NASCAR founder’s great-grandson wins K&N East race

first_img“It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win. This is a track with so much prestige.”—Ben Kennedy Ben Kennedy captured his first career win in dominant fashion — leading the NAPA Auto Parts 150 wire-to-wire as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its inaugural visit to Five Flags Speedway on Saturday. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. Kennedy grabs first career K&N Pro Series East win in home state of Florida Earlier in the day, Kennedy established himself as the one to beat at the half-mile track in his home state — topping the speed chart in practice and winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.The 21-year-old from Daytona Beach held off multiple challenges throughout the 150-lap event and maintained command even after his sizeable lead was erased by a late-race caution.”It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win,” said Kennedy. “This is a track with so much prestige, and this is phenomenal.”Fifteen-year-old series rookie Gray Gaulding had to settle for second, with John Van Doorn third. Brett Moffitt came home fourth, followed by Kenzie Ruston. Bryon Ortiz, Dylan Kwasniewski, Sergio Pena, Ryan Gifford and Brandon Gdovic completed the top 10.Kennedy, the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., got his first NASCAR win last year in the Euro-Racecar Series in Tours, France. This was his first win in the U.S. and came in his 30th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. His previous best finish was third (twice).Kennedy was one of five drivers in the field with previous experience at the Pensacola track. He has twice competed in Super Late Models at Five Flags.The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be televised on SPEED on May 2 at 3 p.m. ET.The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule is the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 25.For more results, audio, photos and information, go to hometracks.nascar.com.last_img read more

ISPS Handa European Masters invites for English players

first_img24 Jun 2015 ISPS Handa European Masters invites for English players Two players on the LET Access Series have received invitations from England Golf to play in next week’s ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters.Former international Rachael Goodall, from Cheshire, and Sarah Attwood from Cambridgeshire have both had invitations passed to them as part of England Golf’s strategy to support former amateurs. They are the highest-placed available English players on the Access Series order of merit.England Golf will also have a team in the championship pro-am and will be represented by the highest placed available English players from the three girls’ championships in 2014:  Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer) and Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe).The ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters, at The Buckinghamshire from 2-5 July, is one of the highlights of the Ladies European Tour schedule. Rachael (pictured top © LET Access Series) commented: “I’m really excited, it’s a great opportunity to play with some of the bigger-name players and see how I fare against them.”The 24-year-old from Heswall turned professional in 2014 after representing England in the Home Internationals and is playing full-time on the Access Series. “I’m really enjoying it, we get to play some great golf courses, and it has improved my game, brought it to another level.”Sarah Attwood, from Gog Magog, is also playing her second season of professional golf and said of her invitation: “I am so thrilled. I couldn’t believe I have been given this opportunity, it’s a huge thing for me, I am going to love it!”Sarah, 29, also plays full-time on the Access Series and remarked: “I have worked really hard, put so much effort in and now I feel I am getting somewhere.”The ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters is an event for the whole family to enjoy with a host of activities, from mini golf and free lessons to an artisan market in addition to the world class golf.last_img read more