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New Website for John Holleman; Racing Full Time K&N Pro Series East

Legends Semi Pro driver John Holleman announced Thursday he will be racing full time in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, contending for the Rookie of the Year and Championship. 

Holleman made the announcement on his all-new website, which was also launched today by LN’s parent company STIX FX Entertainment, which can be viewed atwww.jhollemanmotorsports.com. He will also still race in Legends during the year (Summer Shootout) as well as other racing series.

The full press release is below.

John Holleman Set for NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie and Championship Run

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (February 12th, 2015) – 17-year-old Winston-Salem, North Carolina, native John Holleman will enter his first full season of racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), starting with the “Hart 2 Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150” at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Sunday, February 15th. Holleman will attempt to contend for the Rookie of the Year honors as well as the season championship, driving the No. 49 Midway Mobile Storage Toyota.

Holleman, who started racing Go Karts when he was five years old, has already had an extensive racing career. He has amassed 167 victories and 19 different championships spanning across various divisions of racing, including Bandoleros, Legends, Four Cylinders, Street Stocks, Sportsman cars, and Limited Late Models.

In 2014, Holleman entered his first two NKNPSE races, including making his series debut at his home track of Bowman Gray Stadium.

“Last year we entered the Bowman Gray race and also the Langley Speedway (VA) race,” said Holleman. “We learned very quickly the level of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is very steep. At Bowman Gray we ended up with some damage from a wreck that caused overheating, so it cut our learning experience a bit short. We decided to go to Langley Speedway and I learned a lot about how the cars handle and how to race in the series. I finished 12th in that race, but the most-important thing was completing all the 175 laps.”

Combined with only two races under his belt and the competition entering the series in 2015, Holleman knows he will have to be on his game. He has enlisted Greg Ely as his crew chief to help guide him during the season.

“I have seen the names of who will be competing in the series this year, and it is going to be a great battle for the championship and the rookie of the year title. The competition is going to be fierce, but Greg and I as well as the whole team are up for the challenge. We are looking forward to the first race at New Smyrna Speedway this weekend, and hopefully we can have a great showing in the No. 49 Midway Mobile Storage Toyota.”

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Garbo’s Whelen Motorsports Paint Scheme

David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT displayed the new Whelen Motorsports No. 31 through social media today. The Marsh Racing car will debut at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway on February 15 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener, the Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150.

Garbo made seven starts last season for Shigeaki Hattori with a best finish of seventh at Bristol. He finished fifth in his X-1R Pro Cup Series at Hickory for Top Gun Motorsports.

Garbo moved to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after four Late Model wins at the historic Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway and a top ten points finish. He captured the prestigious Bobby Isaac Memorial. The 150-lap race honors the 1970 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion from nearby Catawba.

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News & Notes: New Smyrna

“Next” Stars Chasing K&N Pro East Championship

hth_logoDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Suarez and Cameron Hayley went door-to-door last year at New Smyrna Speedway, with Suarez taking the checkered flag by just .083 seconds.

Now Suarez is running NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, Hayley has a recently signed deal to run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for ThorSport Racing, and fans will get the opportunity to watch a field full of rising young stars battle to see who’s next on Sunday, Feb. 15 in the Hart To Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150.

Gray Gaulding celebrated his 17th birthday Tuesday and is looking forward to getting racing.

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PIT BOX: New Smyrna Takes Center Stage

Hosts 49th Asphalt Stock Car World Series, K&N Pro East Opener

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

hth_logo• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will kick off season for the second straight year on the .48-mile high-banked oval just 15 minutes from Daytona International Speedway. Last year’s inaugural event featured a final lap battle with Daniel Suarez taking the win by inches over Cameron Hayley. Suarez is now with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, opening the door for a new winner.

HScott Motorsports With Justin Marks, which has fielded the past two champions with Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Ben Rhodes (2014), has five cars including youngester Dalton Sargeant and open-wheel standout Rico Abreu. Sargeant nearly won the Super Late Model race earlier in the month at New Smyrna, while Abreu is looking to follow in the footsteps of good friend Kyle Larson in making the transition to NASCAR.

Past K&N Pro Series race winners Gray Gaulding, Austin Hill and Scott Heckert are on the entry list, as is 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen. Hill won the final two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season last year, and Nick Drake closed out the West season with a win at Phoenix. Other young names to watch include Jared Irvan, the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ernie Irvan, who will be making his series debut; Kyle Benjamin, who claimed the World Series points title for the Super Late Model Division in 2012 at New Smyrna; and Kenzie Ruston, the holds the mark for highest finishing female in a K&N Pro race with her runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway last season.

