Archive for the 'NASCAR K&N Pro Series East' Category

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.”

Continue reading ‘Eddie MacDonald Prepares for April Season Openers’

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.

Continue reading ‘Balancing Act for Lutz’

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.”

Continue reading ‘Langley to Host NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series in 2017’

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).

Continue reading ‘K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Smyrna’

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; kbrown@newsmyrnaspeedway.org
TWITTER: @newsmyrnaspway
EVENT HASHTAG: #JetTools150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:
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 NASCARHomeTracks.com

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
Series:
K&N Pro Series East
PRINTABLE VERSION
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
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. www.soldbyjackiemorgan.com 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. * MasterMFGInc.com 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.

Continue reading ‘Ben Kennedy Racing Announces Plans’

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.

Continue reading ‘PPM Continues to Grow NASCAR XFINITY & K&N Pro Series East Programs in 2017’

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.”

Continue reading ‘Busy Offseason for NASCAR Touring Series’

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.”

Continue reading ‘NASCAR Drive for Diversity Announces 2017 Driver Class’

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.”

Continue reading ‘Kraus Named To Drive For BMR In K&N Pro Series’

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.

Continue reading ‘Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season’

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.”

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

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.

Continue reading ‘Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule’

Berlin to Welcome NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

NASCAR’s Top Developmental Series to Make Inaugural Visit

MARNE, Mich. – William Byron won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last Friday. Daniel Suarez took home the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship there Saturday. And Sunday, Chase Elliott captured the Sunoco Rookie of
the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The trio all launched their careers into NASCAR’s national series, along with drivers such as Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Darrell Wallace Jr., with their success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. And the next batch of drivers following in their footsteps are coming to Berlin in
2017.

Berlin Raceway is pleased to announce that NASCAR’s top developmental series will make its inaugural trip to “Where Speed Belongs!” on Saturday, July 1.

Continue reading ‘Berlin to Welcome NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’

Baize Wins Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Tops Dippel and Davis For K&N East Honors

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Hunter Baize closed out his rookie campaign with a bang, winning the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Baize became the fourth consecutive HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks driver to win the award.

The 19-year old beat teammate Tyler Dippel by seven points (90-83) and Spencer Davis by 11 points to take home the prestigious title.

Continue reading ‘Baize Wins Sunoco Rookie of the Year’

Eddie MacDonald Denied Top Five Finish at the “Monster Mile” in K&N Race

Eddie MacDonald posted a 12th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Dover 125 in the series final race of the season. For 125 laps Eddie Mac drove the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy from his 24th starting position and into the fifth spot for the final two-lap shootout after a late race caution only to be wrecked one lap short of the checkered flag.

Two early morning practices and qualifying were scrubbed as rain plagued the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware for much of the week. K&N officials replaced qualifying with one forty minute practice session for the 27 car field. Eddie Mac did post the 15th fastest time but was forced to start 24th due to points standing for the four previous races he ran in the series.

When the green flag waved at 5 pm and the threat of more rain looming, the #71 Chevy struggled to advance over the first 32 laps and was in danger of being lapped when the first caution flag waved, the first of seven  for twenty-six laps, but certainly the most important. Crew chief Rollie LaChance made the call to make a three turn wedge adjustment amounting to approximately 3/16ths of an inch during the pit stop and that made all the difference.

Continue reading ‘Eddie MacDonald Denied Top Five Finish at the “Monster Mile” in K&N Race’

Haley Puts Finishing Touches On Title Run

Earns K&N Pro East Trophy Over Dover 125 Winner Benjamin

DOVER, Del. – Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin led the way as NASCAR’s youth movement conquered the “Monster Mile.”

It was Haley who lifted the big championship trophy at Dover International Speedway, while Benjamin took the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East checkered flag of 2016.

Haley brought home the No. 5 Off Axis Chevrolet with a fourth-place finish in the Dover 125 to put the finishing touches on his first championship season.

Continue reading ‘Haley Puts Finishing Touches On Title Run’

Drivers Vie for Spot in NASCAR Program

17 Invited to Drive for Diversity Combine at New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

“This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete,” said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. “NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna.”

Continue reading ‘Drivers Vie for Spot in NASCAR Program’

Multicultural and Female Drivers to Compete for a Spot in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Developmental Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

“This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete,” said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. “NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna.”

Continue reading ‘Multicultural and Female Drivers to Compete for a Spot in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Developmental Program’

Brian Henderson, No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry, Greenville-Pickens Preview

No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry … Crew Chief Mark Setzer and the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports team will unload chassis 132 for Monday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. This car was last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by Henderson, where he posted a top-15 finish.

