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Mead Continues Top Five Streak with Fifth at New Smyrna

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 30, 2017) – Matt Mead continued his impressive rookie season in pro late model competition on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. The driver of the No. 81 Anthony Campi Racing Toyota finished fifth to continue a streak of top-five finishes.

Mead unloaded on Friday and worked to dial in his racecar to track conditions on the half-mile oval. By the end of the day, the team had made gains entering Saturday’s final round of practice. Unlike previous events at New Smyrna, the field was set via pill draw and Matt drew a starting position outside of row five.

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Bromante Overcomes Mechanical Gremlin to Dominate and Win at New Smyrna

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 30, 2017) – It only took two races with Anthony Campi Racing for Giovanni Bromante to visit victory lane. Saturday was the night, and Bromante dominated the pro late model race at New Smyrna Speedway en route to his first career late model victory at the high-banked half-mile.

During Friday’s private test session, Bromante picked up where he left off three weeks ago during his most recent race. Quickly, he was back up to speed and working to find more until something went amiss with the car. In an effort to make repairs, the ACR team hauled the car back to their shop in Sarasota to diagnose rear end issues. The problem was rectified and the team returned to New Smyrna with the racecar the next morning.J

ust like Friday, Bromante was back to pace within just a couple of laps and focused on the job at hand on Saturday evening. Unlike prior races, the lineup for Saturday’s event was determined by pill draw due to a schedule which was comprised of two, twin 25-lap races. Bromante started fourth and hurriedly made his way forward at the drop of the green flag.

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Pre-Race Notes: Matt Mead / New Smyrna Speedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Driver: Matt Mead

Car: Unsponsored No. 81 Pro Late Model

Sanction: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Race: Twin Pro Late Model 25s

Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval

Date/Time: Saturday, October 28

Race Length: 25 laps (x2)

TV Coverage: None

Radio Coverage: None

Last Race Recap: Matt continued his impressive streak of top five finishes at New Smyrna Speedway with a third place run three weeks ago in a 50-lap contest. After winning in the previous outing, Mead adapted to the changing track conditions to improve his position over the course of the event, making key moves on the final restart just laps from the finish.

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Pre-Race Notes: Giovanni Bromante // New Smyrna Speedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Driver: Giovanni Bromante
Car: Sandler Capital No. 81G Toyota Pro Late Model
Sanction: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Race: Twin Pro Late Model 25s
Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28
Race Length: 25 laps (x2)
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: Giovanni raced with Anthony Campi Racing for the first time at New Smyrna Speedway in a 50-lap contest which saw him start from the front row. As soon as the field exiting the first set of corners, the teenage phenom shot out to the lead and battled for the top spot the entire race until a late-race restart. After said restart, contact with another car caused enough damage to create a tire rub which sidelined Bromante for the remaining circuits after what was one of his best career performances in a late model. Continue reading ‘Pre-Race Notes: Giovanni Bromante // New Smyrna Speedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series’

Bromante Contends for Victory at New Smyrna Before Unplanned Exit

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 9, 2017) – Giovanni Bromante made his first start for Anthony Campi Racing on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida and started the new relationship off with a bang. Bromante started from the pole and contended for the win until a late-race mishap sidelined him while running in the top three.
Bromante and the Anthony Campi Racing team began to get acquainted with one another for the first time on Thursday during a seat fitting and subsequently on Friday during a private test. Quickly, Giovanni got up to speed at the high-banked half mile and was running times on part with his teammate who had won the previous race at New Smyrna.
Following Saturday night’s qualifying procedure, Bromante was third fastest by merely a few hundredths of a second. A random, three-position invert placed Bromante on the pole for the race, a starting position he took full advantage of from the drop of the green flag. The teenager took the green flag from inside the front row and cleared his closest competitor before the field exited turn two.

