Cedar Lake Speedway Hosts USA Nationals

Cedar Lake Speedway Hosts USA Nationals

NASCAR Late Models to run two events during special weekend

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Special events are the hallmark for short-tracks across the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series – dates that fans and competitors alike, circle on the calendar.

One of the biggest in the Midwest will take place this weekend as Cedar Lake Speedway plays host to the 27th Annual USA Nationals.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I Late Models will compete on both Friday and Saturday nights during the three-day event, scheduled to begin Thursday.

The show at the .375-mile dirt track located in New Richmond, Wisc., has become one of the must-attend events in Wisconsin for short track racing fans.

The track features five weekly NASCAR divisions with the Late Models running during Saturday night’s main events. While Cedar Lake Speedway Owner Bob Kaufman expects the race to be a competitive one featuring some of the best drivers throughout the upper Midwest, he said the fans are treated to more than just great racing during the weekend.

“We are proud of this weekend and it has become clearly our crown jewel event at the track,” Kaufman said. “But we also get positive feedback from the fans about the entire weekend and all of the activities we offer for a complete fan experience.”

In addition to two days of racing action on the track, fans enjoy fireworks, concerts and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with shuttles that offer fishing and infield parties at the track after racing is complete.

The weekly competitors list is a who’s who of late model drivers and many of the regulars are expected to race this weekend at Cedar Lake. This year the track partners with Badger Storage and Excavating and will offer to purchase a temporary NASCAR license for any competitor that enters the USA Nationals Late model race that doesn’t have a current NASCAR license.

“We are thrilled and can’t thank everyone at Badger Storage and Excavating enough for stepping up and supporting this event,” said Kaufman. “This partnership will allow us the opportunity to attract some of the best dirt late model drivers from the area to compete and entertain our fans this weekend.”

Cedar Lake is one of eight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks that compete on a dirt surface. The others are Iowa’s Adams County Speedway in Corning; Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway in Omaha and Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction; New York’s Utica-Rome Speedway; Ohio’s Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima; Oklahoma’s Salinas Highbanks Speedway; and Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway in Bechtesville.

Relive All The Action From The Nurburgring 200

Relive All The Action From The Nurburgring 200

Watch Four Complete Race Replays

Relive all the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series action from the Nurburgring with four full race replays. The German track hosted the last round of the Euro NASCAR regular season on July 19-20 and both divisions offered the huge crowd close racing and tense action on the twisty 2.255 miles (3.629 kilometers) of the GP-Strecke.

ELITE 1 Saturday Race

Borja Garcia brakes through

ELITE 2 Saturday Race

Ferrando wins breathtaking battle

ELITE 1 Sunday Race

Gabillon returns to Victory Lane

ELITE 2 Sunday Race

Ferrando wins again

Pit Stop: Center Stage For K&N Pro

Pit Stop: Center Stage For K&N Pro

Weekend Info – Touring & Weekly Schedules, Links & Notes

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series heads to Newton, Iowa, for the second East/West combination event at Iowa Speedway. Ben Rhodes goes to the Autolite Iridium XP 150 with a chance to become the first driver to sweep both races at Iowa. The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver also is one victory away from tying Dylan Kwasniewski’s single-season record of six wins.
• After nearly a month-long hiatus, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is back in action Saturday with the Strutmasters.com 199 at Bowman Gray Stadium. Championship points leader Andy Seuss has three wins in five events this season, but has yet to reach Victory Lane at Bowman Gray. Through six career starts, Seuss has three top-five and five top-10 finishes at the .25-mile flat oval.
• After competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Iowa Speedway Friday, Daniel Suárez will travel to Querétaro, Mexico, for the Queretana 200, the ninth event on the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series’ 2014 calendar. With only two events remaining in the regular season, many of the series drivers will try to secure their spot in the Desafio, the five-race playoff to decide the championship. NASCAR Next driver Rubén García Jr. is six points away from the final Desafio spot. He finished 27th in the series’ first visit to the track earlier this year..

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES

AUTOLITE IRIDIUM XP 150 at at Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa

RACE TIME: Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. CT

TWITTER: #Autolite150, #KNWest, #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | NEWS & NOTES | STAT ADVANCE | DOWNLOAD: TRACKSIDE REPORT

EVENT SCHEDULE

All times CT and subject to change.

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR

STRUTMASTERS 199 at at Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

RACE TIME: Saturday, Aug. 3, 8:40 p.m. ET

TWITTER: #Strutmasters199, #NCATS

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | NEWS & NOTES | STAT ADVANCE | DOWNLOAD: TRACKSIDE REPORT

EVENT SCHEDULE

All times ET and subject to change.

NASCAR MEXICO TOYOTA SERIES

QUERETANA 200 at at Autódromo de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico

RACE TIME: Sunday, Aug. 4, 1:45 p.m. CT

TWITTER: #Queretana200, @NASCARmxOficial, #NTSMx

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

EVENT SCHEDULE

All times CT and subject to change.

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wisc.: The dirt track will host three days of racing with the USA Nationals this week! Thursday features the World of Outlaw Late Model event and a full show of MW Modifieds; Friday features time trials, heats, and dash for $50,000 to win World of Outlaw Late Model event as well as fans fund race and complete show of NASCAR Late Models; and Saturday will showcase B-mains, last chance race, and 100-lap $50,000 to win A-main as well as another complete show of NASCAR Late Models. Races start at 7:00 each night.  Gates open at 5:00 on Thursday and Friday and 4:00 on Saturday. Adult tickets are $25 on Thursday and Friday and $35 on Saturday. Kids age 6-16 are half price and 5 and under are free

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BROADCAST

K&N Pro West
FOX Sports 1,  Sunday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. – Colorado Speedway

Canadian Tire Series
TSN, Sunday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. – Autodrome St-Eustache

RDS2, Sunday, Aug. 3, 5 p.m. – Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

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Underdog No More: Papini Leads At Rockford

Underdog No More: Papini Leads At Rockford

National Div. I Leader Anders Keeps Rolling With Two More Wins

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Last year at Illinois’ Rockford Speedway, Alex Papini felt like everybody was pulling for him.

