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Pre-Race Notes: Chase Purdy // Langley Speedway & Winchester Speedway – NASCAR K&N Pro Series & ARCA/CRA Super Series

Driver: Chase Purdy
Car: No. 17 Bama Buggies Toyota & No. 97 Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota Super Late Model
Sanction: NASCAR K&N Pro Series & ARCA/CRA Super Series
Race: Visit Hampton Virginia 150 / Run For the Gun 100
Track: Langley Speedway – Hampton, Va. / Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Ind.
Track Description: .395-mile paved flat oval / .500-mile paved high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, September 2 – 9pm ET / Monday, September 4 – 1pm ET
Race Length: 150 laps / 100 laps
TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network (taped) / None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: Chase most recently competed in a super late model during the Battle at Berlin 251 this past weekend. A faulty seal in the rear end ultimately ended his day prematurely in 23rd before the race reached its halfway point. In NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, Chase most recently competed at the famed Watkins Glen International road course. After various battles throughout the day including incidents and off-track excursions, he finished the event in 15th position. 

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Burton Takes the Checkered Flag in Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100 at Thompson

Despite a few rain delays over the course of the day, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division’s return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park could not be dampened by Mother Nature as the division made it’s first appearance at the Big-T since 2009 in style. The brightest future stars of NASCAR took to the historic track for the first annual Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8 with several drivers sporting paint schemes honoring the best of the best of the series’ past as they honoring the history of motorsports in New England.

The field consisted of numerous series regulars and a few drivers familiar with Thompson Speedway looking to make their own mark by using their experience on the historic oval to their advantage. The day started with a new track record as Chase Purdy topped Martin Truex, Jr’s previous record of 20.200 with a lap time of 20.197 in group qualifying, nabbing Purdy his third consecutive pole. Purdy would lead the first few laps of the night’s main event, but eventually found himself under attack by Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland, who started on the outside pole and had a dominant car for much of the event.

Despite Gilliland’s dominance however, the last 25 laps saw another generational driver rise to the top and find his way to victory lane. Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR staple Jeff Burton, was able to wrestle the lead away in the final quarter of the event after racing side-by-side with Gilliland for nearly five laps before finally completing a pass and never looking back. The win was Burton’s fourth of the season, and fourth in the last six races, building on his points lead as he continues to make his mark on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division.

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Purdy Sets Track Record at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — Chase Purdy of Meridian, MS claimed his third consecutive 21 Means 21 Pole Award Saturday afternoon at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Purdy drove his Bama Buggies/Textron Offroad Toyota No. 17 to a new track record of 20.197 seconds/111.403 MPH.

“This place is awesome,” Purdy said of the 5/8 mile oval.

“We had a setback earlier today. We wrecked our primary car we roll out the backup and we got the pole with it so that’s amazing. Hats off to all of David Gilliland Racing and my guys for scrambling to get that car ready and to go and Textron Off Road and Buggies. Those guys are the real deal and I’d do anything for ’em. They’d do anything for me and it’s just a great combination and we really make it work and I think its showing right now.”

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Thompson Late Model Point Leader Ray Parent Expected to Enter Thompson Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – Current Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Late Model Division Championship Leader, Ray Parent, has announced his intentions to enter Saturday’s Busch North Throwback 100, in the No. 32 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car. Parent has already driven the No. 98 Course Legend Late Model to two wins during the 2017 season, and is looking forward to making his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series start in the No. 32 Anytime Realty Chevrolet.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” the Tiverton driver exclaimed. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed about doing, and now it’s turning into a reality. I was so excited to be able to run Thompson full time in the Late Model, and now to have this opportunity is awesome. I can’t begin to thank Don Parsons, DPR Racing, and Anytime Realty enough for bringing me on board this season.”

Parent teamed up with Parsons midway through last season at Seekonk Speedway, and decided to make a run at a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship over the winter. This, though, is only the beginning of the plans that the two parties have made for each other. 

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Thompson Point Battles Taking Shape Heading into Busch North Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – With four races remaining at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, point battles across each of the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions are starting to take shape. Tensions will surely start to rise and strategies will start to be formed, heading into the next event, the Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100, on Saturday, July 8.

