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

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

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

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

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K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Byron & Eggleston Battle for Bragging Rights

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

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

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

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Kevin Bellicourt

Wins First K&N Pro Series East Title With Byron

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

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

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

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

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

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CHAMPION OWNER: Harry Scott Jr. & Justin Marks

Byron’s Title Makes It Three In A Row For Scott

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If fans have learned one thing in the past couple years in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, it’s that Harry Scott Jr. is a force to be reckoned with.

In the past two years, Scott has celebrated wins at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions event in Charlotte and this year is no exception. He’ll be recognized for his third consecutive championship and the first with his new team, HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks.

“It’s terrific, we’re very fortunate for our success in the K&N East,” Scott said of his third title. “We’ve had a great group of drivers the last three years. It’s been a rewarding endeavor.”

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2015 CHAMPION PROFILE: William Byron

K&N Pro Series East Title Is A Team Win For Young Driver

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – William Byron had the dream rookie season.

The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion scored four wins, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes and led a total of 740 laps, the most of any competitor in the series’ this season.

The No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet team was compromised of rookies vying to prove themselves. Aside from Byron, his crew chief Kevin Bellicourt and car owner Justin Marks, were newcomers to their roles.

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HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks Announces 2016 Driver Lineup

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 9, 2015) – HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks (HSMJM) is proud to announce the organization’s 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) driver lineup: J.J. Haley, Hunter Baize, Harrison Burton and Tyler Dippel. Haley will return to the team following his 2015 rookie campaign in the series. Baize, Burton, and Dippel will compete full time in the NKNPSE during the 2016 season and also will compete for Rookie of the Year honors.

Haley, 16, earned six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts with HSMJM in 2015. The Indiana native finished sixth in the NKNPSE driver point standings. Haley also made three starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015, with a career-best finish of seventh at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

Baize, 18, finished third in the ARCA/CRA Super Series point standings last season with two wins at the Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Ind. and Flat Rock Speedway in Carlton, Mich. Baize also finished ninth in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich. He followed that with a sixth-place run at Springfield’s Illinois State Fairgrounds.

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Sarah Cornett-Ching Announces 2016 Racing Plans, Focuses On NASCAR

DENVER, NC (Dec. 8, 2015) – Popular Canadian welder-turned-racer Sarah Cornett-Ching announced her 2016 racing plans today. As many anticipated, she will continue to race with Tony Blanchard and RACE 101 during 2016, focusing primarily on chasing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year title while sprinkling in some ARCA Racing Series and CARS Super Late Model Tour events along the way.

“I’m really energized about running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series,” said the 24-year old driver from Summerland, British Columbia. “We raced a handful of events with them last year, I really liked how the races were organized, the parity of the rules package and what it offered me as a driver. As my career continues to advance, I’ll be racing on some of the same tracks and with a lot of the same drivers and teams. Combine that with the added value that the NASCAR brand can bring to me and my partners, it was really a no-brainer.”

Though 2016 will see her competing primarily under the NASCAR K&N Pro Series banner, Cornett-Ching will start her major event schedule at the same place her career began, the Daytona International Speedway. Once again, she will compete in the ARCA Racing Series event at the 2.5-mile trioval as a precursor to the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited. Other ARCA starts are tentatively planned at larger tracks where her career path will take her in the future. Immediately following that contest, she will drive over to New Smyrna Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East season opener the next day.

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NASCAR Names Miller as Senior Vice President of Competition

Veteran Team Executive to Guide Day-to-Day Management of Competition Efforts across All Sanctioned Racing Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Scott Miller has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Competition, responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing.

Miller will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and work closely with Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn. All three are based at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.

Miller most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). There he was responsible for managing all areas of competition. During his four-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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Eggleston Will Return to Defend K&N Title

Gilliland And Herbst Join BMR Roster for 2016

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Bill McAnally Racing today announced that Chris Eggleston, Todd Gilliland, and Riley Herbst will drive for the team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for 2016.

Plans call for all three drivers to run the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West, with select events in the K&N Pro Series East worked into the schedule.

