Kennedy beats Kwasniewski at Bowman Gray
June 01, 2013, Jason Cunningham, NASCAR.com
NASCAR founder's great-grandson holds off K&N Pro Series West champ in Winston-Salem
Photo caption (left to right): Jim France, International Speedway Corporation chairman and vice chairman and executive vice president of NASCAR; two-time K&N Pro Series East race winner Ben Kennedy; Lesa France Kennedy, International Speedway Corporation CEO and vice chairperson of NASCAR; and Jeffrey Loch, CEO of G-Oil, celebrate Ben Kennedy's win in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"I’ve got to thank BK Racing and absolutely everyone that made this possible to win here at Bowman Gray. I’m speechless over that."
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – History and heritage converged Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium as Ben Kennedy took home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East checkered flag in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.
Kennedy, the great-grandson of Bill France Sr., captured his second career K&N Pro Series East victory at one of the sport’s most historic tracks.
Not only was France the founding father of NASCAR, but he was also responsible for bringing auto racing to Bowman Gray in 1949.
Sixty-four years later, the two were reconnected.
Kennedy took the lead on Lap 125 and held it the balance of the 150-lap race for his third overall NASCAR victory. His first win came in 2012 in Tours, France in Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series action. His previous K&N Pro Series East triumph was earned on April 13 of this season at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.
“Man, this is just awesome,” Kennedy said from Victory Lane. “I’ve got to thank BK Racing and absolutely everyone that made this possible to win here at Bowman Gray. I’m speechless over that.”
Dylan Kwasniewski crossed the line second with Brandon Gdovic third. Kenzie Ruston and Jesse Little brought home the top five.
Polesitter Brett Moffitt, who led from the start, suffered battery issues mid-race and may have been running underpowered when Kennedy overtook him for the deciding lead change on Lap 125. Moffitt had to pit for a battery change and eventually finished 13th.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will air on SPEED on June 6 at 3 p.m. ET.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action on Friday, June 7 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa in the Casey’s General Stores 150 combination race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
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