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Matt Mead Continues to Impress with Top Three Finish at New Smyrna

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Oct. 9, 2017) – Coming off of a win two weeks ago, Matt Mead once again went to New Smyrna Speedway to compete in the No. 81 Anthony Campi Racing Toyota. After 50 laps of competition, he backed up his win from two weeks ago with a solid podium finish, placing third at the checkered flag.
Mead and the ACR team unloaded on Friday to test on the hotter, slicker surface that more closely resembled a midsummer raceday at New Smyrna as opposed to early fall. Mead once again was up to speed and the team worked on a handful of tweaks to improve that speed during the day.
By race time, Mead began to plot his course through the larger field, methodically assessing his opponents and setting them up as the laps clicked off. As the race aged towards its conclusion, restarts came more often due to accidents, and Mead was able to make a handful of late-race moves when they counted, ultimately finishing third in his sixth career late model event.

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Pre-Race Notes: Matt Mead // New Smyrna Spedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Driver: Matt Mead
Car: Unsponsored No. 81 Pro Late Model Toyota
Sanction: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Race: Pro Late Model 50
Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, October 7
Race Length: 50 laps
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: Matt claimed his first win in a late model at New Smyrna Speedway two weeks ago after starting second and holding off a veteran driver who was latched to his bumper for the entire race distance. The win came after nearly two months off for Mead due to weather delays in his racing schedule, a very welcome return to the seat before the fall stretch where he will be racing much more consistently through November.

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Matt Mead Wins in Only His Fifth Career Start at New Smyrna Speedway

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Sept. 25, 2017) – Matt Mead made the most of his time off due to weather over the summer and started his fall season with a win at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night. It was his first victory in only five career starts at the half-mile facility after registering two runner-up finishes in his first four races.

Mead and the Anthony Campi Racing team unloaded for practice on Friday as they have on multiple other occasions. For the first time in months, the weather cooperated with their planned testing time and also with race night activities on the following evening.

In the limited practice time on Saturday, the No. 81 car was comfortable for Matt and the team made minimal adjustments to the car prior to the heat race which set the starting lineup for the feature event. After a solid showing in the heat, Mead started the feature contest from second place, outside the front row.

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Mead Eager to Get Back Behind the Wheel… If Mother Nature Allows

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (Sept. 20, 2017) – For Matt Mead, rain has been an extremely unwelcome sight this year. The 18-year old racecar driver has made numerous trips south to Florida only to turn around and return home to North Carolina due to rainouts at New Smyrna Speedway, the track where he and his Anthony Campi Racing team have been focusing their efforts this season.

The last time Mead was behind the wheel in competition was the end of July, nearly two months ago. The memory of that race is a pleasant one as he finished second at New Smyrna, just a handful of car lengths from the leader. It was, by far, the best race of his short stock car career on the half-mile layout near Florida’s east coast.

The Mead family had eleven races on Matt’s schedule throughout the year. Now, the vast majority of those shows will be run in the next two to three months, pending weather, giving Mead and Campi ample time to get a regular chemistry brewing as the pair strives for top three runs and the chance to contend for wins.

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Pre-Race Notes: Matt Mead // New Smyrna Speedway – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Driver: Matt Mead
Car: Unsponsored No. 81 Pro Late Model
Sanction: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Race: Pro Late Model 50
Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, September 2
Race Length: 50 laps
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: Matt’s most recent race was nearly a month ago after this particular event was rescheduled due to rain on August 5. In the July 31 contest at New Smyrna, Matt finished second, ghosting every move the leader made, after running what most of his crew called the best race of his career. That race was only 25 laps compared to 50 this weekend.
Schedule Shakeup: Rain has wreaked havoc on Matt’s schedule this summer, possibly to the benefit of his racing career. A number of races were called on raceday, like the one the track is making up this weekend. Despite the raceday rain, Matt was able to test and practice the car during those weekends, giving him valuable track time and learning opportunities to improve his abilities behind the wheel. Perhaps those rainouts were blessings in disguise.

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Balancing Act for Lutz

Ryan Lutz of Miller Place, NY plans to run 5 Legends Car races at Riverhead (NY) Raceway and defend his win from last year.