Eggleston returns for a second year after capturing the 2015 championship in the K&N Pro Series West in his first full season in the series. Gilliland, the 15-year-old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran driver David Gilliland, is coming off a win at Phoenix in his series debut – becoming the youngest winner in the series. Herbst, who comes from a racing family well known in off-road competition, is coming off an outstanding season where he won a championship as a rookie at Irwindale (California) Speedway. The 16-year-old will be making his debut in the K&N Pro Series West.

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Burton to Drive for HScott in 2016

Son of Former Sprint Cup Driver To Pursue K&N Pro East Title

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Harrison Burton, teenage son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and current NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton, will run a full schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2016, driving the No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyotafor HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks.
 
Burton made his NASCAR K&N Series debut last month at All-American Speedway (Roseville, Calif.), becoming the youngest driver to race in the series at 15 years, 8 days old. Burton has an extensive racing background in late model cars over the last few years. He earned his first pole position in the Late Model Series at just 11 years old, and then won his first Pro-Late Model race at age 12 and Super Late Model race at 14. Prior to his late model success, he was a three-time Quarter Midget Champion. He will compete for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Rookie of the Year honors next season.
 
“I am excited to join a notable organization with such a successful history,” Burton said. “I’m a young driver and have a lot to learn. The opportunity to work with this team and learn from my new teammates is huge for the growth and development of my career. I’m excited to see what 2016 brings.”

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Winning With Hard Work And Know How

Bill McAnally Racing Celebrates 25th Anniversary With NAPA

The ubiquitous blue and gold has been part of the fabric of the NASCAR throughout the west for the past 25 years, instantly recognizable from its frequent trips to Victory Lane and championship celebrations.

The same way the powder blue and STP logo of Richard Petty or the rainbow colors of Jeff Gordon’s DuPont sponsorship are associated with a driver and the team’s level of excellence, the NAPA AUTO PARTS emblazoned on Bill McAnally Racing’s fleet of race cars is woven into the fabric of NASCAR short track racing.

Twenty-five years together has produced 60 wins on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series level and five West championships for McAnally and NAPA. BMR has also won titles on the local level in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In addition, the Bill McAnally-led team captured the Rookie of the Year title with NAPA in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2002. Through McAnally, NAPA has been the entitlement sponsor on countless K&N Pro West races over the years and has begun to provide sponsorship for East races in recent seasons.
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Voting Opens For Most Popular Driver

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – As on-track competition comes to a conclusion, there’s another showdown on the line in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR’s seven touring series, as voting for the Most Popular Driver Awards begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Chase Elliott looks to defend his NASCAR XFINITY Series Most Popular Driver title while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is guaranteed a new winner. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at www.NASCAR.com/mostpopulardriver.
 
Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 20 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 21 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Voting for the seven NASCAR touring series will also conclude Saturday, Nov. 21.

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Little prepares for The Monster Mile and the Drive Sober 125

Jesse Little, a member of NASCAR’s Next class for 2015, returns to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the running of the Drive Sober 125 on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit.

Little will be back behind the wheel of the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota and Performance Friction Brakes Toyota at a track he’s had a great deal of success at during his NKNPSE career.

“Our team has a good one-mile program over the years and we’re excited to get back to Dover for this weekend’s Drive Sober 125. In the past, we’ve been able to run up front and challenge for a win and solid top-5 finishes. This weekend we’re going in with the same focus,” Little said.

Each start in the 2015 season for Little has been geared towards racing for victories. Over the year, the 18-year old has run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while also making several starts in the NKNPSE.

“This year our goal has been to compete on bigger tracks such as Chicagoland Speedway (for ThorSport Racing on the NCWTS) so it can add to my racing experiences in preparation for more starts on the Truck Series. Each time we’ve run on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with our Toyota we’ve been good right off the trailer and this Camry should be ready to go for the Drive Sober 125on Friday.”

Known as the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway presents a one-mile racetrack with plenty of challenges. Little and his team are undaunted by the track heading into the weekend, he noted.