The Sunoco Modified Division point battle is currently closest. 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion, Keith Rocco, trails former NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver, Ryan Preece, by only two points. With only four races remaining, and over 20 entrants expected at each of those events, the margin for error is small. Rocco knows this, but has more than ample faith in his team. It’s halfway through the season and his confidence refuses to falter. “Don’t worry about the points,” he said calmly, “You got to race to win, and the rest comes with it.“

Scott Sundeen finds himself in a familiar position in the Limited Sportsman Division – atop the leaderboard. The four-time Champion has never been worried about the points, only the results. “Right now, I’m not worried about the points” he said, “Anything can happen and I’m there to win”. With no previous intentions of racing for a full season, driver of the No.55, Shawn Monahan, now finds himself in second place, only four l[‘=;p[]\markers behind Sundeen. Monahan has a lot of trophies on his mantle, but none for a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship. “I’ve given away a lot of championships in my past” he explained, “but that was due to immaturity.” The Waterford, CT-native is focused on earning his first title, a story which he hopes to be able to tell his son one day. “The best thing thing is to talk to your children about it later” he said, envisioning an older version of himself in the grandstands with his family.
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Gilliland Gets On Gas At Right Time

Bolts To Front Late For K&N Pro East Victory At Berlin


MARNE, Mich. — Todd Gilliland worked the tire conservation game to perfection Saturday night, picking the perfect time to power to the front, en route to his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory of the season.

The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, led the final 31 laps to claim the Stars & Stripes 150 in the series’ first visit to Berlin Raceway.

It is Gilliland’s second career East win and first in 11 starts since winning his debut in the 2016 season opener. He has 11 K&N Pro West wins in 23 starts and leads the West championship race after eight events.

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Purdy to Honor New England Racing Legend Shaw in NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100

MOORESVILLE, NC (Jun. 21, 2017) – David Gilliland Racing and Chase Purdy released today a throwback paint scheme the No. 17 team will run in July’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Thompson Speedway Park in Connecticut. A throwback to the 1994 season, the scheme mimics the one made famous by New England racing legend Dale Shaw who won the series title that year in a Pontiac owned by Quint Boisvert.

The Shaw family has been a mainstay in New England racing circles for decades, most notably in the late model ranks and a strong run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, formerly known by a handful of names including the NASCAR Busch North Series when Shaw won his title in 1994. Until Austin Dillon replicated the feat in the NASCAR Xfinity Series a few years ago, it was the only time in NASCAR history a division champion won the title without visiting victory lane during the championship year.

With 19 wins over his series career, Shaw campaigned as a frequent tour competitor until 2005 when his son, D.J. Shaw, began showing an interest in a racing career of his own. Today, D.J. continues to race a super late model built and maintained in the family business’ shop, aptly named Dale Shaw Race Cars.

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Gilliland Selected as Number-One Pick in Short Track Draft

Concord, N.C. — Each year, NFL Draft experts take their best shot at predicting the order in which names will be called onto the stage in Philadelphia. On some occasions, there is a consensus number-one pick. On other occasions, you might as well just draw straws out of a hat. The same can be said for the Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes on

For most experts, the 2017 Short Track Draft came down to three or four drivers who they thought would be the number-one selection. In all, 14 different drivers received first-place votes from our panel of 65 industry insiders, but when all the votes were tallied one driver stood tall as the number-one pick.

The driver is the second in his family to be selected in the Short Track Draft. His father, David, was selected as the 12th pick in 2005 before beginning a career in the top levels of NASCAR.

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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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First Paint Schemes Unveiled for Busch North Throwback at Thompson

Rev Racing Remembers Two Historic Moments

THOMPSON, CT – With the unveiling of their 2017 short track schedule in December, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Officials announced the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The event will be a celebration of the series’ New England roots and the rich history of the division with the Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8.

To mark the occasion, NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams are encouraged to wrap their cars in former series paint schemes of pionee

ring drivers like Joey Kourafas, Jamie Aube, Andy Santerre and others.

Rev Racing announced today two of the paint schemes that will be featured.

The first will be the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship winning car of Kyle Larson, current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader.
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Jesse Little Ready for 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Debut

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (April 17, 2017)- Jesse Little, a two-time winner on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, gets his 2017 season started on April 22 with the running of the Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Little will carry primary sponsorship from longtime partner NASCAR Technical Institute, a brand of the Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

“We’re excited to have NASCAR Technical Institute on board again this year with our NASCAR K&N Pro Series team. The students do a great job in their engine department and in turn that’s given us pole awards and race wins during my career. We can’t wait to get to Bristol and show the NTI horsepower in our Toyota Camry,” Little said.

