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The second of three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events in a 12-day period is set for Friday with the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway, the second of four visits to the historic half mile for the tour this year.

 

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Stansbury Scores First Win, Leads Division IV

Stansbury Scores First Win, Leads Division IV

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions II-V are designed to offer novice competitors a chance to learn how to race, work on the cars and create a ladder system at each NASCAR sanctioned track. Columbus Motor Speedway track co-owner, general manager and promoter Jeff Nuckles has struck gold with his Crazy Compact Division.

The division is a cheap and affordable avenue for drivers to enter the sport of NASCAR at the local level and is classified in Division IV in the Whelen All-American Series program.

Devin Stansbury scored his first win of the season at the central Ohio oval last Saturday to move up two spots and take over the lead in the Division IV national standings. Stansbury leads fellow Columbus driver Michael Robison by four points (189-185) in the second week of the standings update. 

DIVISION II | DIVISION III | DIVISION IV | DIVISION V

Ryan Smith is third with defending champion and Bowman Gray Stadium regular A.J. Sanders Jr. fourth. Ryan Tamburro and Corey Kryer are fifth and sixth to give Columbus five drivers in the top six in the entry-level division.

This is something that Nuckles takes great pride in.

“This series has been a great addition to our schedule,” Nuckles said. “We wanted to offer racers an inexpensive way to get in to racing and to draw new drivers and fans you have to make it affordable and we feel we have done that with our Crazy Compact division.”

While NASCAR has developed its own ‘ladder system’ for drivers to move up from the Whelen All-American Series to the NASCAR regional touring series and ultimately the three national series, Nuckles has developed his own with the Crazy Compacts.

“The beauty of this division is we have seen drivers start there and now they are racing in some of our other divisions,” he added. “Kyle Purvis now races in our late model division and others have moved on to modifieds and it is created our own feeder system right here at Columbus.”

In other Whelen All-American Series division news, veteran Brett Kressley from Grandview Speedway maintains his lead in Division II over Chris Hawkins (Flint Creek, Salina Speedways) with Shane Shirk (Columbus), Purvis (Columbus) and Todd Stone (Devil’s Bowl, New Smyrna and Airborne Speedways) completing the top five.

Greenville Pickens Speedway features the top four drivers and the closest points battle to date in the Division II-V standings as Bobby Emory Jr. leads Division III over Brad Burns by just two points (270-268). Shane Hill is third with Blake Greory and Charles Schutz, Jr. (Grandview) completing the top five.

Don Tavernia continues to lead the Division V standings racing at Greenville Pickens and nearby Anderson Speedway. Travis Shelton moved up to second with Michael Cross now third and Scott Parker fourth completing another foursome from Greenville with Alan Bruns from New Smyrna rounding out the top five.

The Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Championship program determines support division national championships. The four national champions will receive a trophy and a trip to the series national awards event. In addition, the top-three dirt and top-three asphalt drivers in each division will be invited to the series awards event.

Whelen All-American Series Division II-V drivers are ranked by their best 14 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.

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.

Brown Eyes Bowman Gray Record

Brown Eyes Bowman Gray Record

Pulliam Continues To Set Pace In Whelen All-American Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tim Brown is no stranger to records.

The nine-time Bowman Gray Stadium champion is on the verge of adding another accomplishment to his already impressive resume this weekend. Last Saturday night, Brown won the first of two scheduled 25-lap features for the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I, the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. It tied Brown for the all-time record with Junior Miller for Modified division wins at the track with 73.

The .25-mile track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has held NASCAR races since 1949 and the Modifieds have historically been the track’s top division.

“My guys have been coming over here every Saturday, practicing and learning this new car and getting it better and better and better,” said Brown. “So my hat’s off to my guys for working late. We were working on it late last night and all day today.”

Brown, who works full-time at Michael Waltrip Racing, was collected in an accident in the second feature keeping him from breaking the record.

The Rural Hall, North Carolina, driver will get two chances this week to top Miller’s record as Bowman Gray will feature 100-lap races on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The race Saturday night will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers.

Burt Myers – a six-time track champion at Bowman Gray – leads the point standings at the track, with Dean Ward in second after winning the second 25-lap feature last Saturday. 

Ward was able to use his win to move into first-place in the North Carolina state standings with a six-point lead over Matt Piercy who competes weekly at Hickory Motor Speedway.

In the national standings, Lee Pulliam remains atop the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I points. 

The Semora, North Carolina, driver won the Late Model division feature at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday to push his win total to eight in 16 starts.

Pulliam has compiled 436 points competing at South Boston Speedway, Virginia’s Langley Speedway in Hampton, and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, in addition to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina.

David Roberts remains in second place with 339 points with three wins in 18 starts at South Carolina’s trio of Late Model tracks: Greenville Pickens Speedway, Anderson Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Kres VanDyke, third just three points behind Roberts, has eight wins so far this year in starts at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia.

