GREENVILLE, S.C. – A record-breaker in her first trip there back in April, Kenzie Ruston is looking to make even more history when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to Greenville Pickens Speedway for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 on Monday, Sept. 2.
Ruston, a 21-year-old from El Reno, Okla., finished third in the series’ first event of the season at the historic half mile on April 6. That podium effort marked the best finish by a female driver in the 27-year history of the K&N Pro Series East.
That finish for the true K&N Pro Series rookie – which came in just the second race of the season – has proved to not be anomaly either. A member of NASCAR Next, she has recorded three more top-five efforts in the eight races since and ranks sixth in the points standings two-thirds of the way through her first campaign with Turner Scott Motorsports in the No. 34 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet.
With the K&N Pro Series East returning to Greenville on Labor Day, Ruston’s past experience and success at the track has her shooting for even better results this time around.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Greenville,” Ruston said. “I think we have a really good car for there and I really enjoy going there. I’m looking forward to improving on our best finish this year.”
In addition to sitting sixth in overall points, Ruston also tops the competitive Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. If she’s able to maintain pace, Ruston would once again add to her list of record-breaking accomplishments as no female competitor in series history has previously earned the prestigious honor.
“Our goal coming in to this year was to run for rookie of the year, so if we can pull it off, we have accomplished one of our goals for the year,” Ruston said. “And if I was the first female to accomplish that, it would be awesome.”
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