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Patience Pays Off for Haley

Late Pass At Greenville Nets First K&N Pro East Victory

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Justin Haley was patient all night at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway. Until it was go-time.

The 16-year-old from Winamac, Indiana, cleared the dominant car of Kyle Benjamin with seven laps to go and sailed to his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory.

It was Haley’s 23rd career NASCAR K&N Pro Series start. He nearly picked up the win in Phoenix last fall in the K&N Pro West, but late contact while leading cut a tire and ended his night six laps short of the win.

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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Greenville

Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make the short trip down to South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, the first of two events to be held at the half-mile oval this season. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Greenville, as well as some other statistical trends.

Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 Race Setup:
• Spencer Davis heads into Greenville with a one point lead over Tyler Dippel in the standings, 85-84.
• Of the 22 cars scheduled to compete in Saturday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, only eight drivers have previous series starts at the historic South Carolina track – Dillon Bassett, Ronnie Bassett Jr., Kyle Benjamin, Collin Cabre, Christian Celaya, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley and John Holleman IV.

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: Greenville

The Drive For The Title Already Brewing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship battle is already beginning headed into the series’ third race of the season at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway.

Spencer Davis and Tyler Dippel enter the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 separated by only one point. Davis, 17, from Dawsonville, Georgia, sits atop the standings with 85 points after earning back-to-back runner-up finishes in the first two races of the season. In his six K&N East starts, Davis hasn’t finished lower than sixth place.

Dippel, 15, from Wallkill, New York, jumped to second place in the standings after collecting his first series’ victory at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway. Dippel had a solid debut as well when he finished eighth in the opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

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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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PIT BOX: K&N East Action Returns At Mobile

Whelen Southern Mods Open 2016 Season At Caraway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway for its second race of the season and its inaugural race at the half-mile oval. After an exciting season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, new and old faces will look to capture their first victory of the year. With New Smyrna race winner, Todd Gilliland, not scheduled to compete the Mobile 150 trophy and first place in the series standings is up for grabs. Some familiar faces will be entering the fray as former series race winners Jesse Little and Brandon Gdovic will be making their first starts of the season.

• The green flag at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on Saturday will usher in the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season. George Brunnhoelzl III and defending two-time tour champion Andy Seuss will enter as the early favorites as the two have won 14 of the last 20 races at the .455-mile track. Jason Myers set the track record during qualifying for this event last year and looks to continue his streak as the only driver to start every event held at Caraway since the tour began in 2005.

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Early Entrants Abound For Expanded PASS Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens

 

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 20) – With the release today of the complete weekend schedule for the upcoming PASS Winter Meltdown 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Super Late Model teams from across North America are beginning to make their final preparations. This year’s third running of the early-season event looks to be the biggest yet as the Meltdown moves to its new home in the Palmetto State. Northern drivers have dominated the two previous runnings of the PASS Winter Meltdown in Florida with New Hampshire’s Brad Leighton taking the checkered flag at New Smyrna Speedway in 2010 and Maine’s Joey Doiron claiming the victory at Auburndale Speedway in 2013.

Being on Super Bowl weekend, the PASS Winter Meltdown will be short track racing’s first major points event of 2016 and will also feature a 100 lap event for the South East Limited Late Models (Non-Winners), a 75 lapper for the Southeast Supertrucks, both paying $3,000 to win, and a 40 lap event for the Mini Stocks paying $2,000 to the winner. Rookie Hayden Humphries recently tested at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and plans to do “double-duty,” competing in both the PASS Super Late Model and Southeast Limited Late Model races. The PASS Winter Meltdown 150 lapper will go green on Saturday afternoon, February 6 at 2 PM and will serve as the first race of 2016 for the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS National Championship Series.

The first batch of PASS Super Late Models entries has been released and includes drivers from all over the United States. Northwest short track legend Garrett Evans will pilot the famous #64 in the PASS Winter Meltdown. The Washington state driver will compete in several PASS events throughout the season, with an eye towards possible competing for the PASS National Championship. Texas youngster Derek Scott, Jr. will make his first trip to Greenville-Pickens Speedway for the Winter Meltdown. Scott competed in three PASS South events last year, including the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, where he was the fastest qualifier and led the most laps. Michigan driver Vinnie Miller returns in 2016 after several impressive runs late last year. Miller has already announced his intention to compete on the full schedule as he races for the PASS South Super Late Model championship this year.

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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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Shenette to Start 2016 Season with Slate of PASS National and Northern Races

THOMPSON, CT (December 28) – With the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in the history books, Dynasty Motorsports is solely focused on competing in 2016.

“Our only goal for this year is seat time,” said team owner and driver John-Michael Shenette. “With seat time come’s consistency, and with consistency comes success. We have the car and the resources to compete in the Pro All Stars Series, now it’s time to put our effort to good use and show results.”