“(I am) incredibly thankful for the parents I have that let me pursue my dream I have in life,” Lutz said. “… My dad and Renee, they sacrifice a lot for me and let me do what I love and I cannot thank them enough.”

Lutz also thanked his brother Craig, Kyle Ellwood, 600 Racing, and engine builder Chad Honeycut.

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Smyrna

Analyzing the Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East begins with the Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sunday, February 19. Below is a look at the Jet Tools 150 and some of the selected participants.

Jet Tools 150 Race Setup:

  • For the fourth consecutive season, New Smyrna Speedway hosts the opening race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
  • The three drivers that finished in the top three positions in this race last year are the only drivers who finished in the top 10 entered this year — Todd Gilliland (won), Spencer Davis (second) and Ronnie Bassett Jr. (third).

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: New Smyrna

Faces New and Old Begin March to Season Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A host of new drivers, and a crop of talented racers returning to the series, begin the march toward the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship when a brand new season takes the green flag in the Jet Tools 150 at  New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sunday, February 19. For the fourth consecutive season, K&N Pro Series teams begin their season during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.

Of the 28 drivers entered in the Jet Tools 150, the first of 14 races for the series this season, a full third of those drivers have participated in the K&N Pro Series previously. All three of last year’s top three finishers, including race winner Todd Gilliland are entered this week. Collin Cabre and Jay Beasley are back in the Rev Racing fold for 2017, while Harrison Burton, Hunter Baize and Tyler Dippel all had strong 2016 season in the series and are looking to back that up with good opening runs at New Smyrna.

While getting the season off on the right foot with a trip to Victory Lane is the goal for most teams this week, winning the season opener has not proven necessary for championship hopes. No driver to win the Jet Tools 150 in any of the first three years went on to win the title — in fact, Ben Rhodes fourth-place finish in the inaugural event in 2014 marks the highest Jet Tools 150 finish by a championship winner. William Byron placed seventh at New Smyrna in 2015, while Justin Haley finished fifth last season.

And while none of the previous New Smyrna winners ended up winning that year’s K&N Pro Series East championship, all have gone on to great things in their own careers. Daniel Suarez, who won the inaugural event in 2014, won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship last year and is replacing Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 2015 New Smyrna winner Austin Hill is entering his second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

RACE: Jet Tools 150
PLACE: New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
DATE: Sunday, February 19
TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .480-mile banked asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: Todd Gilliland
2016 POLE WINNER: Todd Gilliland
EVENT SCHEDULE: Sunday, February 19 – Garage opens: 11 a.m.; Practice: 2:45-3:30 p.m.; 3:45-4:30 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:05 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6:30 p.m.; Jet Tools 150: 7:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Kim Brown, (386) 427-4129; kbrown@newsmyrnaspeedway.org
TWITTER: @newsmyrnaspway
EVENT HASHTAG: #JetTools150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The Jet Tools 150 will be the first of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (72 miles) with a five minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

The Track: New Smyrna Speedway opened in 1964 and has a grandstand capacity of 8,000. The .480-mile banked oval has 600-foot straightaways and 720-foot turns with 23 degrees of banking. The track was repaved in January 2007. Additionally, it’s a part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and plays host to its annual February showcase, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Race Winners: There have been three different winners in the three previous K&N East races at New Smyrna. Daniel Suarez, Austin Hill and Todd Gilliland are the only race winners at New Smyrna in series history.

Pole Winners: In the three previous events, there have been thee different pole winners. Cameron Hayley won the pole for the inaugural race at the track in 2014, while Austin Hill and Todd Gilliland each won races from the pole. Gilliland set the track qualifying record last season of 18.318 seconds (94.333 mph).

