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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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PASS to Begin Airing Events on Pay-Per-View Online in 2014

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NAPLES, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today that the series will begin airing pay-per-view events online this season. PASS TV will allow race fans around the world to watch North America’s premier short track series from the comfort of their own homes. TM Racing Videos will partner with PASS and utilize a multi-camera format to provide a first-of-its kind experience online for short track asphalt racers and fans. Fans will be able to access PASS TV through a link on ProAllStarsSeries.com and can enjoy the racing action from qualifying through the checkered flag. Through PASS TV, racers will be able to get those ever important sponsors the increased exposure that they deserve.

The first event that will be available for purchase beginning later this week will be the 3
rd Running of the Florida Winter Meltdown from New Smyrna Speedway on February 8. Other early season races planned to be broadcast on PASS TV include PASS South events from Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Dillon Motor Speedway, and the Easter Bunny 150 from Hickory Motor Speedway. Events that will be available for purchase will be announced throughout the season on the PASS website as well as the PASS Facebook and Twitter pages.

“We’re really happy to announce the launch of PASS TV for the 2014 racing season and we believe that this will revolutionize short track racing coverage for the future,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Sanctioning a variety of different series throughout the United States and Canada offers us a great platform of racing entertainment for our fans. Now, when the best from New England and Canada head down South or conversely when our Southern stars head North, their fans will be able to follow them without leaving their homes. We also believe that when fans see the great action being presented on PASS TV it will encourage them to get out and experience the excitement at the races in person.”

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Greenville Pickens Title a First for Anders

Driver Achieves Longtime Goal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran South Carolina NASCAR Late Model driver won a long-sought track championship in 2013 and added a third consecutive state championship.

Anthony Anders, 42, of Easley, S.C., captured his first track title at historic Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

“It took a lot of sleepless nights, late nights in the shop with the crew, and the support and understanding from all our families to put all our time into racing,” Anders said. “It took 15 years of dreaming about it – and racing in Late Models for nine years – to get it done.”

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2014 K&N East Schedule Announced

Florida Swing Kicks Off 16-Race Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kicks off with a Florida doubleheader and covers a combination of historic short tracks, NASCAR national series combination events and a pair of road courses.

The East portion of NASCAR’s top step on its developmental ladder will cover 16 events and culminate with the finale at the “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway.

New additions to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule include the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – followed by the return to Daytona International Speedway for the UNOH Battle At The Beach – as well as running the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.

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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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PASS Finalizes Dates for South Super Late Models and Pro Late Models

 CHARLOTTE, NC — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that 2014 dates have been finalized for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models. Both divisions will return to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC on Friday night, May 9. It will mark the first time PASS has raced at Ace since 2011. Both divisions will also return for a second trip in 2014 to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC on Saturday night, October 18.

Additionally, the November dates have been set as the PASS South Super Late Models will return to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC for the 12th Annual North-South Shootout October 31-November 1. And, both the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will conclude their seasons at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC on Saturday, November 15, one week earlier than previously announced.

With the finalization of these dates, the PASS South Super Late Models will race 17 times for the first time in series history. The PASS Pro Late Models will race a total of 13 times in 2014, all of which will be companion events to the PASS South Super Late Model division.

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NOTEBOOK: A Game Of Chess

K&N East Teams Make Strategic Play For Success At Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. – It was a strange sight at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Monday evening, watching race car drivers toss both instinct and conventional wisdom out the window net in a battle to go… slower.

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 on the worn-out half-mile was a game of chess in which NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers and teams played a sort of reverse-chicken. Instead of racing to gain track position as quickly as they could in the early going, almost to a person drivers slid back outside the Top 10 in an effort to not push the speedometer and wear out tires.

“I’ve never seen a race here where we were all on the same game plan like that,” said Eddie MacDonald, the series veteran who went from 15th at the midway point of the event to finish fourth at the checkered flag. “It made it a little easier because everybody was on the same page. Nobody was really trying to race each other, except for a couple of guys who didn’t really know what the game plan was.

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Kwasniewski Turns Up The Wick

K&N Pro East Points Leader Rolls To Season-High 5th Win

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Dylan Kwasniewski dominating season just keeps rolling along.

The 18-year-old from Las Vegas won for the fourth time in the last six NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races – and for the fifth time this season – as he took the checkered flag in Monday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway.

Kwasniewski’s No. 98 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet finished 2.650 seconds over runner-up Daniel Suárez. After starting on the pole for the third time this season, he surrendered the lead on Lap 3 to Suárez and fell back to as far as ninth, but that was part of the plan.

