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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola
The Place: Daytona International Speedway
The Date: Sunday, July 5
The Time: 7:45 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC, 7 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 400 miles (160 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Subway Firecracker 250
The Place: Daytona International Speedway
The Date: Saturday, July 4
The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 250 miles (100 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: UNOH 225
The Place: Kentucky Speedway
The Date: Thursday, July 9
The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 225 miles (150 laps)

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Superspeedway Qualifying Format Updated for Talladega, Daytona

New Structure to Feature Two Rounds to Determine Pole Winner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2015) – NASCAR today unveiled modifications to the qualifying format at superspeedways across all three national series. The updated format will take effect at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next month.

Qualifying for May’s Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July events at Daytona International Speedway, will consist of the following:
• Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
• Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
• Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
• Qualifying order for the first round will be determined by a random draw; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
• A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
• Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
• The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
• NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only

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2015 Sprint Unlimited Format Set

Fans to Join Crew Chiefs in Setting Starting Grid

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 14, will be split into two segments. A competition caution at lap 25 will separate the segments in the non-points event, scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. ET start (live on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

New this year, select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 13 at the FDOT Main Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30 p.m.

“Anticipation for the start of the NASCAR season is at an all-time high among fans and drivers,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “Fans have a unique opportunity to participate in key elements of the event, making this year’s Sprint Unlimited even more exciting.”

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Lira Motorsports Welcomes Driver John Lowinski-Loh For Daytona

Lira Motorsports is excited to welcome John Lowingski-Loh to its ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver lineup for Daytona. Lowinski-Loh will be behind the wheel of the No. 58 Ford Fusion for the up-and-coming race team based out of Port Orange, Florida.

A native of Milford, MA, John began his racing career at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in nearby Thompson, Connecticut. He won the Thompson Modified Rookie of the Year Award in 2011, followed by a break-out year in 2012 when he collected 10 race wins en route to the Thompson Modified Track Championship.

Moving up to the ACT (American Canadian Tour) Late Model Division in 2013, Lowinski-Loh won the Rookie of the Year Award, finishing the season third in points with six top-five finishes and one race victory.

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‘The Ultimate’ DAYTONA 500 Moment?

NASCAR Lets Fans Decide in New Digital and Social Campaign
The ‘Ultimate DAYTONA 500 Moment Challenge’ Encourages Fans to Vote On the Moments that Have Made the DAYTONA 500 ‘The Great American Race’

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 2, 2015) — Lee Petty in a “photo finish” for the ages. Fist fights on the backstretch. “The Intimidator’s” long-awaited trip to victory lane. The DAYTONA 500® has produced some of the most monumental moments in sports history and now fans have the chance to decide which one is the best of the best.

From Feb. 2 – Feb. 19, NASCAR® is inviting sports fans to visit DaytonaMoments.NASCAR.com to vote for the event they consider the moment that defined the DAYTONA 500. The “Ultimate DAYTONA 500 Moment Challenge” will pit 16 distinct moments in “The Great American Race®” history against one another in a four-round, elimination-style set-up, similar to the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ format that debuted in 2014.

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DeWalt Opens 2015 Sponsorship in Las Vegas

After a five-season hiatus, DeWalt will return as a primary sponsor for Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for the first of their six-race primary sponsorship in 2015. 

Announced in Sept. of 2014, Stanley Black & Decker will partner with Joe Gibbs Racing to sponsor both the No. 19 entry of Carl Edwards and Kenseth’s No. 20 Camry beginning in 2015. While Stanley Black & Decker will grace the No. 19, the DeWalt brand returns to Kenseth, where the two partnered for many successes over their 11-year history together from 1999 to 2009. 

DeWalt will be featured aboard the No. 20 Camry for a total of six races this season at tracks where Kenseth has earned a career total of 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories; recording multiple wins on five of the six tracks on this schedule.

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Kaz Grala Set to Participate in ARCA Test at Daytona with Lira Motorsports

Sixteen year old driver Kaz Grala will be behind the wheel for Lira Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test session on Friday, January 16th.

This session is the first time the ARCA series will conduct an open test in January at Daytona, and it will be the first time Grala will turn laps around the 2.5 mile track in an ARCA car.

Grala is preparing to enter his second full season of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition after an impressive rookie year in 2014. The Boston, Massachusetts native finished the year seventh in the points standings, with four top five and ten top 10 finishes.

