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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whelen Southern Mods Return To Caraway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

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

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

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Martin-McClure Racing Announce 2016 Plans

Finchum, Holman To Drive In K&N Pro East

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gilliland Chasing History with Winning Ways

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

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

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

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

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Patience Pays Off for Haley

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

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

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

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

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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Greenville

Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make the short trip down to South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, the first of two events to be held at the half-mile oval this season. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Greenville, as well as some other statistical trends.

Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 Race Setup:
• Spencer Davis heads into Greenville with a one point lead over Tyler Dippel in the standings, 85-84.
• Of the 22 cars scheduled to compete in Saturday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, only eight drivers have previous series starts at the historic South Carolina track – Dillon Bassett, Ronnie Bassett Jr., Kyle Benjamin, Collin Cabre, Christian Celaya, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley and John Holleman IV.

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: Greenville

The Drive For The Title Already Brewing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship battle is already beginning headed into the series’ third race of the season at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway.

Spencer Davis and Tyler Dippel enter the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 separated by only one point. Davis, 17, from Dawsonville, Georgia, sits atop the standings with 85 points after earning back-to-back runner-up finishes in the first two races of the season. In his six K&N East starts, Davis hasn’t finished lower than sixth place.

Dippel, 15, from Wallkill, New York, jumped to second place in the standings after collecting his first series’ victory at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway. Dippel had a solid debut as well when he finished eighth in the opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

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PIT BOX: K&N Pro East Rolls Into Greenville

Historic Half-Mile Serves As Championship Proving Ground

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• It’s never too early to start to think of championship implications, especially as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to historic Greenville Pickens Speedway Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150. In each of the last three seasons, the eventual season champion has picked up a win at the flat half-mile in South Carolina. All three of those drivers were from HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, which bodes well for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Tyler Dippel. The 15-year-old Wallkill, New York, driver is coming off his first career series win at Mobile International Speedway. It’s Spencer Davis, though, who enters the third race of the season with the championship points lead on the strength of back-to-back runner-up finishes. In six career K&N Pro East races, Davis hasn’t finished worse than sixth and a strong performance at Greenville can establish the 17-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia, as the driver to beat. NASCAR Next driver Kyle Benjamin, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Dippel’s teammate Justin Haley are all still within 10 points of the lead.

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Dippel Dominates Mobile 150

Fifteen-Year-Old Victorious In Second K&N Pro Series East Start

MOBILE, Ala. – The latest prospect making the transition from dirt to asphalt may prove to be the quickest study of them all.

Wallkill, New York, native Tyler Dippel stormed to Victory Lane in just his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start Sunday at Mobile International Raceway.

Twenty-three days shy of his 16th birthday, Dippel took the lead on Lap 30 of the Mobile 150 presented by the Mobile Sports Authority and drove away from the 25-car field time and time again. Two cautions inside of 10 laps to go kept his No. 38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet from running away from the competition, but he wasn’t seriously tested on either restart.

Second place went to 21 Means 21 Coors Light polesitter Spencer Davis while Jesse Little, Austin Theriault and Kaz Grala brought home the top five in the race that was extended to 154 laps with the late caution.
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K&N East Mobile 150 Postponed Until Sunday

Inclement Weather Delays Saturday Schedule At Mobile

IRVINGTION, Ala. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Mobile 150 presented by Mobile Sports Authority scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to weather.

The race at Mobile International Speedway will now take place Sunday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

Practice and qualifying, which were delayed Friday and Saturday, will tentatively begin at noon local time.

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Practice and Qualifying Postponed in Mobile

Weather delays on-track schedule for K&N Pro East Mobile 150

IRVINGTON, Ala. – Practice and qualifying for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Mobile 150 presented by the Mobile Sports Authority scheduled for Friday at Mobile International Speedway has been postponed to due to inclement weather.

An updated schedule will be announced as soon as it’s available.

