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QUALIFYING: Drake Leads BMR Sweep

Rookie Takes First K&N Pro Pole Award At Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Rookie Nick Drake led a front-row sweep for Bill McAnally Racing Friday afternoon in qualifying for the evening’s Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway.

Drake, 18, put down a lap of 22.127 seconds (121.759 mph) around the .75-mile oval. He is making his fifth career NAScAR K&N Pro Series East start and his previous best starting position was 11th.

“It was kind of surprising. I haven’t been the best qualifier,” said Drake. “We worked on qualifying in practice a little bit. We kind of struggled on the first run and made a big improvement on the second run. We laid down a lap and edged out Cole for the pole. It was good.”
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Who’s Next? Most Likely One of These

NASCAR Next 2014-15 Class Announced At Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Chase Elliott took the NASCAR Nationwide Series checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month, he joined fellow rising star Kyle Larson in the 2014 win column.

Before their headline-making victories on one of the sport’s biggest stages, though, Elliott and Larson were ‘next’ – the next in a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

Like Elliott and Larson before them, the 12 drivers named today to the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class have résumés loaded with accomplishments and promise. The roster was unveiled at Richmond International Raceway and marks the kickoff of the fourth installment of the industry initiative designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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PRACTICE: Hill Tops in Richmond

Georgia Rookie Leads Final Session

RICHMOND, Va. – Austin Hill was fastest in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final practice for the Blue Ox 100 on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

Hill, a 20-year-old out of Winston, Ga., made his way around the .75-mile Virginia track in 22.293 seconds for an average speed of 121.114 mph. Hill ranks 10th in the championship standings and has a pair of top-five finishes in four starts this season.

Points leader Ben Rhodes was second with a time of 22.311 seconds (121.017 mph). The 17-year-old has won the last three series pole positions.

Cole Custer was third on the chart at 22.485 seconds (120.080 mph) followed by Chad Finley, who is attempting to make his series debut, with a time of 22.558 seconds (119.691 mph) and Cameron Hayley at 22.564 mph (119.660 mph) in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Virginia Governor Welcomes National Champ

Gov. McAuliffe Opens Pulliam’s Busy Week

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam began a busy week Monday with a visit to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office in Richmond.

McAuliffe congratulated Pulliam on his 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. Pulliam was accompanied on the visit by Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier.

Last season Pulliam won a second consecutive national title, the Commonwealth of Virginia championship and NASCAR late model track championships at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
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Suárez to Make Nationwide Series Debut

Will Compete In Three Events In Richmond And Monterrey

CONCORD, N.C. – Rev Racing’s Daniel Suárez began the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season by winning two races in a three-day span. He followed that up with two wins in three NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series events. Now, the Monterrey, Mexico native will face a new challenge: a NASCAR Nationwide Series event.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that the 22-year-old Drive for Diversity (D4D) and NASCAR Next driver will make his Nationwide Series debut Friday night in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Suárez will also compete in the Blue Ox 100 for the K&N East before heading to Monterrey, Mexico, for the Toyota Series’ Regia 240.

Suárez is fully aware of the daunting task ahead of him, but heads into the weekend with the same calm, optimistic and humble demeanor that has gotten him to this point.
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K&N East Statistical Advance: Richmond

Analyzing The Blue Ox 100 At RIR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rolls into Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday, April 25 for the Blue Ox 100, the season’s fifth event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Richmond, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Richmond Race Setup
• Ryan Gifford is the only past Richmond winner in the field and with last year’s victory, he joined Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) as RIR winners out of the Rev Racing stable.
• Two of the three standalone series events at Richmond have been won from the front row with Brett Moffitt winning from the pole in 2012 and Wallace in 2011 from the second position.
• Virginia native Brandon Gdovic has a pair of top-five Richmond finishes in three starts including a runner-up finish last season.

