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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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Drive for Diversity Application Process Open

Opportunity For Drivers To Be Selected To Attend D4D Combine

CONCORD, N.C. – Each year NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing the most diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. This selection process begins with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. This year’s application process will open May 15. The application process will close for submission on August 15, 2014.

Drivers who already participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program and are demonstrating progress, through a combination of consistent top finishes in their respective series and positive evaluations, may be offered the opportunity to continue in the program without participating in an additional Combine.

“I am very excited to see this year’s class. Each year, we have seen the applicant pool grow with experience and talented drivers. This class should be no different,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing team owner.

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K&N Pro Series Statistical Advance: Iowa

Analyzing The Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West travel to Iowa Speedway on Saturday, May 17 for the first of two East-West combination races on the Newton, Iowa track this year. 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
• Cole Custer led wire-to-wire in his last Iowa start in August 2013 and has two K&N Pro Series wins this season at Phoenix and Richmond.
• K&N West points leader Greg Pursley has twice been the top-finishing West driver and leads all competitors with nine Iowa starts.
• Nine East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway have produced nine different race winners and nine different pole winners.

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Hattori Racing Enterprises Refocusing, Shifting Attention to NASCAR Nationwide Series

Mooresville, NC (May 5, 2014) – Hattori Racing Enterprises’ owner, Shigeaki Hattori, announced today that the team will be scaling back in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and running more NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

“We started our Nationwide Seriesprogram this year with intentions to run only a few Nationwide Series races and to have two cars full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. At this point in the season, however, we have decided that we need to focus more on our Nationwide Series program,” explains Shigeaki. “There are several factors that have influenced this choice, and we have received a lot of support from our sponsors encouraging this decision. We are still a small team, and I believe we need to run more Nationwide Series races to gain more experience so that we can be even stronger next season.”

Hattori’s first attempt at the Nationwide Series far surpassed expectations. The HRE No. 80Goodyear Toyota, driven by Johnny Sauter, surprised many by qualifying 9th for season openerat Daytona International Speedway, and then ran well for the majority of the race. HRE is sponsored by a number of Japanese companies, many of whom were impressed with HRE’s first Nationwide Series start enough to provide support for future races.

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Bad Weather and Bad Luck Hinder Hattori Racing Enterprises at Richmond

Richmond, VA (Apr. 26, 2014) – It was a long weekend for Hattori Racing Enterprises. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series Blue Ox 100 was scheduled to run after Friday’s Nationwide series ToyotaCare 250, but heavy rains set in at Richmond International Raceway around 4:00 P.M. EST, just as the K&N autograph session was beginning. The thunderstorms delayed the start of the Nationwide Series until well after 9:00 P.M., the Blue Ox 100 was rescheduled for Saturday morning.

The weekend started out great for Lee Pulliam in the No. 11 NISCO/NRC Toyota. Pulliam qualified 10th and was running in the top ten for the first 20 laps. Disaster struck at lap 42, however, when a wild restart led to a multicar crash in turn two. The No. 11 sustained damage to the left front and rear that required several pit stops to address. The team did a great job in making speedy repairs, and Pulliam remained on the lead lap. Despite the damage to his car, Pulliam was able to keep digging and salvage a 21st place finish. Pulliam is understandably frustrated with the foul luck that has plagued his No. 11 for the past three races. “The guys on the team are working hard and doing everything they can, and I am doing everything I can behind the wheel. Things just have to get better.”

David Garbo Jr., in the No. 1 Big Machine Records Toyota, started the race 18th . The No. 1 struggled in the early laps of the race with a wiring issue, but after a quick pit stop on lap 40, the car was looking fast. However, the No. 1 was then spun in the multicar crash on lap 42 . The spin sent Garbo to the back of the field, but the car had very little damage. Garbo did a lot of passing in the closing laps and brought the No. 1 home in 16th place. Garbo says, “We came in on the first caution to fix the wire. Going back out after that happened we got in an incident where we got spun around and went to the back, but we were able to ease our way up to the 16th spot.”

