WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – In its first series race at Watkins Glen Int’l since 2009, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East gave the fans a finish to remember.
Second-year driver Scott Heckert was able to get past leader Andrew Ranger and second-place Cole Custer during a green-white-checkered restart to score his first career victory in the action-packed Bully Hill Vineyards 125 on Friday.
After a late race caution was given to the field on lap 50 for contact between Daniel Suarez and several cars, Ranger led Custer on the final restart at the line.
The two battled side by side until Heckert found an opportunity to make his move and get by both drivers just before the white flag.
Custer made one last attempt to pass Heckert for the lead, but he lost control and hit the sand barrels at the end of pit road to bring out the final caution of the race.
For Heckert, it was his first win in 27 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
Championship points leader Ben Rhodes finished third with Kaz Grala and Jesse Little completing the top five.
Brandon Jones followed in sixth with Ryan Reed seventh. NASCAR Next driver Cameron Hayley rebounded from an early-race incident to finish eighth while Kenzie Ruston and Nick Drake rounded out the top 10.
The race was slowed six times by caution with 15 cars finishing on the lead lap.
Scott Heckert, Andrew Ranger, Ben Rhodes, Kaz Grala, Jesse Little, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed, Cameron Hayley, Kenzie Ruston, Nick Drake, Brennan Newberry, Frederic Gabillon, Mackena Bell, Jay Beasley, Ronnie Bassett Jr., Cole Custer, Austin Hill, Gray Gaulding, Daniel Suarez, Sergio Pena, Austin Dillon, Richard Bodmer, Ryan Gifford, Brodie Kostecki, John Hunter Nemechek.