WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – History and heritage converged Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium as Ben Kennedy took home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East checkered flag in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.
Kennedy, the great-grandson of Bill France Sr., captured his second career K&N Pro Series East victory at one of the sport’s most historic tracks. Not only was France the founding father of NASCAR, but he was also responsible for bringing auto racing to Bowman Gray in 1949.
Sixty-four years later, the two were reconnected.
Kennedy took the lead on lap 124 and held it the balance of the 150-lap race for his third overall NASCAR victory. His first win came in 2012 in Tours, France in Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series action. His previous K&N Pro Series East triumph came on April 13 of this season at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.
“Man, this is just awesome,” Kennedy said from Victory Lane. “I’ve got to thank BK Racing and absolutely everyone that made this possible to win here at Bowman Gray. I’m speechless over that.”
Dylan Kwasniewski crossed the line second with Brandon Gdovic third. Kenzie Ruston and Jesse Little brought home the top five. Mackena Bell, Bryan Ortiz, Gray Gaulding, Daniel Suárez and Cole Custer rounded out the evening’s top-10 finishers.
Polesitter Brett Moffitt, who led from the start, suffered battery issues mid-race and may have been running underpowered when Kennedy overtook him for the deciding lead change on lap 124. Moffitt had to pit for a battery change and eventually finished 13th. Despite the bad luck Moffitt maintained his lead in the point standings and holds a four-point advantage over Gdovic and a seven-point edge on Kwasniewski.