Jet Tools 150 Notes:
Double Duty: Defending race winner and reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland returns to New Smyrna this weekend with an eye on a busy 2017 season. The 16-year-old Gilliland, of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, plans on running the full schedule in both the K&N East and K&N West this season for car owner Bill McAnally. Gilliland won six of 14 starts in the West series last season, and won his East debut at New Smyrna. Gilliland will have company for the East series run, too, as his father, former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland, will field cars for Chase Purdy. The Mississippi native Purdy, 16, spent part of last season in the Late Model division at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

Return Engagement: Including Gilliland, all three drivers who were part of an exciting, down to the wire finish at New Smyrna last season are entered in this year’s edition of the Jet Tools 150. Joining Gilliland are Spencer Davis and Ronnie Bassett Jr, who finished second and third, respectively, in this race last year. The trio of drivers combined to lead all but nine laps in 2016 at New Smyrna. In fact, of the drivers who finished in the top 10 in this event a year ago, only Gilliland, Davis and Bassett are entered in this year’s race. Davis, who won the Pro Late Model championship at New Smyrna’s World Series in 2014, is driving a part-time entry for former series regular Ben Kennedy. His teammate for New Smyrna will be Anthony Sergi as part of Kennedy’s two-car operation for New Smyrna.

Multicultural Flair: Diversity is well-represented in the K&N Pro Series field at New Smyrna. Collin Cabre returns to the seat of the No. 2 for Max Siegel as part of the Drive 4 Diversity program, while his brother, Chase, is alongside as a teammate in the No. 4 for the first time. Jay Beasley is in the No. 42 as part of the D4D program, too, as is Reuben Garcia Jr. of Mexico City. Two cars are entered for owner Troy Williams in the event, with Mexican driver Enrique Baca and Floridian Luis Rodriguez Jr. entered.  Amber Balcaen of Winnipeg, Manitoba will be behind the wheel of the No. 39 for McClure/Martin Racing, and Jesse Iwugi will make his series debut in the No. 36.

Home Cookin’: Two drivers with a track record of having plenty of success at New Smyrna will make their K&N Pro Series debuts in the Jet Tools 150. Travis Cope will make a start this week in the No. 31 for longtime car owner Ted Marsh, and while Marsh’s roots are in racing in New England, Cope has made his mark at New Smyrna. Cope, of Weeki Wachee, Florida, has won three of the biggest non-World Series Super Late Model events held annually at New Smyrna. In 2013, Cope won the Governor’s Cup at the track, following that effort by winning both the Orange Blossom 100 and the Red Eye 100 there the following season. But Cope isn’t the only Super Late Model driver from the Whelen All-American Series ranks expecting to break through this weekend. Zane Smith of Huntington Beach, California, won the 2015 Super Late Model crown at the 2016 World Series at New Smyrna.

New Rules: Two new race and qualifying procedures will make their K&N Pro Series debuts at New Smyrna. Qualifying times will be recorded through the group qualifying process, with NASCAR determining the number of groups that will run in five-minute segments. Drivers may run as many laps as they wish during their five-minute session, with their fastest posted lap counting for their qualifying time. The green-white-checkered finish is gone this season, too, replaced by the overtime line currently used in NASCAR’s national series. Once the field reaches the designated overtime line on the track, the race will be deemed official in case of a late caution flag.

NASCAR Home Tracks: New Smyrna Speedway

For the fourth straight season, New Smyrna Speedway hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series opener as part of the 51st annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Modifieds, Super Late Models, Pro Late Models and more are part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Sources: Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/19/17 Schedule
K&N Pro Series East
Time Event
11 a.m. Garage opens
11:30 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
11:45 a.m. Inspection begins
1:30 p.m. Rookie/Spotter Meeting
2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Practice
3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Final Practice
5:05 p.m. Group Qualifying
6 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (On Track)
7:15 p.m. Driver Introductions
7:30 p.m. Jet Tools 150

