Austin of the Hill on Night 3

By on February 16, 2015

 

Night 3 - 2015World Series of Asphalt - New Smyrna Speedway (photo Rodney Meyering)

Getting it started:  Night 3 – 2015 World Series of Asphalt – New Smyrna Speedway AUSTIN HILL on the pole (photo Rodney Meyering)

 

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. — The headline event at New Smyrna Speedway on night three of this year’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing was NASCAR’s K and N East Series opener.  The full bodied stock cars would compete for 150 laps around this historic half mile racetrack.

Georgia native Austin Hill set fast time, started on the pole, led all 151 laps and ended the night in victory lane, continuing with his success from last season, which saw 2 victories.  Hill started the night alongside Kaz Grala and saw challenges from Grala, Scott Heckert, Dalton Sargeant and more before the race is over.

 

Kaz Grala [3] on the inside of Kyle Benjamin.  Benjamin finished 5th and Grala 18th.  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Kaz Grala (3) on the inside of Kyle Benjamin. Benjamin finished 5th and Grala 18th. (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

A crowd that packed the grandstands saw Hill take the early lead as Kaz Grala maintains second as Heckert, Gaulding and William Bryon battle it out for third through fifth.  The field settles into single file formation and we do not see our first caution till lap 75 when Jared Irvan, son of NASCAR great “Swervin”  Ernie Irvan, loses it in the middle of turns 1 and 2.  He gets a tow to the pits, done for the night.

On the restart, Hill selects the outside line and clears the field heading into the first turn.  Grala bounces  off a couple of cars and spins into the grass in turn 1.  Hill gets another good restart, it’s still Heckert, Byron, Sargeant, Gaulding challenging.  50 laps to go and it looks like Hill has his competition covered tonight.  Lap 110 sees another caution and on the restart its all Hill, Sargeant is all over Heckert and takes second.  He begins to run Hill down.  The rear of the field is getting excited for the final ¼ of the race and we see multiple cautions for contact and spins.  Ronnie Bassett  is penalized one lap for aggressive driving, causing JJ Haley to spin.

 

 

Ronnie Bassett (04) alongside Nick Drake   (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Ronnie Bassett (04) alongside Nick Drake (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Surviving  multiple, restarts and pressure from Sargeant, Hill finally sees the checkered flag after the race runs 1 extra lap, going green, white, checker at the end.  Hill had the best car and did not make a mistake all night.  Dalton Sargeant’s trip to New Smyrna last month paid off (even though the win was DQ’s in January) he finishes a strong second.

VICTORY LANE - AUSTIN HILL  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

VICTORY LANE – AUSTIN HILL (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

The race for podium places; Dalton Sargent (51) finishes 2nd and Gary Gaulding (20) 3rd.  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

The race for podium places; Dalton Sargent (51) finishes 2nd and Gary Gaulding (20) 3rd (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

 

MORE PHOTOS AND FULL RESULTS BELOW

Kenzie Ruston (4) finished 10th and  Sergio Pena 9th .  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Kenzie Ruston (4) finished 10th and Sergio Pena 9th  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Kenzie Ruston

Dillon Bassett (44) and William Byron (9)  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Dillon Bassett (44) and William Byron (9) (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Anthony Kumpen (99) can't finish ahead of Dave Garbo, Jr.  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Anthony Kumpen (99) can’t finish ahead of Dave Garbo, Jr. (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

 Scott Heckert (44) finished 4th  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Scott Heckert (34), here trailing Dalton Sargent, finished 4th (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

(photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Ronnie Bassett, Jr. (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

1              22           Austin Hill

2              51           Dalton Sargeant

3              20           Gray Gaulding

4              34           Scott Heckert

5              27           Kyle Benjamin

6              44           Dillon Bassett

7              9              William Byron

8              15           Nick Drake

9              1              Sergio Pena

10           4              Kenzie Ruston

11           36           Dalton Zehr

12           31           David Garbo Jr

13           7              Codie Rohrbaugh

14           99           Anthony Kumpen

15           2              Collin Cabre

16           04           Ronnie Bassett, Jr.

17           98           Rico Abreu

18           3              Kaz Grala

19           45           Christian Celaya

20           49           John Holleman

21           5              J.J. Haley

22           23           J.P. Morgan

23           6              Devon Amos

24           28           Jared Irvan

25           42           Jay Beasley

26           40           Travis Miller

 

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