Three Times Is A Charm For Peña
Scores Another Win in K&N Pro Series East Event at Greenville
NASCAR PR
Sergio Peña turned in a dominating effort in rolling to his third win of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season Saturday in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140.

Peña qualified second and took the lead from pole winner Corey LaJoie on Lap 58.

From there, he quickly stretched out his lead and maintained that margin as the race remained green for the final 97 laps. Peña’s blistering pace left only the top 10 cars on the lead lap. He won by a margin of 4.633 seconds.

Brett Moffitt, who picked up the win in the season opener at Greenville, finished second and rookie Chase Elliott was third. Alex Bowman, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader, and overall points leader Max Gresham rounded out the top five.

Peña's Revolution Racing teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. was sixth, followed by Dylan Presnell, Brandon Gdovic, Eddie MacDonald and Matt DiBenedetto.

The two previous wins for the 18-year-old Winchester, Va., driver came at his home state tracks of South Boston Speedway and Langley Speedway in Hampton. The pace of the race was slowed by just three cautions for 11 laps.

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 will air on SPEED on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will run its second-to-last event of the season Friday, Sept. 23 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-Kevin Whitaker 140 Results
Saturday
At Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Sergio Pena, Winchester, Va., Toyota, 140 laps, 71.066 mph.
2. (5) Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa, Toyota, 140.
3. (3) Chase Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga., Chevrolet, 140.
4. (9) Alex Bowman, Tucson, Ariz., Toyota, 140.
5. (4) Max Gresham, Griffin, Ga., Toyota, 140.
6. (7) Darrell Wallace, Jr., Mobile, Ala., Toyota, 140.
7. (10) Dylan Presnell, Sevierville, Tenn., Toyota, 140.
8. (22) Brandon Gdovic, Yorktown, Va., Dodge, 140.
9. (19) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 140.
10. (6) Matt DiBenedetto, Grass Valley, Calif., Toyota, 140.
11. (12) Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn., Toyota, 139.
12. (27) Rick Gdovic, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dodge, 139.
13. (1) Corey LaJoie, Concord, N.C., Ford, 139.
14. (15) Michael Cherry, Valrico, Fla., Toyota, 139.
15. (13) Andrew Smith, Pooler, Ga., Chevrolet, 139.
16. (18) Ryan Reed, Bakersfield, Calif., Toyota, 138.
17. (14) Cody Hodgson, Escalon, Calif., Dodge, 138.
18. (25) Tom Hessert, III, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet, 138.
19. (24) Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va., Chevrolet, 138.
20. (8) Brandon McReynolds, Mooresville, N.C., Dodge, 137.
21. (20) Tanner Berryhill, Tulsa, Okla., Ford, 137.
22. (26) Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 136.
23. (16) Brandon Haley, Lavonia, Ga., Ford, 135.
24. (21) Michelle Theriault, Bristol, Conn., Dodge, 132.
25. (11) Benny Gordon, DuBois, Pa., Ford, 97, brakes.
26. (17) Chad Finchum, Knoxville, Tenn., Dodge, 71, rear end.
27. (28) Chuck Buchanan, Hildebrand, N.C., Chevrolet, 37, clutch.
28. (23) Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz., Chevrolet, 14, accident.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 59 minutes 6 seconds
Margin of Victory: 4.633 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: C.LaJoie * (86.112 mph, 20.903 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 11 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. LaJoie 1-57; S. Pena 58-140.
Standings: 1. M. Gresham, 1621; 2. B. Moffitt, 1556; 3. D. Wallace,Jr., 1516; 4. M. DiBenedetto, 1484; 5. A. Bowman, 1421; 6. C. LaJoie, 1325; 7. E. MacDonald, 1321; 8. C. Elliott, 1304; 9. C. Hodgson, 1263; 10. R. Gifford, 1247.

Sergio Pena climbs out a winner for the third time on the East Series tour this season.  (David Allio Photo)
Pena (#4) shows the way at Greenville.  (David Allio Photo)