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Little Eager for Nascar K&N Pro Series Stop at Virginia International Raceway

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (August 13, 2014) — After posting a top-5 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s first road course race of the season, held last weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway, reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Jesse Little, heads into this weekend’s race at Virginia International Raceway with confidence on his side.

Little, who had to start at the rear of the field at Watkins Glen due to adjustments made to the car after qualifying, charged through the field to post one of the strongest runs of the race.

“We had a great NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet at Watkins Glen and showed we’re capable of chasing a win at the road courses,” Little said. “Going into this weekend’s Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway we’re planning to unload a similar set-up to last week and then take it to the front again.”
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Jones Finally Gets First Victory

11th Different K&N Pro Winner at Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa — Brandon Jones kept the trend of new winners at Iowa Speedway going.

The 17-year-old driver from Atlanta, George, picked up his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series win Friday night in the Autolite Iridium XP 150. He is the 11th different winner in 11 meetings at Iowa between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.

Jones joins a list which includes Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Corey LaJoie of drivers who won at Iowa during their rise up the NASCAR ranks.

It was Jones’ 20th career K&N Pro start. His 2014 already included a third-place run in the K&N Pro East opener at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway and a runner-up at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. He was also in contention for the win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when his last-lap attempt to pass for the lead also collected Nick Drake and opened the door for Jesse Little to grab the victory.

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QUALIFYING: Little Leads Pack at Iowa

Captures First Career K&N Pro Series Pole

NEWTON, Iowa — With 43 cars on the starting grid for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race at Iowa Speedway, track position will be at a premium.

Jesse Little made sure he’d have no issues with traffic at the race start, capturing the 21 Means 21 Pole Award Friday evening in advance of the Autolite Iridium XP 150.

Little posted a fast lap of 23.883 seconds (131.893 mph) around the .875-mile banked oval in his No. 97 Get to Know Newton Chevrolet to win his first pole award in the K&N Pro Series. The second-generation driver scored his first K&N Pro Series win in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Speedway on July 11.

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PRACTICE: Kostecki Fast at Iowa

Aussie Teen and BMR Teammates Top Speed Charts

NEWTON, Iowa — Sixteen-year-old Brodie Kostecki knows the fast way around Iowa Speedway.

Two and a half months after winning the pole at the .875-mile banked oval, the Australian driver posted the fastest lap in practice for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series return Friday.

Friday night’s Autolite Iridium 150 is the second of two combination races this season at Iowa Speedway between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.
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Berry to Make Nationwide Debut at Iowa

Josh Berry of Hendersonville, TN will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway Saturday night. He will drive the #5 Tackle Grab Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Berry tested a Nationwide car on July 14 at Motor Mile.

The #5 team has a 6.8 average finish in 13 starts, including three wins, nine top fives and 10 top 10s. Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick have scored wins at Richmond, Kentucky and Daytona. Rookie Austin Theriault has made two of his three scheduled starts, with a best finish of fifteenth at Iowa in May.

A Late Model driver for JR Motorsports since 2010, Berry’s became eligible for Nationwide competition after  two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. Berry drove the Speedco #45 at Greenville Pickens and Richmond for Darin Odle Motorsports.

“I’ve been very fortunate the past few years to have them supporting my career and wanting me to move up.”

“For our first showing, I felt like it went pretty well,” Berry said of his March 22 debut. “We were pretty quick, qualified fifth, and had a solid run going until getting caught up in some trouble at the end.”

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The Racing Scholar: The Next Opportunity Awaits Staropoli

Patrick Staropoli, 24, of Plantation, FL is hunting for a new ride. The inaugural Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge winner finished fifth in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Spokane for Bill McAnally Racing. The attention and the feel-good story should have ended there.

“It kind of eats at you, but at the same time I got a lot of confirmation this year that I belong there and that I can run there,” Staropoli said. “…  I know that if I get that right opportunity again that I can go out there and get it done.”

A third generation driver, Staropoli’s grandfather drove midgets in the 1940s and 50s at places like Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY and Wall Stadium in Belmar, NJ. The family relocated to Florida, where Staropoli’s father Nick raced Street Stocks and Late Models. His father raced “religiously” at Hialeah in the 1980s and 90s, before touring in the 90s for a few years. Patrick was at his first race at six months old, watching his dad.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Pena Back in Victory Lane

Drive For Diversity Driver Scores K&N Pro East Win At Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergio Pena found his way back to Victory Lane.

The 21-year-old from Winchester, Va., held off the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East field following a late caution at Columbus Motor Speedway to win the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota.

It is the third win of the season for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. It is also the third win in four years for Rev Racing at Columbus, following wins by Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) and Daniel Suarez (2013).

It is Pena’s fourth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win and first since 2011, when he won three times.

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QUALIFYING: Heckert Earns 2nd Pole

Takes Top Spot For K&N Pro East At Columbus

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

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

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

Rookie Nick Drake qualified second at 14.370 (83.424).

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

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

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PRACTICE: Heckert Tops Columbus Field

Three Rookies Make Up Top Five

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

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

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

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

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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Columbus

Analyzing The JEGS 150 At Columbus Motor Speedway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Columbus

Suárez Returns To Scene Of First Series Victory

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

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

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

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Eddie MacDonald Finishes Second at NHMS

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

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

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

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Little in Perfect Position for First Win

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

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

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

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

“It’s one I’ll never forget.”

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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Nets 5th Pole

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

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

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

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

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PRACTICE: Rhodes Still Leads Way

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

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

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

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

Jesse Little and Scott Heckert rounded out the top five.

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Grala Has Momentum Heading into NHMS

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

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

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

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

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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Loudon

Analyzing The Granite State 100 At NHMS

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

Granite State 100 Setup:

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

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

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

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Touring & Weekly Awards Events Announced

NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Gathering Of Champions

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

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

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

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

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Loudon

Rhodes Not Focused On Records As He Heads To NHMS

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

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

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

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A Week to Remember for Hayley

Celebrates High School Graduation With Summer Showdown Win

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

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

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

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MacDonald To Make Sprint Cup Series Debut

Joins All New England Team For Race At NHMS

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

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

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

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Rhodes Rolls to Bowman Gray Victory Lane

Gains Third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Win

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

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

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

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QUALIFYING: Record Run For Rhodes

Set Series’ Track Record In Bowman Gray Time Trials

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

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

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

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PRACTICE: Rhodes On Top at Stadium

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

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

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

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

Four K&N Pro Series East Drivers Pulling Double Duty

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

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

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

Analyzing The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150

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

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

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K&N East News & Notes: Bowman Gray

Rookie Bassett Settling In With Each Passing Day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Knowledge is power.

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

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

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