• In addition to Sunday’s race, New Smyrna will be home to eight more nights of racing action, headlined by the Super Late Model and tour-type Modifieds of the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Steve Wallace, the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace, will be back to defend his World Series title in the Super Late Model Division. Wallace claimed the crown with a win and a consistent week where he never finished worse than fourth. Former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion David Rogers leads a field of challengers that include Stephen Nasse and Ryan Moore.

Moore won the week-long title in 2013, while Nasse has several extra-distance wins at New Smyrna to his credit.

Drive For Diversity driver Natalie Decker will be racing with her family team along with sister Claire Decker and cousin Paige Decker.

Ryan Preece, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, and Justin Bonsignore lead the field of Modified entrants, along with 2012 World Series champion Chuck Hossfeld.

Spencer Davis will once again be the busiest driver in the World Series. He is entered in the Super Late Model, Modified and Pro Late Model divisions. The 16-year-old Davis won the Pro Late Model championship at last year’s World Series.

On Track

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST

HART TO HEART BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION 150 at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway

RACE TIME: Sunday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. (Air Date: NBCSN, Thursday, Feb. 19, 10:30 p.m.);

TWITTER: #Hart2Heart150, #KNEast, @newsmyrnaspdway

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

DATE TIME EVENT
Sunday, February 15 8 a.m. Registration opens.
8:45 a.m. Mandatory Crew Chief Meeting.
9 a.m. Garage opens. Inspection begins.
10:15 a.m. Safety Communications Meeting.
10:30 a.m. Track Services Meeting.
11 a.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting. Draw for qualifying.
12:30-1:15 p.m. Practice.
1:20-1:50 p.m. Rookie Only Practice.
2-2:45 p.m. Final Practice.
3:30 p.m. Qualifying Inspection begins. Groups determined by qualifying draw.
4:30 p.m. Driver Meeting.
5 p.m. Qualifying. (2 Laps.) (Fastest 24 cars earn starting positions 1st thru 24th.)
6 p.m. Registration closes.
6:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session. (On Track.)
7:15 p.m. Driver Introductions
7:30 p.m. Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150

On Track

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

49th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF STOCK CAR AUTO RACING at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway

RACE TIME: Friday, Feb. 13-Saturday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. ET (daily);

TWITTER: #NewSmyrnaWS, #NWAAS, @newsmyrnaspdway

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: DAY 1 (FRIDAY) | DAY 2 (SATURDAY) | DAY 3 (SUNDAY) | DAY 4 (MONDAY) | DAY 5 (TUESDAY) | DAY 6 (WEDNESDAY) | DAY 7 (THURSDAY) | DAY 8 (FRIDAY) | DAY 9 (SATURDAY)

ENTRY LISTS | SCHEDULE | PAST CHAMPIONS

LIVE STREAMING

In a unique partnership between NASCAR, FansChoice.tv and Speed51.com will allow fans across the globe – and in the stands at the venerable  – to witness the action as never before. In a special presentation format, FansChoice.tv powered by Speed51.com will broadcast eight nights of racing and will include a mix of live and same-day coverage. The stream will be simulcast on NASCARHomeTracks.com and FansChoice.tv.

• The coverage will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET, on Friday, Feb. 13 with a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action. Live race coverage will be streamed on Monday, Feb. 16-Wednesday, Feb. 18, as well as the final night of racing, Saturday, Feb. 21. The finale will be highlighted by the Super Late Model 100.

• On three other nights – Saturday, Feb. 14; Thursday, Feb. 19; and Friday, Feb. 20 – the stream will begin immediately following the conclusion of television coverage of the NASCAR racing at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, all of each night’s races will be available as ‘video on demand’ at 8 a.m. the following morning.

