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NKNPSE: Reid Wilson Earns Top-10 in Second Series Start

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It didn’t take long for 19-year-old Reid Wilson to earn his first top-10 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Wilson, driving for newly formed Young’s Motorsports, brought his No. 66 TruNorth Warranty Programs/MDA Summer Camp Chevrolet Chevrolet home in the sixth position in last Saturday night’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

After finishing a disappointing 17th in both the team and Wilson’s NKNPSE debut in the season-opener at New Smyrna Speedway, the race at Greenville provided an opportunity for the young driver and team to improve their performance.

Improve they did, as Wilson clocked the sixth fastest time in final practice and qualified 10th for the 150-lap event.

Passing at the flat half-mile track proved to be difficult, and Wilson had slid back to 11th when the caution flag flew for the halfway break.

After taking tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, Wilson began to gain positions when the race returned to green. The team made the correct adjustments and as the track continued to cool, Wilson was able to make passes of Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala en route to finishing sixth.

“The key was keeping the car pinned down to the bottom in the center of the corners, coming out of both two and four,” Wilson said after the race.

“As long as I could get down to the bottom, stay down there and just get a run straight up off — all the way to the wall — I could save my tires all night long and it burned our stuff up so much less than some of the other guys up front.”

While the HScott Motorsports organization won the race with Justin Haley, the other cars in the powerhouse NKNPSE team finished eighth, 10th and 15th.

“I can’t believe some of the teams we beat. We were as fast as the guys up front late in the race, and we beat three of the four HScott (Motorsports with Justin Marks) cars at the end of the day. For us, as a smaller team trying to build this program, that’s a big deal,” Wilson said.

The only downside for Wilson and Young’s Motorsports is the long break between races. While the K&N Pro Series East returns to action on April 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Wilson and Young’s Motorsports are only running a limited schedule in their debut season. The next race for the team will not be until May 30 at Dominion Raceway.

“I’m incredibly proud of this Young’s Motorsports team,” said Wilson. “We had been saying in the days leading up to Greenville-Pickens that we were going to have a fast car and something we could contend with. We proved that during the race. We’re satisfied with sixth, but we’re not done yet, we’re just getting started.”

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About Brian Eberly

Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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