He got his first NASCAR win. He won the Stanley Steemer Late Model Division championship at the high-banked quarter-mile, and earned the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Illinois championship.

Which means this year, everybody’s gunning for him.

“We’ve got a target on our backs, that’s for sure,” said the 25-year-old from Machesney Park, Ill. “It happened that fast – within a year. A guy that’s done this for 20 years and won a bunch of championships, he’s used to it. All of it’s still new to me, having this much success. It’s a little different.

“But we don’t get real cocky. We just go out there and do our job every week.”

Papini certainly hasn’t slowed down. He adopted quickly to a new Hoosier tire compound introduced before this season and rattled off six straight wins. He bounced back from flat tires in his previous outing to win this past weekend and improve his record to seven wins, nine top fives and 11 top 10s in 11 starts. He leads the track and state standings once again with a month and half remaining on the season.

Illinois is one of 23 U.S. state and three Canadian province championships to be crowned in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Anthony Anders of Easley, South Carolina, has won four straight South Carolina titles and maintained the No. 1 position in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with a pair of asphalt Late Model wins at Greenville Pickens Speedway Saturday night. Anders has 21 wins, 32 top fives and 35 top 10s in 37 starts at Greenville, South Carolina’s Greenville, Anderson Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway, as well as Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, North Carolina, just missed a sweep by inches of the Bull & Bones Late Model Stock Car Division twin features at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, Friday. Pulliam won the first race by .03-seconds over former national champion Peyton Sellers, but then lost the second in similar photo-finish fashion to 16-year-old Payton Ryan.

Pulliam has 15 wins, 27 top fives and 28 top 10s in 32 races at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway and Motor Mile, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway in Sophia and Southern National Raceway Park in Lucama, and Greenville for 691 points.

STANDINGS: NATIONAL TOP 500 | STATE/PROVINCE

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.

Anders has two wins that netted him 41 points, 15 worth 39 apiece and one worth 37. Which means, there are only two ways Ander can improve his points total: With one win, he will be able to drop the 37; after that, he will need to win from a starting position of 10th or lower.

Pulliam is in a nearly similar situation. He has two 41s, 13 39s and three 34s. Once he has enough wins to erase the 34s, he will also need to win from a starting position of 10th or lower to increase his points total.

The driver who can make the biggest gains is Connecticut’s Keith Rocco, who sits in third with 661 points on the strength of nine wins, 32 top fives and 24 top 10s in 26 starts in the pavement modified divisions at Connecticut’s three ovals: Waterford Speedbowl, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The 2010 national champion has six wins that have produced the maximum 41 points, including a victory Saturday at Waterford that tied him with seven-time track champion Dennis Gada for most wins in the track’s history.

Peyton Sellers is fourth with 627 points. He was fourth in the Hampton Heat 200 Saturday night, which was won by CE Falk. Sellers was also second and third at Motor Mile the night before. Dillon Bassett remains in fifth with 612 points. Sellers and Bassett both run Late Models at multiple pavement tracks throughout the southeast.

Ryan Preece (Stafford, Waterford and New York’s Riverhead Raceway) is sixth, followed by Tommy Lemons Jr. (South Boston, Southern National, Caraway and Motor Mile), Kres Van Dyke (Virginia’s Lonesome Pine and Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway), Matt Bowling (South Boston, Motor Mile, Southern National and Caraway), and Randy Porter (Anderson and Greenville).

The top three in the national standings, as well as state and province champions, track champions, top finishers in the Div. II-V and special award winners, will be honored at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards in December at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 12.

For drivers who accomplished that feat last year, like Papini, getting back is a driving motivation.

Papini said those hopes were nearly sidelined before the season got under full swing. When they tested before the season, they discovered the tire compound change rendered their winning formula from 2013. Undaunted, they went to work.

“We almost had to rebuild and figure everything back out,” said Papini. “It was like a totally different car. We put our heads down and went to work. It took us a couple weeks, but we got it figured out.”

After opening the season with a seventh-place run, Papini reeled off his six-race win streak.

Despite his success, Papini only leads Jon Reynolds Jr. by 19 points and seven-time champion Ricky Bilderback by 36. Rockford awards points in qualifying, which has forced Papini to make up ground in the feature. While the crate engine doesn’t allow him to qualify as well, it works well in the 30-lap main event. Saturday, the race went caution free and Papini out-distanced runner-up Reynolds by a full straightaway.

“We kind of know what to expect now and we’re a little experienced doing this,” said Papini. “I think we hit on something early on this new tire. What you’re running at the beginning of the season is totally diff than you’re running in the middle of the season, and that’s different than what you’re running on championship night.”

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

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Alex Papini (39) battles Jon Reynolds en route to the win Saturday in the Stanley Steemer Late Model Division at Rockford Speedway in Illinois. James L. Ambruoso/Finish Line Photos


 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series: National Top 25

K&N Pro Series Statistical Advance: Iowa

K&N Pro Series Statistical Advance: Iowa

Analyzing The Autolite Iridium XP 150 at Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West travel to Iowa Speedway on Friday, Aug. 1 for the second East-West combination race on the Newton, Iowa track this year. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Iowa, as well as some other statistical trends:

Iowa Race Setup
• Ben Rhodes led the final 115 laps and bested the field by 2.377 seconds to win the first Iowa event earlier this year. The K&N Pro Series East points leader returns to Iowa with a chance to become the first driver to win back-to-back combination events at the track.  
• K&N West points leader Greg Pursley has twice been the top-finishing West driver and leads all competitors with 10 Iowa starts. 
• Ten East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway have produced 10 different race winners and 10 different pole winners.

Iowa Speedway
History
• Designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and patterned after Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
• First race was held in September 2006.
• First NASCAR-sanctioned race in May 2007 was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race won by 17-year-old Joey Logano.
• Hosted first NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2009.
• Facility purchased by NASCAR in November 2013.