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Austin Theriault to Drive Three races for JR Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2014) – Austin Theriault will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this season, as JR Motorsports has signed him to drive three races in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Theriault, a 20-year-old late model racer from Fort Kent, Maine, will make his debut on May 18 at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet replete with primary branding from SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Signature 88 Collection and innovative Happy Lens™ technology. The upper-rear quarter-panels of the car will carry the logo of Dirty Mo Radio, the internet home for Earnhardt Jr.-related podcasts throughout the NASCAR season.

“SPY is happy to offer continued support to the JR Motorsports team and be a part of the exciting Nationwide Series debut of Austin Theriault,” said Michael Marckx, SPY CEO and president. “On the heels of our commitment to Dirty Mo Radio, this is only the beginning of the excitement SPY looks to bring to NASCAR, and we’re happy to do it with JR Motorsports.”

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Richmond

Gifford Learned And Earned His Way At RIR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Practice makes perfect.

Athletes in every sport say there is no better preparation than under “game” conditions. For Ryan Gifford at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway the process was incremental and came in three prior NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at the .75-mile oval. That experience paid off in spades a year ago in the Blue Ox 100.

“Each time there, I’ve learned more and more,” said Gifford. “My first time there, I learned how the track transitions from day to night. My second time we had the car in position at the end, but I spun the tires on a late-race restart which kind of ruined it. And last year, we were able the put it all together.”

Putting it together meant getting his first K&N Pro Series East victory. The Drive for Diversity product racing out of the Rev Racing stable had been in position to win on more than a few occasions, but one thing or another untied the bow and left the Winchester, Tenn., native wondering if it would ever happen.

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McCallum Memorial/Life Celebration at Thompson Saturday

The Thompson Speedway Club House will host the Jimmy McCallum Memorial/Life Celebration on Saturday, April 19 at 6:30pm. The event recalls McCallum of Fall River, MA, who passed away on September 20. Sign ins begin at 6:30 pm. Texas Hold ‘Em is at 7:30. The event will feature hot and cold appetizers and music.

One of McCallum’s daughters, Lisa Fuller, took the opportunity to recall a local racing legend and support the future. The fundraiser will benefit the Little T Quarter Midget Club. Fuller believes an event that combines her father’s two passions has him “smiling down upon us,” Fuller said. I think he highly would approve.”

“In just going through the process and talking to all these people, that we’re connected to him has been great for me,” Fuller said.”It’s been great for my sisters. It’s helped with a lot of closure.”

“(People) expressed a desire to remember my father,” Fuller said.”And the kids at the track desperately need a scoreboard and I just mulled it around, and I connected the two. My dad loved Thompson. My dad loved racing. He loved playing cards. He loved everything about racing and cards. Since I was a baby that’s been his greatest love. So I decided that I should combine the two and use his connections to the community to help raise money for a scoreboard, which I then could in turn donate in his honor.”

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Kostecki to Appear at New York Auto Show

Raising Awareness For Canine Companions Program

At 14, Brodie Kostecki achieved more wins than any other driver his age in United States Auto Club racing history. Now 16 years old, Kostecki has moved up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in his No. 43 Arcoplate Racing Toyota.

The native of Perth, Australia, scored his first top-10 finish in his new series on March 22 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

Kostecki is also a strong supporter of Canine Companions for Independence, the nation’s largestn non-profit provider of highly-trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. What do race cars and assistance dogs have in common? Performance! NASCAR drivers want the best for their vehicles and people with disabilities need high-performing assistance dogs. Kostecki’s love for dogs and wanting to help people with disabilities is a perfect match to partner with Canine Companions for Independence.

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NASCAR, FOX Sports Announce TV Schedule

K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tours Set For FOX Sports 1

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours Championship events on FOX Sports 1.

The schedule includes 28 events for NASCAR’s touring series including previously aired races from Bristol Motor Speedway, Greenville Pickens Speedway, and Irwindale Speedway.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features the next generation of top-level NASCAR stars competing alongside accomplished veterans and FOX Sports’ coverage of the series provides a great platform to showcase these drivers,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “The select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events are always exciting shows and shouldn’t be missed.”
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NHMS Working on Night Race for 2015

Since joining Twitter in late February, Jerry Gappens has received multiple inquiries about a night race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Executive Vice President & General Manager of NHMS tweeted today that he is working with NASCAR and broadcaster partner NBC about a night race at the 1.058 mile oval. He elaborated in an earlier post that he would seek approval from the town of Loudon, once he received approval from both parties.

