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QUALIFYING: Heckert Earns 2nd Pole

Takes Top Spot For K&N Pro East At Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Scott Heckert won his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award in the last three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races Saturday at Columbus Motor Speedway.

He paced the historic half-mile in 14.288 seconds (83.903 mph) in hi sNo. 34 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet.

The 20-year-old from Ridgefield, Conn., also won the pole at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

Rookie Nick Drake qualified second at 14.370 (83.424).

Ryan Gifford qualified third at 14.450 (82.962) just ahead of his Rev Racing teammate Sergio Pena. Rev Racing has won two of the three NASCAR K&N Pro East races run at Columbus.

Jesse Little, who is coming off his first NASCAR win last week at New Hampshire Motor Speeedway, rounded out the top five qualifiers.

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PRACTICE: Heckert Tops Columbus Field

Three Rookies Make Up Top Five

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scott Heckert led the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East field Saturday afternoon in practice for the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota at Columbus Motor Speedway.

Heckert had a lap of 14.228 seconds during the second practice session around the .333-mile oval for an average speed of 84.256.

Rookie Kaz Grala was second fastest at 14.440 (83.019). Gray Gaulding was third, followed by points leader Ben Rhodes in fourth and Austin Hill in fifth. 

Rev Racing’s Sergio Pena was sixth, followed by Nick Drake, Brandon Jones, Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Brandon Oakley. 

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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Columbus

Analyzing The JEGS 150 At Columbus Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action with the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota on Saturday, July 19 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Columbus Race Setup:
• Ben Rhodes brings the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season points lead to Columbus Motor Speedway with five wins through the season’s first 10 events.

• Jesse Little won his first career series event in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the last time out. The 16-year-old is ranked fourth in the championship standings.
• Daniel Suárez has one win and two top fives in three events at Columbus, the active leader among drivers entered in the event.

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Car No. 2 K&N Pro Series East Team Penalized for Rules Violations at New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today the No. 2 team that competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Friday, July 11 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.9 (involved in an altercation with another Competitor on pit road after the conclusion of the race) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. The violations constitute a penalty level of behavioral in the NASCAR Deterrence System.

Ryan Gifford, driver of the No. 2, has been fined $1,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid. He has also been placed on NASCAR probation until December 31, 2014. 

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Kostecki Scores Top-10 Finish in Return to K&N East Action

Fully Recovered From Injury, 16-Year-Old Looks to Keep Up Momentum at Columbus

Mooresville, NC –Over the course of the two-month break Brodie Kostecki took while recuperating from a wrist injury, the 16-year-old envisioned putting on a strong showing with his Arcoplate No. 43 Toyota when he was able to get back behind the wheel.  When he finally did make his return to the seat on Friday, July 11 at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, those weeks of strategizing a strong run paid off with a solid ninth-place finish.

Kostecki’s practice and qualifying efforts on Thursday, July 10 were his first competitive laps since his injury following the May 17 K&N race at Iowa Speedway.  While it took some time to knock the rust off, Kostecki left New Hampshire pleased with his third top-10 finish of his rookie season.

“It was great getting back behind the wheel and bringing home a top-10 finish for the Arcoplate team,” said Kostecki.  “I was just getting back up to speed and getting the comfort back.  In that first practice, I just tried to get up to speed slowly to make sure everything was okay physically.  We had a spring failure that kept us from the qualifying run that we wanted, but we made a few pit stops in the first half of the race.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Columbus

Suárez Returns To Scene Of First Series Victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season has been one of mixed results for Daniel Suárez.

The Monterrey, Mexico, native began the season the same way he ended 2013, hot. His wins in the first two events of 2014 marked his sixth and seventh top-three finishes in nine NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races dating back to last year.  In Suárez’s subsequent eight events, the driver has recorded two top fives and four top 10s, but has also registered four DNFs. He hopes a trip to Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway is what he needs to get back on the right track for the remainder of the season.

He entered this event weekend in 2013 in a similar state, a first half with mixed results. Through his first seven races, Suárez had one top five and three top 10s, and two races outside of the top 20. Once the race started, however, all his early season struggles seemed to disappear. Suárez took the lead on lap 66 and led the final 88 laps for his first career K&N Pro Series East victory.

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Eddie MacDonald Finishes Second at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Eddie MacDonald almost won his fourth career K&N Pro Series East race in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday night securing second place in a spectacular last lap duel that had the fans on their feet. The 100 lap event had three and four wide racing in turn one on the “Magic Mile” that most would agree is nearly impossible to achieve.

