RICHMOND, Va. – Ryan Gifford converted a little patience into his elusive first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory Thursday night at Richmond Int’l Raceway.
The 24-year-old from Winchester, Tenn., drove away from runner-up Brandon Gdovic and third-place Cole Custer on a late-race restart to take the win in the Blue Ox 100. It was redemption for Gifford, who was in contention last year at Richmond until a cut tire in the closing laps ended his night.
This time, Gifford qualified 11th, conserved his tires and methodically worked his way to the front.
Gifford became the fourth different driver to win a race in the series for Rev Racing since the organization began to field cars for NASCAR’s Drive For Diversity in 2010. Gifford has been with the team since its first year and was making his 44th career start.
Gifford took the lead from Custer on lap 78 and then had to wait out a red flag for a multi-car wreck on lap 88.
Eddie MacDonald finished fourth and Gifford’s teammate Mackena Bell was fifth.
Points leader Brett Moffitt ended up sixth, followed by Austin Hill, Michael McGuire, Austin Self and Matt Tifft. After four races, Moffitt leads Gifford by seven points and Gdovic by 12.