Notebook
• This is the 11th K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa with one each from 2007-2011 and two in 2012-2013.
• The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone event at the track in September 2009. 
• The Autolite Iridium XP 150 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Friday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. ET. 
• Cole Custer, representing the K&N East, won this event a year ago and also claimed the overall pole award.
• Kyle Busch and Cole Custer are the only drivers to win the East-West race at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012.
• The most cautions for an East-West combination race at Iowa is 11 in June 2013 while the fewest is four in May 2009 and May 2014. The most caution laps (68) came in the inaugural 2007 event and the fewest was 24 in May 2009 for an average of 42.67. The average number of cautions is 6.9.
• In the nine combination events, the lead has changed hands an average of 7.0 times with a high of 18 in the 200-lap May 2007 race.
• The average starting position for the winner is 5.1 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 9.3.
• Three of the 10 East-West combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish with the last coming in June 2013.
• Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in six East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one.

Iowa Data
Race: #12 of 16 – East; #9 of 14 – West (8/1/14)
Track Layout: .875-mile asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)
Banking/Turns: 12-14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 4 degrees

Iowa Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Pole Winner: Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 133.063 mph (23.673 seconds)
2013 Race Winner: Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 84.120 mph (1 hours, 33 minutes, 37 seconds)
1-lap Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds), May 17, 2009
150-lap Race Record: Ben Rhodes, 93.287 mph (1 hour 24 minutes 25 seconds), May 17, 2014

Iowa Leaders

Overall Combination Race Wins
Kyle Busch … 1
Cole Custer … 1
Chase Elliott … 1
Max Gresham … 1
Brian Ickler … 1
Corey LaJoie … 1
Joey Logano … 1
Brett Moffitt … 1
Michael Self … 1
Ben Rhodes … 1

Overall Combination Race Pole Wins
Anderson Bowen … 1
Kyle Busch … 1
Cale Conley … 1
Cole Custer … 1
Matt DiBenedetto … 1
Austin Dillon … 1
Kevin Harvick … 1
Brodie Kostecki … 1
David Mayhew … 1
Brett Moffitt … 1

Combination Race Laps Completed
Greg Pursley … 1,460
Eddie MacDonald … 1,393
Daryl Harr … 1,269
David Mayhew … 1,217
Eric Holmes … 1,092

Combination Race Laps Led
Brett Moffitt … 387
Cole Custer … 169
Kyle Busch … 168
Corey LaJoie … 134
Ben Rhodes … 115

Selected Driver Information:
Jay Beasley (No. 42 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)
• Has two top fives and four top 10s in 11 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Occupies the 11th position in the season standings.
• Has posted top-10 finishes in four of his last six events.
• Finished season-best fourth at Iowa Speedway on May 17.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota)
• Has two top fives and five top 10s in 31 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks 16th in the season standings.
• Finished 19th at Iowa earlier this season
• Finished 15th at this event last year. In four career Iowa races, has an average finish of 17.8. 
• Finished season-best eighth in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 16.

James Bickford (No. 66 Sunrise Ford/Interstate Plastics Ford)
• Recorded his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory at State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho on July 12. Has one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes in eight career K&N West starts.
• Is fifth in the championship standings.
• Earned a top-five finish (fourth) among West entries on May 17 at Iowa Speedway; recorded first career top 10 (10th) on May 3 at Stockton 99 Speedway.
• Won NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model track championship at All American Speedway last season.

Ross Chastain (No. 1 Toyota)
• Made NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut on July 19 at Columbus Motor Speedway. Finished sixth in that event.
• Has two poles, five top fives and 12 top 10s in 43 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, including two starts this season (Daytona, Martinsville).
• Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on May 23 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Has 10 career K&N West starts to his credit.
• Ninth position in the season standings.
• Has a career best finish of 12th (Kern County Raceway Park  on May 24, 2014; Colorado National Raceway on July 26, 2014)

Nick Drake (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Has three top fives and six top 10s in 11 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks seventh in the championship standings.
• Finished season-best second at Iowa Speedway on May 17.
• Collected first series top-five finish (4th) on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
• Finished third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2014 season opener at Phoenix International Raceway.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters/H20 Fire Protection Toyota)
• Recorded his first K&N Pro Series West victory the last time out at Colorado National Speedway.
• Has one win, one top five and one top 10 in two career series starts.
• Will make Iowa debut with the K&N series.
• Has six career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, including the Truck race at Iowa Speedway on July 11, 2014. Has made two Truck Series starts at Iowa.

Gray Gaulding (No. 20 Krispy Kreme Chevrolet)
• Has two poles, five top fives and 14 top 10s in 25 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Sits third in points
• Finished 17th in Iowa earlier this season. Has one top 10 in three career series events at Iowa. 
• Recorded a season-best finish of second on March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Became the youngest pole winner in NKNPS East history (15 years, 2 months, 15 days) in April 2013 at Richmond.
• Became the youngest race winner in NKNPS West history (15 years, 8 months, 30 days) in November 2013 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.
• Became the youngest pole winner in NKNPS West history (15 years, 8 months, 16 days) in October 2013 at Kern County Raceway Park.
• Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 30 at Martinsville Speedway.
• Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Anthony Giannone (No. 54 Trend Performance/Diamond Pistons Toyota)
• Has three top-10 finishes in 18 career K&N West starts.
• Sits eighth in the driver standings.
• Best career finish of seventh came in the May visit to Iowa Speedway

Kaz Grala (No. 31 Oz Link Chevrolet)
• Has a top five and six top 10s in 11 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Occupies the ninth spot in the season standings.
• Finished 22 in first appearance at Iowa earlier this season
• Finished a season-best fifth at Langley on June 21.
• Is the K&N Pro Series East’s youngest full-time competitor at 15 years of age.

Cameron Hayley (No. 98 Cabinets By Hayley Chevrolet)
• Has one pole, five top fives and six top 10s in 12 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Sits second in the championship standings
• Finished 12th at Iowa earlier this season in his first start at the track with the K&N Pro Series East. In four Iowa starts with the K&N Pro Series West, has three top fives and four top 10s.
• Has a season-best finish of second in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway, Langley Speedway and Columbus Motor Speedway.
• Has a win, six poles, 19 top fives and 26 top 10s in 34 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts.
• Was championship runner-up to Derek Thorn last season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• Is the youngest (15 years, 23 days) driver to start K&N West race in August 2011.
• Took over Turner Scott Motorsports car that Dylan Kwasniewski drove to the K&N East championship in 2013.
• Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Scott Heckert (No. 34 Project Life Chevrolet)
• Has two poles, two top fives and six top 10s in 25 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Is 12th in the season standings.
• Posted a season-best finish of third at Iowa Speedway on May 17.
• In three career series starts at Iowa, has one top five and one top 10.