“You have to have patience at Dover and be prepared for a few surprises along the way with a track that has the kind of banking that Dover has. It’s a momentum situation as a driver, you have to be in a good rhythm, hit your marls and keep an eye on what’s going on around you to be successful in this race. Dover is a track where handling and a good setup package can make all the difference. Our Toyota has been on the pole this year (at Bristol in April) so we expect to have a mixture of good qualifying speed and something that can go 125 lap to get us in contention for the victory.”

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dover

Analyzing The Drive Sober 125 At Dover International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season will come to a close and a champion will be crowned at Friday’s Drive Sober 125 at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track.

EVENT INFORMATION | CHAMPIONSHIP GRID

Drive Sober 125 Setup:
• William Byron, Scott
Heckert, and Austin Hill are all in the running to be crowned the 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion.
• Byron needs to finish ninth of better to wrap up the championship. If he leads a lap or leads the most laps, he can clinch the title with finishes of 10th or 11th, respectively.
• Bryon could become only the fifth rookie to win the championship title and would join the likes of Joey Logano (2007), Ryan Truex (2009), Kyle Larson (2012) and Ben Rhodes (2014).
• Defending winner Austin Hill and Corey LaJoie are the only previous Dover race winners scheduled to compete Friday.
• Hill has won the last two races at the Monster Mile and a win in the Drive Sober 125 would make him the first driver in series history to record three or more wins at Dover.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Dover

The 2015 Champion To Be Decided In The Drive Sober 125

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three drivers have the opportunity to walk away from Delaware’s Dover International Speedway as 2015 champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

William Byron, Scott Heckert, and Austin Hill will be fighting for the title Friday during the Drive Sober 125 presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. The crowned champion will become the 29th in series history.

William Byron, 17 years-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, looks to cap off his season by becoming only the fifth champion to earn the elite title during their rookie season. The points leader would join Joey Logano (2007), Ryan Truex (2009), Kyle Larson (2012) and Ben Rhodes (2014) on the list of rookies to accomplish the feat.

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Corey LaJoie Makes 36th NASCAR K&N Start at Dover this Weekend with Precision Performance Motorsports

China Grove, N.C. (September 28, 2015) – Precision Performance Motorsports is excited to announce the addition of Corey LaJoie to the PPM driver stable in the K&N Pro Series East. LaJoie will be behind the wheel of the No. 12 Fronius and ComServe Wireless, TCC Verizon Wireless Agent, Toyota Camry in the Drive Sober 125 at Dover International Speedway on October 2nd.

LaJoie has 25 K&N starts and has earned five wins, 17 top-5 finishes, 20 top-10 finishes and one pole win. With four previous starts at the “Monster Mile,” the North Carolina native is looking to capture his second win in Dover this weekend.

“Its always exciting going to the Monster Mile no matter what series,” said Corey LaJoie. “PPM has been building some really nice race cars. I feel honored they chose me to get behind the wheel and to help build their program. I am looking forward to working with their crew chief, Charles Denike. It would be great to get back to victory lane at Dover with this team, they deserve it.”

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MRN To Broadcast K&N Pro Finales

Championship Races At Dover, Phoenix Will Air Live

CONCORD, N.C. – Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – is highlighting its fall schedule with a pair of broadcasts to showcase some of stock car racing’s rising stars.

MRN will air season-ending races in both the K&N Pro Series East and West, two of the sport’s top developmental tours. The Drive Sober 125 K&N East season finale will air on Friday, Oct. 2, from Dover International Speedway.  Six weeks later, on Nov. 12, the Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway will bring the 2015 K&N West schedule to a close.

Each race will be run in conjunction with Sprint Cup Series weekends at “The Monster Mile” and PIR.  Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle will anchor both K&N Pro Series broadcasts.

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Preece to Drive Dover K&N East Race for Marsh Racing

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will make his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start in the season finale at Dover (DE) International Speedway Friday, October 2. After the Drive Sober 125, Preece will complete in the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final weekend at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway October 3-4.

Preece finished 14th in his series debut last Thursday at Richmond (VA) International Raceway. He started last (35th) after qualifying rained out. The UNOH 100 was cut short 30 laps by rain.

