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Young Stars Shine Under Bright Lights

Byron, Bickford Lead NASCAR Next Contingent To Iowa

The East will take on the West Friday under the lights at Iowa Speedway, with two of NASCAR K&N Series’ top contenders on one track in the second and final combination race of the season.

Both 17-year-old NASCAR Next drivers coming off big wins in their respective series, as the East’s William Byron and West’s James Bickford lead a strong continent of young talent in a race to victory in the Thanks Kenny 150 – a tribute to Kenny Wallace who makes his record 547th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series start Saturday in Iowa.

Prior Iowa pole-sitter Byron feels confident coming out of his latest win in New Hampshire – his fourth in just eight season starts.
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K&N Pro Series Stat Advance: Iowa

Analyzing The #ThanksKenny 150 At Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West head to Iowa Speedway Friday for the final combination race at the Newton, Iowa track this season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Iowa, as well as some other statistical trends.

Iowa Race Setup:
• William Byron is pulling away in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with 331 points. Austin Hill is the closet to him with 302 and Scott Heckert is third at 298. Rookies Kyle Benjamin and Dalton Sargeant round out the top-five with 288 and 285 points, respectively.
• Chris Eggleston leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings by one point over rookie Noah Gragson (274-273). Rookies Gracin Raz and Ryan Partridge follow very closely with 271 and 267 points, respectively. Veteran David Mayhew completes the top-five with 261 points.
• Brandon McReynolds was the overall winner in this year’s first K&N Pro Series combination event in May. Byron, the East winner, will be looking for redemption after being overtaken by McReynolds on a restart with eight laps to go.

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Little to race for Hattori Racing Enterprises at Iowa Speedway

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (July 29, 2015) — Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) and team owner Shige Hattori have signed 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year, to drive the No. 1 Yazaki Toyota Camry in Friday evening’s ‘Thanks Kenny 150’ at Iowa Speedway.

“We’re looking forward to this weekend’s start with Hattori Racing Enterprises and it’s great to have ‘Get to Know Newton’ community outreach project continue their relationship with me for the race at Iowa Speedway. The Newton community is one of our favorite places to visit and bringing attention to race fans about this great area has always been one of my highlights when coming to Iowa.

“Jesse is a talented young driver and we’re looking forward to have him drive our HRE No. 1 Yazaki Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway,” said Hattori.

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K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

McReynolds Looks To Sweep At Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If Brandon McReynolds ends up in Victory Lane this weekend with a season sweep at Iowa Speedway, he’ll make history as the track’s first repeat winner.

Since 2007, the first year the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West ran at Iowa, no driver has captured the overall win more than once.

McReynolds earned his first NASCAR victory in the Casey’s General Store 150 on May 16, this season’s first of two annual combination races between the K&N East and West at the .875-mile oval.
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PIT BOX: Iowa Combo, Part II

Big Ticket Week Also Includes Bowman Gray, Trois-Rivieres

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West will reconvene for the second and final combination race of the year at Iowa Speedway this Friday. The West’s Brandon McReynolds came out on top in a race-long battle waged with polesitter William Byron from the East for his first career NASCAR victory in this year’s first edition back in May. Byron has won two of the last three East races and brings a sizeable points lead to Iowa while Chris Eggleston leads Noah Gragson by a single tally in the West standings. The race name – the Thanks Kenny 150 – is a tribute to Kenny Wallace, who will make his record 547th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series start on Saturday at Iowa.
• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Bowman Gray Stadium this week where hometown favorites and brothers Jason and Burt Myers enter the weekend first and second in the standings. Both drivers have won in previous seasons at Bowman Gray and will look to remain atop the standings this weekend. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece also plan on making the trip south for the race.
• One of the marquee dates on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 calendar is on tap for this weekend as the series headlines the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours. The annual street course event in downtown Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, was won last year by hometown favorite and eventual series champion L.P. Dumoulin. Scott Steckly brings the points lead into the event and last week’s winner, Andrew Ranger, is a four-time victor at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
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PIT BOX: Iowa Combo, Part II

Big Ticket Week Also Includes Bowman Gray, Trois-Rivieres

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West will reconvene for the second and final combination race of the year at Iowa Speedway this Friday. The West’s Brandon McReynolds came out on top in a race-long battle waged with polesitter William Byron from the East for his first career NASCAR victory in this year’s first edition back in May. Byron has won two of the last three East races and brings a sizeable points lead to Iowa while Chris Eggleston leads Noah Gragson by a single tally in the West standings. The race name – the Thanks Kenny 150 – is a tribute to Kenny Wallace, who will make his record 547th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series start on Saturday at Iowa.
• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Bowman Gray Stadium this week where hometown favorites and brothers Jason and Burt Myers enter the weekend first and second in the standings. Both drivers have won in previous seasons at Bowman Gray and will look to remain atop the standings this weekend. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece also plan on making the trip south for the race.
• One of the marquee dates on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 calendar is on tap for this weekend as the series headlines the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours. The annual street course event in downtown Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, was won last year by hometown favorite and eventual series champion L.P. Dumoulin. Scott Steckly brings the points lead into the event and last week’s winner, Andrew Ranger, is a four-time victor at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.