Sources: Jason Christley/NASCAR PR

NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/9/14 Entry List
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
1 TBA TBA Toyota Shigeaki Hattori TBA
2 Collin Cabre, Thonotosassa, Fla. * UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel Coleman Pressley
3 Kaz Grala, Westborough, Mass. Kiklos Olive Oil Toyota Benjamin Kennedy Mike Fritts
04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C. TBA Ford Ronnie Bassett Jerry Babb
4 Kenzie Ruston, El Reno, Okla. Rev Racing Toyota Max Siegel Mark Green
5 J.J. Haley, Winamac, Ind. * Braun Auto Chevrolet Harry Scott, Jr. Mark McFarland
6 Devon Amos, Rio Rancho, Tex. * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota Max Siegel John Wolfe
7 Codie Rohrbaugh, Petersburg, W.Va. * Grant County Mulch Chevrolet Larry Berg Mark Tuff
9 William Byron, Charlotte, N.C. * Liberty University Chevrolet Justin Marks Kevin Bellicourt
15 Nick Drake, Mooresville, N.C. NAPA Toyota Bill McAnally Matt Goslant
19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr., Hildebrand, N.C. Spring Drug Chevrolet Chuck Buchanan TBA
20 Gray Gaulding, Colonial Heights, Va. Krispy Kreme Chevrolet Bob Newberry Doug Howe
22 Austin Hill, Winston, Ga. A&D Welding Ford Bryan Hill Ron Otto Sr
27 Kyle Benjamin, Easley, S.C. * Benjamin Motorsports Ford Steven Benjamin Kevin Reed
28 Jared Irvan, Midland, N.C. * BIAA/Race2Safety Toyota Ernie Irvan Mark Reno
31 David Garbo, Jr., Stonington, Conn. * Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Ted Marsh TBA
34 Scott Heckert, Ridgefield, Conn. Project Lifesaver Chevrolet Justin Marks Fuz Burgdoff
36 Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach, Fla. * Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Linda Marsh Todd Fisette
40 Travis Miller, Chesapeake, Va. TBA Chevrolet Michael Hillman Doug Chouinard
42 Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev. Special Smiles Pediatric Dentist Toyota Max Siegel Skip Eyler
44 Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, N.C. * TBA Ford Ronnie Bassett TBA
45 Christian Celaya, Caborca, Mexico * Farbe Technik Chevrolet John Stange Rick Crawford
47 Mike Senica, Newark, N.J. * Bell Plantation Chevrolet John Stange James Hueberger
49 John Holleman, IV, Winston-Salem, N.C. * Midway Mobile Storage Toyota Zeno Marshall Jr Greg Foley
51 Dalton Sargeant, Boca Raton, Fla. * Galt Chevrolet Harry Scott, Jr. Kris Bowen
57 Brandon Oakley, Beavercreek, Ohio * Daytona International Airport/Oakley Chevrolet Thomas Oakley TBA
98 Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. * GoPro Motorplex/AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet Mike Curb Mardy Lindley
99 Anthony Kumpen, Hasselt, Belgium NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Toyota Bill McAnally Roger Bracken
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/15/15 Schedule
DATE TIME EVENT
Sunday, February 15 8 a.m. Registration opens.
8:45 a.m. Mandatory Crew Chief Meeting.
9 a.m. Garage opens. Inspection begins.
10:15 a.m. Safety Communications Meeting.
10:30 a.m. Track Services Meeting.
11 a.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting. Draw for qualifying.
12:30-1:15 p.m. Practice.
1:20-1:50 p.m. Rookie Only Practice.
2-2:45 p.m. Final Practice.
3:30 p.m. Qualifying Inspection begins. Groups determined by qualifying draw.
4:30 p.m. Driver Meeting.
5 p.m. Qualifying. (2 Laps.) (Fastest 24 cars earn starting positions 1st thru 24th.) “Impound”
6 p.m. Registration closes.
6:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session. (On Track.)
7:15 p.m. Driver Introductions.
7:30 p.m. Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150

49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
Racing at 7:30pm Every Night

WORLD SERIES 2015

Thursday February 12, 2015
Parking and Practice
Pit Passes: $40

Friday February 13, 2015
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models
Pro Trucks
IMCA Modifieds
Tour Type Modifieds’

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Saturday February 14, 2015
Joey Coulter Pro Truck Series 50
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models
IMCA Modifieds
Tour Type Modifieds’
Mini-Stocks 75

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Sunday February 15, 2015
K&N Pro Series East
American Canadian Tour 100 (ACT)

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40 (Members), $50 (Non-Members)

Monday February 16, 2015
TBA
American Canadian Tour 100 (ACT)
IMCA Modifieds
Tour Type Modifieds

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Tuesday February 17, 2015
American Canadian Tour 100 (ACT)
Pro Late Models
Super Late Models

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Wednesday February 18, 2015
John Blewett III Memorial Tour Type Modified 76
IMCA Modified 75
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Thursday February 19, 2015
Super Late Model 50
Pro Late Model 50
Tour Type Modifieds
IMCA Modifieds