“That was a crazy race over the second half of the race right to the last lap,” said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. “I think the fans saw an exciting race with the winner not decided until the last turn of the last lap. On the last restart my spotter Logger (Dave Ricker) said I was on the bottom of four wide going into turn one and they were three wide behind us. The incredible thing is, no one wrecked. We are very happy with the second place finish since it looked like we were headed for a fourth place finish.”

The Exit Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy qualified ninth on Thursday afternoon with Eddie Mac saying, “We were happy starting ninth because we just finished rebuilding the car with the finishing touches completed on Wednesday night. Last Thursday the bare chassis sat on the shop floor so everyone worked very hard to get the car done on time and I am very thankful for everyone’s fantastic effort. We also had Exit Realty come aboard for this race and I thank Derek Beatrice for helping us out. A lot of Exit Realty folks were there to support us and I think they all left happy.”

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Little in Perfect Position for First Win

Avoids Wreck To Take K&N Pro East Checkers At New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — Third-place was the perfect position for Jesse Little on the white flag lap at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday. The end result was him standing in Victory Lane with his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win.

The 17-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, drove around the two wrecking leaders in Turn 3 en route to winning the Granite State 100. The NASCAR Next driver and 2013 K&N Pro East Sunoco Rookie of the Year was making his 33rd K&N Pro start.

“The celebration was one I will never forget,” said Little. “It was truly amazing. And to do it on my mom’s birthday, too – it’s an amazing birthday present that I can hand her that trophy.

“It’s one I’ll never forget.”

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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Nets 5th Pole

Record Run At New Hampshire For K&N Pro East Leader

LOUDON, N.H. – Ben Rhodes has repeatedly been asked if the opportunity to tie the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East record for consecutive wins this week is becoming a distraction.

Based on his track-record performance in capturing the pole for Friday’s Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it’s clear the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver isn’t suffering from the attention.

“I just do my best and forget the rest,” Rhodes said after posting a fast lap of 128.580 mph (29.622 second) around the 1.058-mile oval. A victory in Friday’s race would let Rhodes tie Ricky Craven’s 23-year-old record of five straight series wins.

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PRACTICE: Rhodes Still Leads Way

K&N Pro East Points Leader Tops Charts At New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — Ben Rhodes began his quest for a record-tying fifth consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series  East win with a dominant performance in the final practice session Thursda in adavnce of Friday’s Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, had a lap of 29.489 seconds (129.160 mph) in his No. 41 Alpha Engery Solutions Chevrolet around the 1.058-mile oval.

Matt Tifft was second fastest at 29.811 (127.765), followed by Rhodes’ Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Cameron Hayley at 29.848 (127.607).

Jesse Little and Scott Heckert rounded out the top five.

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Grala Has Momentum Heading into NHMS

Seat Time Paying Off For 15-Year-Old TSM Driver

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kaz Grala is hoping that his recent on-track success will give him momentum heading into Friday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Grala, 15, is in his first year competing in the K&N Pro Series East, running the No. 31 NETTTS Chevrolet Impala for Turner Scott Motorsports in the upcoming Granite State 100. After opening the season with a pair of top-10 finishes in New Smyrna (Florida) and Daytona Beach, the youngest driver on the circuit had only one top 10 in his next six events.  Grala’s season might be turning around after recording his first top-five finish with the series on June 21 in the Visit Hampton VA 175 from Langley (Virginia) Speedway.

“It was my best career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish,” said Grala about his fifth place effort at Langley. “With five laps to go, I was in the eighth position for a restart. I fought my way past three more cars on the outside with a photo finish for fifth place.”

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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Loudon

Analyzing The Granite State 100 At NHMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action Saturday with the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Granite State 100 Setup:

• Points leader Ben Rhodes can move into a tie with Dylan Kwasniewski on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East single-season wins list with a victory, which would be his sixth of 2013. A win would also tie Ricky Craven’s 1991 record of most consecutive series wins in a season, five.

• The active leader with three wins at NHMS, Eddie MacDonald enters this race with top-10 finishes in 10 of his last 11 events at his home track.

• Daniel Suárez was the runner-up in last year’s event at NHMS. He has three top 10s in four career starts at the track .

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Touring & Weekly Awards Events Announced

NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Gathering Of Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for the sport’s greatest.

Annually, the North Carolina landmark is also the aim of drivers throughout the NASCAR weekly & touring series, as the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center will host the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, Dec. 12, while the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 13.

“These awards shows celebrate and honor our champions in NASCAR’s weekly racing program and our touring series – two foundational areas of the sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “These two events highlight the hard work, dedication and achievements throughout NASCAR, and I’m excited that fans from around the world can share in the experience through our digital platforms.”