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Rhodes Returns to NHMS

Ben Rhodes of Louisville, KY is making his third NASCAR XFINITY Series start for JR Motorsports in the No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet. His 10 races include a short track, road courses, one mile, and 1.5-mile tracks.

“It’s a diverse schedule as you can get in NASCAR,” Rhodes said. “I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s a lot to learn, a lot to take in, but I have a lot of good teachers that have really stepped up and really helped me out and have gone out of their way to make sure that I’m learning and welcome in here at JR Motorsports.”

Rhodes shares the No. 88 with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kasey Kahne. Harvick, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, scored two wins for the team.

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Byron on Pole at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader William Byron of Charlotte, NC claimed his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing in qualifying this morning. The rookie and NASCAR Next driver qualified at 29.703/128.229, besting teammate Scott Heckert at 29.764. Dawsonville, GA driver Spencer Davis qualified third in his series debut alongside defending winner Jesse Little and Austin Hill.

“It’s kind of a dream come true to come to another big track and get a pole. It’s our second pole this year,” Byron said. “We had one at Iowa and now New Hampshire. So I hadn’t seen this place before yesterday and it’s definitely different, really fast, but just proud of my guys.”

Byron won two of his last four races in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. He was fastest in the first practice and has been battling a cold this weekend. He knows clean air by starting on the front row is helpful.

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K&N East Stat Advance: New Hampshire

Analyzing The United Site Services 70

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will hit the track Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers.

United Site Services 70 Race Setup:
• William Byron is still holding onto the top spot in the season standings with 283 points. Austin Hill is the closest to him, trailing by 20 points.
• Only two drivers scheduled to compete at the “Magic Mile” have won here before, Eddie MacDonald (3) and Jesse Little (1).
• Last season’s event ended in dramatic fashion with Little in Victory Lane and MacDonald second.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
History
• 
Ground breaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, started on August 13, 1989.
• The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres. The multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
• The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination event.
• Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Davis to Make K&N East Debut

Will Drive For NTS At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While most 16-year-olds across the country will be planning pool parties or putting off their summer reading requirements this weekend, Spencer Davis will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut for NTS Motorsports at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Don’t let the rookie stripes fool you, though. Davis has been racking up wins and warranting praise for his performance behind the wheel of everything from go-karts to modifieds and late models since the age of six – experience he will lean on to calm any first time jitters he faces this weekend.

“We’ve had tons of experience in lower categories of racing,” said Davis. “So knowing that I can get it done is definitely a real big deal, because that’s always the thing about a driver: he never needs to start doubting himself and thinking about if he can run good. I know I can jump into any other car and run real good.”
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PIT BOX: Gearing Up for Granite State

Big Weekend At New Hampshire For Whelen Mods, K&N Pro East

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East hits the track Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where current championship leader William Byron hopes to extend the margin over NASCAR Next classmates Austin Hill and Kyle Benjamin. Anthony Kumpen, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion, will make his second K&N Pro Series East start of the season, and 16-year-old Spencer Davis, a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will make his K&N Pro Series debut at the “Magic Mile.”

• Two series champions – 2014 titlist Doug Coby and 2013 champion Ryan Preece – are tied atop the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings with two wins apiece, with veteran Woody Pitkat just two points behind as New Hampshire hosts a double dose of ground-pounding Modified action. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman is slated to defend last year’s victory in the annual Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout on Friday, followed by Saturday’s seventh event on the 2015 Tour, the Andy Blacksmith 100.

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series completes its mid-season western swing this week, with the series’ third event in 11 days Wednesday night. Jason Hathaway will look to maintain his razor-thin one point lead in the season standings over Scott Steckly, who won the first leg of the annual western swing last Saturday at Edmonton International Raceway. Rookie Gary Klutt and defending series champion L.P. Dumoulin – who earned his first career oval victory at the Saskatoon .333-mile oval last season – trail Hathaway by eight and 11 points respectively.

