Driving for Turner Scott Motorsports, Ruston qualified 17th at Greenville but gradually worked her way up on the flat half-mile. In the season opener at Bristol, she qualified 29th but was able to make it to up to 11th by the checkered flag.
“Qualifying has never been my strength and coming into the new cars, we’ve qualified a lot worse than we wanted,” Ruston said. “It really has kind of helped. I’ve been able to get back there and ride and learn and save tires to be there at the end.
“We’ve been working hard and my crew chief (Rich Burgdoff) has worked hard with me. I’m mostly there every day at the shop working hard and trying to learn as much as I can about these cars so I can do the best I can for them.”
Ruston has previous experience at Five Flags, both running several crate late model races there as well as competing in the annual late-season Snowball Derby weekend. She finished 10th in the Snowflake 100 in 2010.
“I love the place,” Ruston said. “It’s a lot of banking. It’s just a fast little race track. It’s almost like you never stop turning.”