51 Leftovers: East Series at Gresham
Swindell, Ty’s Win, Mike Helton and More
By Elgin Traylor
NASCAR PR - Ty Dillon captured his first win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a victory in the American Fence Association 150 presented by Mayfield Ice Creamier at Gresham Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Dillon, the 18-year-old grandson of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner Richard Childress, inherited the top spot when the two leaders got together late in the event and then held on to win the action-filled race that concluded with a yellow-checkered finish.

The action-filled event, which included 12 cautions and several red flags, marked the inaugural series visit to the half-mile track in Jefferson, Ga.

Fellow series rookie Kevin Swindell won the Coors Light Pole Award and led a majority of the laps at Gresham. Defending champion Ryan Truex got by Swindell late in the event and then the two came together on a subsequent restart, with Dillon taking over the lead. Truex wound up seventh while Swindell slipped to 14th.

Cole Whitt finished as the race runner-up while Ryan Gifford crossed the line third. Michael Cherry, Matt Kobyluck, Sergio Pena, Truex, Jason Patison, D.J. Shaw and Brandon Haley rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Darrell Wallace Jr., who entered the race 33 points behind Truex atop the season standings, finished two laps down in 15th. As a result, the deficit doubled to 66 points with two races remaining on the schedule.

With his win in the No. 3 Waffle House/Mom ‘N’ Pop’s Chevrolet, Dillon secured a spot in the prestigious postseason NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. He came into the event with five top 10s in eight career NKNPS East starts. His best career finish of second came at Iowa Speedway in the East/West combination race where he also led the first laps of his career. Dillon's brother, Austin, was the 2008 NKNPS East Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

The American Fence Association 150 from Gresham Motorsports Park will air on SPEED on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. ET.

The next event on tap for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire Motors Speedway on Friday, Sept. 17. The event, the next-to-last race of the 2010 season, marks the second of two appearances for the series at the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H.


Kobyluck Takes Top Five in Back-Up Car

Matt Kobyluck, a former East Series Champion, lost his primary car in practice and had to start a back-up car near the rear of the field in the feature.  Kobyluck had a good ride, slowly picking his way to the front, dodging wrecks and spins all night, before posting a fifth-place finish.

Swindell Has Run In With Ryan and Ryan 

Kevin Swindell was a hard man to find at the conclusion of the American Fence 150 on Saturday night at Gresham Motorsports Park.  Swindell won the pole, led the most laps, and dominated the race only to have it taken away in the final few laps.  Although he was unavailable for comment after the race, Swindell was tracked down on Tuesday for his reaction to the weekend.

“We had an excellent car for the second-straight race,” said Swindell.  “On one of the restarts, Truex got down alongside of me and just didn’t turn.  He pushed me up into the marbles to get the lead.  That wasn’t the proper way to race.  So, on the next restart I tried to do the same thing.”

When Swindell got up alongside Truex, the paint trading cost both drivers a shot at the win.

“He didn’t return the courtesy and turned into my door,” said Swindell.  “That got us both out of shape and shuffled us back through the pack.”

The night got worse for Swindell as he then had an issue with Ryan Gifford on the track that then spilled over into the frontstretch post-race activities.

“I was on the outside of Gifford coming off turn two and I am not sure if his spotter messed up, but he run we into the fence and it just added to our frustration.”

Gifford and Swindell, along with some crew members, then had some words on the frontstretch.

(For reaction from Ryan Gifford and Ryan Truex click on the Speed51.com Video recap.)

Hail to the Chief

Fans with a keen eye saw something they didn’t expect at GMP.  NASCAR President Mike Helton was on hand for the East Series race.  Many fans and drivers took the opportunity to visit and talk with Helton about a number of topics. 

In fact, International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy waved the green flag for the East Series race. She was on hand to watch her son Ben Kennedy take part in his first race in the series. 

Gresham’s Love Affair With Water

It’s a hit song by Brad Paisley, but water was no laughing matter at Gresham when a yellow flag turned into a big mess in turn two.   When Julian Albarracin got out of shape and went up into the wall, a set of water barrels were destroyed.  That sent hundreds of gallons of water down the track leaving the cleanup crew with a big mess.

The staff at GMP did an amazing job cleaning up the mess in a little under an hour’s time.  We can honestly say there was so much water that other venues the race would have been done for the night.

Speed Shots

-Georgia native Brandon Haley Finished 10th in his first East Series Race at Gresham

-A near capacity crowd was on hand to see NASCAR return to the Gresham Motor Sports Park for the first time since the mid 90’s.

-Revolution Racing placed three cars inside the top six at Gresham.

- The race was slowed by 10 yellow flags and four periods of red flag in order to clean up the track.

- Michael Cherry posted a fourth-place finish in his first East Series event.
Ty Dillon accepts the trophy in victory lane at Gresham Motorsports Park.  (51 Sports Photo)
Matt Kobyluck's primary car.  (51 Sports Photo)
Speed51.com's Video Recap at GMP.
Kevin Swindell's number 9.  (51 Sports Photo)
NASCAR President Mike Helton was on hand at Gresham.  (51 Sports Photo)
Ty Dillon's ride.  (51 Sports Photo)