Heckert Scores First Series Win

Scott Heckert

Scott Heckert celebates his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win Friday at Watkins Glen International. (Photo: Getty Images)

Race Results

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Scott Heckert went from third to first on the final restart and pulled away as his closest pursuer, Cole Custer, crashed on the last corner to win Friday’s Bully Hill 125 NASCAR K&N Series Pro East race at Watkins Glen International.

It was Heckert’s first career series win.

Andrew Ranger, who lost the lead on the green-white-checkered restart, finished second. Ben Rhodes placed third to extend his series lead on Cameron Hayley to 77 points with three races left. Custer finished 16th.

The key moment came on the final restart when Heckert dived under Ranger to make it three wide with Ranger and Cole in Turn 1.

“He got on the brakes earlier than I thought he would,’’ Heckert said of Ranger, “and I put it in there.’’

Ranger said he was so focused on battling Custer that he lost sight of Heckert’s Turner Scott Motorsports car and left the inside lane open.

“He did a really good job,’’ Ranger said of Heckert. “I opened the door.’’

Custer moved into second place and chased Heckert. As Heckert was more cautious in the final corners, Custer closed but then had problems in the final corner of the final lap. Custer slid, lost control of the car and shot down the track before broadsiding sand barrels at the end of pit road.

“I tried to get too much,’’ Custer said. “I got loose, and I decided never to get out of the gas because I wanted to get the win. Just feel too bad for the guys because I destroyed the car. They worked too hard for that.’’

Others also knew his disappointment. Pole-sitter Brodie Kostecki, Austin Hill and Hayley each had problems while leading. Kostecki had a mechanical issue and finished 24th. Hill suffered a tire issue and placed 17th. Hayley hit the wall but recovered to finish eight. Austin Dillon finished 21st.

                               

Related Topics:

NASCAR, NASCAR Pro Series East

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