The 2011 SK Modified champion is second in SK Modified® points at Stafford, 36 points behind Rowan Pennink. He has three wins, 14 top fives and 18 top tens in 20 starts. Preece finished second in points in 2013 and 2014 with 14 wins in those seasons. 

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NASCAR to Celebrate Weekly & Touring Champions in Charlotte

Convention Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Two Nights Of Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2015) – NASCAR champions from across North America and from Europe will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, in December to be honored for their accomplishments in the 2015 season.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards, which recognizes the top short-track drivers in the United States and Canada, will be on Friday, Dec. 11. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 12.

Both awards events will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center. It is the sixth year that the venues will host the celebration of the top drivers in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.

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Fanatics Introduces New Line Of NASCAR Home Tracks Apparel

Touring & Weekly Series Gear Now Available

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) – A new line of NASCAR Home Tracks apparel is available for fans to purchase on the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics.

In partnering with Fanatics, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, this marks the first time that officially licensed items are available under one banner for each of NASCAR’s regional touring and weekly series.

Through the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics, fans can now purchase both men’s and women’s t-shirts and sweatshirts in multiple colors. Items are available for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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K&N East Stat Advance: Motordrome

Analyzing The UPMC Health Plan 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Pennsylvania for the its inaugural race at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton on Saturday. Below is a statistical look at the series and drivers.

UPMC Health Plan 150:

  • Saturday’s night event will mark the series’ first visit to Motordrome Speedway.
  • William Byron continues to lead the standings, but Scott Heckert trails by only 14 points.
  • The race will air on NBCSN on Thursday, August 20th at 7 p.m. ET.

Motordrome Speedway:

History:

  • Has been a NASCAR sanctioned track since 1990.
  • Charlie Cragan, Steve Peles, Glenn Gault, Jeff Dunmyer and Richard Mitchell all won NASCAR Northeast Region championships the inaugural year.
  • It opened as a half-mile dirt track in 1972 and was paved in 1989.
  • It is now a half-mile paved oval.

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K&N East News & Notes: Motordrome

Competition Tightens At The Top

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader is starting to feel the pressure from his HScott teammate Scott Heckert. After his win at New York’s Watkins Glen International, Heckert is only 14 points behind the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.

This could be the 17-year-old’s weekend to drive away from the field and solidify his lead in the standings.

The UPMC Health Plan 150 is the K&N East’s inaugural race at Pennsylvania’s Motordrome Speedway. The .4-mile semi-banked oval is similar, but not identical, to Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway.
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McReynolds Rolls for Iowa Sweep

Dominates The K&N Pro Series #ThanksKenny 150

NEWTON, Iowa – If it were up to Brandon McReynolds, every race would take place in Iowa.

The No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota driver won the #ThanksKenny150 at Iowa Speedway, following up his May victory at the .875-mile track, to complete the season sweep and earn Bill McAnally Racing its 60th win in its 25th season with NAPA.

Iowa Speedway has hosted 13 NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race since 2007, and McReynolds became its first repeat winner. Past winners at Iowa include Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Cole Custer.

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Qualifying: McReynolds Captures Pole

Spring Iowa Winner Starts Up Front; Abreu Fastest In East

NEWTON, Iowa – Brandon McReynolds’ string of success at Iowa Speedway is still going strong.

The 23-year-old from Mooresville, N.C., earned his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win at Iowa on May 17th. He added another accolade Friday night when he captured the Coors Light Pole Award for the #ThanksKenny 150.

The third out of 38 cars in qualifying, McReynolds set a time of 23.971 seconds (131.475 mph) to pace the field.

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PRACTICE: Smooth Sailing for Abreu

Rookie Tops Both Sessions At Iowa Speedway

Newton, Iowa – Rico Abreu continued to his successful rookie campaign Friday at Iowa Speedway.

The 23-year-old from St. Helena, California, dominated both NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice sessions for tonight’s combination event. He posted a fast time of 24.449 seconds (128.440 mph) during the first practice session and then went onto record a time of 24.384 seconds (129.183 mph) during the final session.

Abreu’s fellow NASCAR Next classmate Jesse Little earned the second spot with a time 24.404 seconds (129.077 mph).

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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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