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Momentum Builds for Brodie Kostecki with Another Top-10 Finish at Richmond

16-Year-Old and Team Arcoplate Finish Eighth in Blue Ox 100

Momentum continues to build for 16-year-old Brodie Kostecki and the team behind his No. 43 Arcoplate Toyota after a second-straight top-10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish Saturday morning at Richmond International Speedway in Virginia. Kostecki started strong from the sixth position and got as high as fourth on the track through the Blue Ox 100 before wrestling the car home with an eighth-place result.

The eighth-place finish tied his best career K&N East finish on the heels of another eighth-place run in the series’ previous race at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina last month.

“We’ve been struggling with the car the past few weeks, but the crew has been working really hard to figure it out,” said Kostecki. “It’s been a slow progression, but we’re getting closer. It hasn’t been for a lack of effort. Things worked out pretty well for us today to get another top-10 finish.

“We definitely improved from practice. I was pretty disappointed with the practice speed and I really didn’t think the car had that good of a balance in qualifying. I didn’t know what to expect for the race, but I knew I was going to drive the wheels off of it and see what it had. On the last restart, we were in the top-five, but we just didn’t quite have enough to hang with the big dogs. But we’ll keep working hard, do some testing and come back ready to go for the win.”

Kostecki had improved on his finish in each of the first four races of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. That streak came to an end at Richmond with the eighth-place run, which tied his Greenville result. Still, with every lap, Kostecki is gaining valuable experience with the high level of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. That seat time, along with the experience of working with crew chief Doug George and the rest of the Arcoplate No. 43 team, is paying dividends for the young native Australian.

“I’m definitely learning a lot more about these cars and what I need to do in order to be in position to run up front at the end. It’s all about tire conservation. This race was especially tough, though. I was put three-wide a couple of times, so I’m just glad to get out of here with the car in one piece. We can take it back to the shop and make it even better for Iowa in a couple of weeks.”

Kostecki will return to action in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East when he travels to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa for the Casey’s General Stores 150 on Saturday, May 17.

For more on Brodie Kostecki, visit, follow him on Twitter, @BrodieKostecki and like his Facebook page, Brodie Kostecki Racing.

Sources: 51 Sports/Brodie Kostecki Racing PR

Custer Conquers Richmond

Third Career K&N Pro Series East Win For NASCAR Next Driver

RICHMOND, Va. – Cole Custer made it look easy.

Sixteen-year-old Custer, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s Blue Ox 100 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. He passed teammate and pole sitter Nick Drake on Lap 49 and led the rest of the way to collect his third series win in 16 starts. A pair of wins last season came at Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation Chevrolet also collected his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win in the 2014 season opener at Phoenix International Raceway in February.

Points leader Ben Rhodes finished second for his fourth top-five showing in five outings this season. Drake, who won the pole position in qualifying yesterday, battled to finish third. Austin Hill crossed the line in fourth followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr. in fifth.

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Blue Ox 100 Postponed at Richmond

K&N Pro East To Run Saturday Morning

RICHMOND, Va. — Rain showers throughout Friday evening led NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway officials to postpone the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race until Saturday morning.
The Blue Ox 100 will begin at 9 a.m. at the .75-mile oval prior to race day activities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400.
Rookie Nick Drake will start on the pole alongside Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Custer. Drake earned his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award Friday afternoon in qualifying before the rains moved in.

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QUALIFYING: Drake Leads BMR Sweep

Rookie Takes First K&N Pro Pole Award At Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Rookie Nick Drake led a front-row sweep for Bill McAnally Racing Friday afternoon in qualifying for the evening’s Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway.

Drake, 18, put down a lap of 22.127 seconds (121.759 mph) around the .75-mile oval. He is making his fifth career NAScAR K&N Pro Series East start and his previous best starting position was 11th.