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Spencer Davis to Make NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut with NTS Motorsports

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (July 13, 2015) – Spencer Davis will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut for NTS Motorsports while driving the No. 20 Ruud Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, July 17. Kicking off a limited schedule with Kernersville N.C.-based NTS Motorsports, the 16-year-old is expected to compete behind the wheel of the Ruud Chevrolet in select NKNPSE races throughout the 2015 season.

“I’m looking forward to making my K&N Pro Series East debut in the No. 20 Ruud Chevrolet,” Davis said. “Ruud has been a longtime supporter of mine, and I’m excited to represent their brand as I move to the next level in my career. I’m really happy that we’ll be driving for such a well-structured, competitive team like NTS Motorsports, and I’m even more excited to be going to ‘The Magic Mile’ at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s cool to know that I’ll make my first K&N start on a one-mile track.”

A native of Dawsonville, Ga., Davis first climbed behind the wheel of a racecar when he was just six years old. After winning 30 championships and hundreds of races in go-kart competition across the country, he moved to late model trucks, and ultimately to pro late model and super late model cars. With wins across the Southeast, Friday’s race will mark Davis’ first start in the NKNPSE, but his second race at the track nicknamed “The Magic Mile.” Just two weeks ago, Davis earned a podium finish in a Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Model event in his first-ever race at the one-mile New Hampshire oval.

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MacDonald to Drive Lemieux 66 at Loudon

MacDonald to Enter NH 301 at NHMS

Former ACT Invitational and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA is back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for the inaugural Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM 60. MacDonald is driving the No. 66 D.R. Lemieux Builders/BCR Automotive/Neal Excavating Chevrolet for David Lemieux. 

“When they announced this race, I was anxious to try and put something together and these guys came and asked if I’d be interested in running and it’s a beautiful car,” MacDonald said. “We’ve been busting our butts getting it ready, so it’s brand new. It hasn’t made a lap around the racetrack yet, so sure we’re going to have to work the bugs out of it today and hopefully we can get it fast.”

MacDonald’s crew chief Rollie Lachance is at the track to help the team. “He knows what I need for a feel to get around here and hopefully we can find that today.”

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Rette Jones Racing Announces Expansion

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (June 27, 2015) – Officials from Rette Jones Racing (RJR) announced today the expansion of the team’s program from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to now include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKPSE).

The team will make their debut in the NASCAR feeder series next weekend at Columbus (Oh.) Motor Speedway for the NAPA 150 on Saturday, July 4. The seventh race of the season will mark the first of a limited schedule planned for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team.

“We’re proud of this next step in the growth of our young team,” said team principal Mark Rette. “Rette Jones Racing is still a big believer in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, but to ensure we have a diverse program, it was important for us to make this leap into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.”

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K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

Stage Set For New Star To Be Made

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The K&N Pro Series East and West will meet Saturday at Iowa Speedway, where the track’s slogan “Stars Are Made Here” couldn’t be more appropriate for NASCAR’s top developmental series.

Iowa has featured career-defining wins in the K&N Pro East and West since the inaugural event in 2007 when then 16-year-old Joey Logano pulled off the victory. The trend has continued as Chase Elliott, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones all earned their first NASCAR career wins at the track.

Six of 11 overall race winners at the .875-mile, high-banked oval are now racing in the national series, not including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, who won the race in 2009. In fact, Elliott and defending race winner Ben Rhodes are competing in Sunday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa.

A new star could be discovered this weekend, with a field that features no previous combination race winners. Already four of the six winners in the K&N Pro East and West this year have been Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders.

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PIT BOX: Ready to Go Up North

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park To Host Opener On Sunday

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 gets its 2015 season underway this weekend with the running of the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. L.P. Dumoulin returns to defend his series championship and improve on a fourth-place finish in last year’s opener while Andrew Ranger will look for a third-consecutive pole at CTMP, where he set the track record in this event a year ago.

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West will once again join forces in the first of two combination events on the 2015 schedule this Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. The Casey’s General Store 150 will bring the best drivers from both divisions together for another race. Last year’s winner and NKNPSE champion Ben Rhodes will be competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race and will not defend his title opening the door for one of the young guns to take the checkered flag home. Leading contenders include William Byron, Austin Hill and Kyle Benjamin from the East while Noah Gragson enters this weekend’s race fresh off his win at Tucson two weeks ago.

• The NASCAR Mexico Series will return to action this Sunday for the first of two visits this season to Autódromo del Ecocentro de la Unión Ganadera in Querétaro, Mexico. The Queretana 200 will be the fourth race of the 2015 season and Rubén Rovelo will be going for his third consecutive win. Rovelo finished eighth in this race last season.

