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PRACTICE: Hill Leads New Smyrna Field

Rookie Looks To Carry Momentum Into K&N East Qualifying

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Austin Hill led NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final practice on Sunday for the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS at New Smyrna Speedway.

Hill, out of Winston, Ga., got around the .48-mile banked oval in 18.358 seconds for an average speed of 94.128 mph.

Scott Heckert was second on the charts in the final session at 18.366 seconds (94.087 mph) followed by Ben Rhodes at 18.385 seconds (93.990 mph). Brandon McReynolds at 18.417 seconds (93.826 mph) and Gray Gaulding with a time of 18.442 (93.699 mph) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
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Eddie Mac and Grimm Racing Prepares for K&N Pro Series East Season Openers

In 2007 Waymart, Pa. businessman Rob Grimm joined the NASCAR fraternity sponsoring driver Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance for the final three races of the K&N season. Grimm liked whathe saw and a partnership evolved among the three to form Grimm Racing. With Rob’s Grimm Construction based in Waymart, Pa. the main sponsor, Grimm Racing has taken the green flag for every K&N PSE race since 2008. When the green flag flies again to open the
season in the New Smyrna 150 presented by Jegs in Florida on Sunday, February 16 and then again at UNOH’s The Battle at the Beach on the Surperstretch at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, February 18th, the Grimm Racing Team will be there for its seventh full season together.

The early start to the season put the crew in race mode very quickly with Eddie Mac saying, “We have been very busy since NASCAR announced the schedule trying toget both of our new cars ready but we are in good shape and look forward to racing at New Smyrna and Daytona. We raced a Late Model at New Smyrna a couple of years ago so we are familiar with the track but we hope to get a lot of knowledge out of the practice there on Saturday. Everyone here is anxious to get racing again and then two days later we race at Daytona. It was not a point’s race there last year so we didn’t go, so it will be a new learning experience for us. We hope to race the same car in both races so we have our fingers crossed.”

Rob Grimm has 77 starts to his credit as team owner with three huge wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with 18 top fives. “We probably would not be racing if not for Rob,” said Eddie. “Karla, Rob, and their family have been great to us. We are not just part of the race team but we are also part of their family. “Grimm Nation” has been with us every step of the way and our crew appreciates all the support. Rob gives us everything to be competitive on the track even though the series has changed greatly since we joined together in 2007. We have been very lucky to have the Grimm family supporting us.”

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Daytona

Northern, Southern Mods Go Head-To-Head For Bragging Rights

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ryan Preece is in the business of collecting trophies. Next up on his wish list is the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., captured his first tour title last fall. The long-sought-after championship trophy followed four triumphs during the campaign at northeastern modified strongholds Stafford Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, and Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island, where he won twice.

The 23-year-old even went down south and added another bucket list trophy to his collection from North Carolina’s famed Bowman Gray Stadium in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action.

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K&N East Statistical Advance: New Smyrna

Analyzing The New Smyrna 150 Presented By JEGS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opens its 2014 season on Sunday, Feb. 16 with the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

New Smyrna Race Setup
• Rev Racing’s Daniel Suárez has six top-three finishes in his last eight series starts including a July 2013 win at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.
• Of the entered drivers as of Feb. 11, six have taken a K&N East car to Victory Lane. Veteran Eddie MacDonald tops the list with six followed by Sergio Peña with three. Brandon Gdovic, Ryan Gifford, Austin Hill and Daniel Suárez have one each.
• Sixteen drivers entered into the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS as of Feb. 11 are Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders. Eight of that group will attempt to make their series debut.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Florida

Gaulding Ready For Next Steps

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Advancement is about tackling the next challenge followed by searching for another.

The next steps for Gray Gaulding, 16, are fairly cut and dried – battle for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2014 and begin the progression through NASCAR’s national series ranks.

The Colonial Heights, Va., driver begins the pursuit of the former on Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Coming off a somewhat controversial NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win last November at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaulding is ready to get down to business.