“It was kind of surprising. I haven’t been the best qualifier,” said Drake. “We worked on qualifying in practice a little bit. We kind of struggled on the first run and made a big improvement on the second run. We laid down a lap and edged out Cole for the pole. It was good.”
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Who’s Next? Most Likely One of These

NASCAR Next 2014-15 Class Announced At Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Chase Elliott took the NASCAR Nationwide Series checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month, he joined fellow rising star Kyle Larson in the 2014 win column.

Before their headline-making victories on one of the sport’s biggest stages, though, Elliott and Larson were ‘next’ – the next in a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

Like Elliott and Larson before them, the 12 drivers named today to the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class have résumés loaded with accomplishments and promise. The roster was unveiled at Richmond International Raceway and marks the kickoff of the fourth installment of the industry initiative designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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PRACTICE: Hill Tops in Richmond

Georgia Rookie Leads Final Session

RICHMOND, Va. – Austin Hill was fastest in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final practice for the Blue Ox 100 on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

Hill, a 20-year-old out of Winston, Ga., made his way around the .75-mile Virginia track in 22.293 seconds for an average speed of 121.114 mph. Hill ranks 10th in the championship standings and has a pair of top-five finishes in four starts this season.

Points leader Ben Rhodes was second with a time of 22.311 seconds (121.017 mph). The 17-year-old has won the last three series pole positions.

Cole Custer was third on the chart at 22.485 seconds (120.080 mph) followed by Chad Finley, who is attempting to make his series debut, with a time of 22.558 seconds (119.691 mph) and Cameron Hayley at 22.564 mph (119.660 mph) in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Virginia Governor Welcomes National Champ

Gov. McAuliffe Opens Pulliam’s Busy Week

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam began a busy week Monday with a visit to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office in Richmond.

McAuliffe congratulated Pulliam on his 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. Pulliam was accompanied on the visit by Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier.

Last season Pulliam won a second consecutive national title, the Commonwealth of Virginia championship and NASCAR late model track championships at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
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Suárez to Make Nationwide Series Debut

Will Compete In Three Events In Richmond And Monterrey

CONCORD, N.C. – Rev Racing’s Daniel Suárez began the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season by winning two races in a three-day span. He followed that up with two wins in three NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series events. Now, the Monterrey, Mexico native will face a new challenge: a NASCAR Nationwide Series event.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that the 22-year-old Drive for Diversity (D4D) and NASCAR Next driver will make his Nationwide Series debut Friday night in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Suárez will also compete in the Blue Ox 100 for the K&N East before heading to Monterrey, Mexico, for the Toyota Series’ Regia 240.

Suárez is fully aware of the daunting task ahead of him, but heads into the weekend with the same calm, optimistic and humble demeanor that has gotten him to this point.
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K&N East Statistical Advance: Richmond

Analyzing The Blue Ox 100 At RIR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rolls into Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday, April 25 for the Blue Ox 100, the season’s fifth event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Richmond, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Richmond Race Setup
• Ryan Gifford is the only past Richmond winner in the field and with last year’s victory, he joined Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) as RIR winners out of the Rev Racing stable.
• Two of the three standalone series events at Richmond have been won from the front row with Brett Moffitt winning from the pole in 2012 and Wallace in 2011 from the second position.
• Virginia native Brandon Gdovic has a pair of top-five Richmond finishes in three starts including a runner-up finish last season.

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Austin Theriault to Drive Three races for JR Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2014) – Austin Theriault will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this season, as JR Motorsports has signed him to drive three races in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Theriault, a 20-year-old late model racer from Fort Kent, Maine, will make his debut on May 18 at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet replete with primary branding from SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Signature 88 Collection and innovative Happy Lens™ technology. The upper-rear quarter-panels of the car will carry the logo of Dirty Mo Radio, the internet home for Earnhardt Jr.-related podcasts throughout the NASCAR season.