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Benjamin Goes Back-to-Back at Greenville

Collects First K&N Pro East Victory of 2017

EASLEY, S.C. – Kyle Benjamin capitalized on a late-race restart to win the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday night.

Benjamin started on the pole after running a track record lap of 19.144 seconds at 94.024 mph. The Easley, South Carolina, native ran inside the top-five nearly all night long and led 46 laps. At the halfway mark on lap 75, Benjamin in the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota was running third.

On lap 108, Benjamin passed Dillon Bassett for the race lead in Turn 3. Benjamin maneuvered through lapped traffic and held off the hard charging cars of Ruben Garcia Jr., Todd Gilliland and Dillon Bassett. A lap 144 caution set the field up for a two-lap dash to the finish. Benjamin was able to stay out and front and win his second race in a row at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
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QUALIFYING: Benjamin Breaks Track Record

Easley Native to Sit On K&N Pro East Pole at Greenville

EASLEY, S.C. – Kyle Benjamin, a native of Easley, South Carolina destroyed the track record in group qualifying to sit on the 21 Means 21 Pole for Saturday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway.

Benjamin, driver of the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota ran a lap of 19.144 seconds at 94.024 mph to capture the pole on Saturday afternoon. The previous track record was a lap of 20.534 seconds at 87.659 mph set by Brett Moffitt back in April of 2011. The newly paved corners at Greenville Pickens Speedway is what’s attributing to the faster lap times.

Last season, Benjamin finished second at the speedway during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s visit in March, and he won the September race. Benjamin is second on the all-time list of laps led at the speedway. He only needs to lead 95 laps on Saturday night to surpass Brett Moffitt’s record of 356 laps led.
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PRACTICE: Gilliland Paces Field at Greenville

Leads Sole K&N Pro East Practice Session

EASLEY, S.C. – Entering the weekend with three wins in a row in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Todd Gilliland topped practice at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday.

Gilliland, driver of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota is making his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at the half-mile speedway in Easley, South Carolina this weekend. With just nine minutes to go in final practice, Gilliland clocked a scorching, 19.383-second lap. Gilliland’s lap was much quicker than the 20.534-second qualifying track record that was set back in 2011 by Brett Moffitt.

Second fastest during the one and only practice session was Dillon Bassett who ran a lap of 19.388 seconds. Although the driver of the No. 44 Bassett Gutters and More Ford dominated during the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway, he’s coming off a disappointing 24th-place finish after being caught up in an accident in Florida. Bassett, however, did finish fifth in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 last year, and he followed that effort up with a sixth-place finish at Greenville Pickens Speedway last September.

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Greenville

Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads next to the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, April 8. Below is a look at the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 and some of the selected participants.

Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 Race Setup:

  • Ronnie Bassett Jr. leads the early NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings thanks to his win in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
  • Bassett joins a host of drivers seeking their first Greenville Pickens Speedway win, with Kyle Benjamin being the only previous Greenville winner entered in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.
  • The last three drivers to win at Greenville in the spring — Ben Rhodes, William Byron, and Justin Haley — all went on to win the series championship.

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: Greenville

Greenville Pickens Could Hold Championship Crystal Ball

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It might only be the second race of the season, but there could be something learned about the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season when the series visits Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday, April 8.

Each of the last three series champions won the early spring race at the historic half-mile.

Ben Rhodes kicked off his 2014 championship season with a win in this race, while William Byron followed with the same feat in 2015. Last season, Justin Haley picked up the first of his two career series wins in the April race at Greenville. Byron finished fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings last season and is currently competing full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, while Rhodes currently ranks fifth in the Camping World Truck Series in his second full season there.  

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Cornett-Ching Set for PASS North Debut at Thompson

Sarah Cornett-Ching of Summerland, BC will make her PASS North Super Late Model debut at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park next weekend.

“I’ve been watching lots of videos on YouTube and trying to do some studying up,” Cornett-Ching said. “So, I hopefully have kind of a good idea before we get there. … It’s definitely gonna be a new experience but I’m really excited. That place looks wicked fun.”