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Eddie MacDonald Rallies from Flat Tire for Sixth Place in the K&N Race at Bristol

Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year’s event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

“With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn’t have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run.”

Twenty eight cars took the green flag in the 125 lap event around “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” as Eddie Mac wasted no time moving up four spots from 16th to 12th in just two laps and into tenth by lap 21. The car was “a little loose but not bad” according to Eddie Mac at the first caution on lap 37. While running ninth the #71 blew a left rear tire to bring out the caution on lap 49, then restarted 24th one lap down. Eddie Mac moved up two positions before the halfway break at lap 62. The crew was allowed to re-fuel but could not change tires during the five minute break.

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Gaulding Joins Precision; Gdovic Running IMSA

Gdovic in Xfinity field at Texas

Gray Gaulding parted ways with NTS Motorsports last month. Gaulding and his sponsor Krispy Kreme Doughnuts joined Red Horse Racing for a partial Camping World Truck Series schedule. The NASCAR Next driver is completing the balance of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule for Precision Performance Motorsports.

“They called us and indicated that they were going to be leaving NTS,” Precision Performance Motorsports owner Richard Gdovic said. “They were looking for a home for Gray where he could progress and have a good shot at the championship. Get some more training under his belt with a team like ours.”

Richard Gdovic has fielded a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team since 2011 for his son Brandon Gdovic. Brandon will be running in the IMSA Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo this season. Brandon’s goals are to get wins and another championship for Mitchum Motorsports of Virginia Beach. Mitchum Motorsports won the championship last year by one point. He will be competing at Circuit of the Americas, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Virginia International Raceway.

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Little Prepares for K&N Pro Series Season Debut with Larry McReynolds Racing

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (April 14, 2015) — NASCAR Next driver, Jesse Little, begins his 2015 season with this week’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series PittLite125 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

While the first race of the season comes well into the series schedule, the 18-year old has been busy in the off-season after signing a new team alliance with Larry McReynolds Racing where he will bring a brand new Toyota Camry to the world’s fastest half-mile.

“(Car chief) Matt (Noyce) put together a great car for us during the off-season and I know that (Crew Chief) Steve (Graham) and the crew will have it dialed when we unload this week,” Little said.

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Eddie MacDonald Kicks Off NASCAR K&N Season at Bristol Motor Speedway in April

When Eddie MacDonald takes the green flag to open his NASCAR K & N Pro Series East season at Bristol it will be as defending champion after posting the impressive win last year in the PittLite 125. The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy piloted by the veteran racer started 13th in the event last season and had the crowd on its feet as Eddie Mac drove to the front in a door to door battle with Ben Rhodes to lead the final two laps for the win. The Rowley, Mass. driver is entering his 15th year in the series and will start in his 183rd race with hopes to repeat last year’s performance.

“The win last year at Bristol was huge for our team,” said Eddie Mac while preparing the #71 for the race in the Newburyport, Mass. shop. “It was definitely one of the highlights of my career to win there. The track is awesome in every way. You dream about racing there and to get a win there is definitely the icing on the cake. We knew we had a good car despite not qualifying all that well (13th) but Rollie (LaChance) had a great set up and it handled well right from the start. After the break I knew I had something for the leaders and it was a lot of fun to race for the win. That race really gave us the boost we needed to run well the rest of the season even though we ran a part-time schedule.”

The #71 Grimm Construction Chevy posted three top five’s and one top ten finish over the final four races with Eddie Mac saying, “We did not start the season off well and decided to focus our efforts on a limited schedule and it worked out well. The final four races were pretty strong efforts by the team (8th at Langley, 2nd at Loudon, 6th at Iowa, 4th at Dover). We plan to run around six races in the K & N Series this year with the focus on the bigger tracks. Bristol may be only a half mile but it is definitely a big track to us and we hope to have another great showing there in April. It is always fun to race as a companion to the Xfinity and Cup series. We run after the Xfinity 300 on Saturday so we should have a great crowd. It is tough to win in the K & N Series with all the talented teams and drivers and we always put on a great show, so it should be a lot of fun.”

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Sherwin-Williams Renews as the ‘Official Paint of NASCAR’

FORTUNE 500 Company Leverages Multi-Faceted Official Partnership to Continue Driving Business On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2015) — NASCAR® and Sherwin-Williams, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and paint supplies, announced a three-year extension to their Official Partnership. The newly signed extension will designate Sherwin-Williams as the “Official Paint of NASCAR” through 2017.

Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will continue to leverage its designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property at its more than 4,000 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers – many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport.

“Our continued partnership with Sherwin-Williams is another example of FORTUNE 500 brands successfully using NASCAR as an integral part of their marketing mix,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president, Partnership Marketing. “Sherwin-Williams’ integrated approach using our intellectual property, both at track and at retail has proven highly effective. We look forward to expanding the Sherwin-Williams relationship across its multiple business divisions. ”

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NASCAR and K&N Filters Announce Multi-Year Extension

Company to Remain Entitlement Sponsor of NASCAR K&N Pro Series through 2021; K&N Filters to be Series Entitlement Sponsor for 12–Consecutive Years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 20, 2015) — NASCAR® announced today it has reached a five-year agreement with K&N Filters to continue as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series™ through 2021. The renewed deal ensures that K&N Filters will own exclusive rights as the title sponsor for a total of 12-consecutive years. Additionally, K&N Filters acquires the designation as the “Official Automotive Filters of NASCAR.”

The extended agreement is the latest in a number of landmark partnerships and renewals recently signed with the sanctioning body. In recent history, NASCAR has announced momentous 10-year deals with series entitlement sponsor XFINITY; broadcast partners FOX and NBC; and international broadcast rights partner IMG. NASCAR also announced a seven-year extension with series entitlement sponsor Camping World in 2014.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features the most competitive regional racing in the country and thanks to this newly signed agreement the series has never been healthier,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. “K&N Filters has the unique ability to showcase its products to a fiercely brand-loyal fan base on a national stage, while partnering with NASCAR to introduce professional motorsports’ stars of tomorrow.”

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NASCAR Signs Exclusive Seven-Year Extension with FOX Sports Latin America

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2015) – NASCAR announced today it has signed a seven-year media broadcast extension with FOX Sports Latin America, ensuring that sports fans in Latin America can continue to enjoy NASCAR events and news on FOX Sports through 2021.

Through this extension, FOX Sports Latin America will continue to be the home of live races for all three of NASCAR’s national series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ – across Latin America, including Brazil. Additional NASCAR programming on FOX Sports Latin America includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series™.

“Globalization is a key initiative for NASCAR, and there is no question that partnering with FOX Sports Latin America has been integral to the sport’s growth in this region over the past several years,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “In addition to ensuring the presence of NASCAR racing content for existing fans for the next seven years, this extension will allow NASCAR and FOX to build upon the work that’s already been done in cultivating NASCAR fans in Latin America.”

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Kaz Grala Added to Driver Lineup for KBM Late Model Program

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 9, 2015) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that the team has added 16-year-old Kaz Grala to the driver lineup for its Late Model program. Grala will compete in multiple events behind the wheel of a KBM Late Model in 2015, including driving the No. 51 Camry for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on April 23.

“I am unbelievably excited to have been given the opportunity to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Grala said. “This organization is the epitome of success and it’s an honor to be invited into the KBM family. As a young driver to be able to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry, both drivers and engineers, will be hugely beneficial.

“I am especially anxious to get behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Camry for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway — my favorite Late Model short track,” he continued. “I have competed in the event the past two years, running well both times, but ending up with ‘wrong place, wrong time’ luck. South Boston has always been one of my most successful tracks, but I have not been able to score a victory there yet. Hopefully, we can get redemption this year and bring home the trophy for Kyle Busch and his organization.”

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

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

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

The full press release is below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Garbo’s Whelen Motorsports Paint Scheme

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

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

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

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News & Notes: New Smyrna

“Next” Stars Chasing K&N Pro East Championship

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

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

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

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PIT BOX: New Smyrna Takes Center Stage

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

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Track

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST

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

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

TWITTER: #Hart2Heart150, #KNEast, @newsmyrnaspdway

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

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

On Track

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

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

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

TWITTER: #NewSmyrnaWS, #NWAAS, @newsmyrnaspdway

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

ENTRY LISTS | SCHEDULE | PAST CHAMPIONS

LIVE STREAMING

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

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

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

Sources: Jason Christley/NASCAR PR

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

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

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

WORLD SERIES 2015

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

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

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

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

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

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

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

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

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

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

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

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

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

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

Grandstands: $30, Pits: $40

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

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40

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

Grandstands: $35, Pits: $40

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

Anthony Kumpen will Race for Bill McAnally Racing in Season Opener

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

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

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

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Robust NBCSN Broadcast Schedule Revealed

Unprecedented 39-Race Slate; Richmond Race Moved to Fall

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

NBCSN BROADCAST SCHEDULE

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

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

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