SOUTH BOSTON, Va. –Fresh off a top-five finish two weeks ago in the Visit Hampton VA 150 at Langley (Va.) Speedway,
Canadian standout Grant Quinlan (@GQuinlan28) and his Rette Jones Racing (RJR) team ride the momentum to South Boston (Va.) Speedway for Saturday night’s double-dose of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) action.
In a unique format, the K&N Pro Series East will run two races in a matter of hours setting up the opportunity for Quinlan and his Mark Rette-led team a chance to strike twice and put their No. 30 Superior Tool & Mold Ford Fusion in Victory Lane.
“We’re hungry,” offered Quinlan. “Langley was good, but we want more. We kept adjusting on our No. 30 Superior Tool & Mold Ford but just ran out of laps to put ourselves in a better position for a stronger finish. I learned a lot though at Langley and look forward to applying that knowledge to South Boston this weekend.”
A solid rebound for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team at Langley has the team upbeat but not content. Quinlan and Rette are focused on putting themselves in the winner’s circle and believe that Quinlan’s craft for short track racing will not only pay dividends at South Boston – but the remaining races on the K&N East tour.
“We go to the track every weekend with the heart and desire to win,” added Quinlan. “We can get there. And from there, the points will come too. We know that it’s going to take a few races for me to get adjusted to running these K&N cars full-time, but it’s important to build that bond with Mark (Rette) and the guys on the team while we mold our foundation.
“South Boston is going to be an intriguing race. I can’t predict what’s going to happen, but I do know that we’re going to come prepared. The first race will have a lot of emphasis on the second race, so it’s important not to put all of our eggs in one basket. I’ve never been to South Boston, but I think I should be able to get up to speed rather quickly.”
Rette is ready to tackle South Boston again in the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100s.
“Our memories weren’t the greatest of South Boston, but our note package was huge,” offered Rette. “We had speed, just not the luck. We’re going to take what we learned there and hopefully unload this weekend even better than we were in 2017.
“Grant showed at Langley that he can vastly adapt to new surroundings and I don’t expect anything less at South Boston. Double the chance. Double the opportunity.”
In addition to Superior Tool & Mold, JRI Shocks, Quinlan Excavating and Contracting, Huntilar Corp., Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Ford Performance and Jones Group International will serve as associate marketing partners for Saturday night’s 200-lap contest.
Quinlan, 19, has eight NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts to his credit with a career-best second place finish at Columbus Motor Speedway in his series debut in 2015. Overall, he has tallied two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
The Who’s Your Driver Twin 100s (100 laps / 40 miles) is the fourth and fifth of 14 races on the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Sat., May 12 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. A final practice has been etched in from 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:15 p.m. The first race will take the green flag just after 7:00 p.m., with the second race set to roll at approximately 9:15 p.m. The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network with an air date on Sun., May 20 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. ET respectively.
Credit: Rette Jones Racing