Pena Returns To Victory Lane

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Sergio Pena (4) battles Jesse Little during NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway photo)
Sergio Pena (4) battles Jesse Little during NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway photo)
Sergio Pena (4) battles Jesse Little during NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. (Todd Ridgeway photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Sergio Pena found his way back to victory lane on Saturday.

The 21-year-old from Winchester, Va., held off the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East field following a late caution at Columbus Motor Speedway to win the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota.

It is the third win of the season for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. It is also the third win in four years for Rev Racing at Columbus, following wins by Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) and Daniel Suarez (2013).

It is Pena’s fourth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win and first since 2011, when he won three times.

Pena took the lead from Cameron Hayley on Lap 120 and then held off Hayley’s challenges over the closing laps. A caution with 10 to go gave Hayley one more shot, but Pena was able to power his way to the victory.

Hayley settled for second, followed by championship points leader Ben Rhodes. Jesse Little and Pena’s Rev Racing teammate Ryan Gifford were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ross Chastain was sixth and rookies Nick Drake and Kaz Grala were seventh and eighth, and Brennan Newberry was ninth. Scott Heckert, who won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day, finished 10th.

Rhodes continues to lead the championship points standings by 62 over Hayley. Gaulding is third, another 12 points back, and is followed by Little and Brandon Jones.

The JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 27 at 10 a.m.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1 for the second showdown of the season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The finish:

Sergio Pena, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes, Jesse Little, Ryan Gifford, Ross Chastain, Nick Drake, Kaz Grala, Brennan Newberry, Scott Heckert, Ronnie Bassett, Jr. , Kenzie Ruston, Jay Beasley, Brandon Jones, Gray Gaulding, Mason Massey, Brad Means,  Austin Hill,  Brandon Oakley, Chuck Buchanan, Jr., Brodie Kostecki, Mackena Bell, J.J. Haley

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