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Dickies Partners With Sarah Cornett-Ching

For 2016 K&N Pro East Rookie Campaign

DENVER, NC – Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. the number one manufacturer of work apparel worldwide, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas is teaming up with Sarah Cornett-Ching in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the 2016 season.

The partnership will include the remaining 13 races of the NASCAR K&N East season. The team will debut the new livery at this weekend’s Mobile 150 in Mobile, Alabama.

The family-owned Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company is the only global workwear company outfitting workers head-to-toe. Since its humble beginnings as a Texas overalls manufacturer in 1922 they have grown to represent the top brand names in Performance workwear: Dickies®, Walls®, Van Moer, Kodiak®, Terra® and Workrite®.
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PIT BOX: K&N East Action Returns At Mobile

Whelen Southern Mods Open 2016 Season At Caraway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway for its second race of the season and its inaugural race at the half-mile oval. After an exciting season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, new and old faces will look to capture their first victory of the year. With New Smyrna race winner, Todd Gilliland, not scheduled to compete the Mobile 150 trophy and first place in the series standings is up for grabs. Some familiar faces will be entering the fray as former series race winners Jesse Little and Brandon Gdovic will be making their first starts of the season.

• The green flag at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on Saturday will usher in the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season. George Brunnhoelzl III and defending two-time tour champion Andy Seuss will enter as the early favorites as the two have won 14 of the last 20 races at the .455-mile track. Jason Myers set the track record during qualifying for this event last year and looks to continue his streak as the only driver to start every event held at Caraway since the tour began in 2005.

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Justin Haley Ready for NASCAR 150 on June 17 at Stafford Speedway

 

Stafford Springs, CT — Fresh off a fifth-place finish in the season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, 16-year old Winamac, IN native Justin Haley was the highest finishing car of the 4-car HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team that will campaign the 2016 season. Despite being only 16 years of age, Haley has already compiled starts in a wide variety of cars, tracks, and series, and he and his #5 Braun Auto team will add Stafford Speedway to his resume when the K&N Pro Series East hit the half-mile for the NASCAR 150 on Friday, June 17.

Haley began his racing career in 2008 at the age of 9 racing Quarter Midgets at Kokomo Quarter Midget Club (IN) where he continued to compete for the next several seasons, notching numerous wins. Haley moved to Restricted Micro Sprints in 2012 and then to the CRA Late Model Sportsman series in 2013 where he scored 4 top-5’s and 6 top-10’s in 7 starts to finish 7th in the final points standings.

The 2014 season saw Haley move to the competitive JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour where he scored his first ever Late Model victory at Springport Motor Speedway in Michigan. Although he didn’t run the full schedule, Haley managed to collect 5 top-5’s and 8 top-10’s along with one Fast Qualifier Award. The 2014 season also saw Haley make several starts in ARCA where he became the youngest pole winner in ARCA history by winning the pole position at Elko Speedway. In addition to races in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA Racing Series, the young driver secured two top 10s in five ARCA/CRA Super Series starts and one top 10 in three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017, Landmark Award

Hornaday, Roush, Rudd, Squier, Wilson Added To Ballot; Guthrie Joins Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 24, 2016) — Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners, drivers and the most recognizable voice in motorsports. The talents, eras, and levels may differ, but all share a common thread. They shaped NASCAR, and on Wednesday, they were recognized as nominees for the highest honor the sport bestows – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all legends who made excellence a habit through their various contributions to the sport.

Among them are record-holding four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr.; the man with the most car owner wins in NASCAR national series history with 322, Jack Roush; former all-time consecutive starts leader Ricky Rudd; legendary motorsports broadcasting pioneer Ken Squier; and three-time premier series champion engine builder and three-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Waddell Wilson. For a full list of nominees, please see below.