“That was the strategy today to make sure we had something for the end,” said the victor, whose best Greenville finish coming into the day was seventh. “We didn’t want to drop too far and put us in a bad spot when it was time to go.”

Patience paid off for Kwasniewski. After dropping back in the pack he began a methodical march back through the field. By Lap 100 he was back in contention for the race lead. On race’s 108th lap Kwasniewski worked his way around Jeremy Burns in Turns 3 and 4 for the lead. From there, it was just a matter of staying away from trouble as he was able to get away from the rest of the lead pack.

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QUALIFYING: Kwasniewski Stays Out Front

Greenville Pole 3rd In Last 4 K&N Pro East Races

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Dylan Kwasniewski continues to lead the way.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader topped the field in qualifying Monday at Greenville Pickens Speedway for his his third 21 Means 21 Pole Awards presented by Coors Brewing Co. in the last four races.

Kwasniewski, who enters Monday night’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 with a 28-point lead over Brett Moffitt, had a lap of 20.810 seconds (86.497 mph) around the flat half-mile oval.

Daniel Suárez qualified second at 20.839 (86.377), followed by Cale Conley at 20.841 (86.368).

Moffitt, who had three previous pole awards at Greenville and led both practice sessions, was fourth fastest in qualifying. Austin Dyne rounded out the top five.

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PRACTICE: Moffitt Fast in Greenville Run

3-Time K&N Pro East Pole Winner Leads Both Monday Sessions

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Brett Moffitt continued to show the fast way around Greenville Pickens Speedway.

Moffitt, who has won the Coors Light Pole Award three times at the flat half-mile asphalt oval, paced both practice sessions for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Labor Day race. Moffitt’s time in the first practice of 21.151 seconds (85.102 mph) was the top overall time in preparation for Monday night’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140.

Moffitt also led the second practice with a lap of 21.223 (84.814), which was second fastest overall.

Dylan Kwasniewski was third fastest overall with his first practice session time of 21.262 (84.658).

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K&N East Statistical Advance: Greenville

Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 At GPS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 on Monday, Sept. 2. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Greenville Race Setup:
• The 10 previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Greenville Pickens Speedway have produced nine different victors and eight different pole winners.
• Brett Moffitt has six track records at GPS including the best average finish, most laps led and most poles.
• Eddie MacDonald’s nine starts are the most in series history at GPS, and he’s tied with Moffitt for the most top-10 finishes at the track with six.
• Season points leader Dylan Kwasniewski made his NKNPS East debut at GPS in 2012 and drove from the rear to finish seventh.

AT 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.

Notebook
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East held its inaugural Greenville Pickens Speedway race on June 6, 2006 and has returned every year since. This is the third season in a row that the track has held two events.
• Corey LaJoie took the checkered flag in this event last year while Brandon Gdovic won this season’s first event there. Darrell Wallace Jr. is the only driver in the first 10 races at GPS to earn two victories.
• Brett Moffitt is the only driver to capture more than one pole at GPS. He has three, including the first event there this year.
• In the first 10 NKNPS East events there have been two drivers that have won from the pole: Joey Logano (2007) and Moffitt (2011). Moffitt also set the track qualifying record in 2011.
• Logano, Austin Dillon (2008), Gdovic (2013) and Wallace (2010) earned their first career NKNPS East wins in events at Greenville.

Greenville Pickens Speedway Data
Race: #11 of 15 overall, #2 of 2 at GPS
Track Layout: .5-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 140 laps (70 miles)
• Banking/Corners: Five degrees

Qualifying/Race Data
2012 race winner: Corey LaJoie
2012 pole winner: Field set by rulebook (rain)
Track qualifying record: Brett Moffitt (87.659 mph, 20.534 seconds, 4/2/11)

ACTIVE SERIES CAREER LEADERS:
Wins
1. Brett Moffitt … 9
2. Eddie MacDonald … 6
3. Dale Quarterley … 6

Poles
1. Brett Moffitt … 10
2. Dale Quarterley … 4
3. Cale Conley … 2
Ben Kennedy … 2
Dylan Kwasniewski … 2
Eddie MacDonald … 2

Top Fives
1. Brett Moffitt … 33
Dale Quarterley … 31
3. Eddie MacDonald … 30

Top 10s
1. Eddie MacDonald … 82
2. Dale Quarterley … 67
3. Brett Moffitt … 42

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald … 21,707
2. Dale Quarterley … 18,838
3. John Salemi … 8,500

Laps Led
1. Brett Moffitt … 1,809
2. Dale Quarterley … 706
3. Eddie MacDonald … 668

SELECT DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS:
Cale Conley (No. 47 Tait Stages/PMC Toyota)
• Has a win, two poles and eight top 10s in 29 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks 10th in the 2013 standings with four top-10 finishes in 10 races.
• Is credited with an average finish of 21st in five previous races at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
• Best career finish at GPS was 14th in the first race there this year.

