Ryan Gifford    2

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Ryan Gifford
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Sponsor Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute
Manufacturer Toyota
Owner Max Siegel
Crewchief Mark Green
Birthdate March 10, 1989
Hometown Winchester, Tenn.
Occupation Employed by Team Dillon Racing

Career Highlights

  • Earned his first career pole award at Martinsville in 2010, which marked the first pole by an African-American in series history.
  • Captured his first career win at Richmond in 2013.
  • Is a Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next driver.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Statistics

Year Rank Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s
2009 19 4 0 0 3 3
2010 9 10 0 1 4 4
2011 10 12 0 0 2 4
2012 11 14 0 0 2 3
2013 11 14 1 0 4 6
2014 17 13 0 0 1 3
TOTALS   67 1 1 16 23

WINS: 1 - Richmond (4/25/13)
POLES: 1 - Martinsville (6/6/10)

Year-by-year K&N Pro Series East Recap

2013: Recorded his first career win at Richmond and totaled six top 10s across the 14-race slate to finish 11th in points ... Also had top-five finishes at Bristol, Langley and Columbus.  2012:  Ranked 11th in points with three top 10s across the 14-race schedule ... Best finish was third in the opener at Bristol ... Led 11 laps at Richmond.  2011: Finished 10th in the standings with four top 10s in 12 events ... Best race finish was fourth - among East competitors - in the East/West combination race at Iowa Speedway.  2010: Recorded four top fives in his first full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season ... Best finish was third in the inaugural race at Gresham ... Became the first African-American in series history to earn a pole when he accomplished the feat in the inaugural race at Martinsville.  2009: Debuted in the series with four starts ... Finished 17th in his inaugural start at Tri-County, but finished fourth at New Hampshire in June and was the runner-up at South Boston and Dover.

Noteworthy

Started racing go-karts at eight years old … Competed in the World Karting Association from 2000-04 and won two track championships … Finished third nationally in the WKA in 2004 … Moved to dirt Late Models in 2005 … Registered three wins and 17 top fives in 29 starts in 2008 … Ran dirt and asphalt Late Models in 2009 … Competes for Rev Racing as a member of the Drive for Diversity … Is employed at the Team Dillon Racing shop and continues to race dirt Late Models in his spare time … Named one of the NASCAR drivers 25 and under to watch in 2013 by FoxSports.com.