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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.
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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.”

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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.
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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.
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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.”

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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.
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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.

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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.

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LFR Driver Development Group to Make NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut with 15-40 Connection

Christian Eckes to Pilot the No. 15 15-40 Connection Ford Fusion at Dominion Raceway

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (May 25, 2016) – The LFR Driver Development Group is excited to announce it will be making its debut start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) at Dominion Raceway on May 30 with Christian Eckes behind the wheel. 15-40 Connection, who has worked with Rob Fuller in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT), will be on board during the ComServe Memorial Day Classic.

“This is a huge testament to what we have built here at LFR Driver Development Group and how quickly our young drivers are developing,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “We took Christian to Dominion Speedway recently for a test, and he got up to speed just as quick in the K&N car as he did in the Super Late Model. Running in this series will provide another challenge for our team and our drivers but I feel confident that they will succeed in this division as they have in others that we have competed in. I’m really looking forward to our debut in the K&N series at Dominion Raceway this week.”

15-40 Connection has partnered with Rob Fuller for the past three years in the NWMT and is thrilled to be expanding their relationship with the team into the NKNPSE.
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Brian Henderson, No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry, Dominion Raceway Preview

No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry… Crew Chief Charles Denike and the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports team will unload chassis 132 for Monday’s ComServe Wireless Memorial Day Classic at Dominion Raceway. This car was last raced at Mobile Speedway earlier this season by Brandon Gdovic.
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.
Look Back … The Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway marked Henderson’s first start in the K&N Pro Series East. Henderson qualified his Chevrolet SS in the ninth position and ran as high as seventh before competitor contact sent him spinning off track on Lap 37. He slipped to 20th position following the incident but was able to power through the field in only 15 laps, finishing the race in the ninth position.

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Spencer Davis Looking Forward to Stafford Speedway return for NASCAR 150 K&N Pro Series Event and WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience

Stafford Springs, CT — When the teams of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series descend upon Stafford Speedway for the NASCAR 150 on June 16-17, the majority of teams and drivers will be seeing the half-mile layout for the very first time. But that won’t be the case for 17-year old Dawsonville, GA native Spencer Davis. Davis made two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts last year at Stafford in the #79 Hillbilly Racing machine and feels like his Stafford experience, however limited it may be, will give him a leg up on the competition behind the wheel of the #41 Davis Poultry Chevrolet.

“I’m real excited to get back to Stafford,” said Davis. “I’ve run 2 Whelen Modified Tour races there and I had a little bad luck in those races, but Stafford is a real fun track and I’m looking forward to getting back up north. The line at Stafford is a little bit different than your usual standard racing line and I’ll know what to expect for tire fall off, so I think I’ll have a little advantage over most of the other drivers.”

All of the NASCAR K&N teams will have a chance to get caught up to Davis’ track knowledge with a test and tune session followed by the WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience on June 16. The K&N teams will practice from 3:00pm-6:30pm which will be followed by Stafford opening its paddock area from 6:45pm-8:00pm for the WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience where fans will be able to walk through the paddock and get a preview of the cars and team haulers, as well as meet the drivers. The June 16 WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience will be open to the public FREE of charge.

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Sarah Cornett-Ching Takes Unique Path to Stafford Speedway for June 17 NASCAR 150 K&N Pro Series East Race

Stafford Springs, CT — For Summerland, British Columbia native Sarah Cornett-Ching, the path to Stafford Speedway for the June 17 NASCAR 150 K&N Pro Series East race has been a unique trip.  The Canadian driver started racing at the age of 12, late compared to most of today’s stars, and took a break from the sport after graduating from high school.  The time out of the cockpit allowed for Sarah to attend trade school and become a certified Red Seal Welder, signifying she is qualified to weld throughout Canada, and save enough money to get back into short-track racing. Now, in 2016, she is teamed up with Tony Blanchard and the #02 Dickies team with the goal to be racing on Sundays in the Sprint Cup Series.

“I started racing at 12, which is kind of old compared to some of the other drivers in the K&N Pro Series,” said Cornett-Ching.  “I raced through high school and then after school we didn’t have the money to keep racing so I went to school for 3 years and became a welder.  I saved up my money for the opportunity to race the ARCA race last year at Daytona and everything went really well there and we ran the full ARCA season. Now we’re running the K&N East Series this year.  I’m excited for this season, I love NASCAR, the sanctioning body is professional and all the tracks we go to are so much fun.  It’s definitely been a different trip for me than most of the other drivers in the series.  My main goal is to get to the Sprint Cup Series and that’s what I’m working towards.  It’s a few years away, but we have some great partners like Dickies working with us, they’re excited, so things are shaping up and hopefully that’s the direction that we’re headed.”