She will visit Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine ahead of the Oxford 250.

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Eddie MacDonald Prepares for April Season Openers

Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag in the Pro All-Star Series opener in the Icebreaker PASS race at Thompson Motorsports Park onSunday, April 2 in the first of three races scheduled in the month in three different series.  Eddie Mac will also compete in the American Canadian Tour’s Governor’s Cup at his home track Lee USA Speedway on April 9, then head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East event on April 22.

“As you can imagine, we have been extremely busy preparing the cars for three different series but we are looking forward to getting things going and improving on our performance from last season,” said the veteran Rowley, Mass. racer. “We are going to pick and choose the races we run in this season and we hope the flexibility will allow us to better prepare for the races we run. Last year was very hectic trying to run as many races as we did. We were not pleased with our performance in the K&N series and we are re-doubling our efforts to be more successful.”

Currently, Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team is scheduled to compete in four K&N events with the first on the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” in Bristol, Tennessee with Eddie Mac saying, “We absolutely love racing at Bristol and have enjoyed some success there. We won there in 2014, finished sixth in 2015, and eighth there last year. The competition in this series is incredible and we really have to be prepared to run and finish well against those teams. Our team owner Rob Grimm gives us everything we need for the Grimm Construction Chevy to be competitive, so it will be fun to kick off our season with a solid showing at Bristol. We plan to run at Thompson, Loudon, and Dover this season in the K&N so our focus will be on preparing the best cars for each race. The entire team is excited and ready to go.”

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Balancing Act for Lutz

Ryan Lutz of Miller Place, NY plans to run 5 Legends Car races at Riverhead (NY) Raceway and defend his win from last year.

“(I am) incredibly thankful for the parents I have that let me pursue my dream I have in life,” Lutz said. “… My dad and Renee, they sacrifice a lot for me and let me do what I love and I cannot thank them enough.”

Lutz also thanked his brother Craig, Kyle Ellwood, 600 Racing, and engine builder Chad Honeycut.

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Langley to Host NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series in 2017

Newly Re-opened Virginia Track Adds NASCAR K&N Pro East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2017) – Bill Mullis made the big news announcement Friday: He had purchased Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, and the historic track will re-open in 2017 to racing.

Sunday afternoon, Mullis continued the good news for racers and race fans. He announced the .4-mile oval will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season. In addition, the track will return to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with its weekly racing program.

“It’s been a long process,” said Mullis. “But I grew up racing at Langley and know the value of the track to the community, so it’s been a very worthwhile process. Once we got the paperwork finalized for the sale, we worked very quickly with NASCAR to assure our fans and drivers that we remain committed to bringing NASCAR racing back to Hampton in a big way.”

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Smyrna

Analyzing the Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East begins with the Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sunday, February 19. Below is a look at the Jet Tools 150 and some of the selected participants.

Jet Tools 150 Race Setup:

  • For the fourth consecutive season, New Smyrna Speedway hosts the opening race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
  • The three drivers that finished in the top three positions in this race last year are the only drivers who finished in the top 10 entered this year — Todd Gilliland (won), Spencer Davis (second) and Ronnie Bassett Jr. (third).

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: New Smyrna

Faces New and Old Begin March to Season Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A host of new drivers, and a crop of talented racers returning to the series, begin the march toward the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship when a brand new season takes the green flag in the Jet Tools 150 at  New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sunday, February 19. For the fourth consecutive season, K&N Pro Series teams begin their season during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.

Of the 28 drivers entered in the Jet Tools 150, the first of 14 races for the series this season, a full third of those drivers have participated in the K&N Pro Series previously. All three of last year’s top three finishers, including race winner Todd Gilliland are entered this week. Collin Cabre and Jay Beasley are back in the Rev Racing fold for 2017, while Harrison Burton, Hunter Baize and Tyler Dippel all had strong 2016 season in the series and are looking to back that up with good opening runs at New Smyrna.

While getting the season off on the right foot with a trip to Victory Lane is the goal for most teams this week, winning the season opener has not proven necessary for championship hopes. No driver to win the Jet Tools 150 in any of the first three years went on to win the title — in fact, Ben Rhodes fourth-place finish in the inaugural event in 2014 marks the highest Jet Tools 150 finish by a championship winner. William Byron placed seventh at New Smyrna in 2015, while Justin Haley finished fifth last season.

