“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.
Most free-to-play games survive on “micro-transactions,” that is, while the game itself is free to download and play to a certain degree, you’ll have to pay real money for in-game benefits like higher levels, better items, or unlocked areas and content. Those types of games haven’t been available on the Xbox before, but a new report says they may be coming soon and developers are testing a way to bring free-to-play games to Xbox and Xbox Live.It was only last week that Steam opened up to free-to-play games, and only today news broke that Valve’s Team Fortress 2 is now free-to-play as well. While formal support on the Xbox is still a ways away, it’s clear there’s a major shift towards free-to-play gaming coming. Develop is reporting that Microsoft has approached several developers of free-to-play games, asking them to bring their games to the Xbox.They’re also reporting that Microsoft is planning to roll out a micro-transaction service for Xbox Live, built on the existing Microsoft points system, where players can use Microsoft points to buy in-game items or content. To be fair, Microsoft didn’t comment on the matter when approached directly, but it’s not Microsoft’s style to fan the rumor flames, or speak before their plans are concrete.At the same time, getting into the free-to-play market could be a boon for Microsoft, and it could give them a way to compete with Steam’s free-to-play category on the PC with their own additions to Games for Windows Live, and it could also give them a way to deliver free-to-play mobile games via Windows Phone 7.Plus, Microsoft clearly has big plans for the Xbox as an entertainment hub in the home, and this falls in line there as well. If gamers can download a game to their Xbox and play for free, but then lay down cash for Microsoft points when they’re ready to upgrade their weapons or armor, everyone wins.Read more at Develop