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

Friday February 20, 2015
Richie Evans Memorial Tour Type Modified 100
Super Late Models
Pro Late Models
IMCA Modifieds

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40

Saturday February 21, 2015
Super Late Model 100
Pro Late Models
IMCA Modifieds
Sportsman 50

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40

EuroNASCAR Champion to Debut in K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna Speedway

Anthony Kumpen will Race for Bill McAnally Racing in Season Opener

On Sunday, February 15th Anthony Kumpen will cash his prize for winning the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title by entering the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway, located few miles south of Daytona, at the wheel of the number 99 NWES Toyota Camry fielded by 5-time Champion team Bill McAnally Racing.

The Belgian driver – 1 Win, 10 top-5s and 12 top-10s in his first season at the wheel of a stock-cars – will contest his first career NASCAR race in the USA as part of a program that will obviously include a quest for the second consecutive European NASCAR Title, but also some other NASCAR events in the USA during the NWES summer break.

“It’s really exciting, I can’t wait for it! My first NASCAR race in the US will not be easy, for sure, because I need to gain some experience on ovals, but I want to be prepared. That’s why we are trying to log as many miles as we can and learn as much as possible before the race. We are taking it step by step,” said Kumpen. “I want to do it in the best possible way and with Jerome Galpin we are working to see what other races I could do later in the year. The focus will definitely be on being again the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion, but when we’re not racing in Europe, I want to do as much as possible in the US”.

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Robust NBCSN Broadcast Schedule Revealed

Unprecedented 39-Race Slate; Richmond Race Moved to Fall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and NBC Sports Group announced today an unprecedented broadcast line-up of NASCAR’s popular regional touring series, with a 39-race telecast schedule for racing’s premier grassroots series as their landmark partnership begins this season.

NBCSN BROADCAST SCHEDULE

NBCSN’s slate features all 25 K&N Pro Series races between the top developmental series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The coming season will also see triple the television exposure from previous years for the stars and cars of the exciting Whelen Modified Tours, NASCAR‘s only open-wheeled division, which competes at historic short tracks from New Hampshire to North Carolina. A total of 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events are included on this season’s schedule.

“This represents a big step forward for all four of our U.S. tours and reinforces NBC Sports Group’s commitment to these important NASCAR developmental series,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for regional and touring series.

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BMR Builds on K&N Pro Success

Fields Cars for McReynolds, Eggleston, Custer and Drake

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015) – Bill McAnally Racing has announced plans to expand its lineup for 2015, as it builds on its success in the East and West divisions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and celebrates a special anniversary.

BMR, which scored six wins and five poles last year, is looking to add to that mark in 2015 as the team commemorates the 25th year of its partnership with NAPA AUTO PARTS.

“This will be a very special year for everyone at BMR as we honor our 25th anniversary with NAPA AUTO PARTS,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “NAPA has contributed so much and been such a big part of BMR’s success through the years. We want to reward NAPA and all our partners with our best year ever.”

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Woodruff Motorsports Graduates to NASCAR & ARCA; WMS to Field #88 Entry in K&N Series

Columbia, SC — With the 2015 racing season fast approaching, teams are in the process of finalizing their plans and solidifying sponsorship deals to make the season opening races in Florida. Owner Darryl Woodruff and his Woodruff Motorsports team are no exception, but they are taking a slightly different approach.

“It has been a long off-season for the entire WMS team, but we have accomplished a number of goals on our checklist as we continue to work towards 2015 and beyond,” said Woodruff.

In December 2014, Darryl and his team participated in the ARCA Racing Series test at Daytona International Speedway in hopes of gaining approval to compete in the series for 2015. WMS Driver Kyle Lockrow was behind the wheel of the #7 Ford, and at the conclusion of the two-day test was 18th on the speed charts, earning the team’s approval from ARCA series officials.
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New Names Fill Drive for Diversity Roster

Six Drivers Earn Spots To Compete For Rev Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading developmental platform for female and multicultural drivers and pit crew members, announced its 2015 class today. The program welcomes four talented program newcomers to the roster of six drivers striving to transition into the sport’s national series spotlight. Rev Racing, the program’s competition arm, has played a key role in the development of 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

“Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization’s mission,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine [in October of 2014], and are eager to help this group develop their strengths on and off the track.”

Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2015 class is led by returning K&N Pro Series East driver Jay Beasley and Devon Amos, who after an impressive 2014 performance in the Whelen All-American Series earned a spot in the K&N Pro Series East.

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K&N East: Little Eyes Combo. Races, Truck Series

Jesse Little of Sherrills Ford, NC will race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East part-time. Little’s schedule calls for six to seven races: Bristol, Richmond, Iowa (twice), New Hampshire, and Dover. Watkins Glen may be added. In the seven races on tracks over .7-mile last year, Little had two poles, five top tens and his first win.

“As great as the (K&N East) Series is, going to a lot of those little tracks, even though it can be beneficial at times. But for what we’re doing and for our program now, it makes more sense just to put our money in the truck as much as we can and then focus by going to those big combinations races and doing as well as we can.”

The series will allow a new 12-flange composite body that uses the same models as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The old steel and one-piece composite are legal until the new body is mandated in 2017.

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Team Stange Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series Programs to Race Chevrolet in 2015

Team Stange Racing, LLC announced today that the team is switching from FORD to Chevrolet SS race cars for their 2015 season in the NASCAR K&N EAST and WEST Tours.

“This was a hard decision to make but I had to think of everyone involved and decide what’s best for our drivers and sponsors who make all of this possible.” John Stange, Co- Owner of Team Stange Racing LLC.

Team Stange Racing will debut their new Chevrolets in February in New Smyrna, FL, the start of the 2015 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST Tour.

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Ingersoll Rand Expands Relationship With Racing Community, Becomes ‘Official Power Tools of NASCAR’

Multi-Faceted Agreement Makes Company an Official Partner of IMSA /Contingency Sponsor in NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 22, 2015) — NASCAR® and Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in reliable and innovative power tools, today announced a multi-year partnership designating Ingersoll Rand as the “Official Power Tools of NASCAR.” An innovator in tool technology, Ingersoll Rand products have been a staple in NASCAR garages for more than 50 years.

The multi-faceted agreement also designates Ingersoll Rand as an Official Partner of the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) and as a contingency sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. 

 “Ingersoll Rand has been rooted in racing for decades and this renewed relationship celebrates the tireless work of pit crew mechanics and passionate race fans across all levels of racing,” said John Evans, president of power tools at Ingersoll Rand. “We know how important tool performance is in racing – if your tools perform, your vehicle performs. We are now putting high-performance Ingersoll Rand tools into the hands of the best auto technicians in the world while engaging fans who have a passion for cars.” 

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Sargeant’s Next Step

Dalton Sargeant will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2015 for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. A newcomer to stock cars, Sargeant made 21 Late Model starts in North Carolina and Virginia this season.

“We’ve actually been talking to everyone at HScott Motorsports for a few months now,” Sargeant said. “They were aware of when we were racing Late Model stock cars and kept an eye out. From there, we had a few conversations, but it wasn’t until we started racing Super Late Models that they were really interested.

“After the Snowball Derby, and with some help from partners that we will be able to announce at a later date, we were able to put together a package for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It’s really exciting to be able to compete with such a great race team and the people they have are second to none, six months ago I would’ve thought this opportunity was well out of reach, but very thankful they’re taking a chance and a gamble on me in 2015.”

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Whelen Re-Enters K&N Series as Primary Sponsor for David Garbo Jr.

Garbo Will Pilot the #31 Whelen Car for Marsh Racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When Marsh Racing and longtime team sponsor Whelen Engineering Company, Inc. got the opportunity to put together a race team for 2015, they looked closely at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Ted Marsh, owner of Marsh Racing, began searching for not only a championship-caliber driver, but someone he felt could also effectively represent the Whelen brand.

“It’s been a while since the Whelen #31 has been part of the K&N Pro Series”

The name of David Garbo Jr. was consistently at the top of his list and he ultimately went to Whelen Vice President of Motorsports, Phil Kurze, with his recommendation. “It’s been a while since the Whelen #31 has been part of the K&N Pro Series,” said Kurze. “With the talented David Garbo, Jr. as our pilot we are looking forward to a lot of excitement and great racing in a very competitive field!”

Marsh commented, “He’s a remarkable young man. We don’t know how he does it all so effectively at just 18 years old. He’s a national racing champion, a college freshman, a licensed private plane pilot, and he has an established charitable organization. We feel not only is he a talented and committed racer, but also someone who represents the future of the sport. We’re quite impressed.”