“SPY is happy to offer continued support to the JR Motorsports team and be a part of the exciting Nationwide Series debut of Austin Theriault,” said Michael Marckx, SPY CEO and president. “On the heels of our commitment to Dirty Mo Radio, this is only the beginning of the excitement SPY looks to bring to NASCAR, and we’re happy to do it with JR Motorsports.”

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Richmond

Gifford Learned And Earned His Way At RIR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Practice makes perfect.

Athletes in every sport say there is no better preparation than under “game” conditions. For Ryan Gifford at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway the process was incremental and came in three prior NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at the .75-mile oval. That experience paid off in spades a year ago in the Blue Ox 100.

“Each time there, I’ve learned more and more,” said Gifford. “My first time there, I learned how the track transitions from day to night. My second time we had the car in position at the end, but I spun the tires on a late-race restart which kind of ruined it. And last year, we were able the put it all together.”

Putting it together meant getting his first K&N Pro Series East victory. The Drive for Diversity product racing out of the Rev Racing stable had been in position to win on more than a few occasions, but one thing or another untied the bow and left the Winchester, Tenn., native wondering if it would ever happen.

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McCallum Memorial/Life Celebration at Thompson Saturday

The Thompson Speedway Club House will host the Jimmy McCallum Memorial/Life Celebration on Saturday, April 19 at 6:30pm. The event recalls McCallum of Fall River, MA, who passed away on September 20. Sign ins begin at 6:30 pm. Texas Hold ‘Em is at 7:30. The event will feature hot and cold appetizers and music.

One of McCallum’s daughters, Lisa Fuller, took the opportunity to recall a local racing legend and support the future. The fundraiser will benefit the Little T Quarter Midget Club. Fuller believes an event that combines her father’s two passions has him “smiling down upon us,” Fuller said. I think he highly would approve.”

“In just going through the process and talking to all these people, that we’re connected to him has been great for me,” Fuller said.”It’s been great for my sisters. It’s helped with a lot of closure.”

“(People) expressed a desire to remember my father,” Fuller said.”And the kids at the track desperately need a scoreboard and I just mulled it around, and I connected the two. My dad loved Thompson. My dad loved racing. He loved playing cards. He loved everything about racing and cards. Since I was a baby that’s been his greatest love. So I decided that I should combine the two and use his connections to the community to help raise money for a scoreboard, which I then could in turn donate in his honor.”

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Kostecki to Appear at New York Auto Show

Raising Awareness For Canine Companions Program

At 14, Brodie Kostecki achieved more wins than any other driver his age in United States Auto Club racing history. Now 16 years old, Kostecki has moved up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in his No. 43 Arcoplate Racing Toyota.

The native of Perth, Australia, scored his first top-10 finish in his new series on March 22 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

Kostecki is also a strong supporter of Canine Companions for Independence, the nation’s largestn non-profit provider of highly-trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. What do race cars and assistance dogs have in common? Performance! NASCAR drivers want the best for their vehicles and people with disabilities need high-performing assistance dogs. Kostecki’s love for dogs and wanting to help people with disabilities is a perfect match to partner with Canine Companions for Independence.

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NASCAR, FOX Sports Announce TV Schedule

K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tours Set For FOX Sports 1

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours Championship events on FOX Sports 1.

The schedule includes 28 events for NASCAR’s touring series including previously aired races from Bristol Motor Speedway, Greenville Pickens Speedway, and Irwindale Speedway.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features the next generation of top-level NASCAR stars competing alongside accomplished veterans and FOX Sports’ coverage of the series provides a great platform to showcase these drivers,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “The select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events are always exciting shows and shouldn’t be missed.”
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NHMS Working on Night Race for 2015

Since joining Twitter in late February, Jerry Gappens has received multiple inquiries about a night race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Executive Vice President & General Manager of NHMS tweeted today that he is working with NASCAR and broadcaster partner NBC about a night race at the 1.058 mile oval. He elaborated in an earlier post that he would seek approval from the town of Loudon, once he received approval from both parties.

