Race Information: Event: Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. Local Time Track: Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, March 26 at 5:15 p.m. Local Time Track Length: 0.5-mile paved oval.
We’re Back!: After making their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Young’s Motorsports with driver Reid Wilson return to action this weekend at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway for round three of the season.
Last Race Recap: In their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut, Young’s Motorsports with driver Reid Wilson finished 17th after starting 18th in the JET Tools 150. While successful qualifying on time for his series debut, Wilson’s on-track progress was stalled by track position and late-race handling woes, but the team still netted a lead-lap finish in their first race together.
Getting To Know Reid Wilson: Wilson enters the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after a stint in what was formally known as the Pro Cup Series, where in 20 races, the Huntersville, North Carolina native produced one pole, seven top-fives and 17 top-10 results. In a two-year stint, Wilson earned a career-best finish of second at Tri-County (N.C.) Speedway in 2014.
Before advancing to the Pro Cup Series, Wilson was a frequent competitor in the INEX sanctioned U.S. Legends International Bandoleros. From there his path expanded to Legends Cars where he enjoyed immediate success. In 2011, Wilson began his Late Model Racing career competing in the Carolina Competition Sports (CCS) inaugural Limited Sportsman Touring Series, where he was crowned champion.
Stay Tru To Yourself: Continuing with this weekend’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, Reid Wilson and Young’s Motorsports is proud to welcome TruNorth Warranty Programs as the primary marketing partner forSaturday’s night anticipated slugfest.
At TrüNorth™, they have assembled a dynamic team of seasoned veterans with decades of experience in sales, customer service, transportation, and logistics. By combining their knowledge and expertise with an ongoing commitment to quality, excellence, and customer service combined with the outstanding value of their warranty, they have crafted TrüNorth™ into the leading provider of transportation related warranty programs and services in the industry.
Send A Kid To Camp: Throughout the season driver Reid Wilson will focus on the MDA Summer Camp program. Wilson is a member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Muscle Team, a group of professional athletes who work with the MDA to raise awareness and funds for MDA research and summer camp for attendees. To learn more about the program, please visitmda.org/services/mda-summer-camp
Young’s Motorsports In 2016: While Young’s Motorsports is concentrated on their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East program with Reid Wilson, the team also is fielding the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with driver Tyler Young. After two races, Young sits fifth in the championship standings with a career-best sixth place finish earned in the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last month.
No Pressure: With no owners points to fall back, Young’s Motorsports and driver Reid Wilson must qualify on-time for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150. With only 22 cars pre-entered for the event, the team is guaranteed a starting spot for the third race of the season.
Meet Reid: Wilson will meet and greet race fans during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East autograph session on Saturday, March 26at 6:00 p.m. on the frontstretch at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway Fast Fact: Greenville is a half-mile asphalt oval with five degrees banking in the turns. It opened in 1946 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1970. It hosted 29 Sprint Cup Series races from 1951-71. It also hosted two NASCAR XFINITY Series, four NASCAR Convertible Series and two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events.
Chassis Intel: Andrew Abbott, crew chief of the No. 66 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet has Racing has elected to bring chassis number 001 to the 0.5-mile paved oval this weekend. This Chevrolet is appearing in its second race with YMS.
Young’s Motorsports, Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, Pre-Race Quotes:
Reid Wilson, driver of the No. 66 TruNorth Warranty Programs / MDA Summer Camp Chevrolet:
On New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway: “For our first race together, we’re satisfied with our finish at New Smyrna. We overcome a lot from start to finish, but we completed our main goal of taking the checkered flag. Of course, we wanted a better run than 17th, but we learned a lot from that race and we’ll be better moving forward.”
On Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway: “It’s a new track for us, so there’s some unknowns for us heading into the weekend. However, the Young’s Motorsports team has been working overtime making sure that we’re more than prepared for Saturdaynight’s race. I enjoy the challenge of a new place and I look forward to capitalizing on this opportunity to make my debut at Greenville-Pickens.”
On Working With Young’s Motorsports: “I can’t say enough about Young’s Motorsports. The leader of Tyler and Andrew is second to none and I’ve enjoyed not only working on the car, but being in the shop learning and helping the team where they need it. The team has enjoyed some great success so far on the truck side, I’m hoping we can add to that this weekend at Greenville-Pickens.”
Young’s Motorsports, New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Pre-Race Quotes:
Tyler Young, owner of the No. 66 TruNorth Warranty Programs / MDA Summer Camp Chevrolet:
On New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway: “While we would have liked to have had a better finish at New Smyrna, we took the finish in stride. We learned a lot about the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Reid as a driver and so much more. We completed our number one goal of finishing the race without a scratch. With that accomplished, we’re looking ahead and not behind.”
On Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway: “Greenville-Pickens is a neat place, where handling and your drive off will be critical to success. Some drivers have found passing hard to come by there, so we need to make sure our No. 66 TruNorth Warranty Programs / MDA Summer Camp Chevrolet is handling well, so Reid can do his job and we can leave with the best finish possible.”
Reid Wilson, Greenville-Pickens NKNPSE Performance Record:
Reid Wilson will make his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start this weekend at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway, no prior starts.
The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 (150 laps / 75 miles) is the third of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice is set for Saturday, March 26 from 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:15 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly thereafter just after 7:00 p.m. (ET). The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, Apr. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Driver: Reid Wilson on Twitter @ReidWilson66.
Sanction: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: NASCARHometracks.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Reid Wilson, driver of the No. 66 TruNorth Warranty Programs / MDA Summer Camp Chevrolet for Young’s Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE).
Credit: Chris Knight