In addition to the Karting 2 Conquer Cancer Go-Kart event in January, Dynasty Motorsports has also submitted an application for the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. The race is the first Pro All Stars Series National and South event of the year, and will be held on February 6th.

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PASS National Championship Series to be Highlighted by Major Events in North and South

43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway to pay PASS Super Late Model winner $25,000, plus $25,000 in guaranteed lap leader money
Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Continues Tradition as Spring’s Premier Super Late Model Event
Greenville-Pickens, Thompson, Beech Ridge, And Concord Fill Out Remainder Of Championship Schedule

NAPLES, ME (December 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have released the six dates and locations that will make up the 2016 PASS National Championship Series.  The schedule is comprised of six premier Super Late Model events in both PASS North and PASS South that will determine an overall PASS National Champion.  The PASS National Series will be highlighted once again by the prestigious 43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.  And, the PASS National Championship Series will return to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2010.  While awards are currently still being finalized, the champion will once again receive a unique championship ring, while team members will receive championship belt buckles, from longtime PASS supporter, Northern Race Tire.

“Thanks to a lot of time and effort by a group of really dedicated people, we are very pleased to announce our 2016 PASS National Series,”, said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “These events exemplify what’s great about short track racing and we feel each of them will attract the best Super Late Model drivers from across the continent.  All of these events are unique and will prove to be a challenge for our competitors.  With events from Maine to South Carolina, a broad base of fans will get to see racers from all over North America come together to crown Super Late Model racing’s only true National Champion.”

The PASS National Championship Series gets underway in just over a month with the Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina on February 6.  In addition to a talented group of PASS regulars, former PASS National Champions Ben Rowe, Joey Doiron and Jay Fogleman, who returns in 2016 to race for the national title, hope to contain a strong contingent of drivers from the United States and Canada as they tackle the tough, flat half-mile speedway for 150 green flag laps.  Fittingly on Super Bowl weekend, fans will get to see drivers from across the spectrum of short track racing as big events for the South East Limited Late Models, Southeast Supertrucks, and Mini Stocks will also be taking place as part of the Winter Meltdown.

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Winter Meltdown Entry Forms, 2016 PASS Registrations Now Available Online

NAPLES, ME (December 23) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that entry forms for the upcoming Winter Meltdown at Greenville-Pickens Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The PASS Winter Meltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, February 6 at 2 PM and will serve as the first race of 2016 for the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS National Championship Series.  Being on Super Bowl weekend, the PASS Winter Meltdown will be the first major points event of 2016 and will also feature a 100 lap event for the South East Limited Late Models (Non-Winners) a 75 lapper for the Southeast Supertrucks, and a 40 lap event for the Mini Stocks.

PASS officials also announced that 2016 licenses are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com for the PASS division.  Licenses for the new Southern Modified Racing Series Presented By PASS, which will feature the popular Tour-type Modifieds, and the Northeast’s PASS Modified division, will be posted in the near future.  Drivers purchasing licenses for the 2016 season will receive bonus points for each race they are pre-registered for and will also save money towards any events that they enter early.

“We know a lot of teams are currently making plans for next year and we wanted to make these forms available for them now,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “In 2016, we will get an early start at Greenville-Pickens with the PASS Winter Meltdown.  All of our competitors and fans are excited about next year and we can’t wait to get it underway in February.  It will be here before you know it, that’s for sure.”

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PASS South And “The Howler” Return to Greenville-Pickens This Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 21) – After two months off due to rainouts at Southern National Motorsports Park and Myrtle Beach Speedway, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will be back on the track this weekend at the historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway.  And it is also fitting that as PASS celebrates 10 years of being the South’s longest running and most prestigious Super Late Model sanctioning body, that it would bring back one of the most popular events of the series early days.  From 2007-2009, “The Howler” at Greenville-Pickens Speedway saw some of the biggest names in short track racing compete for the win at the legendary South Carolina speedway.  Maine’s Cassius Clark took the win in the inaugural “Howler” and followed that up by capturing the first PASS National Championship at Greenville in 2008, a race won by Nevada driver Alex Haase.  6-time PASS North Super Late Model champion Johnny Clark won the most recent “Howler” in 2009.  This weekend, “The Howler” will be back at Greenville-Pickens Speedway as the PASS South Super Late Models get set to tackle the flat half-mile for 125 green flag laps.  Three drivers, Joey Doiron, Ben Rowe, and Tate Fogleman, are only separated by 22 points as they prepare to vie for the 2015 PASS National Championship at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

While the battle for the national title will be settled this weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, the PASS South Super Late Model championship still has three more races to go.  Following “The Howler,” the Southern title fight will go to Concord Speedway for the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on November 7 and will then come down to the 10th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway on November 21.

