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PIT BOX: K&N Pro East Rolls Into Greenville

Historic Half-Mile Serves As Championship Proving Ground

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• It’s never too early to start to think of championship implications, especially as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to historic Greenville Pickens Speedway Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150. In each of the last three seasons, the eventual season champion has picked up a win at the flat half-mile in South Carolina. All three of those drivers were from HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, which bodes well for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Tyler Dippel. The 15-year-old Wallkill, New York, driver is coming off his first career series win at Mobile International Speedway. It’s Spencer Davis, though, who enters the third race of the season with the championship points lead on the strength of back-to-back runner-up finishes. In six career K&N Pro East races, Davis hasn’t finished worse than sixth and a strong performance at Greenville can establish the 17-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia, as the driver to beat. NASCAR Next driver Kyle Benjamin, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Dippel’s teammate Justin Haley are all still within 10 points of the lead.

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Lascuola Wants Podium Finish in Asphalt Nationals

Joins Christopher as New Englanders Bound for Las Vegas

Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA wants to end his Legend Car career on a high note in Las Vegas. Lascuola will drive in the 23rd annual Legends Asphalt Nationals October 17-18 before selling his car. “I feel like we have the car and team that can win the Nationals race, so my goals are to win or get a top three,” Lascuola said.

The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway October 17-18 will be Lascuola’s first appearance in the event since Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2012. A guaranteed starter by winning his national qualifying race at Seekonk (MA) Speedway June 20, he does not have to qualify through time or heat races.

Lascuola wants to thank “My dad, mom, step mom, my cousin Bobby, my grandparents, Ryan Farbo from Farbo Motorsports for the setup help, Champion Spark Plugs, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion, Nick’s Pit Stop, Simpson Racing Products, Driven Steering Wheels, Draco Springs and The Brake Man.”

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Christopher Looks to Add Nationals Hardware

Mike Christopher, Jr. wants to add to his collection this weekend. Christopher wants to bring the Legends Asphalt Nationals trophy from Las Vegas to Wolcott, CT. “It would be great to stack that up with all the rest of the trophies this year,” Christopher said.

He set the track record with 25 wins at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl this season in INEX Legend Car competition. He swept both the Wednesday and Saturday titles at the shoreline 3/8 mile oval. He also leads the Young Lions (Asphalt) national championship with 2500 (max) points. Christopher also won twice at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, in addition to appearances at Bethel (NY) Motor Speedway.

Christopher drove in the nationals last season at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania, when he was seventh nationally. Although he did not run well at the 3/8 mile progressively banked oval, Christopher is more confident this time.

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NASCAR D4D Selects 2014 Class

NASCAR And Rev Racing Name Six Promising Drivers To Team

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

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

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

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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