“Any time you are able to turn some laps at a new track before a race weekend, it’s going to help,” Dyne said. “I felt like at Bristol I spent the first half of the race just learning the track, so it’s nice to be able to test at Greenville ahead of time and get the learning started early. I will feel more comfortable when we come back here, and my KMC Wheels team was able to learn a couple things that we can use this weekend.”
Like Dyne, Ruston made her series debut at Bristol. Her 11th-place finish was the best by a female driver in K&N Pro Series East competition since Danica Patrick crossed the line sixth in her only series appearance in 2010. Ruston hopes the extra practice at GPS can help her to keep the momentum to start her rookie campaign.
“As a team, we felt the extra track time would only help,” Ruston said. “We had a list of things we wanted to change during practice last week so we went ahead and tried those, and I think we found exactly what our AccuDoc Solutions team needs for the makeup race date. I don’t have a lot of experience in the K&N Pro Series car yet, so every lap counts.”
TSM wasn’t the only operation to take advantage of the extra week, however. Jesse Little took his No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet out of the Coulter Motorsports shop down to test at GPS on March 29. Little recorded his best finish in eight career K&N Pro Series East starts in last fall’s event in Greenville, and the team took the opportunity to hone in the setup.
“The additional laps allowed us to try some things we usually don’t have time to try,” Little said. “The weather played a role in last year’s qualifying so we spent some time finding a good balance between short and long runs. It’s difficult to pass at Greenville Pickens and we want to start up front. I also had my best finish at Greenville in 2012 and we want to improve upon that.”
When the K&N Pro Series East returns to Greenville on April 6, the raceday schedule will stay the same as it was on March 23. The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean is set to go green at 8 p.m.