Cole Custer (No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole – both at Iowa Speedway – and four top 10s in 10 starts as a rookie this year.
• Ranks 10th in the overall points standings and fifth in Sunoco Rookie of the Year points.
• Finished 19th at GPS in his first appearance there earlier this year.

Gray Gaulding (No. 20 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota)
• Has a pole and six top 10s in his first 10 NKNPS East races. Best finish was second at Five Flags Speedway.
• Became the youngest pole winner in NKNPS East history (15 years, two months, 15 days) in April at Richmond International Raceway.
• Ranks ninth in the overall standings and third in Sunoco Rookie of the Year points.
• Finished 10th at GPS in his first series start there in April.

Brandon Gdovic (No. 46 WindStax.com/Aquis Communications Toyota)
• Has a win, nine top fives and 19 top 10s in 35 career starts.
• Ranks seventh in the season standings with six top 10s, including his first career victory in the April GPS race.
• Has that win and an average finish of ninth in five previous series starts at GPS.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NTI Toyota)
• Has a win, a pole, 15 top fives and 20 top 10s in 50 career series starts.
• Ranks fifth in points with six top 10s in 10 outings, highlighted by a win at Richmond.
• Has an average finish of 11th and a best result of fourth in six career starts at GPS.
• Finished ninth in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa in August.

Ben Kennedy (No. 96 Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet)
• Has two wins, two poles, seven top fives and 17 top 10s in 37 career series starts.
• Ranks third in points with seven top 10s, highlighted by wins at Five Flags and Bowman Gray Stadium.
• Has an average finish of 15th and a best result of ninth in five previous series starts at GPS.
• Finished 20th in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last week at Bristol.

Dylan Kwasniewski (No. 98 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins, two poles, seven top fives and 10 top 10s in 13 career NKNPS East starts.
• Is the season points leader on the strength of those four victories, including last time out at Virginia International Raceway.
• Has finishes of seventh and 15th in his two previous starts at GPS. Made his East debut there in 2012.
• Was the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, where he recorded five wins, seven poles and 24 top 10s in 28 career starts from 2011-12.

Jesse Little (No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet)
• Has five top 10s in 17 career NKNPS East races.
• Ranks 12th in the overall season standings and second in Sunoco Rookie of the Year points.
• Has finishes of third and 16th in his two previous starts at GPS. The podium in this event last year is tied for his best career finish.

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 82 top 10s in 168 career series starts.
• Ranks fourth in points with seven top 10s in 10 outings, highlighted by a runner-up finish at August Iowa.
• Has an average finish of 10th and a best result of third in nine career GPS starts.

Brett Moffitt (No. 11 Toyota Boshoku Toyota)
• Owner of nine wins, 10 poles, 24 podiums, 33 top fives and 42 top 10s in 57 career series starts.
• Ranks second in the season standings with five top fives and eight top 10s in 10 outings.
• Is in the midst of a career-long winless drought, now at 16 races.
• Won at GPS in 2011 and holds track records for poles (3), top fives (5), top 10s (tied-6), average finish (7) and laps led (356). Led all but two laps in this race last year before an incident on the green-white-checkered finish.
• Has an average finish of 16th in his two NCWTS appearances this year.

Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet)
• Rookie has three top 10s in four appearances this year, highlighted by a best finish of third – among East drivers – at Iowa in June.
• Has won five of his last six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model starts, including a 2-for-2 performance last week at GPS in which he became the youngest Late Model winner in track history.

Kenzie Ruston (No. 34 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet)
• Has four top fives and five top 10s in 10 starts.
• Ranks sixth in the overall standings and leads in Sunoco Rookie of the Year points.
• Best career finish of third, recorded earlier this year at GPS in her lone series appearance at the track – is the best finish by a female driver in NKNPS East history.

Daniel Suárez (No. 6 Visit Acapulco Toyota)
• Has a win, five top fives and 11 top 10s in 26 career NKNPS East starts.
• Ranks eighth in points with a win and five top 10s in 10 outings.
• Has finishes of 10th and seventh in two previous races at GPS.