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Golden Opportunity: Kneeland Guides NASCAR Rookie Larson

Larson Shines in California; Kneeland ‘Glad to be part of it’

Derek Kneeland of Windham, ME had the best view for Kyle Larson’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Saturday afternoon. Kneeland works as the spotter for the Elk Grove, CA driver at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson’s #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet won the 300 by .342 second over Sprint Cup regulars Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, who led an event high 96 laps. Pole sitter Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five.

Larson has made all of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide starts with Turner Scott Motorsports. Larson was named the Sunoco Rookie of the Year last season with four second place finishes in Nationwide. Larson’s current streak of six consecutive top 10s is two shy of his career best.

Although now a Mooresville, NC resident, Kneeland was overwhelmed by supporters from his first Nationwide victory through 49 text messages and Facebook.

“That’s when you really get to see the support from all the people back home and that’s just great,” Kneeland said. “I’m just trying to do my thing and I’m just another guy who is one of the 43 up there that gets to do what they love to do. It just means a lot when you have all those people that not only look up to you but are really proud of the accomplishments that you’ve made. … It just feels so good. I’m still just smiling ear to ear to get this win. I’m just really fortunate.”

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Rhodes Seals the Deal at Greenville

17-Year-Old Notches First Career Victory

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes finally got his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win.

After leading all but the final two laps in his last series start at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the 17-year-old Louisville, Ky., native took no chances on Saturday night, leading for the final 24 laps en route to a victory in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday night at Greenville Pickens Speedway.It was only the 11th start for the NASCAR Next driver. His previous best finish at the track was sixth, earned in September of last year. 

Ronnie Bassett Jr. crossed the line behind Rhodes for his first top-five-finish in six series races. The 18-year-old rookie from Winston-Salem, N.C., withstood a late charge from Drive for Diversity driver Daniel Suarez to hold on to second place. He was followed by Cameron Hayley and Jesse Little in third and fourth respectively. Suarez fell back to fifth place, his third top-five finish of the season. 

Fellow Drive for Diversity pilot Ryan Gifford finished sixth, followed by rookies Kaz Grala and Brodie Kostecki. Sergio Pena and Eddie MacDonald rounded out the top 10. 

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QUALIFYING: Rhodes On Point At Greenville

Third Straight Pole For 17-Year-Old

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Company in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying on Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway.

After being third-quickest in practice, Rhodes posted a time of 20.684 seconds on the half-mile track for an average speed of 87.024 mph. It’s the third straight series pole win for the 17-year-old out of Louisville, Ky., and his first at Greenville.

Cameron Hayley, who topped the speed charts during practice earlier in the day, will start alongside Rhodes on the front row after registering a 20.743-second lap (86.776 mph).

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PRACTICE: Hayley Out Quick at Greenville

NASCAR Next Driver Tops Speed Charts

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Cameron Hayley led the way in final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday at Greenville Pickens Speedway.

The 17-year-old out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada posted a fast lap of 20.990 seconds for an average speed of 85.755 mph on the historic South Carolina half-mile oval. This is the first K&N East race at Greenville for Hayley, who was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship runner-up last season.

Kenzie Ruston, who finished a series-best third in this event a year ago, ranked second at 21.104 seconds (85.292 mph) followed by Ben Rhodes at 21.115 seconds (85.247 mph). Josh Berry, who is making his series debut, with a time of 21.194 seconds (84.930 mph) and Scott Heckert at 21.232 seconds (84.778 mph) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kaz Grala, Jesse Little, Austin Hill, Ryan Gifford and Brandon Jones rounded out the top 10 in the final session.
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Hattori Racing Enterprises Looks to Continue Success at Greenville Pickens Speedway

Mooresville, NC (Mar. 20, 2014) – Saturday, March 22 the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will trade the high concrete banks of Bristol for the flat asphalt half-mile of Greenville Pickens Speedway in The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.