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Loudon

Rhodes Not Focused On Records As He Heads To NHMS

granitestate100.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Two words have been synonymous with the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season: Ben Rhodes.

To say that the 17-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native has been on a roll this year would be an understatement. Through nine events, Rhodes has five wins, eight top fives and eight top 10s. His average finish is 3.2, and if you remove the second race of the season at the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona, his average finish becomes 1.6.

“I don’t ever think about the stats,” responded Rhodes when asked whether he thinks about the numbers he’s put up so far this year. “If I look at the stats, I start putting pressure on myself to perform and live up to those expectations. I just try and forget about it all and do my best. My best is my best. I’ve got to forget about the rest”

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A Week to Remember for Hayley

Celebrates High School Graduation With Summer Showdown Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Most high school graduates celebrate that milestone with a trip to the beach with friends, a final opportunity to make memories before facing the realities of work and college.

Cameron Haley isn’t most graduates, but he did make a pretty significant memory of his own.

Just two days after graduating last week, the 17-year old native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, qualified first and led wire to wire to earn the victory in one of Late Model stock car racing’s premier events, the 3rd annual Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

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MacDonald To Make Sprint Cup Series Debut

Joins All New England Team For Race At NHMS

ROWLEY, Mass. – Local racing legend Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, Massachusetts, will drive the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford Fusion owned by fellow New Englanders Archie St. Hilaire from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and long-time NASCAR crew chief Frank Stoddard from No. Haverhill, New Hampshire. Completing the all-New England team is Michael Alden, President and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing based in Beverly, Massachusetts, as the primary sponsor aboard the Go FAS Racing entry in the Camping World Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on July 13.

Archie St. Hilaire is no stranger to New England racing as a long time participant in the old Busch North Series, currently the K&N Pro Series East, before moving on to the Nationwide Series while Stoddard cut his teeth watching and learning from one of the greats in New England, Stub Fadden from his hometown. The No. 32 on the Go FAS Racing Ford is in honor of Fadden and his car’s number for nearly four decades. The duo joined forces this year to compete in the Sprint Cup Series and instantly choose Eddie Mac to drive for them at the “Magic Mile.”

“I was talking with Mike (Alden) some time ago and he expressed interest in sponsoring a New England driver for the NHMS race and asked me if I knew of anyone, “ chuckled St Hilaire. “I immediately said “I sure do” and gave him Eddie’s name. Eddie is a great driver with a lot of successful experience at this track with six wins. I love Eddie, his family, and his entire race team. They are a great bunch of people and I couldn’t be happier for Eddie and our team. It will be a lot of fun and with Eddie’s experience we hope to have a strong run.”

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Rhodes Rolls to Bowman Gray Victory Lane

Gains Third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ben Rhodes turned in a dominating victory in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 Saturday night in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action at historic Bowman Gray Stadium.

Rhodes, a NASCAR Next driver from Louisville, Kentucky, nearly became the first driver in four all-time races at The Stadium to win from the pole, but as it was he led all but one of the 152 circuits to emerge with his third victory of the season and extend his lead in the K&N Pro Series East championship standings.

Rhodes’ triumph was not without challenges, however. He had to keep his No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet out in front through 12 caution restarts on the tight quarter-mile for the hard-earned win.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run For Rhodes

Set Series’ Track Record In Bowman Gray Time Trials

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ben Rhodes took down his fourth 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing in seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events this season in qualifying for tonight’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium.

In his first appearance at the legendary quarter-mile, Rhodes posted a fast lap of 14.382 seconds (62.578 mph) to earn the all-important pole position. The Louisville, Kentucky native’s lap bested the series’ previous track record of 14.471 (62.193) established by Brett Moffitt a year ago.

Rhodes’ qualifying effort backed up his performance earlier in the day at The Stadium when he also paced the K&N Pro Series East field in the practice session. He entered the day with two wins on the season and the championship points lead.

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PRACTICE: Rhodes On Top at Stadium

K&N Pro Series East Points Leader Looks For Third Win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ben Rhodes topped the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East speed chart on Saturday in NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 practice at Bowman Gray Stadium.

After competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event Friday night at Dover International Speedway, the 17-year-old driver out of Louisville, Kentucky has his sight set on a third K&N Pro Series East victory of the season. The points leader made his way around the tight quarter-mile track in 14.551 seconds for an average speed of 61.851 mph.

Cameron Hayley was second with a time of 14.558 seconds (61.822 mph) followed by Daniel Suárez in third at 14.579 seconds (61.733 mph). Nick Drake and Sergio Peña completed to top five drivers in the 90-minute session at 14.624 seconds (61.543 mph) and 14.637 seconds (61.488 mph), respectively.
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From the Monster Mile to the Madhouse

Four K&N Pro Series East Drivers Pulling Double Duty

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It will be a busy weekend full of adjustments for four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitors.