While many of the tracks on the K&N Pro Series East schedule are tracks that Cornett-Ching is seeing for the very first time, she won’t be alone in that respect for the NASCAR 150.  The majority of the field will be coming to Stafford for the very first time.  Drivers and teams will have the opportunity to get the car dialed in during a practice session from 3pm-6:30pm on Thursday, June 16 with the WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience to follow the practice session.  Cornett-Ching thinks that with most everyone being new to Stafford, the NASCAR 150 will prove to be an exciting race and she is looking forward to meeting the fans during the WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience and continuing to try to be a role model for young girls.

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Stafford Speedway Hosting WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience Prior to NASCAR 150 K&N Pro Series East Event

Stafford Springs, CT — With the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to Stafford Motor Speedway, the NASCAR 150 has presented a unique opportunity for fans and media alike to view the cars and haulers as well as meet the drivers during the WEEI 105.5FM K&N Fan Experience on Thursday, June 16.  The event will be FREE of charge.

There will be a test and tune session from 3pm-6:30pm on Thursday, June 16, the day before the NASCAR 150, as the majority of K&N drivers have not previously raced on the Stafford ½ mile.  At the conclusion of the practice session, Stafford Speedway will open its paddock area to allow race fans and media to meet and greet the drivers as well as getting a preview of the cars and team haulers from 6:30pm-8:00pm, much like the atmosphere at the track’s season beginning and season ending NAPA Pit Parties.

“Everyone at Team Stafford is looking forward to the WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience,” said Lisa Arute, Stafford Speedway VP/CFO.  “Typically we’re not able to put on such an event during the course of a season but the K&N Pro Series East event has given us the ability to offer this to our race fans and media members.  As soon as the cars come off the track from their practice session, we’ll open the paddock area and fans and media members can interact with the drivers.  With drivers like Martin Truex, Jr., Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, and Trevor Bayne all having previously raced here at Stafford in the past, you never know if you might be talking with and getting an autograph from a future Daytona 500 winner or a NASCAR Premier Series champion.”

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Back to Back Top Tens for Eddie MacDonald at Bristol and Oxford

Eddie MacDonald spent the weekend racing, literally, after posting an impressive eighth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night then flying into Boston on Sunday morning then race to Oxford Plains Speedway to score a third place finish in the ACT Tour’s Oxford 100 later that afternoon.

Nothing was easy for the Grimm Racing team beginning Wednesday evening when the lift gate on the hauler malfunctioned and unable to close with the car loaded in the top. With the gate stuck eight feet in the air, two ramp trucks and a construction forklift were called into service to free the car. One ramp truck was place on top of the other and supported by the forklift, the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy was rolled from the hauler on to the ramp truck and eventually lowered to the ground. The car and the equipment were loaded into two car trailers the following morning for the trek to Bristol.

“That was something you do not see every day,” laughed Eddie Mac. “We knew the weekend would be hectic making two races in Tennessee then Maine in two days, so to start out like this was definitely strange. Fortunately Rob (Grimm) knew the right people to call to get the car down and those guys worked until one in the morning. Then early the next morning Rob’s guys showed up to help us load the trailers for the trip. It was a huge relief to get to the track that night without anything else happening. Racing was easy after all that.”
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Eddie MacDonald Races in His NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Season Opener at Bristol

Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will open the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season in the 5th annual Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 16. Eddie Mac will pilot the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy in the first of the five-race partial schedule the team will compete in this season.

Eddie Mac has achieved great success on “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” posting a win in 2014, a seventh in 2013, and an impressive sixth place finish after recovering from a flat tire in last year’s race with the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver saying, “We love racing at Bristol and feel we have a chance to win every time we come here. We had a great car last year but got a flat (lap 49) to go a lap down but we came all the way from the rear to post a sixth place finish. Rollie (LaChance) has a great set up for Bristol so we hope we can run up front and be there at the end.”

Thirty cars are entered in the highly competitive series comprised of many Sprint Cup-affiliated teams, yet the small team based in Newburyport, Mass. continues to raise eyebrows despite competing in a partial schedule. The #71 finished last season with a solid second place finish at Dover International Speedway and hope to carry that momentum this weekend. Along with Bristol and Dover (Sept. 30), the Grimm Construction Chevy will race at Stafford Motor Speedway (Ct.) on June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway onJuly 16, and Iowa Speedway on July 29. Eddie Mac will also compete in many, if not all of the scheduled American-Canadian Tour races.

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Eddie Macdonald Races in His NASCAR K & N Pro Series East Season Opener at Bristol

Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will open the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season in the 5th annual Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 16. Eddie Mac will pilot the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy in the first of the five-race partial schedule the team will compete in this season.

Eddie Mac has achieved great success on “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” posting a win in 2014, a seventh in 2013, and an impressive sixth place finish after recovering from a flat tire in last year’s race with the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver saying, “We love racing at Bristol and feel we have a chance to win every time we come here. We had a great car last year but got a flat (lap 49) to go a lap down but we came all the way from the rear to post a sixth place finish. Rollie (LaChance) has a great set up for Bristol so we hope we can run up front and be there at the end.”