In that Phoenix event, the then 15-year-old Gaulding made contact with race leader Cole Custer on the final lap and went on to claim his first NASCAR touring series victory.
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Live Broadcast for UNOH Battle At The Beach

FOX Sports 2, MRN and SiriusXM To Carry Race Coverage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Last year’s 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach may have been the most talked about short-track event of the season. There was plenty of action and drama as Daytona International Speedway hosted the inaugural event on its backstretch.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach is back at “The World Center of Racing” on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and again will air live on television and radio. FOX Sports 2 will broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will go on the air at 6:45 p.m. with its pre-show, and the broadcast will be streamed live at MRN.com and simulcast by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.

The evening kicks off with the special non-points combination event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points race follows at approximately 8:45 p.m. Both races will be 150 laps on the .37-mile oval.

Last year, popular veteran Steve Park used a little “chrome horn” to pass nine-time champion Mike Stefanik for the modified victory, while Cameron Hayley picked up his first NASCAR win in the K&N Pro Series race.

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Gaulding Teams with Newberry at NTS

NASCAR Next Driver Set For Camping World Truck Series Debut

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. —  NTS Motorsports announced the addition of 15 year-old NASCAR Next driver Gray Gaulding to their lineup in 2014. Gaulding will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in eight races and will compete alongside Brennan Newberry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) full-time.

Virginia native Gaulding, has set NASCAR records as the youngest winner and pole sitter in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition. With primary sponsorship from Gemini Southern, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and TruMoo Chocolate Milk, Gaulding hopes to claim the NKNPSE championship and contend for victories in the NCWTS. As a NASCAR Next driver, Gaulding has claimed one win, 11 top-10’s and five top-5’s in 18 NKNPSE starts in 2013.

“Signing with a competitive and successful team like NTS Motorsports is a tremendous opportunity for me,” stated Gaulding. “With our new sponsorship from Gemini Southern and continued support from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and TruMoo Chocolate Milk, I am eager to return to the NKNPSE to build upon our success in 2013 and go after the championship. I look forward to achieving my goal of competing in the NCWTS and capturing the “Youngest Race Winner” title in that series as well.”
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Penalty, Appeals Process Changes Announced

Aimed Toward Better Effectiveness, More Transparency

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of its wide-ranging initiatives to transform its competition model, NASCAR today announced enhancements to its penalty structure and appeals process beginning this season. In addition to these changes, NASCAR also announced the appointment of a Final Appeals Officer for the sport.

“NASCAR’s Deterrence System is designed to help maintain the integrity and competitive balance of our sport while sending a clear message that rules violations will not be tolerated,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations. “This is a more transparent and effective model that specifically spells out that ‘X’ infraction equals ‘X’ penalty for technical infractions.

“At the same time, we believe the Appeals process allows a fair opportunity for our NASCAR Members to be heard, and have penalty disputes resolved by an impartial, relevant group of people with the ability to handle the complexities inherent in any appeal. This system has been tailored specifically to fit the needs of our sport.”
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Kwasniewski to Run Full Nationwide Slate

NASCAR Next Driver Inks Deal With Turner Scott Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Turner Scott Motorsports is pleased to announce today that Dylan Kwasniewski, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will run a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2014 driving the No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet Camaro. Kwasniewski, 18, will make his series debut in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 22.

“I’m thankful for Harry Scott and Steve Turner for giving me this opportunity, as well as Rockstar for moving up with us,” Kwasniewski said. “The test session earlier this month at Daytona taught us a lot and it’s good to enter Daytona with a level of confidence, not only for myself, but for Pat (Tryson) and all the guys. Racing in the Nationwide Series is going to present a lot of challenges and it won’t be easy, but I look forward to taking it all on, learning from the other competitors and hopefully winning some races.”

Kwasniewski, a native of Las Vegas, will bring Rockstar Energy Drink with him from NKNPSE competition to the Nationwide Series. Rockstar Energy Drink, headquartered in Las Vegas, has partnered with Kwasniewski since 2009.
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NASCAR D4D Selects 2014 Class

NASCAR And Rev Racing Name Six Promising Drivers To Team

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D), the leading youth development program for multicultural and female drivers, will head into the 2014 season with one of the most well-rounded and accomplished rosters in program history.