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A New Day for Greenville Pickens Speedway

Facility Joins Three Other NWAAS Tracks Opening This Weekend

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The month of March means spring is just around the corner, and for most NASCAR Whelen All-American Series fans, its means their favorite NASCAR Home Track is ready to reopen for the 2015 season. This weekend there are four member tracks opening up for the year.

Historic Hickory Motor Speedway opens for its 65th season on Saturday night along with Houston Motorsports Park.

Caraway Speedway will feature a Sunday afternoon program for its opener, but no opening is more anticipated than that at Greenville Pickens Speedway, where reigning Whelen All-American Series national champion Anthony Anders has decided to give up driving full-time and is now promoting events at the well-known track in upstate South Carolina.

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PASS Finalizes 2015 South Super Late Model & Pro Late Model Dates

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 24) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2015 schedules have been finalized for both the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions.  With 15 dates confirmed, including a final event to be added in October, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues in 4 states over the course of the 2015 season.

“Due to some circumstances out of our control, we had to move a couple of dates around and wanted to get our schedule finalized as quickly as possible so our teams can start planning for next year,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe this is one of the strongest schedules we have ever put together and are excited about the possibilities 2015 presents for the South’s top Super and Pro Late Models.”

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will now compete at both Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina twice each in 2015. Anderson Motor Speedway will host both PASS divisions on Saturday, March 21, featuring a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models.  This is in addition to the previously announced Electric City 125 that will be held at Anderson on Friday night, June 19.

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PASS Releases 2015 Pro Late Model Schedule

 CHARLOTTE, NC (October 21) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today a schedule of at least 12 PASS Pro Late Model events for the upcoming 2015 season. Each PASS Pro Late Model event in 2015 will be in conjunction with the PASS South Super Late Model division. Most events will be 50 laps in length and will continue under the same format that was utilized this season.

“The PASS Pro Late Model division has proven to be a great stepping stone for drivers looking to eventually make the move up to PASS South,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Having the PASS Pro Late Models as a companion event to most of our PASS South Super Late Model races sets up a great weekend of action for our fans. We have several new teams planning to join the series next year and are excited about the potential growth of the PASS Pro Late Model division in 2015.”

The PASS Pro Late Model season will begin on Saturday, March 7 at Dillon Motor Speedway and conclude with the final of two events at Hickory Motor Speedway as part of the Mason Dixon Meltdown weekend of action on Saturday, November 21. Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC will host the PASS Pro Late Model division the most of any track in 2015 with three events. Additional PASS Pro Late Model events will be held at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Concord Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and tentatively at Orange County Speedway.

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2015 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule Released for 10th Anniversary Season

Hickory Motor Speedway to host season-ending Mason Dixon Meltdown for the first time, in addition to the traditional running of the Easter Bunny 150 in the Spring
Series will host first racing event of any kind since 2012 at Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend
Myrtle Beach Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway return to PASS South Super Late Model schedule in 2015 

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 5) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today the release of the 2015 schedule for the PASS South Super Late Models. The 10th Anniversary season for the South’s top short track series will be highlighted by the return of stock car racing to the triangular shaped, half-mile Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend and by the move of the Mason Dixon Meltdown to the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time in series history. With 15 dates confirmed and an additional date to possibly be added in September, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues over the course of the 2015 season.

“We are very pleased to be able to release our 2015 PASS South Super Late Model schedule at such an early date and hope that will help our fans and competitors as they prepare for next season,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We’re very excited and honored that the PASS South Super Late Models will be bringing new life to Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend. Additionally, Hickory Motor Speedway has been at the heart of the series since it started in 2006 and we look forward to capping off our 10th Anniversary season there in November. All in all, we’ve got a great group of tracks returning to the schedule next year and are excited for the possibilities.”

For the fifth time in the last seven years, the 2015 PASS South Super Late Model season will kick off on Saturday, March 7th with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway. The series will then travel north on Interstate 95 for the first of three PASS South Super Late Model events to be hosted by Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC on Saturday, March 21. The series will return to Southern National again on Saturday, July 18, while the Fall race at the 4/10 mile speedway will move up to Saturday, September 27.

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Anders Completes Journey to National Title

South Carolina Driver Wins First Whelen All-American Crown

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Anthony Anders was sitting with friends in the grandstands off Turn 4 at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway when he got the itch to give this racing thing a try. Twenty years later, the Easley, South Carolina, driver has reached the pinnacle of short-track racing.

Anders is the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

The 43-year-old Anders accomplished the feat by leading the national points standings every week of the season and finishing with 30 wins, ninth most in a single season in the history of the series.

“I remember being at the banquet and seeing all those banners (of past national champions),” Anders said. “I said, ‘I want to be there one day.’

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Rhodes Captures 1st K&N Pro East Crown

Hill Takes Kevin Whitaker 140 Checkered Flag At Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes entered the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 needing to finish at least 13th to clinch his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East crown, he did nine spots better.

