Greenville, South Carolina: Last Sunday, Ken Schrader Racing made a clear and strong statement at the NASCAR Camping World Series East opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
15 time AMA Supercross & Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael posted an impressive sixth place finish in his series debut. RC was patient with the #4 Monster Energy Drink Chevrolet. He methodically picked off cars one-by-one never forcing the issue.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Carmichael of his finish. “I would have liked to have that top-five, but sixth is great. Ken Schrader Racing gave me an awesome car. It was the best one I’ve ever driven. I’m still just getting a feel for these cars, but we were competitive out there. I found my line and filled holes when I saw them. It was definitely a shot in the arm to come out of the box with a sixth place finish.”
Carmichael’s learning curve got shorter as the day went on. He started out 13th fastest in practice, consistently running in the 21.4 range, but picked up 3/10th’s of a second in qualifying with a lap of 21.034. The speed was fast enough for an 11th place starting position. Thirty-nine cars attempted to make the 30-car field, but Carmichael beat out seasoned veterans to make it in on his own time.
In the early going, Carmichael settled in before making his way towards the front. By lap 92, he had advanced five positions to take over sixth, and had his sights set on the top-five. He pressured the 71 of Eddie MacDonald in the closing laps, but had to settle for sixth at the finish line.
The NASCAR Camping World Series East is off for three weeks as teams prepare for the US Cellular 200 at Iowa Speedway on May 18
Results, NASCAR Camping World Series East, Round 1, Greenville, SC:
1. Peyton Sellers – 44
2. Austin Dillon – 3
3. Marc David – 18
4. Ben Stancill – 91
5. Eddie Macdonald – 71
6. Ricky Carmichael – 4