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Golden Opportunity: Kneeland Guides NASCAR Rookie Larson

Larson Shines in California; Kneeland ‘Glad to be part of it’

Derek Kneeland of Windham, ME had the best view for Kyle Larson’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Saturday afternoon. Kneeland works as the spotter for the Elk Grove, CA driver at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson’s #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet won the TreatMyClot.com 300 by .342 second over Sprint Cup regulars Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, who led an event high 96 laps. Pole sitter Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five.

Larson has made all of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide starts with Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson was named the Sunoco Rookie of the Year last season with four second place finishes in Nationwide. Larson’s current streak of six consecutive top 10s is two shy of his career best.

Although now a Mooresville, NC resident, Kneeland was overwhelmed by supporters from his first Nationwide victory through 49 text messages and Facebook.

“That’s when you really get to see the support from all the people back home and that’s just great,” Kneeland said. “I’m just trying to do my thing and I’m just another guy who is one of the 43 up there that gets to do what they love to do. It just means a lot when you have all those people that not only look up to you but are really proud of the accomplishments that you’ve made. … It just feels so good. I’m still just smiling ear to ear to get this win. I’m just really fortunate.”

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Rhodes Seals the Deal at Greenville

17-Year-Old Notches First Career Victory

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes finally got his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win.

After leading all but the final two laps in his last series start at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the 17-year-old Louisville, Ky., native took no chances on Saturday night, leading for the final 24 laps en route to a victory in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday night at Greenville Pickens Speedway.It was only the 11th start for the NASCAR Next driver. His previous best finish at the track was sixth, earned in September of last year. 

Ronnie Bassett Jr. crossed the line behind Rhodes for his first top-five-finish in six series races. The 18-year-old rookie from Winston-Salem, N.C., withstood a late charge from Drive for Diversity driver Daniel Suarez to hold on to second place. He was followed by Cameron Hayley and Jesse Little in third and fourth respectively. Suarez fell back to fifth place, his third top-five finish of the season. 

Fellow Drive for Diversity pilot Ryan Gifford finished sixth, followed by rookies Kaz Grala and Brodie Kostecki. Sergio Pena and Eddie MacDonald rounded out the top 10. 

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QUALIFYING: Rhodes On Point At Greenville

Third Straight Pole For 17-Year-Old

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Company in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying on Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway.

After being third-quickest in practice, Rhodes posted a time of 20.684 seconds on the half-mile track for an average speed of 87.024 mph. It’s the third straight series pole win for the 17-year-old out of Louisville, Ky., and his first at Greenville.

Cameron Hayley, who topped the speed charts during practice earlier in the day, will start alongside Rhodes on the front row after registering a 20.743-second lap (86.776 mph).

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PRACTICE: Hayley Out Quick at Greenville

NASCAR Next Driver Tops Speed Charts

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Cameron Hayley led the way in final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday at Greenville Pickens Speedway.

The 17-year-old out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada posted a fast lap of 20.990 seconds for an average speed of 85.755 mph on the historic South Carolina half-mile oval. This is the first K&N East race at Greenville for Hayley, who was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship runner-up last season.

Kenzie Ruston, who finished a series-best third in this event a year ago, ranked second at 21.104 seconds (85.292 mph) followed by Ben Rhodes at 21.115 seconds (85.247 mph). Josh Berry, who is making his series debut, with a time of 21.194 seconds (84.930 mph) and Scott Heckert at 21.232 seconds (84.778 mph) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kaz Grala, Jesse Little, Austin Hill, Ryan Gifford and Brandon Jones rounded out the top 10 in the final session.
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Hattori Racing Enterprises Looks to Continue Success at Greenville Pickens Speedway

Mooresville, NC (Mar. 20, 2014) – Saturday, March 22 the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will trade the high concrete banks of Bristol for the flat asphalt half-mile of Greenville Pickens Speedway in The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.