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From Off Road to Pavement: Celaya to Compete in K&N Pro Series West in 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Christian Celaya is moving from off-road racing to the paved oval.

The SCORE BAJA Buggy winner and Team Stange Racing recently announced that Celaya will compete in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West as well as the K&N Pro East’s season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.

“It’s a dream come true to race in the K&N West and my hometown,” said the Paradise Valley, Arizona native. “We competed in an ARCA race and I liked the style. I think it’s more efficient for me and the team.”

John Stange, co-owner of Team Stange Racing, is excited to have the 20 year-old competing.
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K&N East: Färbe Technik™ Joins Team Stange #45 Ford

Global Supplier of Mobile Accessories Färbe Technik™ Joins Team Stange as Primary Sponsor on the #45 Ford Fusion for NASCAR  K&N Pro Series East Tour with Addition of 2 West Races

Team Stange Racing, LLC announced today that Global Supplier of Mobile Product Accessories färbe technik™ will join the team as the primary sponsor on the Number 45 Ford Fusion. They will be Team Stange’s full time sponsor for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST Division. In addition to (2) events on the West Tour including the beautiful Sonoma Raceway road course in Sonoma, California, and the fastest oval in the west, Phoenix International Raceway that will conclude the season in November.

färbe technik™ is a leading global supplier of mobile product accessories. Their stylish designs and high-quality premium products are created with a customers’ lifestyle in mind. No matter the preference, whether it’s Apple, Blackberry, Samsung, or other well-known market brands, färbe technik™ provides the accessories to meet every customer’s needs. Specifically developed for everyday user applications in mind, färbe technik™ seeks to provide an unparalleled range of quality products that reflect individual needs and lifestyles while consistently delivering value for money.

färbe technik™ will be executing a major launch of their brand with new products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month from January 6-9th. At the show the #45 färbe technik™ Ford Fusion Team Stange Racing Show Car will be on display. They will be at Booth Number: CP28 located at the main entrance in the CES Central Plaza.

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Senica to Compete in Select K&N East Races for Team Stange

Pro Wrestler Turned Short Track Racer to Compete in Select 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Races for Team Stange Racing, Primary Sponsorship, Bell Plantation

Team Stange Racing announced today that they will campaign the number 47 Ford Fusion – Bell Plantation, NASCAR K&N Car for Pro Wrestler/Race Car Driver Mike Senica, for select NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST events. This will commence with the K&N East’s NASCAR Speed Weeks, New Smyrna, Florida event on February 15, 2015.

Mike Senica first sat behind the wheel of a racecar in 1991, and has been involved with the professional auto racing circuit for 20 years. His direct involvement began when Mike was a senior in college in Daytona Beach, Florida. He earned his SCCA regional license and competed in local races throughout central Florida.

In 1994, Mike became involved with Indycar racing, by assisting CART/Indycar Driver, Dennis Vitolo of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mike contacted journeyman driver Vitolo after the 1994 Indianapolis 500. Vitolo took Senica under his wing and educated Mike about the logistics of sports marketing and promotions. Mike started his own sports marketing company, Motorsport Concepts in 1995 and has been working diligently for the past twenty years to obtain corporate sponsorship for his racing efforts.

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NHMS: Regional Series to Help Celebrate 25th Anniv.

An important and popular part of the racing menu during both NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and American-Canadian Tour late models will return in 2015 to help celebrate the Magic Mile’s 25th anniversary season with a total of five races.

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series serving as anchor events on July 19 and Sept. 27, and with the other two major national touring series – featuring the July 18 XFINITY Series (formerly Nationwide), and Sept. 26 Camping World Truck Series dates – already locked in place, NASCAR released the schedules for the immensely-popular Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East. The “mighty mods” will first race at the Magic Mile on July 16 with the second annual running of the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout, joining the K&N Pro Series East as part of that Friday’s doubleheader. It will also race on Saturday, July 16 and then again on Saturday, Sept. 26 with 100-lap national championship points races. The K&N Pro Series East race will be 70 laps as the grand finale of pole day in July.

Fixtures at the speedway since its opening in 1990, the Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East have produced some of the most entertaining races in NASCAR history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The two regional tours have combined for 48 different winners spanning 168 races, logging more than 16,000 miles (15,000-plus laps).
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K&N Pro Series 2015 Schedules Unveiled

Coast-To-Coast Calendar Features Nine Companion Dates

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The coast-to-coast 2015 slate features a combined 27 dates in 17 different states, highlighted by nine NASCAR national series companion weekends and four new events.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the premiere training ground for our sport, and the diversity of the 2015 schedules will provide great challenges for the next generation of drivers,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for regional and touring series. “We are ecstatic that Motordrome Speedway has joined the K&N Pro Series East schedule and that Meridian, Shasta and Tucson Speedways have come on board to showcase the K&N Pro Series West.”

