Historic Half-Mile Serves As Championship Proving Ground
• It’s never too early to start to think of championship implications, especially as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to historic Greenville Pickens Speedway Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150. In each of the last three seasons, the eventual season champion has picked up a win at the flat half-mile in South Carolina. All three of those drivers were from HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, which bodes well for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Tyler Dippel. The 15-year-old Wallkill, New York, driver is coming off his first career series win at Mobile International Speedway. It’s Spencer Davis, though, who enters the third race of the season with the championship points lead on the strength of back-to-back runner-up finishes. In six career K&N Pro East races, Davis hasn’t finished worse than sixth and a strong performance at Greenville can establish the 17-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia, as the driver to beat. NASCAR Next driver Kyle Benjamin, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Dippel’s teammate Justin Haley are all still within 10 points of the lead.