NKNPS East New Smyrna 02/19/17 Entry List
K&N Pro Series East
Series:
K&N Pro Series East
PRINTABLE VERSION
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
2 Collin Cabre, Tampa, Fla. UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel TBA
04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C. Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet Ronnie Bassett Kris Bowen
4 Chase Cabre, Tampa, Fla. * Eibach Springs Toyota Max Siegel TBA
5 Luis Rodriguez, Jr., Miami, Fla. * PEAK Chevrolet Troy Williams TBA
6 Ruben Garcia Jr., Mexico City, Mexico UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel Steve Plattenberger
9 Enrique Baca, Monterrey, Mexico * PEAK/Telmex Chevrolet Troy Williams TBA
12 Harrison Burton, Huntersville, N.C. DEX Imaging Toyota Matthew Miller Mardy Lindley
13 Hunter Baize, Bremen, Ky. EcoWater Systems Naples/KnT Sports Cards Chevrolet Eric McClure Teddy Brown
14 Trey Hutchens, Lexington, N.C. TBA Chevrolet Bobby Hutchens Bobby Hutchens Jr.
16 Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Bill McAnally Chris Lawson
17 Chase Purdy, Meridian, Miss. * Bama Buggies Toyota David Gilliland TBA
19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr., Hildebran, N.C. Spring Drug Ford Chuck Buchanan Craig Wood
20 Anthony Sergi, Oviedo, Fla. * MJS Concrete Toyota Benjamin Kennedy TBA
23 J.P. Morgan, Mooresville, N.C. www.soldbyjackiemorgan.com J.P. Morgan James Beck
30 Tyler Dippel, Wallkill, N.Y. TyCar Ford Mark Rette Mark Rette
31 Travis Cope, Weeki Wachee, Fla. * Whelen Engineering/Best Line Ted Marsh Todd Fisette
36 Jesse Iwuji, Carrollton, Tex. Red List Group/Lights Out/Rabbit Shawne Merriman John Wood
38 Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif. Shakeaway Shakes/Twin Peaks Mike Holleran Sonny Wahl
39 Amber Balcaen, Winnipeg, MB * Shead Racing/Glen McLeod & So Hal Martin Doug Chouinard
40 Sheldon Creed, Alpine, Calif. * A.M. Ortega Toyota Mark McFarland Doug Howe
41 Vinnie Miller, Metamora, Mich. * MasterMFGInc.com Toyota Doug Fuller Jamie Jones
42 Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev. Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota Max Siegel TBA
43 Zane Smith, Huntington Beach, Calif. * Diamondback Towing Toyota David Calabrese TBA
44 Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, N.C. Bassett Gutters and More Ford Ronnie Basset Kris Bowen
49 John Holleman, IV, Winston-Salem, N.C. Midway Mobile Storage Ford Zeno Marshall Jr Kevin Hollenbach
66 Reid Wilson, Huntersville, N.C. * TruNorth Warranty Programs Barry Wilson Andrew Abbott
96 Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga. * TBA Toyota Ben Kennedy Mike Fritts
99 Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis. * Carlyle Tools Toyota Bill McAnally Ty Joiner
* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Ben Kennedy Racing Announces Plans

Davis & Sergi to Run K&N Pro East Opener at New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As he looks to make the move to NASCAR XFINITY Series this year, Ben Kennedy is continuing his presence in the series that started his NASCAR career.

Ben Kennedy Racing announced Tuesday morning two new additions to the 2017 roster for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Spencer Davis and Anthony Sergi will compete in Sunday’s Jet Tools 150 at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for the team.

Davis, a NASCAR Next driver, will field the No. 96 Davis Poultry Toyota for several events throughout the season, starting with the season-opener at Kennedy’s home track. Davis will team with Mike Fritts as his crew chief.

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Nasse Looks to Carry Momentum into Speed Fest

Pinellas Park, FL —  Stephen Nasse kicked off his 2017 season with a podium finish at the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) just a few weeks ago. After challenging for wins late in 2016, the Pinellas Park, FL driver looks to carry his momentum into CRA SpeedFest this weekend at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) and grab that big race win he’s been so close to lately.

“Buggy Pletcher and I have been showing up each and every week with fast cars and have been so close to winning a hand full of big races,” said Nasse. “We just need put the whole thing together and I know we can do it.”

This marks the first time Nasse is making the trip to Crisp Motorsports Park since 2013 and he earned a career best finish of 15th at the Cordele, GA track in 2012.