The 2014 class is led by Daniel Suarez, who contended for two NASCAR touring series championships last year, and Ryan Gifford, who is coming off a successful 2013, in which he earned his first NASCAR win and made his NASCAR national series debut. They will be joined by a group of talented newcomers looking to make their mark in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

“NASCAR is committed to providing training, competition experience and mentoring to drivers who without a doubt demonstrate the potential to compete at the highest levels of our sport through the academy-style program,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “We look forward to another successful racing season with the Drive for Diversity team.”
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David Garbo, Jr. Ready for the Next Step

David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT will join Lee Pulliam at Hattori Racing Enterprises  in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Nick Hutchins, former crew chief for Mackena Bell, will join Garbo for his rookie season.  Sponsorship information and the number for Garbo’s race car are not finalized yet, but the car will use either #01 or #1.

The opportunity to drive for Hattori came after Garbo drove Late Models last season for Fat Head Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway. Garbo also raced in North Carolina and Virginia for the Dirty Dozen Series. He competed at Motor Mile and Southern National, where he finished second. He joined the  UARA Stars tour for events at Rockingham and Tri-County. Garbo also competed at  Martinsville and Richmond, where he finished sixth in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

“My dad is pretty good friends with Andy Santerre,” Garbo said. “Really just driving with Jamie Yelton and Fat Head Racing, we showed them the results that we had and put them together and put in a résumé to Hattori. Everything just worked out. It was a really good deal we’re doing with Shigeaki Hattori and he’s a really great guy. I’m really happy to be on his team. It’s a really big privilege for me.”

Hutchins and Pulliam’s crew chief Randy Goss bring years of experience to HRE. “He’s a younger guy but he’s been racing for a long time,” Garbo said. “… He’s definitely the right guy. …  I’m really comfortable with (Randy) Goss. … Between the two of them, like I said, sharing notes and working together in being one team, even though it’s with two teams. I think that we should be pretty dominant and I really have high expectations for the team this year. … The chemistry between my crew chief and I is already great and Lee Pulliam and I get along really well and it should be a great season.”

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Lee Pulliam’s Dream Comes True

NWA-AS National Champion Earns K&N East Ride

Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC will be moving up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season, driving the #11 Toyota for Hattori Racing Enterprises. As a rookie in NASCAR’s top development series, Pulliam will have veterans working on his team in team manager Bruce Cook and crew chief Randy Goss. The team will also be fielding a second car for David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT. Brett Moffitt drove the car for the past two seasons. He won twice and finished third in points in 2012. Despite a winless season, Moffitt finished second in points last year.

Pulliam won his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship season. He joined the late Larry Phillips and Philip Morris as the only drivers to win the championship more than once. He also captured track titles at Motor Mile and South Boston.

“I got a phone call from Bruce Cook … he said he had an opportunity and wanted to know if I’d be interested in driving a K&N car for Shigeaki Hattori Racing this year,” Pulliam said. “Of course, I was thrilled about it and I knew they had really good equipment and a nice operation down in Mooresville. And we got an appointment together and come down and talked with one another and his expectations and my expectations were on the same page and I met all of the guys at the shop, all of them are really good guys with a lot of experience. It just looked like the perfect situation to get a chance at it. It’s something I’m really extremely thankful for and extremely excited about.”

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Kaz Grala Joins Turner Scott Motorsports for K&N East Effort

Kaz Grala of Westborough, MA confirmed today that he will drive the #31 OzLINK Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East full-time. Ray “Ray Ray” Holm will be the crew chief. Cameron Hayley, Scott Heckert, Brandon Jones and Ben Rhodes will be his teammates.

“I’m really pumped for the season,” Grala said. “I think we have very good equipment and people behind us as well as a very fast race car. There’s going to be a lot of competition in the series this year, but I am up for the challenge and looking forward to it.”