Austin Hill (No. 22 A&D Welding Ford)
• Has a win, five top fives and nine top 10s in 18 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks sixth in championship standings after 10 races.
• Finished ninth in May visit to Iowa
• Has seven top 10s in his last 10 series starts with four of those being top-five finishes.
• Finished a season-best second on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
• Earned first career win in September 2013 at Dover International Speedway.
• Member of 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Brandon Jones (No. 33 Wolfpack Energy Services Chevrolet)
• Has four top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes in 18 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Holds down the fifth position in points.
• Finished fifth for the East at Iowa in May. Has one top five and two top 10s in three starts at Iowa. 
• Has five top 10s in last seven events.
• Collected a series-best finish of second at Five Flags.
• Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last August at Bristol.

Jesse Little (No. 97 Get to Know Newton Chevrolet)
• Recorded first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11. Has nine top fives and 14 top 10s in 32 career NKNPS East races.
• Owns the fourth position in the championship standings.
• Finished 16th for the East at Iowa in May. Has one top five in four series starts at Iowa.
• Was 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the K&N Pro Series East and finished ninth in championship standings.
• Made K&N Pro Series West, in which his father, Chad, was the 1987 champion, debut last November at Phoenix.
• Member of 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Dylan Lupton (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Go Pro/Lucas Oil Ford)
• One win, nine top fives, 20 top 10s in 26 career K&N West starts.
• Finished fifth for the West in May visit to Iowa. Has one top five and three top 10s in three career starts at the track.
• Is second in the championship driver standings.
• Was 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Picked up first series win in August 2013 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.
• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Racing Chevrolet)
• Six wins, 10 poles, 39 top fives and 57 top 10s in 80 career K&N West starts.
• Ranks fourth in points
• Was the West winner in May’s Iowa event. Has been recorded as the West winner in three of his nine career combination events at Iowa and has five top fives and seven top 10s in those events.
• Has also competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Seven top fives and nine top 10s in 10 career K&N West starts.
• Occupies the third position in the season standings.
• Finished 14th for the West at Iowa in May. 
• Competing fulltime in K&N West this season with Bill McAnally Racing.
• Three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N East starts, including one top 10 in two Iowa starts for the East.
• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)
• Has four wins, eight top fives and 23 top 10s in 50 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Is ranked 15th in the points standings.
• Was the 10th place finisher for the East in Iowa in May and has one top five and three top 10s in five career starts at the track.
• Earned his first victory of the season and third 2014 win for Rev Racing last time out at Columbus Motor Speedway.
• Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport, and a current member of Rev Racing and Drive for Diversity.

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Chevrolet)
• 19 wins, 18 poles, 55 top fives, 70 top 10s in 93 career K&N West starts.
• Leads championship standings by 27 points over Dylan Lupton.
• Won 2011 series championship.
• Led series with five wins a season ago; has 16 victories dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.
• In nine career combination events at Iowa, he has two wins, six top fives and six top 10s for the K&N West.
• Was the second highest finishing West driver at Iowa in May.

Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet)
• Has five wins, four poles, 11 top fives and 14 top 10s in 18 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Leads championship standings by 62 points over Cameron Hayley.
• Was the overall race winner at Iowa in May. Has one win, two top fives and three top 10s in three career starts at the track.
• Has five wins and eight podium finishes his last nine events.
• Scored first career win on March 22 at Greenville. Most recent win came at Langley.
• Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 30 at Martinsville and finished eighth.
• Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Kenzie Ruston (No. Ben Kennedy Racing 96 Chevrolet)
• Has six top fives and 11 top 10s in 25 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks 10th in the championship driver standings.
• Finished 13th for the East at Iowa earlier this season. Has an East top five in three starts at Iowa, with a career best finish at the track of fifth at this event last year.
• Finished a season-best third at Langley.
• Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Daniel Suárez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota)
• Has three wins, 12 top fives and 21 top 10s in 40 career NKNPS East starts.
• Earned his first career series victory at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2013.
• Opened season with two straight series wins to become the second driver in series history to win the first two events of the season with Sean Caisse (2006) being the other.
• Finished third at this event last year. In six starts at Iowa, has one top five and three top 10s for the East.
• Has nine career NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series victories with 24 top fives, 31 top 10s and 11 pole wins in 51 career starts.
• Is in second season with Rev Racing for the NKNPS East.
• Made NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond in April.
• Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

John Wood (No. 30 Wahl Traction Toyota)
• Finished 12th for the West at Iowa in May.
• Best series finish in three career starts at Iowa is 10th, recorded at this event last year.
• Ranks seventh in the championship standings

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the 28th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2014 schedule features 16 races at 14 different tracks across 10 states.
• Daniel Suárez opened the season with a narrow victory over Cameron Hayley, who won his first K&N East pole, at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
• Suárez won at Daytona for his second straight series victory to become just the second driver in series history to win the first two races of the season. Sean Caisse in 2006 is the other. Ben Rhodes picked up his first series career pole award.
• Eddie MacDonald snapped a 53-race winless streak at Bristol. Rhodes started from the pole and led 130 of 132 laps.
• Rhodes started from the pole for the third consecutive race and picked up his first series win after leading a race-high 106 laps at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
• Cole Custer started from the outside pole position and won at Richmond International Raceway after passing Bill McAnally Racing teammate and pole sitter Nick Drake with 51 laps remaining.
• Rhodes picked up his second win of the season and led a race-high 115 laps at Iowa Speedway. Brodie Kostecki led the race’s first 35 laps after earning his first series career pole award.
• At Bowman Gray, Rhodes collected his second straight win after his fourth start from the pole.
• Gray Gaulding sat on the pole at Five Flags Speedway last time out, but it was Rhodes who once again stole the show with his third consecutive win.
• Rhodes overtook teammate and pole winner Scott Heckert in the early going at Langley Speedway, holding on for his fourth win in a row
• Jesse Little avoided a late lap accident that claimed the two race leaders, driving past them for hist first career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
• Sergio Pena survived a late restart at Columbus Motor Speedway, holding off Cameron Hayley in the final laps to record his first series win of the year and first victory since 2011, giving the Drive for Diversity driver four career victories.