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Tyler Dippel Ready for New Challenge at Stafford With 3-Time Defending K&N Pro Series East Champion Team

Stafford Springs, CT — In the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the team to beat for the past three seasons has been the team of HScott Motorsports.  They have won the last three series championships with drivers Dylan Kwasniewski, Ben Rhodes, and William Byron.  With Stafford Motor Speedway adding a K&N East race for the first time since the 2008 season, HScott Motorsports will once again be the team to beat and they will come to Stafford for the 19th Annual NASCAR 150 on June 17 with a five-car driver lineup consisting of three rookie drivers in Hunter Baize, Harrison Burton, and Tyler Dippel, a second-year driver in J.J. Haley, and third-year driver James Bickford.

15-year old Tyler Dippel, from Wallkill, NY, has already amassed quite a resume at such a young age. He began his racing career on the dirt tracks in the northeast at the age of 7 and by the age of 10, he was racing Legends cars and competing in the south.   He advanced quickly into the Super Late Model cars running the PASS National and the PASS Southern Series.  As a Rookie, he led the National series up until the last race when a transmission failure took his hopes for the title and he finished runner-up in the National Series and a top 5 in the Southern Series.  Dippel has won numerous championships and awards on both dirt and asphalt and captured his first northeast dirt big block modified win at the age of 14.

Dippel made his debut in the ARCA Series last season, running a total of three races.  Dippel ran as high as second in his first start he was involved in a late-race incident which cost him several positions.  In his third and final start at Salem Speedway, he finished fourth in what was his first ever race on asphalt and he took home Rookie of the Race honors.  With most of the K&N East drivers having zero experience at Stafford, Dippel is looking forward to racing at the Connecticut half-mile.

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Van Wieringen Joins Rette Jones Racing

Slated For Full K&N Pro East Season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from Rette Jones Racing (RJR) announced today that Late Model standout Dominique Van Wieringen has joined the team for a full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule this season.

Van Wieringen, 20, advances to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after running a Late Model schedule last season for NEMCO Motorsports. During her rookie season, her ability to maximize speed and car control awarded her with five top-five finishes and seven top-10 efforts overall.

Under the leadership of co-owner and former ARCA Racing Series championship crew chief Mark Rette, the Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada native will pilot the No. 30 Rette Jones Racing Ford Fusion beginning with the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Feb. 14.

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Former K&N Pro East Series Stafford Winner Eddie MacDonald Excited to Return in 2016

Stafford Springs, CT — When Stafford Speedway announced the addition of a K&N East Pro Series event on June 17 to its 2016 schedule, perhaps no driver was more excited than Eddie MacDonald. The Rowley, MA native and driver of the #71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet has 7 career K&N East wins with one of those wins coming at Stafford back in 2007.

“Stafford is definitely one of the tougher tracks to get a hold of but I’m excited about going back and I’ll be looking forward to it,” said MacDonald. “Now that the schedule is out, we’ll look at it and pick the races we think we can run well at and try to get a win, and I’d say almost definitely we’re going to be at Stafford. My car owner, Rob Grimm, is in Pennsylvania so I drive by the Stafford exit every time we go to a race and I always say it would be nice to be racing there instead of driving another 15 or 16 hours to a race. I had no idea that Stafford was a possibility of getting back on the schedule and I was really excited when I saw that.”

MacDonald’s results at Stafford read like a mixed bag throughout his career. He struggled in his first few races at Stafford, but gradually started to see better results. MacDonald has 1 win, 2 top-5, and 7 top-10 finishes in 15 starts at Stafford with the majority of his good runs coming in the second half of his 15 Stafford starts. MacDonald also credits hooking up with Rollie LaChance as his crew chief as the main reason why he was able to turn his Stafford struggles into success. MacDonald’s winning experience at Stafford may just give him a leg up on the competition as most drivers will be seeing the half-mile for the very first time on June 17 when the K&N Pro East Series cars take to the track for the NASCAR 150.

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Landauer Named to Drive for BMR

Track Champ Joins K&N Pro Lineup Of Drivers

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Bill McAnally Racing today announced that Julia Landauer will join the team’s lineup in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for 2016.