And while none of the previous New Smyrna winners ended up winning that year’s K&N Pro Series East championship, all have gone on to great things in their own careers. Daniel Suarez, who won the inaugural event in 2014, won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship last year and is replacing Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 2015 New Smyrna winner Austin Hill is entering his second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

RACE: Jet Tools 150
PLACE: New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
DATE: Sunday, February 19
TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .480-mile banked asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: Todd Gilliland
2016 POLE WINNER: Todd Gilliland
EVENT SCHEDULE: Sunday, February 19 – Garage opens: 11 a.m.; Practice: 2:45-3:30 p.m.; 3:45-4:30 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:05 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6:30 p.m.; Jet Tools 150: 7:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Kim Brown, (386) 427-4129;
TWITTER: @newsmyrnaspway
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142),


The Race: The Jet Tools 150 will be the first of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (72 miles) with a five minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

The Track: New Smyrna Speedway opened in 1964 and has a grandstand capacity of 8,000. The .480-mile banked oval has 600-foot straightaways and 720-foot turns with 23 degrees of banking. The track was repaved in January 2007. Additionally, it’s a part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and plays host to its annual February showcase, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Race Winners: There have been three different winners in the three previous K&N East races at New Smyrna. Daniel Suarez, Austin Hill and Todd Gilliland are the only race winners at New Smyrna in series history.

Pole Winners: In the three previous events, there have been thee different pole winners. Cameron Hayley won the pole for the inaugural race at the track in 2014, while Austin Hill and Todd Gilliland each won races from the pole. Gilliland set the track qualifying record last season of 18.318 seconds (94.333 mph).

Jet Tools 150 Notes:
Double Duty: Defending race winner and reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland returns to New Smyrna this weekend with an eye on a busy 2017 season. The 16-year-old Gilliland, of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, plans on running the full schedule in both the K&N East and K&N West this season for car owner Bill McAnally. Gilliland won six of 14 starts in the West series last season, and won his East debut at New Smyrna. Gilliland will have company for the East series run, too, as his father, former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland, will field cars for Chase Purdy. The Mississippi native Purdy, 16, spent part of last season in the Late Model division at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

Return Engagement: Including Gilliland, all three drivers who were part of an exciting, down to the wire finish at New Smyrna last season are entered in this year’s edition of the Jet Tools 150. Joining Gilliland are Spencer Davis and Ronnie Bassett Jr, who finished second and third, respectively, in this race last year. The trio of drivers combined to lead all but nine laps in 2016 at New Smyrna. In fact, of the drivers who finished in the top 10 in this event a year ago, only Gilliland, Davis and Bassett are entered in this year’s race. Davis, who won the Pro Late Model championship at New Smyrna’s World Series in 2014, is driving a part-time entry for former series regular Ben Kennedy. His teammate for New Smyrna will be Anthony Sergi as part of Kennedy’s two-car operation for New Smyrna.

Multicultural Flair: Diversity is well-represented in the K&N Pro Series field at New Smyrna. Collin Cabre returns to the seat of the No. 2 for Max Siegel as part of the Drive 4 Diversity program, while his brother, Chase, is alongside as a teammate in the No. 4 for the first time. Jay Beasley is in the No. 42 as part of the D4D program, too, as is Reuben Garcia Jr. of Mexico City. Two cars are entered for owner Troy Williams in the event, with Mexican driver Enrique Baca and Floridian Luis Rodriguez Jr. entered.  Amber Balcaen of Winnipeg, Manitoba will be behind the wheel of the No. 39 for McClure/Martin Racing, and Jesse Iwugi will make his series debut in the No. 36.

Home Cookin’: Two drivers with a track record of having plenty of success at New Smyrna will make their K&N Pro Series debuts in the Jet Tools 150. Travis Cope will make a start this week in the No. 31 for longtime car owner Ted Marsh, and while Marsh’s roots are in racing in New England, Cope has made his mark at New Smyrna. Cope, of Weeki Wachee, Florida, has won three of the biggest non-World Series Super Late Model events held annually at New Smyrna. In 2013, Cope won the Governor’s Cup at the track, following that effort by winning both the Orange Blossom 100 and the Red Eye 100 there the following season. But Cope isn’t the only Super Late Model driver from the Whelen All-American Series ranks expecting to break through this weekend. Zane Smith of Huntington Beach, California, won the 2015 Super Late Model crown at the 2016 World Series at New Smyrna.