UP TO SPEED:
• The 2013 season is the 27th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2013 schedule features 15 races at 13 different tracks across 10 states.
• The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 19 on the short track at Daytona International Speedway. Cameron Hayley won the K&N Pro Series feature.
• Dylan Kwasniewski took the checkered flag in the first points race of the season on March 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He assumed the lead when polesitter Michael McGuire was spun out under caution on Lap 30 and held it the rest of the way.
• Brandon Gdovic captured his first career victory on April 6 at Greenville Pickens Speedway. Brett Moffitt earned his ninth career pole prior to the race, which was originally scheduled to run on March 23 but was postponed due to rain.
• In the first points race in series history in the state of Florida, the Sunshine State’s own Ben Kennedy earned his second career pole and went on to lead all 150 laps in the inaugural event at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola on April 13.
• On April 25 at Richmond International Raceway, Gray Gaulding became the youngest pole winner in series history and Ryan Gifford captured his first career checkered flag.
• It was Moffitt who took the pole and led a race-high 123 laps, but Kennedy came out with the checkered flag at Bowman Gray Stadium on June 1.
• In the East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway on June 7, Anderson Bowen captured the pole in his series debut at Kwasniewski was credited with a victory as the highest-finishing East driver.
• At Langley Speedway on June 22, Kwasniewski registered his third win of the season after qualifying was rained out.
• Daniel Suárez made his first trip to Victory Lane on July 13 after leading 88 laps at Columbus while Kwasniewski earned the pole win.
• It was a record-setting night at Iowa on Aug. 2 as Cole Custer dominated the action and became the youngest race winner in series history.
• In the series’ return to a road course for the first time in three seasons, Kwasniewski stole the show as he captured the pole and led 39 of 57 laps en route to victory at Virginia International Raceway on Aug. 24.

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR K&N Pro Series East PR

K&N Pro Series East Postponed at Greenville

Rain Pushes Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 To April 6

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race scheduled to run today, March 23, at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean is now slated to be contested at the historic half mile on Saturday, April 6. The schedule of events for raceday will remain the same.

Despite the postponement, Greenville will remain the second event on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Dylan Kwasniewski was victorious in the season-opener at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 16. The series will follow Greenville with its inaugural date at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., on April 13.

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Moffitt Keeps On Rolling At Greenville

Leads wire-to-wire to win K&N Pro Series East opener

Greenville, SC — Brett Moffitt started off 2011 the same place he ended last year: in Victory Lane. The only difference was the uniform.

In his first race for Michael Waltrip Racing, Moffitt won the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 Saturday night at Greenville Pickens Speedway. Moffitt led all 150 laps in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener at the historic half-mile.

Moffitt closed out the 2010 season with a win at Dover International Speedway driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. He took over the No. 00 at MWR, replacing two-time series champion Ryan Truex who moved up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Moffitt won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light earlier in the day Saturday and became the first driver since Ryan Moore in July of 2005 to lead every lap.

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NASCAR to Feature Live Race Audio

Webcasts allow fans to follow the action of their favorite series

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that NASCARHomeTracks.com will feature live internet radio broadcasts of 32 touring series events, beginning with Thursday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season-opener at Phoenix International Raceway.

NASCARHomeTracks.com is NASCAR.com’s official home for touring and weekly series news and results. The live radio broadcasts will be provided by the team from Speed 51 Radio, headed by SPEED announcer Bob Dillner.

The broadcasts will feature flag-to-flag coverage of many of the top events in NASCAR’s touring series, including the championship season finales in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

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Johnny Clark is the Man of the Hour at Greenville-Pickens, Ben Rowe claims PASS South title

The 2009 season finale for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South super late models is officially in the books and for the second straight year, a driver by the name of Johnny Clark has closed out the southern schedule as the final event winner. Last year the 2008 PASS North champ took the win at the Mason Dixon Meltdown as the tour finished out at the South Boston Speedway while this year he duplicated the feat, claiming both the PASS North title and winning at the PASS South “Howler” finale at Greenville-Pickens Speedway to wrap up the 2009 season. Johnny held off another veteran in Jay Fogleman for the win. Fogleman showed true grit Saturday after starting the day at the hospital with symptoms of the flu. DJ Shaw was third followed by Ben Rowe in fourth and Randy Porter fifth.

The 125 lap “Howler” was only slowed for two cautions, allowing for tons of green flag racing. A pair of veterans in Porter and Fogleman led the field to green after the series’ mandatory redraw of the top ten qualifiers. Justin Wakefield, who was the quickest in qualifying, would start the race from the ninth position. Close racing between the pair provided the majority of the action for the first half of the event until the yellow flag waived for the first time on lap sixty. Many of the top ten took the opportunity to make adjustments to their cars including second place man Fogleman.
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