Hattori Racing Enterprises’ drivers Lee Pulliam in the No. 11 JTB/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota and David Garbo Jr. in the No. 1 Big Machine Records Toyota will both be making their first attempt at GPS in a K&N car.

On making his GPS debut, Garbo says, “I’m pretty positive going into Greenville. I think the race will play out much different than Bristol did because of the characteristics of the track. Saving tires will play a huge part in the race. I’m confident on how the car was at the test last week, and I think we will have a great finish as long as we stay out of trouble.” Last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Garbo got his first K&N Series top ten in the PittLite 125. Garbo drove the No. 1 from a 29th starting position to finish 7th, earning the CocaCola “Move of the Race” award.

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Brodie Kostecki Hoping to Continue Upward Trend at Greenville

16-Year-Old Hoping to Improve on Season-Best 12th Last Week at Bristol

After filling the books with notes in the first three events of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, 16-year-old Brodie Kostecki and his Arcoplate No. 43 tem are ready to build some momentum towards a run at the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. Kostecki has positives to build on from his first races at New Smyrna (FL), Daytona (FL) and Bristol (TN), but the results at the end of the three races haven’t been to his satisfaction.

Kostecki now hopes to continue an upward slope following last week’s 12th-place finish in the K&N East race at Bristol as he moves to historic Greenville Pickens Speedway for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 this Saturday, March 22.

“I raced late models last year and we ran on a lot of flat racetracks and some of that experience will be put to good use this weekend at Greenville, considering I’ve never raced there before,” said Kostecki. “I know that place is tough, very flat and you have to run right up against the inside wall. It’s just one of those things where you’ve got to have a lot of forward drive at the end of the race. That’s what will make or break your night.”

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K&N East Statistical Advance: Greenville

Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 22 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, the season’s fourth event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Greenville, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Greenville Race Setup

• Sergio Peña is part of an impressive list of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winners at Greenville that includes Austin Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski, Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace Jr., who is the only multi-time series winner at the track.

• Eddie MacDonald, who broke a 53-race winless streak with a triumph on March 15 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, leads active drivers with 10 GPS starts and four top-five finishes.

• Track position is critical in short-track racing, and Greenville is no exception. The average starting position for the 11 race winners is 3.18.

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K&N East News & Notes: Greenville

Rhodes Expecting Different GPS Strategy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Change is good.

That’s the belief of Ben Rhodes as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its 12th visit to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 22 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.

“I think adding the break and giving us four tires will make a huge difference over what we saw last September,” said Rhodes.

After several drivers opted to employ a tire-saving strategy in the last series race at the South Carolina half-mile oval, NASCAR decided to add a halfway break and allow the teams four additional tires to use during the event.

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Better Late for MacDonald

GWC Pass Nets Bristol Win For Mass. Driver

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Veteran Eddie MacDonald showed a little late-race mastery Saturday afternoon and brought home the winning trophy from Bristol Motor Speedway.

The 33-year-old driver from Rowley, Mass., took the lead on the green-white-checkered finish to the PittLite 125 and held off Gray Gaulding and Ben Rhodes to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at “The Last Great Colosseum.”

It’s MacDonald’s first win since September of 2009 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the seventh of his career.

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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Rolls to Pole

Bristol Award His 2nd Straight In K&N Pro East

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Ben Rhodes had to wait until nearly the end of line to make his qualifying lap, but that didn’t matter.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Ky., earned his second straight 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. in Friday’s qualifying for the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rhodes went out 37th of 38 cars and posted a lap of 16.036 seconds (119.656 mph) around the high-banked half-mile in advance of Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

The rookie knocked Brandon Gdovic off the provisional pole. Gdovic had a lap of 16.045 (119.589) and will start on the front row.