Welcome Back … BDL Motorsports returns as primary sponsor of the No. 46 Toyota Camry. BDL Motorsports is a premier karting store supplying tires, karts and parts to the Virginia area and has been a partner of Henderson’s from the onset of his racing career.
PPM in Victory Lane … PPM driver and general manager Brandon Gdovic scored his first K&N Pro Series East victory at Greenville in 2013. After starting in the ninth position, Gdovic raced to the front, leading the final 33 laps straight to Victory Lane.
Continue reading ‘Brian Henderson, No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry, Greenville-Pickens Preview’

Top College Athletes Join NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Program

Nine Standouts from National Combine to Begin Crew Member Development Training with Rev Racing 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2016) – NASCAR and Rev Racing today announced nine former college student-athletes selected to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Crew Member Development Program. The new class of participants received invitations to train with Rev Racing following standout performances at the first national D4D pit crew combine in May.

Multicultural athletes starring in football, basketball and softball at the college level will receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen, with the goal of gaining fulltime employment with NASCAR national series race teams.

“We’ve assembled a very talented group of athletes who we believe has what it takes to excel on pit road in NASCAR,” said Jim Cassidy, senior vice president of racing operations. “Each D4D participant will benefit from Rev Racing’s best-in-class training program, and we look forward to watching them grow and develop over the next 12 months.”

Continue reading ‘Top College Athletes Join NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Program’

NASCAR Touring & Weekly Champions Will Celebrate In Charlotte

Returns to Convention Center, NASCAR Hall For Two Nights of Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2016) – NASCAR champions from across the globe will return to Charlotte, North Carolina, in December to celebrate their 2016 season.

For the seventh consecutive year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center will play host to the awards shows which honor the top drivers in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards, which celebrates the top short-track drivers in the United States and Canada, will be on Friday, Dec. 9. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards takes place the following evening, Saturday, Dec. 10.
Continue reading ‘NASCAR Touring & Weekly Champions Will Celebrate In Charlotte’

Eddie MacDonald Wins in ACT, Falters in K&N

In what can only be described as a dominant performance, Eddie MacDonald won the American Canadian Tour’s Central Asphalt Paving Generation Next 151 race on Saturday, June 18 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. to capture his second win of the season. On Friday night, the Grimm Construction Chevy struggled with a very loose racecar to post a 13th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

After a hard crashed at Waterford Speedbowl a few weeks ago that required a new front clip on the Freddie Peterson owned EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Motor Service Chevy, Eddie Mac and the crew were unsure how the car would respond in its first outing after being essentially rebuilt. They were quite pleased with the result as the “The Outlaw” posted the fastest time in practice and started seventh in the 150 lap event on the quarter-mile oval.

“We hoped all the work would pay off and it did right from the start,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “The car was fast and handled fantastic in practice, in the heat, and especially the race. We had a very hectic few weeks getting this car put together as well as getting the K&N car ready for Stafford. The guys in the shop worked their tails off to get everything done and I can’t thank them enough for all the time and dedication. We have a small crew but they are big time when it comes to this race team. Both our K&N and ACT crews, and a number of guys do both, do so much for us at the track. I just have to mention track owner Joey Laquerre for the outstanding work he has done at this track. He bought it a couple of years ago (2014) and transformed it into a beautiful facility. It is a pleasure to race here.”

Continue reading ‘Eddie MacDonald Wins in ACT, Falters in K&N’

Gragson Takes Home First K&N East Victory

An Exciting G-W-C Finish Marks Series Return to Stafford

Stafford, Conn. – Noah Gragson picked up his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Stafford Motor Speedway Saturday night.

An exciting finish to the Stafford 150 propelled the 17-year-old, Las Vegas, Nevada, native to fourth in the series standings with 255 points. 

Gragson powered his No. 7 SPEEDVEGAS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford to the lead on the first green-white-checkered attempt and held off a charging Dillon Bassett to secure his celebration in Victory Lane. The NASCAR Next driver started in third on the restart and used an opportunity to make it a three-wide battle with Todd Gilliland and Bassett. Gragson pulled away from Bassett to pick up his first win on the East Coast.

Continue reading ‘Gragson Takes Home First K&N East Victory’

Busy Weekend for Eddie MacDonald in K&N and ACT

Eddie MacDonald will face a stern test this weekend as he competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut on Friday night June 17, then will have to hustle to Speedway 51 in Groveton N.H. on Saturday morning to battle for the American Canadian Tour win that night. A few hundred miles separate the two venues but the preparation of two cars for the events has been demanding.