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NASCAR Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlist

Top Performers Of 2014 Celebrated At NASCAR Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2014) — The culmination and coronation of a season-long – and career-defining – road to NASCAR glory came Saturday night for seven drivers.

Abraham Calderón summed it up the best on stage at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions.

“This championship was a dream a few years ago,” said the 26-year-old Monterrey, Mexico driver as he accepted the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series title. “It was really hard. But now that it’s real, it’s way better than I could ever imagine.”

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Focus, Hard Work Lead Rhodes to Title

Young Driver Remains Focused On Improving

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What makes a champion? Is it talent, opportunity, coaching or luck?

If you ask 100 people that question you might get 100 different responses, but in the case of NASCAR Next driver Ben Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, the most appropriate answer might be “focus.”

CHAMPION CAR OWNER: HARRY SCOTT JR.  |  CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: MARK MCFARLAND

Focus is what helped take a 17-year-old rookie from Louisville, Kentucky, and turn him into the top driver in the series.

“To be honest with you, I saw it in a couple of the races last year,” said car owner Harry Scott Jr. when asked about the moment he saw things click for Rhodes. “Then, once we got to Daytona this year, he really started coming off strong. Then he had that stretch where he won four races in a row and you could tell he was in a good place there. You can tell he is a dedicated student of the sport.”

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Harry Scott Jr.

Rhodes Championship Makes It Two-In-A-Row For Scott Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If the past two seasons have been any indication, fans can expect to see a whole lot more of Harry Scott Jr. during the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions event in Charlotte.

One year removed from winning his first championship as a car owner for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Scott finds himself once again celebrating a championship at the end of the season.

CHAMPION DRIVER: BEN RHODES  |  CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: MARK MCFARLAND

With a racing program that was put together less than three months prior to the start of the 2013 season, team co-owner Scott continues to enjoy developing young talent into championship drivers, much like what happened with Ben Rhodes and the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet as they brought to Turner Scott Motorsports another NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title.

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Mark McFarland

Wins Title In First Year Working With Rhodes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mark McFarland is no stranger to championship battles.

In 2011, McFarland, a crew chief in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East since 2009, and driver Mat DiBenedetto were in the hunt for the championship. They won their first race together that season but would ultimately settle for fourth in the final championship standings.

CHAMPION DRIVER: BEN RHODES  |  CHAMPION OWNER: HARRY SCOTT JR.

This season, he paired with Turner Scott Motorsports and rookie driver Ben Rhodes. The result was five victories, six poles, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 16 starts en route to a title and a trip to the NASCAR Night of Champions in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“It felt great,” said McFarland about winning his first series crown as a crew chief. “You feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. You set goals for yourself and then you achieve them. It felt like a relief, for one, but then just feeling really proud of everyone on the team.”

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Ben Rhodes to Join All-Star Lineup in JRM’s No. 88 Chevrolet

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2014) – JR Motorsports announced today that Ben Rhodes, the reigning K&N Pro Series East champion, will drive 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series races in the No. 88 Chevrolet in 2015.  The 17-year-old Rhodes joins an all-star lineup of drivers for the No. 88 team that includes Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne in select races.  Alpha Energy Solutions will sponsor the Rhodes-driven races.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rhodes won the K&N Pro Series East championship as a rookie.  With the title he also claimed Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the series’ most popular driver award.  His mammoth 2014 included five wins, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.  Rhodes also competed four times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, earning one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

“Ben is one of the rising talents in NASCAR,” JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said.  “As a company, JRM takes pride in cultivating young drivers, and together with Alpha Energy Solutions, we’re thrilled to give Ben a platform to further develop his skills at the next level.  I’m excited to see what this coming year will bring for him and the 88 team.”
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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Coming to Motordrome

See the Stars of Tomorrow In Action

Smithton, PA (December 5, 2014) – Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott capped historic seasons with championships in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series respectively. Darrell Wallace, Jr. grabbed four race wins and finished the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in third place.

What do these three racing superstars have in common? All are veterans of NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, the top rung on stock car racing’s developmental ladder.