Up To Speed In The West
• The 2014 season is the 61st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2014 schedule features 14 races at 11 different tracks across seven states.
• Cole Custer won the season opener at Phoenix from the pole.
• Patrick Staropoli collected his first career win at Irwindale while Brandon McReynolds nabbed his first career pole award.
• David Mayhew returned to Victory Lane for the first time since March 2012 at Phoenix with a win from the pole at Stockton.
• Mayhew collected his second straight series win by being the top-finishing K&N West driver in the combination event with the K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway. Staropoli was the top-qualifying West competitor.
• In just his seventh series start, James Bickford passed former champion Greg Pursley in the final laps of the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at State Line Speedway to capture his first victory.
• Racing at his home track Colorado National Speedway, Chris Eggleston  outraced Dylan Lupton to record his first K&N Pro Series West victory in just his second career start.

Statistical Advance: Bowman Gray

Statistical Advance: Bowman Gray

Analyzing The Strutmasters.com 199

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 2 for the Strutmasters.com 199. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the tour and selected drivers at Bowman Gray, as well as some other statistical trends:


Bowman Gray Race Setup

• Competition begins to heat up as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to the first of its final seven races of the season. With three wins this season Andy Seuss has built an 11-point lead over George Brunnhoelzl III in the championship standings, as he takes aim for his first championship.

• Brunnhoelzl is the most recent winner of this event scheduled to compete this weekend as he scored his first Bowman Gray win when the tour visited on the historic flat quarter-mile track in 2012.

• Burt Myers (2005, 2007) and Jason Myers (2006) accounted for the first three Southern Modified Tour wins at Bowman Gray, but haven’t won since.

• Luke Fleming won at Bowman Gray in his 2009 Southern Modified Tour debut.

• Last season NASCAR Next driver Ryan Preece came down from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and won the weekend leading the way in practice, qualifying and leading every lap en route to his first win in the Southern Tour. Preece is not scheduled to compete, however, former NWMT champion Ron Silk and regular Tommy Barrett Jr. are entered for Saturday’s race.


NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour At Bowman Gray

• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has made nine visits to Bowman Gray Stadium.

• The quarter-mile track was built and opened on May 18, 1949 by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and Alvin Hawkins. Fonty Flock won the first race.

• The track also hosts nearby Winston-Salem State University home football games in the infield of the stadium.

• The nine tour events at Bowman Gray have resulted in six different race winners. Burt Myers and L.W. Miller, with two victories each, are the only drivers with multiple wins.

• There have been five different pole winners at Bowman Gray. Burt Myers, with four poles, is the only driver with multiple poles.

• Tim Brown and Burt Myers are tied for the most top five finishes at Bowman Gray, with six each. 

• Brown, and Burt Myers are also tied for the most top 10s at Bowman Gray, with seven each.

• With an average finish of 5.3 in nine tour starts, Burt Myers has the best average finish among drivers with five or more starts at Bowman Gray.

• George Brunnhoelzl III led the most laps in tour competition at Bowman Gray – running out front for 325 laps.

• Only four drivers – Burt Myers, Jason Myers and John Smith – competed in all nine tour events at Bowman Gray.

• Sixty-five different drivers have competed in the tour at Bowman Gray.


Bowman Gray Data

Race: #6 of 14 (8/2/14)

Track Layout: .25-mile paved oval

Race Length: 199 laps (49.99 miles)


Records

1-Lap Qualifying: Tim Brown, 13.186 seconds, 68.254 mph, Aug. 8, 2008

Race Record: L.W. Miller, 1 hour 57 seconds, 48.975 mph, Aug. 7, 2010


Race Winners

L.W. Miller, 2

Burt Myers, 2

George Brunnhoelzl III, 1

Luke Fleming, 1

Brian Loftin, 1

Jason Myers, 1

Ryan Preece, 1


Pole Winners

Burt Myers, 4

Zach Brewer, 1

Tim Brown, 1

George Brunnhoelzl III, 1

Brian Loftin, 1

Ryan Preece, 1


Selected Driver Information:

J.R. Bertuccio Jr. (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)

• Six top-fives and 12 top 10s finishes in 31 tour starts.

• Picked up his first win this year at Southern National in March.

• Average finish this season of 4.8, a career best. 

• Finished 16th last year in Bowman Gray debut.


Danny Bohn (No. 65 Cedar Peaks/Rustoleum Chevrolet)

• 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

• One win, two poles, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s in 27 tour starts.

• Best finish this season of third at South Boston.

• Average finish this season of eighth.

• Picked up first top-five finish in two starts at Bowman Gray last season.


George Brunnhoelzl III (No.28 Composite Tech./Performance Tech Chevrolet)

• Four-time champion in Southern Modified Tour (2009, 2011, 2012 & 2013).

• 21 wins, 22 poles, 55 top fives, 69 top 10s in 84 tour starts.

• One win this season at Langley in April.

• Average finish this season of second. 

• One win, one pole, three top fives, four top 10s in six tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Bowman Gray win was in 2012.

• Has led 325 laps at Bowman Gray.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of 8.5.


David Calabrese (No. 43 Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet)

• One top five, two top 10s in 15 tour starts.

• Career-best finish of 3rd at Langley Speedway this spring.

• Finished 18th last season in his first tour appearance at Bowman Gray.


Bryan Dauzat (No. 97 O.B. Builders Chevrolet)

• One top five, 10 top 10s in 45 tour starts.

• Best career tour finish of fifth at Bowman Gray (2009).

• Best finish this season of eighth in the most recent race at Caraway Speedway.

• Average finish this season of 12.8.

• One top five in four tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of 11th.


Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)

• One win, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s in 27 tour starts.

• Scored first tour win at Langley last August.

• Average finish this season of 7.8.

• Has one top-10 finish in two starts at Bowman Gray.