“We really have been working hard in the shop to get ready and I know everyone will breathe a little easier when this weekend is over,” said Eddie Mac. “We were in pretty good shape with our K&N car but when the ACT car got wrecked at Waterford, we had to essentially rebuild it once we got the car back from Dale (Shaw) so now the guys in the shop had to do double duty. Everyone really pitched in and I have to give huge thanks to everyone involved especially Joe St. Jacques for hanging the new body on Freddie’s (Peterson) car. The #17 EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy looks fantastic thanks to him. Sometimes good things happen unexpectedly and that is what happened with Joe. He just got laid off so he was at the shop early every day to get this done. Things have been hectic but we are ready for both races. This is our second K&N event this season and we are really looking forward to this race.”

The Stafford 150 will mark the K&N Pro Series East return to the half-mile oval since 2009. The series began racing at the Connecticut facility in 1987 and ran 29 features. Eddie Mac posted a win in 2008 to go along with seven top tens including a fifth place finish in 2008 with the Rowley, Mass. veteran saying, “Stafford is a lot of fun to drive and we are happy to be returning there. We have had success there in the past and that win in 2008 was a tremendous feeling. We had a solid eighth place run at Bristol in our first K&N race of this season in our #71 Grimm Construction Chevy and hope to build on that. This is a very tough series with all the great teams so hopefully, I can use my experience to my advantage. We will have a day of practice on Thursday since none of the other drivers have ever run at Stafford. It should be fun and I am looking forward to getting back together with our Grimm Racing crew.”

Continue reading ‘Busy Weekend for Eddie MacDonald in K&N and ACT’

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bringing Season of Parity to Stafford Speedway for Stafford 150 on June 17

Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East comes to Stafford Speedway on June 17 for the Stafford 150, parity will be the theme of the race. The series has seen 6 different winners in the first 6 races of the 2016 season and Stafford Speedway is a track where repeat winners have been hard to come by in the K&N Pro Series ranks. The series record for most winners in a season is 13, which was set back in 1987, the first year of existence for the Series when it was known as the Busch North Series.

In the 29 previous K&N Pro Series East races held at Stafford, there have been 21 different winners with only 6 of those drivers having won more than one race. Eddie MacDonald is the only former Stafford winner who has filed an entry for the Stafford 150 so the odds are high that there will be a 22nd different winner when the checkered flag falls.

The points standings for the K&N Pro East Series is also a tight race with the top-7 drivers separated by 41 points. Justin Hayley leads Kyle Benjamin by 19 points with the most recent K&N East winner Spencer Davis only 4 points behind Benjamin in third. Davis has made 2 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts at Stafford so his track knowledge may give him a leg up as he will be racing for his second consecutive K&N victory. Davis and Hayley battled to the line in the most recent K&N race at Dominion Raceway with Davis beating Hayley by a nose in a photo finish that was reminiscent of the most recent SK Light feature finish at Stafford between Daniel Wesson, Joey Ferrigno, and Jay Goff going 3-wide at the checkered flag for a photo finish. With a track that many of the K&N drivers will be seeing for the first time and so many different cars capable of winning, the Stafford 150 is sure to be an exciting and thrilling event.
Continue reading ‘NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bringing Season of Parity to Stafford Speedway for Stafford 150 on June 17’

ComServe Wireless to Donate Percent of Profits to Bassett Racing

China Grove, N.C. (May 27, 2016) – In the wake of disaster, the NASCAR community has banded together to support one another. On Friday, May 20th, K&N Pro Series East team Bassett Racing lost almost everything when their shop was ripped apart by a fire overnight. But unlikely partnerships formed in the aftermath. Competitors at Calabrese Racing and Precision Performance Motorsports donated resources to Ronnie and Dillon Bassett to make it possible for them to race at Dominion Raceway on Memorial Day. Now, ComServe Wireless has stepped in to offer their support. Over the next month, race fans and employees can purchase their Verizon phones and accessories from one of 30 ComServe Wireless locations in Virginia and Maryland and they will donate 5% of the profits to Bassett Racing in an effort to help rebuild the team.

ComServe Wireless Owner and President Richard Gdovic, a veteran of the motorsports community, knows what is at stake. Gdovic owns NASCAR XFINITY and K&N Pro Series East team Precision Performance Motorsports and has spent years facilitating his son Brandon Gdovic in his rise through the ranks of NASCAR.

“We are glad to help our fellow racers in need,” said Gdovic. “This has been a core value of our Precision Performance Motorsports team since its inception. Brandon and I, along with General Manager Charles Denike, were all concerned when we heard of the fire at the Bassett’s race shop. It is a devastating loss to their team and their family. Our goal is to keep them both in the hunt for the NASCAR K&N East championship and to get the rest of the race community involved to get them back on their feet. One way we can do this is to use the buying power of the race community along with the 30 ComServe Wireless Verizon stores in Virginia and Maryland to give a portion of every sale to the race community to the Bassett’s to help them recover from this tragic loss. Hopefully we can keep the feeling of community going for the next few months and drive some funding to their program.”

