Daniel Suarez would dominate his second straight NASCAR K&N East Series event, as he took the victory in the UNOH Battle of the Beach for the second straight win in a row. Suarez won the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday.
“I can’t believe this,” Suarez commented. “I can’t thank everyone enough on the team. I have no explain what I feel right now.”
Suarez would take the lead on lap 32 and didn’t look back as he held off the challenges from Austin Hill and Brandon McReynolds.
Hill would finish second after a thrilling battle on the final laps with McReynolds. McReynolds finished third as he gets set to run the full NASCAR K&N West Series schedule for Bill McAnally Racing.
McReynolds’ teammate Nick Drake finished fourth with two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion Lee Pulliam fifth. Pulliam came back for a top five after going for a spin on lap 64.
Kenzie Ruston finished sixth after going for a spin on lap 75, while Gray Gaulding finished seventh after serving a pass-thru penalty for being too aggressive on lap 64 after spinning David Garbo Jr. Patrick Staropoli finished eighth followed by Scott Heckert and Kaz Grala.
Brandon Gdovic finished 11th, followed by Jesse Little, who went around a couple of times throughout the course of the 150 laps. Sergio Pena finished 13th followed by last year’s winner Cameron Hayley. Hayley got spun early and worked his way back into the top five, before being spun with 13 laps to go by Gdovic. Pole sitter Ben Rhodes rounded out the top 15 after he sustained heavy front end damage to contact with Jerry Dawson when Dawson spun.
Jay Beasley finished 16th, followed by McKenna Bell, Brodie Kostecki, Eddie McDonald and Ryan Gifford.