“The team’s most important resource is its people,” Grala said after a test with the team at New Smyrna Speedway. “Each of the individual teams dialed on their cars today. The crew chiefs are going to collaborate tonight, and we’re all going to go back and try new stuff tomorrow.” Grala said that today’s test went “very well.”

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Turner Scott Announces ’14 K&N East Lineup

Five Talented Youngsters To Take On Challenging Schedule

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Turner Scott Motorsports is excited to announce its 2014 driver lineup for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Drivers Brandon Jones and Ben Rhodes, who each drove part time for TSM last season, will return fulltime with the organization, joined by newcomers Kaz Grala, Cameron Hayley and Scott Heckert. In its debut season in the K&N Pro Series East, TSM captured six wins and three poles overall en route to taking the championship with Dylan Kwasniewski behind the wheel.

Kaz Grala, a 15-year-old from Westborough, Mass., is a high school freshman who has climbed the ranks in auto racing’s minor leagues while having a breakout year last season. Grala turned heads early in 2013 when he became the youngest race winner in UARA series history, taking the checkered flag at the prestigious Hickory Motor Speedway. Grala continued to place his name in the record books last season when he became the youngest driver to lead laps in the NASCAR Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Grala will continue his march towards NASCAR’s biggest stage in 2014, running a fulltime K&N East schedule for TSM.

A talented young racer from Calgary, Alberta, Cameron Hayley made his karting debut at the age of seven. Competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West since 2011, Hayley was the youngest driver to compete in the series and finished second in his debut. Hayley was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner at the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and finished the 2013 season with one win, six poles and a second-place finish in the K&N West driver standings. The 17-year-old is a member of the NASCAR Next program, a select group chosen by the sanctioning body that spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars.

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Kyros Entertainment Joins Forces with Cory Joyce for the UNOH Battle at the Beach

Joyce to make second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at Daytona

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Kyros Entertainment will be on board with Cory Joyce when the 21-year-old makes his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway on February 18.

The Cleveland, Ohio-based Kyros Entertainment was created for the distinct purpose of extending hope, compassion and support with a divine need to help others and is comprised of three divisions: Entertainment, Foundation and Ministry. The mission is to reinforce the wholesome power of prayer and healing that successfully occurs when American families rediscover the strong support that thrives within true family values.

“We truly believe that everyone knows someone, somewhere, who is going through life’s trials in this very moment,” said Brady Bulger, CFO of Kyros Entertainment. “We at Kyros want to help others who need a boosted blessing of help, reinforcement or feelings of kind support for any given reason.

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Tennessee Champ Finchum Set for Florida

Kingsport Driver Aims to be National Contender

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tennessee’s teenage NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion is expanding his racing boundaries this year. His 2014 campaign begins in just a few weeks.

Chad Finchum, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., won his 2013 state title and NASCAR Late Model track championship at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway.

He plans to compete in all seven NASCAR Super Late Model race nights scheduled during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway Feb. 14-22.

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Al Hammond Passes Away at 70

South Paris Driver was Three-Time Oxford Plains Champion, 2009 Maine Motorsports HOF Inductee

According to the Maine Vintage Race Car Association,  Al Hammond of South Paris, Maine has passed away at age 70.

“The Maine Vintage Race Car Association and the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame are saddened over the passing of Al Hammond. Al was a great racer, a nicer person, a Hall of Fame member and a much respected member of the association. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Al’s wife Delores and family, his many friends and fans.”

Born on June 3, 1943, Hammond was a three-time (1970, 1973-74) Pro Stock/Sportsman champion at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. Hammond had 81 career wins at Oxford  (fourth overall wins, second in the division) and was the Triple Crown champion at 1968, 1970, 1975.

Hammond also drove races in the ACT Pro Stock Tour, PASS North Super Late Models, NASCAR Nationwide, K&N Pro Series East, Grand American and North Tour.