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PRACTICE: Heckert Tops Bristol Chart

Leads TSM Teammate Rhodes In K&N Pro East Prep

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Turner Scott Motorsports teammates Scott Heckert and rookie Ben Rhodes set the pace for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Heckert posted the fastest time in the final practice for the PittLite 125 with a lap of 16.093 seconds (119.232 mph) around the high-banked half-mile. Heckert was .03 seconds faster than Rhodes, who checked in at 16.123 (119.010).

Gray Gaulding was third quickest at 16.124 (119.003), followed by rookie Austin Hill. Rhodes’ lap of 16.162 (118.723) led the first session and was fifth fastest overall.

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Brodie Kostecki & Team Arcoplate Ready for Bristol Motor Speedway Debut

No. 43 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Team Rolling Out New Car in “Thunder Valley”

There is no better place than “Thunder Valley,” Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, to get the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kick-started for Brodie Kostecki. After finishes of 20th and 18th in the series’ first two events of the year, the 16-year-old Kostecki and his Arcoplate No. 43 team are ready to rebound at Bristol on Saturday, March 15 in the PittLite125.

The PittLite 125 will be the native Australian’s first race at the Tennessee half-mile, but he will have plenty of experience on his side with veteran NASCAR crew chief Doug George calling the shots.

“Our Arcoplate team is really excited to go to Bristol,” said Kostecki. “We started off ok at New Smyrna with a fourth-place qualifying effort and didn’t run too well in the race. Then we took what we learned and moved on to Daytona. We qualified seventh and ran in the top-five for the first half of the race, then we just got unlucky at the end. But, my crew chief Doug George has a lot of experience at Bristol so we’re all pumped and amped up to go there.”

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NASCAR Media Guides Released

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FansChoice.tv Brings Race Track to the Fans

AMA Pro, IMSA & NASCAR Team To Launch Live Streaming Site

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Motorcycle races at Daytona. Sports cars at Watkins Glen. Modifieds at Langley.

For race fans, if they couldn’t make it to the track and the event didn’t have television coverage, there hasn’t been an option to watch all the action. Until now.

AMA Pro Racing, IMSA and NASCAR announced today the launch of FansChoice.tv, a ground-breaking collaborative digital platform that will live stream various races not covered by broadcast television, giving fans new opportunities to follow their favorite series. It also will enhance fans viewing experience at the track with the ability to watch multiple cameras on their tablet or mobile device, and access archived broadcasts on demand.
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HRE Rookies Ready to Race the Last Great Colosseum, Bristol Motor Speedway

Mooresville, NC (Mar. 7, 2014) – March 15th the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will race at The Last Great Colosseum, Bristol Motor Speedway, for the PittLite 125. This season, Hattori Racing Enterprises brings two rookie drivers to Bristol. Lee Pulliam is a two-time champion in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series in 2012 and 2013 (one of only three drivers to accomplish this feat), and is looking to find even greater success in the HRE No. 11 Don Valley North Toyota Camry. In the driver’s seat of the HRE No. 1 Big Machine Records Toyota Camry will be David Garbo Jr., 2012 Legend Car Champion and a winning Late Model Driver. The K&N cars will take over the speedway directly following the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive to Stop Diabetes 300.

This will be the third time the famous half-mile oval has hosted the NKNPSE. For the past two years, Bristol has hosted the season-opener for the series; this year, however, the PittLite 125 will be the third race of the season for a tour that features many young, talented drivers working to establish themselves in the world of NASCAR. At last year’s season-opener at Bristol, the HRE No. 11 finished an impressive 2nd place. The momentum gained at Bristol set the stage for HRE’s break-out 2013 season. The No. 11 went on to finish second in the NKNPSE championship standings with five top 5 finishes, ten top 10 finishes, and two pole wins.

Both HRE drivers are already off to a great start in the 2014 season. At the season-opener at New Smyrna Speedway, Pulliam scored a top five finish in 5th , and Garbo rallied back from an early pit stop to finish 16th. The following week at Daytona both drivers qualified in the top 10.