Luke Fleming (No. 40 AutosbyNelson.com/Koma Unwind Ford)

• One win, four top fives and 10 top 10s in 19 tour starts.

• Win was in tour debut at Bowman Gray in 2009.

• Best finish this season of sixth.

• Average finish this season of seventh.

• One win in three tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Has led 32 laps at Bowman Gray.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of seventh.


Jeremy Gerstner (No. 70 GMR Lawn Care Chevrolet)

• Three top 10s in 13 tour starts.

• Has made two starts at Bowman Gray with his best finish of seventh last season.

• This will be his first tour start of the season.


Brian Loftin (No. 23 L&R Transmission/QMF Metal & Electronic Solutions Chevrolet)

• 2008 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion.

• 12 wins, 10 poles, 39 top fives, 51 top 10s in 83 tour starts.

• Best finish this season of seventh at the season opener at Caraway Speedway.

• Average finish this season of 13th.

• One win, one pole, two top 10s in six tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Bowman Gray win was in 2008.

• Has led 202 laps at Bowman Gray.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of 13.2.


Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 51 Lead Z Real Estate Chevrolet)

• Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

• One top 10 in five Southern Tour starts.

• Best career finish of seventh at Langley.

• This will be his first start at Bowman Gray.


Burt Myers (No. 1 CitruSafe/Adams Towing & Recovery Ford)

• 2010 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion.

• 11 wins, 24 poles, 55 top fives, 90 top 10s in 109 tour starts.

• Average finish this season of 7.6.

• Two wins, four poles, six top fives, seven top 10s in nine tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Bowman Gray wins were in 2005 and 2007.

• Has led 242 laps at Bowman Gray.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of 5.3.


Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing & Recovery Ford)

• Three wins, 36 top fives, 84 top 10s in 113 tour starts.

• Average finish this season of 7.8.

• One win, four top fives, seven top 10s in nine tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Win was in 2006.

• Has led 78 laps at Bowman Gray.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of 8.3.

• Has finished fourth at Bowman Gray three of the last four races.


Mike Norman (No. 12 Auto Solutions Magazine/Lewisville Motors Chevrolet)

• Five top 10s in 42 tour starts.

• Best career tour finish of sixth which was at Bowman Gray.

• Best finish this season of 12th at South Boston.

• Average finish this season of 15th 

• Two top 10s in four tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of 10.0.


Joe Ryan Osborne (No. 15 Pinnacle Trucking Chevrolet)

• 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.

• Four top fives in five Southern Tour starts.

• Best career finish of eighth at Southern National and Langley this spring.

• This will be his first start at Bowman Gray.


Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)

• One top five, 16 top 10s in 36 tour starts.

• Best career tour finish of fifth, at Caraway in 2013.

• Average finish this season of 8.6.

• Finished ninth last year for his first top-10 finish in his second start at Bowman Gray last season.


Andy Seuss (No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet)

• 18 wins, 11 poles, 50 top fives, 65 top 10s in 85 tour starts.

• Won three races this season. Two at Caraway and South Boston.

• Average finish this season of 1.8. 

• Three top fives, four top 10s in five tour starts at Bowman Gray.

• Best Bowman Gray finish of fifth, on three occasions.

• Average finish at Bowman Gray of 7.8.


Ron Silk (No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet)

• 2011 Whelen Modified Tour champion.

• One pole, three top fives, six top 10s in seven Southern Tour starts.

• Best career Southern Tour finish of second at Ace Speedway in 2008.

• This will be his first Southern Tour start at Bowman Gray.

• Has nine wins, 48 top fives and 78 top-10s in 132 starts in the Northern Tour.


A.J. Winstead (No. 99 Health Diagnostic Laboratory Chevrolet)

• One top 10 in 13 Southern Tour starts.

• Best career finish of sixth at Charlotte in 2013.

• This will be his second Southern Tour start at Bowman Gray.


Up To Speed In The NWSMT

• The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule consists of 15 events at seven different tracks across three states.

• The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. Ryan Preece was the polesitter and Doug Coby took the checkered flag. Jason Myers was the highest-finishing NWSMT driver in the event when he crossed the line second.

• Andy Seuss won from the pole in the points season opener on March 9 at Caraway Speedway.

• JR Bertuccio captured his first career victory on March 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park. George Brunnhoelzl III was the event’s pole winner.

• The Prestoria Farms 150 at Caraway was to be contested on March 29, but was postponed due to rain. That event will be made up on Oct 4.

• Danny Bohn sat on the pole, but it was Seuss who led all but one lap en route to victory at South Boston Speedway on April 5.

• At Langley Speedway on April 12, Ryan Preece earned the pole in his fourth NWSMT appearance in a row and Brunnhoelzl who drove to Victory Lane for his first win at the track.

• Andy Seuss picked up his third win of the season and second at Caraway winning the Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law 150 on July 4.

A Great Season For Jeff Gordon: Could Get Even Better

Jeff Gordon won at Indianapolis for the fifth time in his career and is now the top winner at the track. He also won the first NASCAR race at Indy 20 years ago.

Jeff Gordon won at Indianapolis for the fifth time in his career and is now the top winner at the track. He also won the first NASCAR race at Indy 20 years ago.

For Jeff Gordon, what a difference a year makes.

You remember that last year the Hendrick Motorsports driver made the Chase for the Sprint Cup only by “decree” from NASCAR CEO Brian France.

In dealing with the Michael Waltrip Racing shenanigans at Richmond last September, among other things France ruled that Gordon, then 13th in points, was robbed of a chance to make the Chase.

MWR’s unethical behavior that was intended to ensure a Chase spot for Martin Truex Jr. was punished by the loss of 50 driver/owner points.

Truex Jr. out, Gordon in.

By the way, Truex Jr. now drives for Front Row Motorsports.

In 2014, Gordon has been so far away from relying on “legislation” to make the Chase it’s likely he barely remembers 2013.

He’s too darn busy having fun in 2014.

Gordon is at the top of his game. He’s been one of the season’s dominant drivers. What he’s accomplished so far smacks of his “Wonder Boy” days.

Gordon’s latest achievement was his victory in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. It was his fifth career win at the track, which broke him loose from a tie with teammate Jimmie Johnson and is tops among all NASCAR drivers.