Hammond was inducted into the  Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

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VIDEO: Watch 2013 NASCAR Awards Shows

Replays of Whelen All-American Awards & Night Of Champions

Watch complete multilingual video coverage from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Both events took place in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Dec. 13-14, 2013.

The videos include Red Carpet driver interviews in addition to the full awards programs.

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES AWARDS: ENGLISH | SPANISH

NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards: ENGLISH | SPANISH | FRENCH

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Bowen Signs with Cunningham Motorsports for 2014

Sixteen-year-old Anderson Bowen has signed to compete in 8-9 races with Cunningham Motorsports. The races will be a mixture of short track races on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) schedule. Bowen, who is now legal to drive street cars—having just received his driver’s license in November—has been driving race cars for 12 years. The teenager from Suwanee, Georgia competed under the Cunningham banner during the 2013 season in 3 ARCA Series races, along with 2 NKNPSE races.

In his first ARCA Series race, Bowen started and finished third at Mobile International Speedway. In his first of two NKNPSE races, he qualified on the pole at Iowa Speedway. In addition, Bowen raced numerous races with his family-owned Anderson Bowen Racing team. He completed his 2013 season this past weekend by finishing 25th in the prestigious Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida.

During his announcement, co-owner Kerry Scherer said, “When we signed Anderson last year, we knew we were getting a talented young driver. We didn’t realize how talented. Anderson is going to be a big winner in his career. We are privileged to be a part of his developmental years.”

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United Mining Equipment On Board at Bristol

K&N East To Battle In PittLite 125

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – United Mining Equipment is the latest company to join the Bristol Motor Speedway family as entitlement sponsor of the season-opening NASCAR K&N Series event BMS officials announced today.

The PittLite 125 takes place March 15 at the Last Great Colosseum for the tour that serves as a proving ground for the sport’s future stars. In just two years, the event has established itself as one of the most competitive races in the series for drivers working their way up the ladder.

Appropriately enough, as drivers look for their moment in the spotlight on the bright stage of BMS, PittLite is a global supplier of industrial and mining lights; and that connection is not lost on the new partners.

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Team Arcoplate Enters NASCAR K&N East Series Full-Time in 2014

Mooresville, NC January 2, 2014: Team Arcoplate announced they will be running the NASCAR K&N East Series full-time for the 2014 season. Team Arcoplate ran a few races in the NASCAR K&N series last year and makes the move to this very competitive and challenging circuit.

Driver, Brodie Kostecki, age 16, is no stranger to racing. Kostecki has been racing since age four. In Australia, he competed in go-karts and in 2011 made his USAC series debut. In 2013 he ran NASCAR late model at Hickory, and select K&N races, with several podium finishes, and two wins.

“I am very excited about racing in the K&N East series this year,” stated Kostecki, “there is such a variety of tracks I can’t wait for this season to start.”

To learn more about Team Arcoplate Racing and driver Brodie Kostecki, visit www.teamarcoplate.com, or like Brodie Kostecki Racing on Facebook

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BMR Announces Plans to Expand East

Longtime K&N Pro Series West Organization Adding East Team

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Bill McAnally Racing, a championship team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with five series titles, has announced plans to expand into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a multi-car effort in 2014.

BMR’s team in the K&N East will feature series rookie Nick Drake running the full schedule in the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, while second-year driver Cole Custer will run nine events in the No. 00 NAPA/Haas Automation entry.

“We are very excited to expand BMR into the K&N Pro Series East,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “This is a great opportunity to expand the program with our partners, NAPA AUTO PARTS and Toyota. We have been able to join together a top-caliber team and look for great things in 2014 for our sponsors and fans.”

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UNOH Battle At The Beach Tickets on Sale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the second annual UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 18, part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 at Daytona International Speedway, are now on sale. Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

UNOH Battle At The Beach is a short-track event held on the backstretch of the “World Center of Racing” that will feature the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

For competitors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 150-lap race will be a championship points event while it will be a non-points 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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Ruston Joins Ben Kennedy Racing

Okla. driver tabbed for run at K&N Pro East championship

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Already a driver on the move, Kenzie Ruston’s career is ready to pick up even more speed.