Continue reading ‘ComServe Wireless to Donate Percent of Profits to Bassett Racing’

NASCAR Drive for Diversity to Host First National Pit Crew Combine

Top College Athletes, Former NFL Players Compete for Spots with Rev Racing Development Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 27, 2016) – Following a national talent search, 18 multicultural and female athletes earned invitations to compete in the first-ever national NASCAR Drive For Diversity® (D4D) Crew Member Development Combine today in Concord, North Carolina.

Former college football, basketball, softball and track and field athletes will be evaluated based on a series of fitness, agility and pit crew drills at the NASCAR Research & Development Center.

The 10 top-performing participants will be invited to join the NASCAR D4D Crew Member Development Program, operated by Rev Racing, and receive expert training as tire changers, carriers, and jackmen, with the goal of gaining full time employment with NASCAR national series race teams.
Continue reading ‘NASCAR Drive for Diversity to Host First National Pit Crew Combine’

Dominique Van Wieringen Ready for NASCAR 150 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — In her first season of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition, Amherstburg, Ontario native Dominique Van Wieringen is pumped up for the NASCAR 150 on June 17 at Stafford Speedway.  She has already set series records for the best qualifying effort by a female driver after qualifying 2nd at Mobile, Alabama, in that same race she set a record for most laps led by a female driver.  Van Wieringen is looking forward to the NASCAR 150 as well as the WEEI 105.5 FM Fan Experience behind the wheel of the #30 DuroByte, Inc. Ford.

“I’m going to have to do a lot of research on Stafford,” said Van Wieringen.  “It’s a track that I’ve never been to before and I’m going to be looking at every YouTube video I can watch to see the track inside and out to try to figure out how to drive the track before I get there so I’ll be ahead of my fellow competitors.  We’re going to have to use that practice session on Thursday to figure the track out and get the car dialed in before we get down to qualifying and racing the next day.  I love doing the autograph stuff.  The great thing about the K&N Series is that we’ve had an autograph session at every track we’ve gone to and I love meeting new people. Everyone comes from different walks of life and they all have different stories to tell.  I really enjoy meeting the fans and being able to interact with them and hear all about their experiences.”

Van Wieringen has been racing since the age of 5 in go karts and Late Models, but dirt bike racing is where she originally got her start.  If not for an accident that her brother had while racing motocross, she may have never made the transition to four wheeled vehicles.

Continue reading ‘Dominique Van Wieringen Ready for NASCAR 150 at Stafford Speedway’

Dillon Bassett, No. 44 Toyota Camry, Dominion Raceway Preview

No. 44 Toyota Camry… Crew Chief Nathan Kennedy and the No. 44 team will unload chassis 058 for Monday’s ComServe Wireless Memorial Day Classic at Dominion Raceway. This car last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2014 with Brandon Gdovic behind the wheel.

Unlikely Partnership… Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) partners with Bassett Racing for this weekend’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) race. In a combined effort to support Dillon Bassett in his successful 2016 season, PPM will provide the chassis, parts and equipment needed for Bassett. Bassett’s crew will field the No. 44 entry and have spent the week leading up to the race preparing the car at PPM’s race shop. “The NASCAR garage is a special place in times of tragedy,” said Charles Denike, PPM General Manager. “PPM was able to provide a car for Dillon and the equipment he needed to help make the race happen. It’s amazing the resiliency of Dillon and Ronnie Jr along with their family, crew chiefs, and crew. This will be a special race for everyone involved.”

Joining Forces… ComServe Wireless joins Bassett Gutters and More as primary sponsor of the No. 44 for Dillon Bassett. Bassett Gutters and More is a family-owned business based in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. For more information, please call 888-819-3182 or visit the website at www.BassettGuttersAndMore.com. ComServe Wireless is a Premium TCC Authorized Retailer of Verizon Wireless equipment, services, and accessories with multiple retail locations in the Virginia and Maryland area. ComServe is dedicated to providing the best customer experience in the Wireless industry with a unique first class in-store experience and top notch employees. ComServe Wireless – “The Speed You Need”. For more information, please call 757-890- 2801 or visit ComServe Wireless on Facebook.

Continue reading ‘Dillon Bassett, No. 44 Toyota Camry, Dominion Raceway Preview’




March 2017
S M T W T F S
« Feb    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Archives