The Brickyard was his 90th career win in 745 starts. He is now the third driver to win 90 or more races, behind David Pearson (105) and Richard Petty (200).

Gordon now has 17 top-10 finishes at Indy and 14 this year.

With his second win of the season – the first came at Kansas – Gordon has locked himself into the Chase, provided he attempts to qualify for the six races remaining before the “playoff” begins.

Gordon is having a great season. He's first in points, won twice and has secured a spot in the Chase, which begins six races from now.

Gordon is having a great season. He’s first in points, won twice and has secured a spot in the Chase, which begins six races from now.

He’s been No. 1 in points, save one week, since Texas in early April.

Oh, there is more. Gordon is bearing down on some significant NASCAR records.

As said, Indy was his 745th start – make that 745th consecutive start. Gordon hasn’t missed a race in 22 years.

If he stays in the driver’s seat through the 2015 season, he’ll break Ricky Rudd’s NASCAR record of 788 straight starts.

Yes, I could go on. But you get the idea.

For sure, Gordon gets it. For him, this is heady stuff.

“I still can’t believe I won at the Brickyard,” Gordon wrote on Twitter.

He won the inaugural Brickyard event 20 years ago and set Indiana, his home state, on its ear.

“Just in the past years since we won this race, so many fans believed that we can get number five,” Gordon said. “This team came prepared. That was an awesome Chevy and we had so much support.

“With five laps to go I was trying to look up in the grandstands. I know the Daytona 500 is a big race, but to me personally, this race means so much because of the fans.

“I would look up there and just see them standing for those closing laps pulling for us. Nothing is greater than that.”

Gordon knows full well he’s in the hunt for a championship. If he wins it, that No. 5 figures into it, again. It will be his fifth career title. He hasn’t won one since 2001.

Gordon is confident, especially after Indy.

“A Brickyard 400 win, it just doesn’t get any better,” he said. “I mean, to share that with the team that worked so hard, to see the look on their faces, you can just see it in them now, you know, they believe.

“I think we saw we were points leaders, we saw we won at Kansas, but I don’t know if we believed we were capable of winning this championship this year, truly believe it. 

“We do now.  We got to keep that fire in us, keep it going.”

Remember those rumblings about a potential Gordon retirement in the near future? They were especially loud after he talked about his back problems.

Since then, however, Gordon has won twice and said that “As long as racing is this much fun, I’ll keep doing it.”

He could say that again today.

Racing is fun because, for Jeff Gordon, everything is going his way.

“I’ve always said you make your own life and I think we’re doing that this year because we’re running up front, we’re qualifying up front,” he said. “We’re making smart decisions; we’ve got good race cars.

“So we’re taking what we’ve done so far and looking at the positives and how good it is, and we’re enjoying that but we’re also working really, really hard because we want to be the best out there.

“I feel like even though we’re leading the points, with this new point system, we’ve got to be better than this if we’re going to win the championship.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

Rhodes Looks To Make Iowa History

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes heads to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Iowa Speedway this weekend in a familiar position, on the verge of making history.

The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver was previously one win away from tying Ricky Craven’s 1991 record for most consecutive wins in a season, five, heading in to the event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a race eventually won by Jesse Little. Rhodes’ five wins on the season put him one shy of tying Dylan Kwasniewski’s mark for most checkered flags in a season, six. On Friday night, he has the chance at another record, the only driver to win consecutive combination events at Iowa Speedway and the first to sweep the two season events at the .875-mile oval. 

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“We ran really well at Iowa earlier this year,” said Rhodes. “We’re going to try and go back with the same set-up, but the place changes so much. From race to race, the place always changes from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.”

Friday’s event will be the 11th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West combination event at the Newton track and the third year both series have visited the track twice. Since 2007, the first year the East and West ran at Iowa, no driver has gotten the overall win more than once. A victory on Friday would not only make Rhodes the first driver to sweep at Iowa, but also the first repeat winner.

With five races remaining on the 2014 schedule, Rhodes is in strong position to secure his first K&N Pro Series East championship. He holds a 62-point advantage over Cameron Hayley and a strong showing at Iowa could put one step closer to locking up the title before the season finale at Dover (Delaware) International Speedway. 

The young driver admits, however, that he doesn’t worry about stats when preparing for a race. 

“I don’t ever think about the stats. If I look at the stats, I start putting pressure on myself to perform and live up to those expectations. I just try and forget about it all and do my best. My best is my best. I’ve got to forget about the rest.”

ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS
The Race:
The Autolite Iridium XP 150 will be the 11th all-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the second at the track in 2014. It’s the 12th of 14 oval track events and 16 races, overall, on the 2014 schedule for the K&N East and ninth of 14 races, overall this season for the K&N West.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees of banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees in the frontstretch. The track opened in 2006 and the first NASCAR-sanctioned race was a K&N Pro Series combination event on May 20, 2007 won by Joey Logano. NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events were added in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap series qualifying record at Iowa was established by Kyle Busch on May 17, 2009 at 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds). The 150-lap race record was set by Ben Rhodes on May 17, 2014 at 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds). 

IOWA RACE NOTES
NASCAR Next Well Represented: Nine members of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class will be in action in the Autolite Iridium XP 150 at Iowa Speedway. Ben Rhodes, in search of becoming the first repeat winner at Iowa and first driver to sweep the two season events, will contend with defending race winner Cole Custer. Joining Rhodes and Custer are Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Austin Hill, Jesse Little, Dylan Lupton, Brandon McReynolds and Kenzie Ruston. Four previous Iowa winners – Chase Elliott, Brett Moffitt, Corey LaJoie and Michael Self are alums of the NASCAR Next program.

Spreading Wins Around: Through eight K&N Pro Series West events this season there have been seven different race winners. Custer opened the campaign with a Phoenix triumph with Patrick Staropoli capturing the checkered flag at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. David Mayhew, the only series driver with multiple wins this season, took the checkered flag at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway and was the highest finishing West driver in the Spring event at Iowa. Points leader Greg Pursley was the next series driver to visit Victory Lane, winning at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, followed by Kyle Larson in Sonoma Raceway. A pair of first-time winners followed, with James Bickford winning at State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, and Colorado-native Chris Eggleston winning at Colorado National Speedway in just his second series start.