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New Beginning for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA will make his first laps at Daytona International Speedway Friday during a two-day for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Lowinski-Loh primary goal is to get a superspeedway license, to be able to race at tracks over two miles, including the season opener at Daytona in February.

There will be a dual-purpose for rookie drivers at the 2.5 mile tri-oval: learning the track and the draft. Drafting takes on additional importance as ARCA will use group qualifying similar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team is already working on getting a pack of cars together at the test.

“It’s going to be crucial … we’re going to get comfortable with the car on the racetrack and then everyone is going to go into a group session and try the drafting for qualifying because we’re going to try to make our car really, really good, make sure it pulls up good to other cars. And make sure everything’s key for that because starting at the back of the field at Daytona never ends up usually good for anybody.”

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Barrett to Test ARCA Car at Daytona

Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will test Friday and Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Barrett will drive for Carter 2 Motorsports during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test. Barrett is thankful his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Chris Our contacted Roger Carter to setup the deal. Barrett and Our “decided that it would be a good opportunity, even if we don’t race, but just to get approved and just have some fun,” Barrett said.

Daytona’s 2.5 mile tri-oval is completely different from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the largest track Barrett has driven. He has prepared by watching video and driving some iRacing. “I’m just hoping to go there and kind of feel it out and hopefully it comes to me pretty quick.”

While Barrett does not plan to race in February, Barrett wants to get approval for superspeedways. He is looking at driving in additional series, including ARCA. When asked about the status of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride, Barrett said, “Nothing’s done till it’s set in stone.”

“We’re just going to go down and try to get some experience in this Roger Carter Racing ARCA car, have some fun. … It’s definitely something that we’re looking to go to. Obviously it’s a step up, and it’s a fendered car and it’s Daytona. So hopefully I can go there and do well and get approved, and then we can take it from there and see what the next step is.”

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ARCA Daytona Open Test News and Notes

Kick Start to 2015 ARCA Season at Daytona to Finish 2014

The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will live a dream this weekend as he takes his first laps behind the wheel at the “World Center of Racing, “Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Cody will participate in the two-day ARCA Racing Series test on Friday, December 19th and Saturday, December 20th. Sunday, December 21st is an option as a potential rain date.

Back with Venturini Motorsports in 2015

Coughlin recently announced he would compete in a 10-race schedule in the ARCA Racing Series in 2015 with Venturini Motorsports. Dave Leiner will return as his crew chief. Last season, Coughlin made 11 ARCA Racing Series starts with three top-five and eight top-ten finishes.

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Expanded 2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to Feature Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

Former Daytona 500 Pole Winners Also Added to Season-Opening Showcase at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 15, 2014) – Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements.

A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS. In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible.

“The 2015 Sprint Unlimited has potential to be one of the most competitive ever,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “With more drivers eligible, the intensity level increases for our fans and competitors, making for a compelling start to the 2015 season.”

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UNOH Battle at the Beach Cancelled

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2014) – “The UNOH Battle at the Beach provided NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow an excellent opportunity to participate at The World Center of Racing, but it isn’t feasible to continue the event given the progress with the DAYTONA Rising project. Fortunately, nearby New Smyrna Speedway is excited to bring the K&N Pro Series East back for the season opener again this year in addition to its week-long slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action; NASCAR fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see exciting short-track action in the Daytona area again this February.”

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Bowling Shines in Special Events

Sellers Team Member Chasing Wins

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model driver Matt Bowling excels in special events.

Last month he won the 200-lap Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. In 2012 he won the prestigious Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., and took the late model track championship at South Boston. In 2013 he had top-10 finishes in the late model portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway and the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Bowling drives for Sellers Racing of Danville, Va. The company fields cars for four full time drivers. Teammates include Peyton Sellers, the 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, Michael Maresca and 2009-10 South Boston champ Justin Johnson. Sellers’ brother, H.C., is crew chief.

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K&N Champs Graduate to Front Row

Kwasniewski & Larson 1-2 For Daytona Nationwide Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dylan Kwasniewski and Kyle Larson stood on stage following the 2012 NASCAR Touring Series Awards in Charlotte, showing off their newly earned NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship rings.

Saturday, the two NASCAR Next drivers will start the 33rd Annual DRIVE4COPD 300 on the front row at Daytona International Speedway.

