DOVER, Del. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has seen a driver hold the championship trophy six times at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway through the years. If Brett Moffitt wants to make sure that number doesn’t grow to seven, he’ll have to keep pace with points leader Dylan Kwasniewski in the Drive Sober 150 on Friday.
Prior to last week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kwasniewski appeared to have a stranglehold on the championship, but hopes to clinch a race early at Dover were significantly reduced when he wrecked out in Loudon and did not finish a race for the first time in more than a year.
Despite the slip-up last week at New Hampshire, Kwasniewski retains a mathematical shot to clinch the 2013 championship at Dover as he brings a 23-point advantage – 473 to 450 – to the “Monster Mile” on Moffitt. To stay alive, Moffitt will need to avoid a calamity similar to what Kwasniewski encountered last week.
Taking into consideration that bonus points for leading laps or winning the race can come into play and offer additional scenarios, if Moffitt were to finish in last place – 30th – on Friday at Dover, Kwasniewski can clinch the title with a finish of fifth or better. Conversely, if Kwasniewski were to win the Drive Sober 150, then Moffitt would have to finish 22nd or better to push the championship to the season finale at Road Atlanta on Oct. 18.
Kwasniewski, an 18-year-old from Las Vegas, Nev., is chasing history this season. The 2012 titlist in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Kwasniewski is looking to become the first driver to capture the crown in both the East and West. The Drive Sober 150 will be his first appearance at Dover.
Meanwhile, Moffitt is looking to finally close a season with the champion’s trophy after four years of near misses. The 21-year-old from Grimes, Iowa will lean on past success at the “Monster Mile” – where he has two wins – to remain in contention for that elusive title.