Double Duty: NASCAR Drive for Diversity pilot and NASCAR Next alum Daniel Suárez will compete in the Autolite Iridium XP 150 on Friday night and then head south to compete in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series event in Querétaro, Mexico. Suárez, who has two K&N Pro Series East victories this season, is the current points leader in Mexico as the series has two races left in its regular season. The Desafio, a five-race playoff to decide the championship begins on September 7, with Suárez looking to capture his first Mexico Toyota Series crown. 

Good Omen For Little: Jesse Little captured his first K&N Pro Series East win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this season, possibly setting him up for success at Iowa. In 2007, Joey Logano won the K&N event at Iowa and both NHMS events. Max Gresham won in Iowa in 2010 and the following year at New Hampshire. In 2011, Brett Moffitt won in Iowa and the second NHMS event and last year Cole Custer won the second Iowa event and the race at New Hampshire. 

On The Road Again: After running its first 12 events on ovals, the K&N Pro Series East will run its next two events on road courses at Watkins Glen (New York) International and Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The series will close out its season back on ovals with an event at Greenville (South Carolina) Pickens Speedway and Dover (Delaware) International Speedway.  

Eggleston Riding The Wave: Chris Eggleston will attempt to make his second K&N Pro Series start of the season and third of his career in the Autolite Iridium XP 150 on Friday. Eggleston won the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 from Colorado National Speedway last time out and will be making his Iowa Speedway debut. Eggleston’s lone other start came back in 2011 at Colorado. 

Iowa Home Tracks Update: Defending Adams County Speedway champion Jason O’Brien is off to a quick start at the Corning, Iowa track with three wins, nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 11 starts in the Coors Light Silver Bullet Late Model division. Chris Speiker and John Hampel trail in second and third, respectively. The half-mile dirt oval is situated 130 miles southwest of Iowa Speedway. 

LAST TIME OUT – EAST: JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota at Columbus Motor Speedway
Sergio Peña held off Cameron Hayley and the rest of the K&N Pro Series East field, surviving a late restart to win his first series event in three years and fourth of his career. 
•  Hayley earned his third runner-up finish of the season after leading 59 of 150 laps. 
•  Ben Rhodes finished third, increasing his points lead to 62 tallies over Hayley.
•  Jesse Little scored his second consecutive top five and fourth consecutive top 10. He now has three top fives and six top 10s on the year. 
•  Scott Heckert won his second career pole and led the first 56 laps before giving way to Cameron Hayley on Lap 57. 

LAST TIME OUT – WEST: NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at Colorado National Speedway
Colorado-native Chris Eggleston won his first K&N Pro Series West event in just his second series start, and first since 2011, holding off Dylan Lupton for the victory. The 25-year-old driver from nearby Erie, Colorado, has recorded about a dozen Super Late Model wins in the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I, and won the track’s Legends Division championship last year.  
•  Dylan Lupton recorded his second runner-up finish of the campaign in the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150. He now has five top fives and eight top 10s in eight events this year  
•  James Bickford claimed his second straight top-five finish.
•  Pursley maintained his series points lead following a fourth-place finish. 
•  David Mayhew won his 10th career series pole and led the first 20 laps of the event.

NEXT TIME OUT – EAST: Watkins Glen International
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East shifts gears from oval racing and heads to its first road course event of the season in the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen (New York) International on August 8. It will be the first stand-alone event for the K&N Pro Series East since the 1999 season when Ryan Truex beat out Matt Kobyluck for the victory at the 2.45-mile course. 

NEXT TIME OUT – WEST: Evergreen Speedway
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will take a one-week break before heading to Monroe, Washington, for the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at Evergreen Speedway on Aug. 16. Dylan Lupton took the checkered flag in last year’s event, beating out Greg Pursley and Derek Thorn for his first series victory. 

Race Central Live Powered By Speed51.com: Bowman Gray

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Bowman Gray Stadium for the Strutmasters.com 199. Andy Seuss enters this event with an 11-point lead over George Brunnhoelzl III. Seuss can tie a career record with his fourth win of the season if he is able to take home the checkered flag at Bowman Gray for the first time in a touring series event.

EVENT SCHEDULE  |  ENTRY LIST  |  PRACTICE RESULTS  | QUALIFYING RESULTS  | RESULTS

 

NWSMT News & Notes: Bowman Gray

NWSMT News & Notes: Bowman Gray

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will have its sixth event of the season this Saturday night at one of the most popular venues on the 2014 schedule – Bowman Gray Stadium for the Strutmasters.com 199.

Through the first five races of the season it has been almost all Andy Seuss as the Hampstead, New Hampshire, driver has picked up three wins and enters this weekend with an 11-point lead over George Brunnhoelzl III (227-216).

While Seuss has amassed an impressive resume competing in the south full-time since 2008, the one thing he hasn’t done is win at the Stadium.

In his six previous tour starts at the Stadium, Seuss has finished with five top-10 finishes, highlighted by three fifth-place showings. Seuss, known mostly for his strong performances in the second half of the season, is just one win short of equaling his career-high for victories in a season with four, set back in 2009. If Seuss can pick up the win this weekend it could be a big momentum boost heading into the stretch run of the 2014 season with three races in the month of August and seven in a row to finish the season.

Last year NASCAR Next driver and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece came down to North Carolina and picked up his first win in the Southern Tour, winning from the pole. This year Preece is not scheduled to defend his win, opening the door for a new winner this season.

Several drivers entered this weekend who have picked up a tour win at the Stadium include Brunnhoelzl, Burt Myers, Brian Loftin, Luke Fleming and Jason Myers. Fleming is also the only driver in the history of the NWSMT to win in his first official tour start at the Stadium picking, up the surprise victory in 2009.  

During the first five events of the season in the spring, Seuss rolled to a pair of Caraway wins as well as his second career win at South Boston Speedway on April 5. JR Bertuccio earned his first career victory on March 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park and Brunnhoelzl took the checkered flag on April 12 at Langley Speedway.

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