Fresh from a strong rookie campaign in the NASCAR K&N East Pro Series, the 22-year old Oklahoma native will set her sights on a big sophomore season effort after being signed by Ben Kennedy Racing to return to the series for the 2014 season.

Ruston twice earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors on her way to sixth in the 2013 NASCAR K&N East Pro Series (NKNEPS) driver championship, and will look to put the lessons learned in her rookie year to good use as she joins Ben Kennedy Racing to drive the No. 96 Chevrolet for the Daytona Beach, Florida-based team.

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Touring Series Champions Honored

Top Performers Of 2013 Celebrate At Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The common thread throughout Saturday’s NASCAR Night of Champion Touring Awards was of a dream realized.

From Lakeport, Calif., to San Sebastián, Spain, seven NASCAR drivers collected their series championship trophies and received their coveted championship rings from NASCAR President Mike Helton.

“To win this championship, to accomplish this goal, it means the world to me,” said 22-year-old Ryan Preece, who became the youngest champion of NASCAR’s oldest division, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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2014 K&N East Schedule Announced

Florida Swing Kicks Off 16-Race Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kicks off with a Florida doubleheader and covers a combination of historic short tracks, NASCAR national series combination events and a pair of road courses.

The East portion of NASCAR’s top step on its developmental ladder will cover 16 events and culminate with the finale at the “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway.

New additions to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule include the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – followed by the return to Daytona International Speedway for the UNOH Battle At The Beach – as well as running the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.

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Champions Battle In iRacing Challenge

Preece Top-Finisher Among Title Winners

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Fans and champions competed side-by-side in the first NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Challenge presented by iRacing.com Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR fan and occasional iRacing competitor Ricky Hardin, of Fort Mill, S.C., edged NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece to win the final event that was competed in NASCAR Sprint Cups Series Generation-6 cars on the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It was a lot of fun to race against these guys,” said Hardin. “To be completely honest, the key for me was starting up front and being able to stay there. iRacing is something I enjoy doing as often as I’m able.”

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Champions Week Kicks Off in Charlotte

iRacing.com Challenge At Hall of Fame Sets Stage Wednesday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s top drivers throughout its regional touring and weekly series will be in the spotlight this week in Charlotte, N.C., with a bevy of activities leading up to the awards ceremonies Friday and Saturday night.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will take place Friday, Dec. 13. Among those honored will be the 2013 national champion Lee Pulliam, as well as track champions from 55 tracks across the United States and Canada, state and provincial champions and top rookies.

“We’ve been really looking forward to this,” said Lee Pulliam, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion. “A lot of hard work has gone into this year to get us to this point. Charlotte was a blast last year, and it’s already started off that way this year.

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Champion Owner: Harry Scott Jr.

Receives Early Returns On K&N Pro Series East Investment

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – First season, first championship. Not a bad way to start for Harry Scott Jr. and Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

With a racing program that was put together less than three months prior to the start of the 2013 season, team co-owner Scott looks back on the success of the organization as a whole and is blown away. A championship with TSM’s No. 98 entry driven by Dylan Kwasniewski far exceeded expectations.

“That championship is pretty special on a number of levels,” Scott said. “When we started this operation about a year ago at this time, the shop was just a shell, it didn’t have anything in it. We didn’t have any drivers signed.

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Champion Crew Chief: Mardy Lindley

Championship-Winning Driver Gets First Title From Pit Box

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mardy Lindley captured a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in just his second season as a late model driver, and it was in his second season as a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East crew chief that history repeated itself.

In 2013 Lindley called the shots for the No. 98 Turner Scott Motorsports team and driver Dylan Kwasniewski that earned the K&N Pro Series East crown.

It was a dominant performance for the duo of Kwasniewski and Lindley, who racked up six wins and 10 top 10s in 14 events together. The six victories are tied for the second-highest single-season total in the series’ 27-year history.

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