Moffitt wins the K&N Blue Ox 100 at Richmond

[media-credit name=”Getty Images for NASCAR” align=”alignright” width=”262″][/media-credit]NASCAR’s K&N Pro East Series visited Richmond International Speedway on Thursday night for the Blue Ox 100, the third race of the season.

Brett Moffitt grabbed the pole with a lap of 21.983 secs, 122.822 MPH for his first pole of the season and the fifth of his career.

Just four laps in, the no.98 driven by Chad Boat spun, bringing out the first caution of the night. Boat was able to get it restarted and resume but he flat spotted his tires and had to pit on lap 25 after making contact with the turn-2 wall.

The no.32 driven by Dale Quarterley got into the turn-4 wall, bringing out the second caution of the night. Quarterley had to pit for right side damage and a =flat tire. Quarterley later hit the wall hard on lap 66. His no.32 Chevrolet had heavy damage and he took it behind the wall.

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On lap 45, the no.16, driven by Duarte Ferreira, blew a right front and pounded the outside wall. The car came to rest in the grass on the frontstretch, his night was over.

After the restart on lap 54, the no.15 driven by Carlos Iaconelli hits the wall hard in turn-1 after his right front tire gave way.

Travis Pastrana (no.99) got turned around after contact from Bryan Ortiz (no.4) in turn-2. Pastrana had to pit under caution for tires.

Driver of the no.14, Daniel Suarez spun up the track into the path of the no.12, driven by Jorge Contreras, Jr. into turn-3. Both suffer heavy damage and brought out the red flag with 10 laps remaining.

Polesitter Moffitt held off Chase Elliott and Corey LaJoie on the final green-white-checkered restart in a photo finish by .011 seconds.  This was Moffitt’s fifth career win.

Elliott’s second place finish was the best finish of his K&N Pro Series East career.

LaJoie finished third, Kyle Larson fourth and Brando Gdovic finished fifth.

Next up: Iowa Speedway on May 19th for the Iowa 150 pres. by Graham Tire.

 

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