Landauer brings with her a diverse racing resume that includes a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship this past season in the Limited Late Model division at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia.

The 24-year-old – who is originally from New York City; but currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina – joins a BMR driver lineup that includes Chris Eggleston, Todd Gilliland, and Riley Herbst. Plans call for all four drivers to run the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West, along with select events in the K&N Pro Series East.

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Stafford Speedway Set to Host the K&N Pro East Series On June 17, 2016

Stafford Springs, CT — After a 7-year hiatus, the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series will return to Stafford Motor Speedway for the running of the NASCAR 150.  The Connecticut famed half-mile will be the only short track New England appearance for the series in 2016.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series,” said Stafford COO/GM Mark Arute.  “The K&N Pro East Series has always provided a nice mix of up and coming drivers with local drivers and there have been a great deal of K&N drivers that have succeeded at the highest levels of NASCAR.  Trevor Bayne and Joey Logano have both won the Daytona 500 and we’ve also had drivers like Martin Truex, Jr. and Austin Dillon, who have won championships in the premier divisions of NASCAR.  This season’s K&N Pro Series East drivers could very well be future Daytona 500 or premier series champions.”

“NASCAR and Stafford Motor Speedway have enjoyed a long partnership and we’re excited to bring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East back to such an historic venue,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “Many names have been made over the years because of their success at Stafford. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East represents a tremendous opportunity for the best and brightest young stars in the sport to compete, and I know many of them are already looking forward to testing their skills at Stafford.”

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K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced

Twenty-Seven Races Set To Showcase Sport’s Rising Stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the preeminent development proving ground for the sport’s future stars.

The 27 races on the 2016 schedule – from New England to Southern California, and from Washington to Florida – provides a comprehensive slate of venues and events designed to test drivers and showcase the best and brightest for NASCAR fans.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules, announced today, comprise of 14 points races for each championship. It is highlighted by the annual meeting in the Heartland for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.
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Dominion Joins NASCAR for Inaugural Year

Virginia Track Will Host K&N Pro East, Whelen All-American

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A new era in Virginia racing will take the green flag on Saturday, April 9 – and it will do so under the NASCAR banner.

NASCAR and Dominion Raceway and Entertainment announced today the .4-mile asphalt track will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning with its inaugural season in 2016. The brand new facility is located in Spotsylvania Country, Virginia, just 10 minutes south of Fredericksburg and 30 minutes north of Richmond.

“We can’t begin to describe how excited we are about the affiliation with NASCAR as we get ready to go racing at Dominion Raceway,” said track owner Steve Britt. “When we set out to build this facility, our goal was to put together a state-of-the-art short track for competitors and fans alike. To be part of the NASCAR program is a tremendous opportunity to raise the track’s profile even greater.”

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Byron & Eggleston Battle for Bragging Rights

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The racing was all in fun, but a race car driver is always a race car driver and it was never more evident in a pair of races held during the seventh annual Champions Karting Challenge Thursday.

William Byron was nudged out of the lead in the final lap by Chris Eggleston in the Media & Champions Race at GoPro Motorplex, and the NASCAR Next driver returned the favor in the Champions Race. For the second year in a row, the seven NASCAR touring series champions and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion competed at the popular road course in a pair of races.

For Byron it was sweet revenge – all in fun – of course, to pick up the win over Eggleston in a battle between NASCAR K&N Pro Series champions.

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Kevin Bellicourt

Wins First K&N Pro Series East Title With Byron

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Bellicourt is no stranger to the racing world.

He’s had years of experience working on race teams and working his way up the ladder.

“I moved up to North Carolina when I finished school,” said Bellicourt. “I got my first opportunity from a friend and I took the chance. I started working and have been learning and moving up ever since.”

Like his driver, William Byron, he has quite the extensive resume.

“I’ve worked with Woods Brothers Racing and couple others before going to Braun a couple years ago,” Bellicourt said. “I was contacted to work at Turner Scott last year and the rest is history.”

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