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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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Pollard Celebrates New Year in Red Eye Victory Lane

SENOIA, Ga. — Bubba Pollard earned his third win in as many months when he took the checkered flag in the Red Eye 100 Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
The Senoia, GA driver qualified third, but never raced outside of the top two all night.

Pollard led the first 16 laps before relinquishing the lead to Brad May. But the 29-year-old driver held steady in the second spot, then made his move with 20 laps to go to retake the top spot and pull into Victory Lane for the first Super Late Model race of 2016.

“I felt like we had a decent race car,” Pollard said. “It took us awhile to get going, really. The car kind of got tight on a long run. Brad (May) there, I let him go at the beginning of the race. I knew he was driving pretty hard, I was hoping he’d burn the right front off of it, and he finally did and we started catching him.”

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Pallai Returns to Modified Competition

Richie Pallai, Jr. of Yorktown Heights, NY will compete in Tour-Type Modifieds this season for New Jersey native Phil Stefanelli. Pallai will drive Stefanelli’s home-built car at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway’s IceBreaker February 12 and the World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. The home-built car will also compete in the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Stefanelli will also field a new Fury racecar for Pallai in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach March 18 and possibly the May 13 event. Pallai may enter additional races up north. Pallai expects to run 10-12 races, including 3 nights of Speedweeks at New Smyrna.

“Me personally selfishly I’d like to run Loudon again,” Pallai said. “I love Loudon and deep down inside if I can run one more race anywhere I’d like to race Stafford just ’cause that’s my home and I do miss running Stafford.”

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Tyler Ankrum Impresses, Finishes Second at New Smyrna Speedway in Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 100

Mooresville, N.C. (October 31, 2016) – Tyler Ankrum and the No. 58 iOn Camera, K&N Filters, Performance Racing Warehouse team turned some heads this past weekend, finishing in the second position for the second consecutive race at New Smyrna Speedway. The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 100 attracted some of the best drivers in the Southeast, as it was the last chance for teams to compete on the half-mile speedway before the 51st annual Governor’s Cup coming up on November 13.

The weekend began on Friday, October 28 with open practice for the stout super late model field, as the No. 58 iOn Camera, K&N Filters, Performance Racing Warehouse team was able to work through several setups and maintain consistently fast lap times. This long-run speed would come in handy throughout the rest of the weekend’s activities, as the No. 58 team ran the second most recorded laps in the final practice session and after qualifying, would start from the third position.

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Drivers Vie for Spot in NASCAR Program

17 Invited to Drive for Diversity Combine at New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

“This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete,” said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. “NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna.”

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Multicultural and Female Drivers to Compete for a Spot in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Developmental Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

“This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete,” said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. “NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna.”

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Calabrese Racing Indoors Ahead of K&N Debut

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — David Calabrese of Toms River, NJ is optimistic entering tonight’s NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic at Boardwalk Hall.

“Our car is pretty good right now,” Calabrese said. “…The car was a little tight last night in one of the heat races so we freed it up a little bit and the thing rotates a lot better through the center of the corner. So I think we have a pretty good shot of making the show tonight.”

Calabrese Motorsports will be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with their own cars and engines. The team sold their Modifieds and purchased  new K&N cars. The Mooresville, NC team will use their own cars and engines.

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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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Decker Eyes Success at First Career Florida Governors Cup

CONCORD, N.C.– Super Late Model racing has been kind to Natalie Decker in 2015. After a successful year so far, which includes a handful of wins in the Midwest, the 18-year-old Wisconsin native travels to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) this weekend to make her first ever Florida Governors Cup 200 start.

“When our team was racing Oktoberfest in La Crosse, we were talking about how we would like to race the Governor’s Cup,” said Decker, “The next day a race fan that has been following me since I was 12 years old, wrote a check to our team so we could afford to go. Jed Bauer is the fan who is making a difference in my life and I am very thankful.”

While this weekend marks Decker’s first time competing in the prestigious Governor’s Cup event, she is no stranger to the New Smyrna Speedway half-mile. Decker has traveled to Florida the past two seasons for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, competing 14 times and picking up four top-10 finishes, all in 2014.