Kwasniewski, 18, earmed the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. for his NASCAR Nationwide debut. His Turner Scott Motorsports teammate, Larson, 21, qualified second fastest.
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Prospect Review: New Smyrna & Daytona

Suarez’s Stock Soars As Strong Run Continues In 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the first 22 races of Daniel Suàrez’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career, the Mexican youngster failed to move the needle in the performance category. In the first six events of the 2013 season, his first in the Rev Racing stable, he averaged a 14.8-place finish and registered a 0.000 Production in Equal Equipment Rating (PEER) – he was essentially a non-starter on the results sheets – but in the second half of the season, a light switch was flipped. Ever since, Suàrez has resembled a legitimate Sprint Cup Series prospect.

In the final eight races of 2013, he averaged a 4.5-place finish – an improvement of 10 positions with the same team and equipment – that resulted in a PEER of 5.938 across the span. He ended 2013 as the division’s second-most productive driver, per PEER (a rating of 3.250, trailing only Dylan Kwasniewski’s 4.133).

After the first two races of the 2014 K&N East season at New Smyrna Speedway and on the Battle at the Beach course at Daytona International Speedway, he holds a pair of dominant victories. Dating back to last June’s race at Langley Speedway, he earned eight top-three finishes in 10 races.
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Suarez Surges To 2nd Straight K&N East Win

Sweeps Florida Swing With UNOH Battle At The Beach Triumph

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Suarez isn’t slowing down.

The 22-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, made it 2-for-2 in 2014 with a dominant performance on the short track at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday to capture the UNOH Battle At The Beach.

Suarez led the final 119 circuits of the 150-lap event for his third career win. He won the season-opener on Sunday at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, just down the road from Daytona, and in the process became the first driver since Sean Caisse in 2006 to start a K&N Pro Series East season by winning the first two races on the schedule.

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Opportunity Knocks, Coby Answers

Former Whelen Mod Champ Grabs UNOH Battle At The Beach Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Doug Coby was in the right place at the right time and came home with the big prize Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby took advantage of a late-race incident involving a dominant Ryan Preece and drove to victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at “The World Center of Racing.”

Daytona was Coby’s first start in the No. 2 of Mike Smeriglio III Racing. The team won the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach a year ago with Steve Park behind the wheel.
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QUALIFYING: Preece On the Pole at Daytona

Earns Top Whelen Modified Qualifying Spot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An owner of 15 Coors Light Pole Awards during his NASCAR Whelen Modified career, reigning tour champion Ryan Preece once again drove to the top qualifying spot for tonight’s UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., topped the speed chart in time trials Tuesday evening for the non-points Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at the .37-mile oval with a fast qualifying lap of 76.490 mph.

The defending Whelen Modified Tour titlist, Preece has 12 career poles in that tour, and earned three in Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition in 2013.
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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Rolling in Daytona

First Career K&N East Pole For 16-Year-Old

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes picked up right where he left off following practice – at the top of the charts.

Rhodes, 16, earned his first 21 Means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Company Pole Award on Tuesday in UNOH Battle At The Beach qualifying on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

The Louisville, Ky., driver made his way around the .37-mile oval on the Superstret

Starting alongside Rhodes on the front row of the race will be Austin Hill, who posted a qualifying time of 18.719 seconds (71.158 mph).

Qualifying third was Gray Gaulding at 18.802 seconds (70.844 mph) followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr. in third with a time of 18.806 seconds (70.828 mph). Brennan Newberry was fifth at 18.813 seconds (70.802 mph).

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PRACTICE: Coby Quick at Daytona

Led Both Whelen Modified Practices In New Ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A change in teams has done little to slow Doug Coby’s momentum he led both practice sessions Tuesday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours in the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby, from Milford, Conn., posted a fast lap of 76.905 mph in the final session to lead all drivers throughout the day. The 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion also turned in the morning session’s fastest lap at 75.203 mph.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach marks the first event for Coby in the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Ford after he left Darling Racing in the offseason for Mike Smeriglio III Racing. He finished fourth at Daytona last year with Darling.

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PRACTICE: Fast Daytona for Rhodes

16-Year-Old Tops UNOH Battle At The Beach Charts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes led the way in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final UNOH Battle At The Beach practice on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Rhodes, a 16-year-old from Louisville, Ky., posted a fast time of 18.373 seconds which translates to 72.498 mph on the .37-mile short track situated on the Superstetch at the “World Center Of Racing.”