New Rules: Two new race and qualifying procedures will make their K&N Pro Series debuts at New Smyrna. Qualifying times will be recorded through the group qualifying process, with NASCAR determining the number of groups that will run in five-minute segments. Drivers may run as many laps as they wish during their five-minute session, with their fastest posted lap counting for their qualifying time. The green-white-checkered finish is gone this season, too, replaced by the overtime line currently used in NASCAR’s national series. Once the field reaches the designated overtime line on the track, the race will be deemed official in case of a late caution flag.

NASCAR Home Tracks: New Smyrna Speedway

For the fourth straight season, New Smyrna Speedway hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series opener as part of the 51st annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Modifieds, Super Late Models, Pro Late Models and more are part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Sources: Travis Barrett, Special to

NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/19/17 Schedule
K&N Pro Series East
Time Event
11 a.m. Garage opens
11:30 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
11:45 a.m. Inspection begins
1:30 p.m. Rookie/Spotter Meeting
2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Practice
3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Final Practice
5:05 p.m. Group Qualifying
6 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (On Track)
7:15 p.m. Driver Introductions
7:30 p.m. Jet Tools 150

NKNPS East New Smyrna 02/19/17 Entry List
K&N Pro Series East
K&N Pro Series East
2 Collin Cabre, Tampa, Fla. UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel TBA
04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C. Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet Ronnie Bassett Kris Bowen
4 Chase Cabre, Tampa, Fla. * Eibach Springs Toyota Max Siegel TBA
5 Luis Rodriguez, Jr., Miami, Fla. * PEAK Chevrolet Troy Williams TBA
6 Ruben Garcia Jr., Mexico City, Mexico UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel Steve Plattenberger
9 Enrique Baca, Monterrey, Mexico * PEAK/Telmex Chevrolet Troy Williams TBA
12 Harrison Burton, Huntersville, N.C. DEX Imaging Toyota Matthew Miller Mardy Lindley
13 Hunter Baize, Bremen, Ky. EcoWater Systems Naples/KnT Sports Cards Chevrolet Eric McClure Teddy Brown
14 Trey Hutchens, Lexington, N.C. TBA Chevrolet Bobby Hutchens Bobby Hutchens Jr.
16 Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Bill McAnally Chris Lawson
17 Chase Purdy, Meridian, Miss. * Bama Buggies Toyota David Gilliland TBA
19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr., Hildebran, N.C. Spring Drug Ford Chuck Buchanan Craig Wood
20 Anthony Sergi, Oviedo, Fla. * MJS Concrete Toyota Benjamin Kennedy TBA
23 J.P. Morgan, Mooresville, N.C. J.P. Morgan James Beck
30 Tyler Dippel, Wallkill, N.Y. TyCar Ford Mark Rette Mark Rette
31 Travis Cope, Weeki Wachee, Fla. * Whelen Engineering/Best Line Ted Marsh Todd Fisette
36 Jesse Iwuji, Carrollton, Tex. Red List Group/Lights Out/Rabbit Shawne Merriman John Wood
38 Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif. Shakeaway Shakes/Twin Peaks Mike Holleran Sonny Wahl
39 Amber Balcaen, Winnipeg, MB * Shead Racing/Glen McLeod & So Hal Martin Doug Chouinard
40 Sheldon Creed, Alpine, Calif. * A.M. Ortega Toyota Mark McFarland Doug Howe
41 Vinnie Miller, Metamora, Mich. * Toyota Doug Fuller Jamie Jones
42 Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev. Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota Max Siegel TBA
43 Zane Smith, Huntington Beach, Calif. * Diamondback Towing Toyota David Calabrese TBA
44 Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, N.C. Bassett Gutters and More Ford Ronnie Basset Kris Bowen
49 John Holleman, IV, Winston-Salem, N.C. Midway Mobile Storage Ford Zeno Marshall Jr Kevin Hollenbach
66 Reid Wilson, Huntersville, N.C. * TruNorth Warranty Programs Barry Wilson Andrew Abbott
96 Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga. * TBA Toyota Ben Kennedy Mike Fritts
99 Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis. * Carlyle Tools Toyota Bill McAnally Ty Joiner
* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Ben Kennedy Racing Announces Plans

Davis & Sergi to Run K&N Pro East Opener at New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As he looks to make the move to NASCAR XFINITY Series this year, Ben Kennedy is continuing his presence in the series that started his NASCAR career.