Gray Gaulding, Brandon Jones, Brennan Newberry and Ben Rhodes will participate in the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, May 30 in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action at Dover (Del.) International Speedway before making their way to Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the K&N Pro Series East’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 on Saturday.

To tame the “Monster Mile,” the four will need to get their trucks dialed in for the 24-degree banking in the turns of the concrete oval. Then, less than 20 hours later, they’ll be behind the wheel of their familiar K&N Pro Series machines trying to find the right setup for the flat quarter-mile at “The Madhouse.”
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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

Analyzing The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its annual visit to historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday, May 31 for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Bowman Gray, as well as some other statistical trends:

Bowman Gray Race Setup
• None of the nine drivers on the entry list with K&N Pro Series East experience at Bowman Gray have led a lap at the quarter-mile track. The best finish of those nine was fourth last season by Kenzie Ruston.
• A dozen of the entered drivers will be making their first series appearance at the track.
• Winning the pole position for the NASCAR Hall of Fame has not been a good sign with an average finish of 13.3 in three series events. The best finish for a pole sitter was the fifth-place showing by Kyle Larson in 2012.

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K&N East News & Notes: Bowman Gray

Rookie Bassett Settling In With Each Passing Day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Knowledge is power.

For NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ronnie Bassett Jr., the confidence level rises on a daily basis as he and his team learns more and more about the cars and tracks that make up the series.

“It’s been really different. Everything that I’ve ever learned in a late model, I can throw out the window,” said Bassett. “It’s like the other side of the coin and starting brand new.”

The learning curve, while steep, has been managed by the Bassett bunch. In six starts this season they have scored top-five finishes at Greenville and Richmond. Add in another two top 10s and that’s good enough for ninth in the championship standings.
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Drive for Diversity Application Process Open

Opportunity For Drivers To Be Selected To Attend D4D Combine

CONCORD, N.C. – Each year NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing the most diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. This selection process begins with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. This year’s application process will open May 15. The application process will close for submission on August 15, 2014.

Drivers who already participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program and are demonstrating progress, through a combination of consistent top finishes in their respective series and positive evaluations, may be offered the opportunity to continue in the program without participating in an additional Combine.

“I am very excited to see this year’s class. Each year, we have seen the applicant pool grow with experience and talented drivers. This class should be no different,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing team owner.

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K&N Pro Series Statistical Advance: Iowa

Analyzing The Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West travel to Iowa Speedway on Saturday, May 17 for the first of two East-West combination races on the Newton, Iowa track this year. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Iowa, as well as some other statistical trends:

Iowa Race Setup
• Cole Custer led wire-to-wire in his last Iowa start in August 2013 and has two K&N Pro Series wins this season at Phoenix and Richmond.
• K&N West points leader Greg Pursley has twice been the top-finishing West driver and leads all competitors with nine Iowa starts.
• Nine East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway have produced nine different race winners and nine different pole winners.

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Hattori Racing Enterprises Refocusing, Shifting Attention to NASCAR Nationwide Series

Mooresville, NC (May 5, 2014) – Hattori Racing Enterprises’ owner, Shigeaki Hattori, announced today that the team will be scaling back in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and running more NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

“We started our Nationwide Seriesprogram this year with intentions to run only a few Nationwide Series races and to have two cars full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. At this point in the season, however, we have decided that we need to focus more on our Nationwide Series program,” explains Shigeaki. “There are several factors that have influenced this choice, and we have received a lot of support from our sponsors encouraging this decision. We are still a small team, and I believe we need to run more Nationwide Series races to gain more experience so that we can be even stronger next season.”

Hattori’s first attempt at the Nationwide Series far surpassed expectations. The HRE No. 80Goodyear Toyota, driven by Johnny Sauter, surprised many by qualifying 9th for season openerat Daytona International Speedway, and then ran well for the majority of the race. HRE is sponsored by a number of Japanese companies, many of whom were impressed with HRE’s first Nationwide Series start enough to provide support for future races.

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Bad Weather and Bad Luck Hinder Hattori Racing Enterprises at Richmond

Richmond, VA (Apr. 26, 2014) – It was a long weekend for Hattori Racing Enterprises. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series Blue Ox 100 was scheduled to run after Friday’s Nationwide series ToyotaCare 250, but heavy rains set in at Richmond International Raceway around 4:00 P.M. EST, just as the K&N autograph session was beginning. The thunderstorms delayed the start of the Nationwide Series until well after 9:00 P.M., the Blue Ox 100 was rescheduled for Saturday morning.