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K&N East Statistical Advance: Bristol

Analyzing The PittLite 125

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a couple of weeks away from the track, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 15 for the PittLite 125, the season’s third event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Bristol, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Bristol Race Setup
• Daniel Suárez is looking for his third straight NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory after winning the first two races of the season in February. He became just the second driver in series history to win the first two races of the season joining Sean Caisse, who accomplished the feat in 2006. Suárez also has a streak of four straight NASCAR touring series wins by taking the checkered flag in his last two NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series starts.
• Ryan Gifford has a pair of third-place finishes in two starts at Bristol and is the only driver in the series with two top-five finishes.
• Twenty of the 40 drivers on the entry list will make their Bristol debut if they make the 36-car field for the PittLite 125.
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Big Machine Records Sponsors NASCAR Rising Star David Garbo Jr.

17-Year-Old NASCAR Standout Gets a Shot with Country Music Powerhouse

Nashville, TN/March 3, 2014 – Big Machine Records, whose triumphs in motorsports are eclipsed only by its success in music, has signed on as primary sponsor for David Garbo Jr. in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Big Machine believes the young champion has a bright future ahead of him. “First and foremost, Garbo has shown an ability to win at every level he’s raced,” says Big Machine CEO and Founder Scott Borchetta. “He’s tough and focused on the track, and at the same time he handles himself with professionalism outside the cockpit.”

Garbo is in very impressive company with Big Machine. In addition to the label’s superstar music roster, its on-track lineup has included Indy 500 winners Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti, and currently Tony Kanaan. “That’s truly legendary company! I want to thank Scott Borchetta so much for this opportunity,” says Garbo. “But I think what motivates me most is that I’m racing for someone who has more race wins and championships than I do!” Garbo is referring to the label head’s own dominance in the cockpit. Borchetta has five championships as a racer himself, including being the only three-peat champion in history at Nashville’s 100-year-old Tennessee State Fairgrounds Speedway, which he accomplished in the NASCAR Truck Series.
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Kwasniewski Tapped to Become Ganassi’s Next Development Driver

Las Vegas — Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski, a full-time driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) Champion has been added as the team’s newest development driver.

The Las Vegas resident made his NNS debut at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22, 2014, after winning the pole position and finishing eighth in his first start in one of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series. Kwasniewski also became the youngest NNS pole-sitter in Daytona history, and will be competing full-time in the NNS with Turner Scott Motorsports.

Notes of Interest:

• Champion at Any Age: Kwasniewski claimed the 2013 NKNPSE Championship to become the first driver to win both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) and NKNPSE Championship titles, doing so in back-to-back seasons. He won his first race in the NKNPSE at Bristol Motor Speedway en route to a series-high six race wins and was ultimately named to the NASCAR Next Program, which identifies the future stars of the sport.

• Go West Young Man: Kwasniewski won three races in 2012 competing in the NKNPSW on the way to becoming the youngest series champion at the age of 17 years, 5 months and 10 days. In 2011 he finished second in his series debut in the NKNPSW at All-American Speedway and became the youngest pole winner in NKNPSW history at Colorado National Speedway en-route to Rookie of the Year honors.

• A Dylan of all Trades: Kwasniewski has competed in several forms of racing including IKF, STARS and SKUSA karts along with Bandoleros, Legend Cars and ASA Super Trucks before making the move to NASCAR. In 2007 he won 88 percent of the Bandolero races he entered at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring track and won his first championship in 2002 in the Phoenix Kart Racing Association Kid Kart division at the age of seven.

Quote Board:

Dylan Kwasniewski, Driver: “I am extremely happy right now and thrilled to be getting this opportunity with Chip and the whole team. I have wanted to do nothing but race for as long as I can remember so this is a dream come true. I look forward to being part of Chip’s organization and will hopefully be a key contributor to its future success.”

Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “This young man has impressed us from the moment we saw him. His poise, skill and determination on the race track are remarkable for someone so young. I am really looking forward to seeing him grow as a driver with each increase of competition. I think Dylan has a big future ahead of him in NASCAR.”

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Sources: ChipGanassiRacing.com