Rhodes is a member of the NASCAR Next program that is an industry initiative that spotlights young, talented drivers.

Rookie Nick Drake was second with a time of 18.504 seconds (71.984 mph) followed by Kenzie Ruston at 18.556 seconds (71.783 mph). Daniel Suárez – winner of Sunday’s season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – was fourth 18.565 seconds (71.748 mph) while Brodie Kostecki, another rookie, placed fifth with a time of 18.577 seconds (71.702 mph).
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K&N East Statistical Advance: Daytona

Analyzing The UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pulls a quick turnaround from Sunday’s season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and heads into Tuesday’s UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway – the season’s second points race. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Daytona, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Daytona Race Setup
• After last season’s non-points combination event with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, this year’s edition of the UNOH Battle At The Beach is a championship points race for the K&N Pro Series East.
• With a win Sunday night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Daniel Suárez has six top-three finishes in his last eight series starts dating back to last season.
• Just four drivers – Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Cameron Hayley and Sergio Peña – on this year’s entry list participated in last season’s inaugural Daytona short-track event.

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Cancer Survivor Joshua Bell, 24, Joins Rob Fuller Motorsports as Honorary Crew Member for UNOH Battle At The Beach & New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Events

Team Sponsor, 15-40 Connection, Illustrating Cancer Symptoms Through Young Adult Cancer Survivor Stories

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (February 17, 2014) — “I kept brushing off my fatigue and back pain…” At 22, Joshua Bell, a senior in college, had a busy schedule of student-teaching full time, working part time, keeping up with his academics, creating his portfolio and applying for post-graduate positions. When he experienced fatigue and back pain, he thought it was normal for how busy he was.

“It kept getting worse, until one morning when the pain began to radiate from my testicle,” Josh recalls. “I completed a self-check, and after realizing there was something there, panicked. Could that be cancer? I totally froze, until two days later when I realized I had to act.”

After a trip to the E.R. and a series of tests, Josh received the news that he didn’t have testicular cancer, it was Stage II leukemia, which had spread to his testicle. Through the next two years he went through several rounds of chemotherapy, several minor procedures, one surgery and many warming and caring thoughts from everyone in his life.

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Austin Dillon Puts No. 3 on Coors Light Pole for the Daytona 500

Driving Iconic No. 3, Dillon To Lead Field To Green In ‘The Great American Race’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon, driving the historic No. 3 car in its return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition for the first time since 2001, won the Coors Light Pole for the 56th running of the Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s most prestigious race and season opener. “The Great American Race” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway (1 p.m. on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The late Dale Earnhardt, whose excellence in the No. 3 elevated the number to iconic status, was the last to drive the No. 3 – a car number he drove to six of his record-tying seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. A last lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500 took Earnhardt’s life, and the No. 3 car had not been run since.

“You want to perform with the No. 3; everyone wants to see it perform,” said Dillon, who won the pole with a lap of 196.019 mph (45.914 seconds). “It’s a long season … and this is one of the top points. You want to carry that momentum going forward. I just have to stay grounded and have fun.”

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Eddie Mac and Grimm Racing Prepares for K&N Pro Series East Season Openers

In 2007 Waymart, Pa. businessman Rob Grimm joined the NASCAR fraternity sponsoring driver Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance for the final three races of the K&N season. Grimm liked whathe saw and a partnership evolved among the three to form Grimm Racing. With Rob’s Grimm Construction based in Waymart, Pa. the main sponsor, Grimm Racing has taken the green flag for every K&N PSE race since 2008. When the green flag flies again to open the
season in the New Smyrna 150 presented by Jegs in Florida on Sunday, February 16 and then again at UNOH’s The Battle at the Beach on the Surperstretch at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, February 18th, the Grimm Racing Team will be there for its seventh full season together.

The early start to the season put the crew in race mode very quickly with Eddie Mac saying, “We have been very busy since NASCAR announced the schedule trying toget both of our new cars ready but we are in good shape and look forward to racing at New Smyrna and Daytona. We raced a Late Model at New Smyrna a couple of years ago so we are familiar with the track but we hope to get a lot of knowledge out of the practice there on Saturday. Everyone here is anxious to get racing again and then two days later we race at Daytona. It was not a point’s race there last year so we didn’t go, so it will be a new learning experience for us. We hope to race the same car in both races so we have our fingers crossed.”