The weekend started out great for Lee Pulliam in the No. 11 NISCO/NRC Toyota. Pulliam qualified 10th and was running in the top ten for the first 20 laps. Disaster struck at lap 42, however, when a wild restart led to a multicar crash in turn two. The No. 11 sustained damage to the left front and rear that required several pit stops to address. The team did a great job in making speedy repairs, and Pulliam remained on the lead lap. Despite the damage to his car, Pulliam was able to keep digging and salvage a 21st place finish. Pulliam is understandably frustrated with the foul luck that has plagued his No. 11 for the past three races. “The guys on the team are working hard and doing everything they can, and I am doing everything I can behind the wheel. Things just have to get better.”

David Garbo Jr., in the No. 1 Big Machine Records Toyota, started the race 18th . The No. 1 struggled in the early laps of the race with a wiring issue, but after a quick pit stop on lap 40, the car was looking fast. However, the No. 1 was then spun in the multicar crash on lap 42 . The spin sent Garbo to the back of the field, but the car had very little damage. Garbo did a lot of passing in the closing laps and brought the No. 1 home in 16th place. Garbo says, “We came in on the first caution to fix the wire. Going back out after that happened we got in an incident where we got spun around and went to the back, but we were able to ease our way up to the 16th spot.”

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Momentum Builds for Brodie Kostecki with Another Top-10 Finish at Richmond

16-Year-Old and Team Arcoplate Finish Eighth in Blue Ox 100

Momentum continues to build for 16-year-old Brodie Kostecki and the team behind his No. 43 Arcoplate Toyota after a second-straight top-10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish Saturday morning at Richmond International Speedway in Virginia. Kostecki started strong from the sixth position and got as high as fourth on the track through the Blue Ox 100 before wrestling the car home with an eighth-place result.

The eighth-place finish tied his best career K&N East finish on the heels of another eighth-place run in the series’ previous race at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina last month.

“We’ve been struggling with the car the past few weeks, but the crew has been working really hard to figure it out,” said Kostecki. “It’s been a slow progression, but we’re getting closer. It hasn’t been for a lack of effort. Things worked out pretty well for us today to get another top-10 finish.

“We definitely improved from practice. I was pretty disappointed with the practice speed and I really didn’t think the car had that good of a balance in qualifying. I didn’t know what to expect for the race, but I knew I was going to drive the wheels off of it and see what it had. On the last restart, we were in the top-five, but we just didn’t quite have enough to hang with the big dogs. But we’ll keep working hard, do some testing and come back ready to go for the win.”

Kostecki had improved on his finish in each of the first four races of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. That streak came to an end at Richmond with the eighth-place run, which tied his Greenville result. Still, with every lap, Kostecki is gaining valuable experience with the high level of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. That seat time, along with the experience of working with crew chief Doug George and the rest of the Arcoplate No. 43 team, is paying dividends for the young native Australian.

“I’m definitely learning a lot more about these cars and what I need to do in order to be in position to run up front at the end. It’s all about tire conservation. This race was especially tough, though. I was put three-wide a couple of times, so I’m just glad to get out of here with the car in one piece. We can take it back to the shop and make it even better for Iowa in a couple of weeks.”

Kostecki will return to action in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East when he travels to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa for the Casey’s General Stores 150 on Saturday, May 17.

For more on Brodie Kostecki, visit, follow him on Twitter, @BrodieKostecki and like his Facebook page, Brodie Kostecki Racing.

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Custer Conquers Richmond

Third Career K&N Pro Series East Win For NASCAR Next Driver

RICHMOND, Va. – Cole Custer made it look easy.

Sixteen-year-old Custer, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s Blue Ox 100 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. He passed teammate and pole sitter Nick Drake on Lap 49 and led the rest of the way to collect his third series win in 16 starts. A pair of wins last season came at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation Chevrolet also collected his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in the 2014 season opener at Phoenix International Raceway in February.

Points leader Ben Rhodes finished second for his fourth top-five showing in five outings this season. Drake, who won the pole position in qualifying yesterday, battled to finish third. Austin Hill crossed the line in fourth followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr. in fifth.

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Blue Ox 100 Postponed at Richmond

K&N Pro East To Run Saturday Morning

RICHMOND, Va. — Rain showers throughout Friday evening led NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway officials to postpone the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race until Saturday morning.
The Blue Ox 100 will begin at 9 a.m. at the .75-mile oval prior to race day activities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400.
Rookie Nick Drake will start on the pole alongside Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Custer. Drake earned his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award Friday afternoon in qualifying before the rains moved in.

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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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