The 17-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native earned his 11th top-five finish of the season, crossing the Greenville Pickens Speedway finish line fourth and clinching his first series title in the process. Fellow NASCAR Next driver Austin Hill earned his first victory of the season and second of his career.

“It means a lot to see this year to come together like it has,” said Rhodes. “This is what we set out to do in the beginning of the year.

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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Takes Sixth Pole

Looks To Repeat History At Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes, looking to sweep the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Greenville Pickens Speedway, will start Saturday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 on the pole.

Rhodes earned his sixth 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co., posting a fast lap of 20.742 seconds (86.780 mph) in afternoon qualifying.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, also had the fastest overall time in practice. Rhodes needs only to finish 13th or better in the race to clinch the series championship.

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PRACTICE: Rhodes Posts Fastest Laps at Greenville

Sets Sight On K&N East Title

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes is picking up right where he left off.

Rhodes, who won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway earlier this year, posted the fastest time in practice at the half-mile oval Saturday afternoon.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, had a fast time of 20.900 seconds (86.124 mph) in the first 45-minute practice for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140. Rhodes needs only to finish 13th or better in the race to clinch his first series championship. 

Austin Hill was the second fastest in the first practice with a time of 21.202 (84.898 mph) and Gray Gaulding followed in third with a time of 21.224 (84.810 mph).

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Hayley Aspires for K&N East Breakthrough, Truck Ride

Cameron Hayley of Calgary finished eleventh in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ONT on Sunday. He qualified tenth in the No. 32 Cabinets by Hayley Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports, and ran solid throughout the day.

“I knew it was going to be tough coming in, and I think we did well,” Hayley said. “I qualified in the top 10, which was our goal, and felt that I could do a little bit better in the race. But we were up to seventh at one point I believe and just kept rallying back and the cautions never really worked out in our favor, but we were really happy with the day and just learned a ton.”

“It was crazy how fast the track was and there really was no slow section,” Hayley said of the 2.46 mile track. “Most of the time on a road course, you use all four gears and spend most of your time in second around these tighter road courses and this track you spent most of your time in third and fourth, which shows how quick the track was and it was definitely the fastest one I’ve ever been on.”

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K&N East Statistical Advance: Greenville

Analyzing The The Whitaker Chevy 140

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to Greenville (South Carolina) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 6 for the Whitaker Chevy 140, the season’s 15th of 16 events. 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
• Ben Rhodes can clinch the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title with a 13th-place finish or better in The Whitaker Chevy 140. Rhodes currently has a 65-point advantage over Cameron Hayley in the championship standings.

• Ben Rhodes and Sergio Peña are 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.
• Scott Heckert enters the weekend with two consecutive wins in the K&N Pro Series East. He is the third driver this season to have a streak of back-to-back wins, joining Daniel Daniel Suárez and Turner Scott Motorsport teammate Ben Rhodes.
• Track position is critical in short-track racing, and Greenville is no exception. The average starting position for the 12 race winners is 2.99.

Greenville Pickens Speedway
History
• Opened on July 4, 1946 as a dirt track. The race surface was converted to asphalt in April, 1970.
• Held 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1951-71, including the first flag-to-flag televised event.
• David Pearson (1959) and Ralph Earnhardt (1965, 66) are among the famed drivers that have won championships at the track.
• Junior Miller won a pair of NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at Greenville in the 2006-07 seasons.

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Berry to Make Nationwide Debut at Iowa

Josh Berry of Hendersonville, TN will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway Saturday night. He will drive the #5 Tackle Grab Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Berry tested a Nationwide car on July 14 at Motor Mile.

The #5 team has a 6.8 average finish in 13 starts, including three wins, nine top fives and 10 top 10s. Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick have scored wins at Richmond, Kentucky and Daytona. Rookie Austin Theriault has made two of his three scheduled starts, with a best finish of fifteenth at Iowa in May.

A Late Model driver for JR Motorsports since 2010, Berry’s became eligible for Nationwide competition after  two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. Berry drove the Speedco #45 at Greenville Pickens and Richmond for Darin Odle Motorsports.

“I’ve been very fortunate the past few years to have them supporting my career and wanting me to move up.”

“For our first showing, I felt like it went pretty well,” Berry said of his March 22 debut. “We were pretty quick, qualified fifth, and had a solid run going until getting caught up in some trouble at the end.”

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Bassett Emerges Among Front Runners

Winston-Salem Driver And Family Team On The Rise

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dillon Bassett made his debut among NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national point leaders this month, ranking as the No. 2 driver in the nation for the first three weeks of the season.

Bassett, 17, of Winston-Salem, N.C., didn’t plan to introduce his name to a national audience with such success.

“This is just the way it’s happening,” Bassett said. “Going into the season we had no intentions of being in championship point standings. We just wanted to focus on our equipment and try to win races.”

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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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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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