Here is an article that NASCAR K&N series sponsor has written and posted on their website. Direct link is https://www.knfilters.com/news/news.aspx?id=7014
Beyond just the shape of the track, there are even more challenges for the driver. The two straights are virtually flat and the turns are banked at only five degrees. In addition, the turns have been freshly repaved while the straights are covered in decades-old asphalt. So just as the driver starts to transition to power, the grip of the track surface changes greatly.
This background is provided so that you can better appreciate the feat of this young teenager from Georgia, who raced in his very first K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway this month, in only his fifth race in a car.
Sixteen-year-old Dylan Murry is like many young drivers who come out of a racing family. His father David was a championship road racer and now operates a track day and coaching business. Dylan caught the racing bug not from his dad’s insistence or encouragement, but from watching kart races and pressuring dad to allow him to start racing. “I wanted to make sure it was his passion and not mine,” dad, David, added emphatically.
A quick aside: While Dylan’s racing has received some support from Tooth Life, Gliimpse, and The Gorsline Company, it's come mostly from his friends, fans, and other supporters through a GoFundMe campaign.
The only experience he’d had of the South Carolina track was a few laps in a street car. If the layout wasn’t intimidating enough (based on a clay horse track carved out in 1940), it’s also the second oldest NASCAR track still operating and where the legends of Richard Petty and David Pearson have at least some of their roots.
In the first practice session, Dylan was not surprisingly near the bottom of the order – 18th out of 19 cars. In qualifying Dylan moved up to 16th. Not what he’d been hoping for, but the race would take over an hour and Dylan knew he could learn more about the car, the other drivers, and the track as the race wore on.
With each lap of the race, Dylan began to find his pace. He learned that you lost speed late braking into the turns as the cars are actually coasting at the apex, and that power has to be applied judiciously as you transfer off the fresh asphalt of the turn and onto to aged surface of the straights. “In the last 25 laps I felt I had a good handle on the track,” Dylan would comment after the race.
For his performance, Dylan was awarded the Sunoco Rookie of the Race, Coca-Cola Move of the Race, and the Brembo Brake Through Challenge. The only award he didn’t receive was a first place trophy.
Because of his impressive performance at Greenville Pickens, Brett Bodine, head of NASCAR's Driver Approval Committee, has given Dylan the green light to race at not only Watkins Glen, but all tracks in the series, including the three other fastest tracks: Bristol, Dover, and New Hampshire.
So make sure to look out for this young man in the K&N Pro Series East race at Watkins Glen, and perhaps a few other races this year, depending upon the support he receives through his GoFundMe campaign.