Gdovic Claims First Career K&N Pro Victory
High-powered race car drivers came from all over the United States Saturday Greenville-Pickens Speedway's Kevin Whitaker 150, but it was a pair of area drivers who put on the show.
Jeremy Burns, a former Late-Model Stock driver who makes his home in Simpsonville had to start 17th, but halfway through the event had worked his way up to fifth. And the show was just starting. Another driver who is quite well aware of the historic half-mile, Coleman Pressley, did his best to make the event a local show.
Both Burns and Pressley made their way to the front of the field, but a late charge by Brandon Gdovic was good enough to take the checkered flag. "At first I thought I had laid back too long, but I found out I had a lot of car left, and went on to the front," Gdovic said.
In doing so, he stopped Burns from a fantastic finish. Burns was second, and said "I thought I had it," he said in the post-race interview. "Brandon deserves the victory. He drove a great race with a great car. It was just great to be able to come back here to my home track and run well.'
Kenzie Ruston drove her car to third, and said she had messed up in qualifying and had to start 17th. "We were hoping for a top five finish, and third is just great."
Pressley, son of GPS 1988 champion Robert Pressley from Asheville, was fourth, and pole sitter Brett Moffitt, who led the first third of the race, finished fifth.
Charlie Hooper took command of the Four Cylinder main event, with Don Tavernia finishing second. Ray Mullinax was third, with Jamie McCall fourth and Chad Travernia fifth.
Andrew Cordell held off a hard-charging Dale Stancil to win the Renegade main event. Parker Jameson was third and Blake Gregory finished fourth. Bobby Emory was fifth.