Ben Kennedy Racing announced Tuesday morning two new additions to the 2017 roster for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Spencer Davis and Anthony Sergi will compete in Sunday’s Jet Tools 150 at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for the team.

Davis, a NASCAR Next driver, will field the No. 96 Davis Poultry Toyota for several events throughout the season, starting with the season-opener at Kennedy’s home track. Davis will team with Mike Fritts as his crew chief.

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PPM Continues to Grow NASCAR XFINITY & K&N Pro Series East Programs in 2017

China Grove, N.C. (February 13, 2017) — Fresh off the heels of a breakthrough 2016 NASCAR season, Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) has been hard at work building a fleet of NASCAR XFINITY and K&N Pro Series East cars, improving their new facility in North Carolina, and preparing for the 2017 season. With ten XFINITY Series cars and four K&N Pro Series East cars, equipment and talented people, PPM plans to further progress both programs in the upcoming year.

Over the past few years, PPM has become a seasoned team capable of laying the groundwork to build a customizable program around a driver to match their particular needs. A developing driver can progress from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to the XFINITY Series with PPM.

PPM’s history in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East dates back to 2011 debuting with driver Brandon Gdovic. Since then, the team has earned 28 top-10 finishes, 13 top-fives, and a win with multiple rookie drivers. Much of the 2016 season was spent improving the K&N program in preparation for 2017 including personnel and equipment.

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Busy Offseason for NASCAR Touring Series

New Faces & Some New Rules in Place for 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2017)  — With the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener just over a week away – marking the official start to the 2017 NASCAR touring series season – the attention will return to the exciting on-track action. While there hasn’t been a race since November, it’s been a busy offseason.

Beginning in December, NASCAR officials met with the car owners of all the U.S. and Canadian-based touring series, a move designed to further the dialogue between the sanctioning body and the teams. The conversations included covering some changes as well as an open discussion of how best to collectively grow the NASCAR touring series.

“We had overwhelmingly positive and productive discussions,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR senior director of the touring series. “NASCAR has really great racing throughout our touring series, but there are always ways to work to toward cost efficiency, make the sport more cost-effective and increase the level of competition for all involved. As in the case of our national series, we always strive to have an open dialogue during the race season, but it’s also a great benefit to meet away from the track and the daily demands of the race season. We received a lot of great feedback from all our owners and look forward to working together.”

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NASCAR Drive for Diversity Announces 2017 Driver Class

Six Drivers Selected to Join Rev Racing in Sport’s Top Development Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2017) — After a season of milestones for NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduates competing across NASCAR national series, the industry’s flagship development program for multicultural and female drivers has announced that six drivers will join its 2017 class. The drivers were selected after a competitive combine held last October at New Smyrna Speedway and will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The 2017 class features a former NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, the granddaughter of one of the sport’s female pioneers, and NASCAR Drive for Diversity’s first sibling teammates. The drivers will attempt to follow in the footsteps of program graduates and current national series drivers Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr., and 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suárez.

“Now more than ever, we’re seeing the impact of NASCAR’s development program in producing drivers who excel at the highest echelons of our sport,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “There’s a great deal of talent and potential in this year’s class. With the strong foundation that NASCAR Drive for Diversity provides, these drivers will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to elevate their racing careers.”

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Kraus Named To Drive For BMR In K&N Pro Series

15-Year-Old Wisconsin Driver Set to Make Series Debut

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2017) – Bill McAnally Racing today announced that Derek Kraus will compete for BMR in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for 2017.

The 15-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin will contend for the Rookie of the Year Award and overall title as he runs the full schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, while also competing in select events in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“We’re excited to have Derek join the BMR team, as he takes the next step in his racing career,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “He impressed us when we had the opportunity for him to get behind the wheel of one of our K&N Pro Series cars in testing. Derek has a great passion for racing and will be an outstanding representative of BMR and our partners. We look forward to working with him.”

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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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