Washout yet again

Dale Wilkerson                                                           March 2011

Local racing was washed out last Saturday as steady rains set in across the Upstate area. For folks suffering with allergy problems, the rain was a welcomed sight, but for local NASCAR fans, the rain last week was compared to cancelling a birthday party.
The NASCAR K&N East Series was set to wave the green flag on the 2011 season. Teams had made the trip to the Greenville Pickens Speedway with the same anticipation as the Sprint Cup drivers when they pulled in to the Daytona International Speedway in February. That fever pitch of anticipation was turned back to simmer, as the drivers and teams will hope to take the green flag this Saturday night at 8:00pm in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.
This series has become a proving ground for drivers working their way up in the ranks of NASCAR. Past winners of this event include Joey Logano, who drives for Joe Gibbs in both Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events, and Austin Dillon who drives for his grandfather Richard Childress in the Camping World Truck Series.
Several drivers will be hoping to make their first start in the series, including Chase Elliott, the son of 1988 NASCAR Champion Bill Elliott.
Chase Elliott picked up several big wins during the 2010 season including wins at the Rockingham Raceway and North Wilkesboro Speedway. As he takes the track in his first NASCAR event, he will be at the controls of the #9 Hendrick Cars Chevrolet.
For tickets of more information about other races on the card for Saturday night, visit www.greenvillepickens.com or call the ticket office at 864-269-0852.