Young Talent Ready for K&N Race at Bowman Gray
Potential future Sprint Cup drivers showcase their skills on Saturday.
(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Bowman Gray Stadium is known for the unique challenges that it poses to drivers. One of the tightest places to race, competitors have to ramp up their reaction speeds and their aggressiveness.
So the drivers from the K&N Pro Series East can’t wait to test their skills when they compete in the Army Strong 150 this weekend at Bowman Gray Stadium.
“Our series has never raced there, and it’s definitely going to be something for the fans to watch,” said Brett Moffitt, current points leader and driver of the number 00 Toyota.
“I think everyone is going to be more aggressive. Definitely later in the race you’re going to see people forcing that position,” said Moffitt. “It’s going to be a lot of bump and run action.”
But Moffitt has an ace up his sleeve: his connection to Michael Waltrip Racing. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is a testing ground for young talent being developed for the upper levels of NASCAR. “It’s definitely a big plus to be in front of them, to have their backing, and to have them there to support me,” said Moffitt.
Max Gresham, currently ranked fourth in the points standings, will pilot the number 18 car owned by Joe Gibbs. “Working with Joe Gibbs Racing has been an awesome experience for me,” said Gresham. “To sit down and be able to talk with someone like Kyle Busch – it’s great knowledge to have. I’ve cherished every moment working with them.”
Hendrick Motorsports, one of the most successful Sprint Cup organizations of all time, has thrown their support behind a 15-year old rookie: Chase Elliott, son of racing legend Bill Elliott.
“Obviously they have a lot of experience with that type of car, and that’s definitely going to help us,” said Chase Elliott about Hendrick Motorsports. “I think the gains we’ve made through the year, to me, have been pretty big. So I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
All three drivers have aspirations of moving up to race in the Sprint Cup Series, and there’s the very real possibility that their names could become as well-known as Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart.
But with the Army Strong 150 coming up in a few days, one of the most exciting things for the drivers is the fact that none of them have competed at the Stadium before. All of the race teams are starting with a blank slate.
“We’re right along with everyone else,” said Gresham. “We don’t know any more than they do. This is one of the places where you may see an underdog run well. It’s a real level playing field,” said Gresham. “I can’t wait to get out there when there are 24 other cars and see how we do then.”
The Army Strong 150 is set for this weekend at Bowman Gray Stadium. There will be a qualifying session for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Friday with racing for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions. And regular adult admission is just five dollars.
Then on Saturday, it’s Two Dollar Ladies’ Night. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will race in the Army Strong 150, the Modifieds have a 100-lapper, and the night will end with a Chain Race. Ladies are admitted for two dollars, men for twelve dollars, children six through eleven for two dollars, and children five and under for free. For details, visit www.bowmangrayracing.com.