by the team this year.
Bryan Ortiz, driver of the #4 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry, had another strong outing finishing the night in seventh position. Fellow driver Jorge Arteaga, driver of the #8 PRECON Marine Toyota Camry, came from a thirty-second starting position to finish the night in fifteenth.
“While I’m happy with the good finish, I’m not satisfied,” said Arteaga. “The team and I have come a long way in the first three races. I’m improving each time and expect to be running in the top, with my teammates, very soon”
Three Rev Racing drivers remain the top 10 in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points standing with Larson in fifth, Ortiz in seventh and Gifford at eight.
Rev Racing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers will be in action again at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on May 19.
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