Darrell Wallace Jr.Wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville Pickens Speedway
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener in South Carolina had some West Coast flavor with a handful of drivers with Southern California roots entered in the race.
Jason Bowles, the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion from Ontario, started third, but was involved in an accident and finished 25th.
Mackena Bell, who used to race late models at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, posted a 19th place finish after starting the race in 26th.
Sergio Pena, who put up an impressive second-place finish in the NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown in Irwindale in January, crashed midway through the East Series season opener. He collided with John Salemi on lap 65 and ended up with a 27th-place finish.
Patrick Long, an American Le Mans Series driver from Thousand Oaks, had the best finish of the drivers from Southern California. He was seventh.
Darrell Wallace Jr. won the race on a green-white-checker finish becoming the youngest driver and the first African-American driver to win an East Series race.
Photo: Jason Bowles, driver of the No. 38 Bestway Disposal Ford and the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, crashed in the East Series season opener in South Carolina. He finished 25th. (Peter Taylor/Getty Images for NASCAR)