Hattori Racing Enterprises’ drivers Lee Pulliam in the No. 11 JTB/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota and David Garbo Jr. in the No. 1 Big Machine Records Toyota will both be making their first attempt at GPS in a K&N car.

On making his GPS debut, Garbo says, “I’m pretty positive going into Greenville. I think the race will play out much different than Bristol did because of the characteristics of the track. Saving tires will play a huge part in the race. I’m confident on how the car was at the test last week, and I think we will have a great finish as long as we stay out of trouble.” Last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Garbo got his first K&N Series top ten in the PittLite 125. Garbo drove the No. 1 from a 29th starting position to finish 7th, earning the CocaCola “Move of the Race” award.

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Brodie Kostecki Hoping to Continue Upward Trend at Greenville

16-Year-Old Hoping to Improve on Season-Best 12th Last Week at Bristol

After filling the books with notes in the first three events of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, 16-year-old Brodie Kostecki and his Arcoplate No. 43 tem are ready to build some momentum towards a run at the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. Kostecki has positives to build on from his first races at New Smyrna (FL), Daytona (FL) and Bristol (TN), but the results at the end of the three races haven’t been to his satisfaction.

Kostecki now hopes to continue an upward slope following last week’s 12th-place finish in the K&N East race at Bristol as he moves to historic Greenville Pickens Speedway for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 this Saturday, March 22.

“I raced late models last year and we ran on a lot of flat racetracks and some of that experience will be put to good use this weekend at Greenville, considering I’ve never raced there before,” said Kostecki. “I know that place is tough, very flat and you have to run right up against the inside wall. It’s just one of those things where you’ve got to have a lot of forward drive at the end of the race. That’s what will make or break your night.”

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K&N East Statistical Advance: Greenville

Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 22 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, the season’s fourth event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Greenville, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Greenville Race Setup

• Sergio Peña is part of an impressive list of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winners at Greenville that includes Austin Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski, Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace Jr., who is the only multi-time series winner at the track.

• Eddie MacDonald, who broke a 53-race winless streak with a triumph on March 15 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, leads active drivers with 10 GPS starts and four top-five finishes.

• Track position is critical in short-track racing, and Greenville is no exception. The average starting position for the 11 race winners is 3.18.

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K&N East News & Notes: Greenville

Rhodes Expecting Different GPS Strategy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Change is good.

That’s the belief of Ben Rhodes as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its 12th visit to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 22 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.

“I think adding the break and giving us four tires will make a huge difference over what we saw last September,” said Rhodes.

After several drivers opted to employ a tire-saving strategy in the last series race at the South Carolina half-mile oval, NASCAR decided to add a halfway break and allow the teams four additional tires to use during the event.

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Better Late for MacDonald

GWC Pass Nets Bristol Win For Mass. Driver

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Veteran Eddie MacDonald showed a little late-race mastery Saturday afternoon and brought home the winning trophy from Bristol Motor Speedway.

The 33-year-old driver from Rowley, Mass., took the lead on the green-white-checkered finish to the PittLite 125 and held off Gray Gaulding and Ben Rhodes to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at “The Last Great Colosseum.”

It’s MacDonald’s first win since September of 2009 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the seventh of his career.

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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Rolls to Pole

Bristol Award His 2nd Straight In K&N Pro East

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Ben Rhodes had to wait until nearly the end of line to make his qualifying lap, but that didn’t matter.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Ky., earned his second straight 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. in Friday’s qualifying for the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rhodes went out 37th of 38 cars and posted a lap of 16.036 seconds (119.656 mph) around the high-banked half-mile in advance of Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

The rookie knocked Brandon Gdovic off the provisional pole. Gdovic had a lap of 16.045 (119.589) and will start on the front row.


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