KNPSE: Ruston Ready for Breakthrough at Greenville

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — official release — Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America photo — Kenzie Ruston holds the record for the highest finishing female in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history after her second place effort at Iowa Speedway on August 1, 2014. With that in mind, Ruston now heads to a track where she has a prior record of strong success.

Ruston’s previous best finish, third, came at Greenville Pickens Speedway in March of 2013.

“Greenville Pickens Speedway is a place that just fits with my driving style,” Ruston said. “Anytime you have to save tires, and be more concerned with setting the car up for a long run instead of a fast couple of laps, it makes it a drivers race.”

Ruston has one top-5 and two top-10’s in her three starts at Greenville Pickens. She was running in the top-5 late in the race in March when contact from another competitor relegated her to a twelfth place finish.

“I feel like we have a great baseline setup to start the day on Saturday,” the NASCAR Next driver added. “I know the track will be a little different than it was in March, the temperature will be higher, so it wont be the exact same setup, but we should be one of the fastest cars by race time.”

“It’s hard to be fast for the whole race at Greenville, the track gets harder on tires every year, so your driver has to be cognitive of that,” crew chief Mike Fritts explained. “With Kenzie being such a smart racer, she understands that about Greenville and manages her tires extremely well. Overall the track should be similar to what it was in March, so we should have a great shot at top-5 finish, even a win.”

Ruston enters the event in seventh position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings, trailing fifth place Gray Gaulding by 24 points. Ruston has three, top-5 and seven, top-10 finishes in 2014, with her season high of second at Iowa.

Fans can follow the race from Greenville Pickens Speedway on Speed51.com or watch live timing and scoring on NASCAR Home Tracks. The race from Greenville Pickens Speedway will not be televised live or on a tape-delayed format.

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