Thirty cars are entered in the highly competitive series comprised of many Sprint Cup-affiliated teams, yet the small team based in Newburyport, Mass. continues to raise eyebrows despite competing in a partial schedule. The #71 finished last season with a solid second place finish at Dover International Speedway and hope to carry that momentum this weekend. Along with Bristol and Dover (Sept. 30), the Grimm Construction Chevy will race at Stafford Motor Speedway (Ct.) on June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, and Iowa Speedway on July 29. Eddie Mac will also compete in many, if not all of the scheduled American Canadian Tour races.
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Pit Box: East Thunders Into Bristol

Whelen Southern Mods Return To Caraway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

 • Following a three-week hiatus the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action with the fifth annual PittLite 125 on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Last year’s winner Kyle Benjamin will look to become the series’ first two-time victor in Thunder Valley. Todd Gilliland also has a chance to sit alone in the K&N Pro Series record books as he will look to become the first driver in East or West history to win his first five career starts. He’s currently tied for the mark with Dan Gurney, who won his first four K&N Pro Series West races (then known as Pacific Coast Late Models) from 1963-66.

• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Caraway Speedway for the second time this season for Saturday’s Dogwood 150. Andy Seuss won this race last year and is still looking for his first checkered flag of the season while George Brunnhoelzl III enters as victor of the past two events. Burt Myers won the season opener at Caraway in March and holds a one-point advantage over Brunnhoelzl in the standings. After the Dogwood 150, the tour will take its annual spring break until July.

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Martin-McClure Racing Announce 2016 Plans

Finchum, Holman To Drive In K&N Pro East

Abingdon, VA – Martin-McClure Racing, owned by NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Eric McClure and Hal Martin, announced today a portion of their 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East program. Beginning its second year of competition, the team has embarked on a more comprehensive schedule that will see Chad Finchum return to the MMR #39 entry for select events, while also welcoming a new face to the team’s driver lineup.

Reynolds Wrap, a longtime partner of McClure’s in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will adorn Finchum’s Toyota Camry for four events, beginning with the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on April 16.   Additional events on Finchum’s schedule include New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Jul 16), Iowa Speedway (Jul 29), and Dover International Speedway (Sep 30).  Finchum is coming off of an impressive season-opening win at Kingsport Speedway and carries impressive credentials and accolades, including dozens of wins in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and the 2013 Tennessee State Championship.

The team also announced it will field a second entry at BMS for Caleb Holman, who will be making his first appearance in the popular touring series.  Holman, a competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Henderson Motorsports, will drive the #75 Food Country machine for MMR.

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Harrison Burton Looking Forward to NASCAR 150 K&N Pro Series East Event at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the K&N Pro Series East teams come to Stafford on Friday, June 17 for the NASCAR 150, HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks driver Harrison Burton will be looking to add his name to the 2016 winners list alongside his teammates Justin Hayley and Tyler Dippel. Burton currently pilots the #12 DEX Imaging/Konica-Minolta Toyota and he is currently 8th in the points standings after the first 3 races of the season.

“I’m excited to try out a new track like Stafford,” said Burton. “It’s always interesting to see what a new race track has to offer and I’m sure based on what I’ve heard, the racing will be fantastic.”

After the first three races of the 2016 K&N Pro Series East season, HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks has been the team to beat with Tyler Dippel and Justin Hayley having both picked up their first career wins this season. Hayley and Dippel sit third and fourth respectively in the K&N Pro Series East points standings on the strength of their early-season victories, and the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team also has Burton in 8th and Hunter Baize in 13th place after the first three races.

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Gilliland Chasing History with Winning Ways

NASCAR K&N Pro Victory At Kern Would Match Gurney’s 50-Year-Old Mark

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Todd Gilliland heads to Bakersfield, California, on the hottest winning streak in 50 years.

Even if he doesn’t equal the all-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series mark for consecutive victories to start in the series, the 15-year-old from Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina, is in pretty exclusive company.

It’s a club that includes two drivers in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the 2015 Daytona 500 winner and Gilliland. That’s it. In the 62-year history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series – dating back to the West Series’ beginnings as the Pacific Coast Late Model Series – just four drivers in both the East and West have won the first two series races to start their career.

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Patience Pays Off for Haley

Late Pass At Greenville Nets First K&N Pro East Victory

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Justin Haley was patient all night at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway. Until it was go-time.

The 16-year-old from Winamac, Indiana, cleared the dominant car of Kyle Benjamin with seven laps to go and sailed to his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory.

It was Haley’s 23rd career NASCAR K&N Pro Series start. He nearly picked up the win in Phoenix last fall in the K&N Pro West, but late contact while leading cut a tire and ended his night six laps short of the win.

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