Kip Childress has been the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series Director for the past couple seasons. If you’re ever at a NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, you’ll always see Childress walking around and talking to the teams and drivers and just have a big smile on his face. This season the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will have 12 races in 2011. On the schedule this year is four brand new tracks. One of the tracks is Bowman Gray Stadium down in Winston-Salem, NC. “The flat quarter-mile bullring is the madhouse that everyone come to know and love. Were looking forward to getting there. How often will our guys have an opportunity to get in front of 18,000 people around a quarter mile football field essentially. It will be packed. Their (Bowman Gray) excited to have us there. Our teams are excited to go. They know it’s going to be a rough and tumble race. I think that one of the things that will show everybody is that our guys will be able to race even on the close quarters of Bowman Gray.” Childress stated
The other three new tracks that the series will go is Richmond International Raceway on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend. That race will be held on Thursday April28th. The Bowman Gray Stadium race will be held on Saturday June 4th a trip Langley Speedway on Saturday June 18th, and Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, OH on Saturday July 23rd.
In the past few years, we have seen the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams put their development drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as a stepping stone for the next big level. We have seen guys like Joey Logano, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, Ryan Truex and many others. This year Michael Waltrip Racing will have Brett Moffitt in the driver’s seat for a run at the championship as Ryan Truex has moved up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Max Gresham will return to the seat at Joe Gibbs Racing and make a run at the championship. Childress during the off season has received phone calls from Late Models team that want to make that jump to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. With the NASCAR Nationwide Series going with their brand new car this season. It will make it more affordable for teams to buy Nationwide cars to run in the Series.