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Cody Coughlin Governor’s Cup 200 Fact Sheet

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Seeking More Success in the Sunshine State

As autumn starts to turn toward winter in Ohio and the days start to get grey and cold, Cody Coughlin is heading to the Sunshine State of Florida to do some racing at the fast half-mile of New Smyrna Speedway. New Smyrna is a track Coughlin has seen success at in the past. It is the site of his first Late Model victory during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in 2013. The Joe Gibbs Development driver has also finished in the top five six times at New Smyrna.

Racing for Redemption

The last time Coughlin raced at New Smyrna he had the fastest car in the field one year ago at the Governor’s Cup. He raced his way into the top five from his 15th-place starting position and ran there for much of the race. A transmission issue ended prematurely. As a result, Coughlin is looking for redemption in this year’s trip to the Governor’s Cup, and he believes he can definitely get the job done on Sunday afternoon.

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Cliche to Race Part-Time with ACT, VMRS

Etienne Cliche plans to enter three Valenti Modified Racing Series races at Lee (NH) USA, Monadnock (NH), and Oxford (ME) Plains. On the Serie ACT, he plans to enter two races at Autodrome Chaudiere and two additional races. Three races in the United States are in the works, but he could not comment on which races.

Cliche enjoys running in the Modifieds. His brother Marc-Andre was the first Canadian driver to race with the Valenti Modified Racing Series back in 2006. “It is a really nice feeling. Lots of hp’s (horsepower), 15 inch tires, low on the ground. I ran a lot of Go Kart racing in my young age and it’s like a big Go Kart. “

Cliche enjoys racing with Max Zachem, Chris Pasteryak, Joey Jarvis, veteran modified driver Dwight Jarvis, and Steve Masse. Cliche feels they are good drivers and have helped him whenever he has needed help to improve on the race track.

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Eddie MacDonald Doubles Up at New Smyrna

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA claimed his second win in two nights of ACT competition at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL on Monday, August 16. MacDonald followed up his Sunday night win with another trip to victory lane in the first leg of the American Racer Challenge Cup. His second win, however, didn’t come so easy.

Unlike Sunday night, MacDonald didn’t earn the pole, lead every lap or even appear to have the fastest car of the race. He started in the third position and challenged pole sitter Patrick Laperle and outside pole Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. early in the event. Laperle led the way through the first 26 caution free laps, while Polewarczyk struggled and faded back with a tire going flat. Polewarczyk finally spun on lap 26 bringing out the first caution of the event.

That caution setup a six lap battle between Laperle and MacDonald in which they would swap the lead five times with MacDonald settling into the lead on lap 32. Aaron Fellows followed MacDonald by Laperle to take the second spot and quickly set his sights on MacDonald’s rear bumper. Fellows worked the inside lane until finally making the move he needed to take over the point.

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Eddie MacDonald Wins ACT 100 in Sunny Florida

While Eddie Mac’s hometown of Rowley, Mass. is battling blizzards and freezing temperatures, “The Outlaw” heated up the half mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway to win the ACT 100. Twenty six cars took the green flag to kick off three nights of American Canadian Tour races as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing at the legendary track. Eddie Mac and the MacDonald Motorsports team led the caution free event from green flag to checker flag run in less than thirty four minutes.

“This is really exciting to come down here and get the win,” said Eddie Mac. “The car was fast from the first practice on and we knew we had something for the competition. Everyone worked hard on the car this winter to get it ready to be part of this and all the effort paid off. Rollie and I used a set-up from another track and it worked to perfection. I am so proud and thankful of all the people involved to make this happen. ”

The #17ma Hancock Electric Late Model posted the fastest times in both practices (19.773 sec. and 19.361 sec.). The Freddy Peterson owned Chevy started ninth in the first of three qualifying heats and scored a +7 rating after finishing the heat in second place, good enough to start on the pole for the race. The heats were run before the K&N Pro Series East race with the ACT 100 taking the green flag immediately afterward.

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