Ali Kern set for K&N Pro Series return to Greenville Pickens following CARS Tour debut
(CHINA GROVE, NC) Ali Kern recently raced to a top-fifteen finish on the Watkins Glen International road course in the most recent NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on August 5th.
Since, Ali Kern returned to the driver’s seat of her family-owned super late model to record a top ten finish in her debut on the CARS Racing Tour. The Fremont, Ohio native came from the 14th starting position to finish eighth on the tricky, triangle-shaped half-mile Concord Speedway in the Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 last weekend.
“I had a great experience with the CARS Tour at Concord Speedway,” Ali stated. “We ended up with a really fast race car. Freddie Query [Crew Chief] was great to work with and we really got the car dialed in.”
Ali was 11th quickest in the first practice session, then picked up a half-second on her lap time to log the 6th fastest time in final practice. Unfortunately, thunderstorms interrupted qualifying, relegating Ali’s No. 4 Crown Batteries Super Late Model to the back of the field on the starting grid. “I seriously think we had a shot at the pole,” Ali commented after the race. “We laid down a super fast lap in qualifying, and it was even raining and I could barely see out the window. Unfortunately, they cancelled qualifying after my run which forced us to start the race in the back, since they set the field by owner’s points, and of course we didn’t have any.”