Rob Grimm has 77 starts to his credit as team owner with three huge wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with 18 top fives. “We probably would not be racing if not for Rob,” said Eddie. “Karla, Rob, and their family have been great to us. We are not just part of the race team but we are also part of their family. “Grimm Nation” has been with us every step of the way and our crew appreciates all the support. Rob gives us everything to be competitive on the track even though the series has changed greatly since we joined together in 2007. We have been very lucky to have the Grimm family supporting us.”

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Daytona

Northern, Southern Mods Go Head-To-Head For Bragging Rights

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ryan Preece is in the business of collecting trophies. Next up on his wish list is the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., captured his first tour title last fall. The long-sought-after championship trophy followed four triumphs during the campaign at northeastern modified strongholds Stafford Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, and Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island, where he won twice.

The 23-year-old even went down south and added another bucket list trophy to his collection from North Carolina’s famed Bowman Gray Stadium in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Florida

Gaulding Ready For Next Steps

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Advancement is about tackling the next challenge followed by searching for another.

The next steps for Gray Gaulding, 16, are fairly cut and dried – battle for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2014 and begin the progression through NASCAR’s national series ranks.

The Colonial Heights, Va., driver begins the pursuit of the former on Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Coming off a somewhat controversial NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win last November at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaulding is ready to get down to business.

In that Phoenix event, the then 15-year-old Gaulding made contact with race leader Cole Custer on the final lap and went on to claim his first NASCAR touring series victory.
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Live Broadcast for UNOH Battle At The Beach

FOX Sports 2, MRN and SiriusXM To Carry Race Coverage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Last year’s 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach may have been the most talked about short-track event of the season. There was plenty of action and drama as Daytona International Speedway hosted the inaugural event on its backstretch.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach is back at “The World Center of Racing” on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and again will air live on television and radio. FOX Sports 2 will broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will go on the air at 6:45 p.m. with its pre-show, and the broadcast will be streamed live at MRN.com and simulcast by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.

The evening kicks off with the special non-points combination event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points race follows at approximately 8:45 p.m. Both races will be 150 laps on the .37-mile oval.

Last year, popular veteran Steve Park used a little “chrome horn” to pass nine-time champion Mike Stefanik for the modified victory, while Cameron Hayley picked up his first NASCAR win in the K&N Pro Series race.

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David Garbo, Jr. Ready for the Next Step

David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT will join Lee Pulliam at Hattori Racing Enterprises  in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Nick Hutchins, former crew chief for Mackena Bell, will join Garbo for his rookie season.  Sponsorship information and the number for Garbo’s race car are not finalized yet, but the car will use either #01 or #1.

The opportunity to drive for Hattori came after Garbo drove Late Models last season for Fat Head Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway. Garbo also raced in North Carolina and Virginia for the Dirty Dozen Series. He competed at Motor Mile and Southern National, where he finished second. He joined the  UARA Stars tour for events at Rockingham and Tri-County. Garbo also competed at  Martinsville and Richmond, where he finished sixth in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

“My dad is pretty good friends with Andy Santerre,” Garbo said. “Really just driving with Jamie Yelton and Fat Head Racing, we showed them the results that we had and put them together and put in a résumé to Hattori. Everything just worked out. It was a really good deal we’re doing with Shigeaki Hattori and he’s a really great guy. I’m really happy to be on his team. It’s a really big privilege for me.”

Hutchins and Pulliam’s crew chief Randy Goss bring years of experience to HRE. “He’s a younger guy but he’s been racing for a long time,” Garbo said. “… He’s definitely the right guy. …  I’m really comfortable with (Randy) Goss. … Between the two of them, like I said, sharing notes and working together in being one team, even though it’s with two teams. I think that we should be pretty dominant and I really have high expectations for the team this year. … The chemistry between my crew chief and I is already great and Lee Pulliam and I get along really well and it should be a great season.”

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UNOH Battle At The Beach Tickets on Sale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the second annual UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 18, part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 at Daytona International Speedway, are now on sale. Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

UNOH Battle At The Beach is a short-track event held on the backstretch of the “World Center of Racing” that will feature the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

For competitors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 150-lap race will be a championship points event while it will be a non-points 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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