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SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Chesapeake, Virginia's Travis Miller won his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
Miller and his No. 40 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet started the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s in the third position and quickly picked his way to the start of the field. It was a restart on Lap 59 that enabled the 29-year-old to take the lead from Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Chase Purdy. Once Miller, who is making his season debut this weekend, was able to get around the 17-year-old, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native he never looked back and went on to lead the final 40 laps of the 100-lap feature event.
Purdy and his No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off Road Toyota made one last effort to get around Miller as they exited Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag, but was unable to get past Miller and had to settle for second. It was the rookie's best career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish to date.
NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland finished third after having one of the fastest cars on the track the first half of the race. The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, was picking his way through the field after starting fifth, when he crashed with JP Morgan in Turn 2 on Lap 55. To add to the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion's mid-race bad luck, he was later penalized for pitting too soon and had to restart from the rear of the field. As the laps dwindled, Gilliland in his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota quickly made his way back to the front of the field.
Dillon Bassett finished fourth followed by Harrison Burton in fifth.
Ruben Garcia Jr., pole-sitter Chase Cabre, Jay Beasley, Peyton Sellers and Vinnie Miller rounded out the top 10.
The first WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. ET.
The second WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 at South Boston Speedway will begin at 9 p.m. ET.
Miller led a total of 42 laps to win the first WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 feature event at South Boston Speedway. Bob Leverone/NASCAR via Getty Images