And racing fans in Southwest Pennsylvania will have a special opportunity to see the next generation of rising stars in 2015 when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its inaugural visit to Motordrome Speedway on Saturday, August 15.

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Rhodes Reigns in K&N East

Louisville Driver to be Honored December 13

Ben Rhodes of Louisville, KY made his first campaign in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East memorable. The NASCAR Next driver took the series by storm claiming many laurels this season: the championship, Most Popular Driver, and Rookie of the Year awards. He led virtually every category: wins, top fives, top 10s, poles, laps completed, laps led, average start, and average finish.

“It’s been a great season and looking back it’s been kind of a whirlwind that has gone by very fast, but at the same time, it’s been kind of a long journey to get to this point,” Rhodes said. “I know that there’s been a lot of hard work and dedication by all the guys on my team as well as myself throughout the year. But I think we had a lot of good luck on our side too in the beginning of the year, but then towards the end luck kind of left our side. We had some mistakes. We didn’t get any more wins after our fifth one, but either way it was a very strong season for us and it all came down to that hard work and communication that our guys had that kind of determined the outcome of all these races.”

Rhodes ran a partial schedule last season with Turner Scott Motorsports. Despite an average finish of 13, Rhodes knew the foundation was there. He was not surprised when the team had speed early in the season. His Late Model car owner and crew chief Lee McCall handled the crew chief duties for Rhodes’ first seven races for Turner Scott Motorsports. “It was a little bit easier transition having the same guy to work with when going to these bigger track like Bristol and Iowa and these places that I’ve never seen or been to before.”

“We had a lot of ups and downs. The finishes don’t really do us justice on how our performance was. There was a lot of other stuff that was going on that was good on our end. We had a lot of great performance. We had fast cars, but it seemed like something always went wrong where we couldn’t finish the race up front or we had the car to beat but something would happen.”

“I knew we had it in us. It took a couple of races to get our stuff down and get on the right path, but once it did I grabbed hold and we were able to go out there and string the wins together and I think that shows the strength that we had. It was just cool that we could bring it all together in one place like that, which is extremely hard to do, but I feel like we’ve had it from the season before. We had that momentum coming our way.”

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2015 NBC NASCAR Promo

UNOH Battle at the Beach Cancelled

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2014) – “The UNOH Battle at the Beach provided NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow an excellent opportunity to participate at The World Center of Racing, but it isn’t feasible to continue the event given the progress with the DAYTONA Rising project. Fortunately, nearby New Smyrna Speedway is excited to bring the K&N Pro Series East back for the season opener again this year in addition to its week-long slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action; NASCAR fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see exciting short-track action in the Daytona area again this February.”

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Hispanic SCORE Buggy Winner to Compete in 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship with Team Stange Racing

Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. — ARCA’s Team Stange Racing announced today that they will campaign the number 22 Ford Fusion NASCAR K&N Car for SCORE BAJA Buggy winner Christian Celaya for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST Championship along with the K&N East’s NASCAR Speed weeks New Smyrna, Florida event. The pairing is sort of a homecoming for Celaya as he returns to Team Stange Racing where he participated in the team’s Driver Development program; “The Race to the Cup” (www.race2cup.com) and competed in the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 ARCA race at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin with Team Stange Racing where he started 24th due to heavy rains and no qualifying not to mention on a track that he has never driven on, practiced on or let alone seen; he drove the car home safely to a 16th place finish on one of the hottest days of summer with a heat index of 105 degrees and an in-car temp of well above 140 degrees and don’t forget Christian is a Type 1 diabetic.

“We chose the NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST championship for a couple reasons, one reason was the series demographic made a lot of sense for my current sponsors being mainly on the West coast and secondly it will allow me to sharpen my skills racing on the short tracks with some of the world’s best drivers”, States: Christian Celaya Team Stange Racing and Christian Celaya are working on adding a handful of ARCA’s intermediate races such as: Chicago, Kansas, and Pocono to their program this season.

“I am delighted and very excited to have Christian Celaya back with us this season and I look forward to competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Championship with Christian, I would also love to see Christian compete in some of ARCA’s intermediate races this season as well to prepare him for the big year we plan in 2016”. “I cannot say enough how proud I am of the progress Christian has made testing and working with us the past few months; he is very fast, safe, aggressive, smart and just has a great head on his shoulders.” Stated: John Stange, Jr. Co-Owner,

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Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed

Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2014 are:
• Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
• J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Freddy Nordstrom (London), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

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