Connecticut drivers Ryan Preece and 2010 national champion Keith Rocco are fourth and fifth, respectively.

STANDINGS: NATIONAL | STATE/PROVINCE TOP 20

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.

Trey Gibson (Anderson and Greenville), Wayne Hale (Kingsport and Lonesome Pine), Josh Berry (South Boston, Greenville, Hickory and Motor Mile), Zeke Shell (Kingsport and Lonesome Pine) and Ronnie McCarty (Kingsport) round out the top 10.

The Whelen All-American Series points season will run through Sunday, Sept. 20.

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.

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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Tim Brown (83) and Burt Myers (outside) have combined for 15 Modified division championships at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., and are battling for the 2015 championship. Eric Hylton/Bowman Gray Stadium.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Division I / Top 25

K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Shasta

K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Shasta

Analyzing The Bill Schmitt Memorial 150 At Shasta Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will head to Anderson, California’s, Shasta Speedway for the Bill Schmitt Memorial 150 presented by Lithia Toyota and NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers, as well as some other statistical trends.

Shasta Race Setup:
• The top three drivers in in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West are within nine points of each other headed into Shasta Speedway. Noah Gragson leads with 166 points, followed closely by Chris Eggleston with 162 points and Gracin Raz with 157 points.
• This is the first time the K&N West has been to the track since June 19, 1993 when Rick Carelli won the Holiday Quality Foods 200.

At Shasta Speedway:
History
• Shasta Speedway was built in the late 1940s as a dirt oval and was paved in 1972.
• Was reconfigured to .375-miles in 2005 from its original length of .25-miles.

Notebook
• Shasta Speedway way held an annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event from 1976-79 and again from 1981-85. After 1985, the K&N West didn’t return to Shasta until June 13, 1992.
• Jim Robinson has recorded the most wins at the track, three, winning twice in 1978 and once in 1985.
• The most cautions in are race was eight in 1993, while events in 1976 and 1979 ran caution free.
• The most lead changes was six in 1992, while three races only had one lead change.
• The average starting position for the winner is 4.25 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 4.83.
• Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane four times, while Pontiac and Oldsmobile have three wins and Buick and Ford have one.

Shasta Speedway Data
Race: #5 of 13
Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps (56.25 miles)

Shasta Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Race not held.
2014 Race Winner: Race not held.
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Bill Schmitt, Pontiac, 60.024 mph, April 20, 1978 (track was 1/4-mile).

Iowa Leaders
Wins

Jim Robinson … 3
Jimmy Insolo … 2
Bill Schmitt … 2
Rick Carelli … 1
Derrike Cope … 1
Ron Eaton … 1
Bill Sedgwick … 1
Jim Walker … 1

Poles
Bill Schmitt … 5
Jim Bown … 2
Harry Goularte… 2
Rick Carelli … 1
Ron Eaton … 1
Jack Jeffery … 1
Ernie Stanley … 1

Laps Completed
Bill Schmitt … 1774
Sumner McKnight … 1061
Pat Mintey … 1059
Jim Bown … 941
Jim Robinson … 939

Laps Led
Bill Schmitt … 469
Rick Carelli … 278
Jim Robinson … 237
Ron Eaton … 144

Selected Driver Highlights:
Nicole Behar (No. 33 Custom Welding & Fabrication, Inc. Ford)
• Is currently ranked sixth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings after earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• Became the highest finishing female in series history after her runner-up effort at Irwindale Speedway on April 11, 2015.

James Bickford (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Interstate Plastics/Eibach Ford)
• Is ranked seventh in the K&N West standings after tallying one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• Was the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the K&N West.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters/H20 Fire Protection Toyota)
• Is ranked second in the series standings after registering one win, three top-five, four top-10 finishes.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 AlertID Ford)
• Is ranked first in the series standings after earning one win, three top fives and four top 10s.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Racing/Ron’s Rear Ends/ Pour House Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fourth in the K&N West standings after recording two top fives and three top 10s.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is ranked 10th in the series championship standings after registering one win and two top-ten finishes.
• Earned his first series win at Iowa Speedway on May 16, 2015.

Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Eibach Spring/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Is ranked fifth in the series standings after tallying two top-five and three top-ten finishes.

Gracin Raz (No. 27 Trinity Energy Ford)
• Is ranked third in the standings after earning two top fives and four top 10s.

Alex Schutte (No. 21 Proficio Chevrolet)
• Is ranked eighth in the K&N West standings after recording three top-10 finishes.

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking/61 Logistics/BluLng.com Chevrolet)
• Is ranked ninth in the series standings after registering two top-10s.

New Faces:
Rodd Kneeland (No. 68 RoddRenovations.com Chevrolet) – Is making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season debut. In four series races his best finish was 11th at California’s All American Speedway on October 16, 2010.

Buddy Shepherd (No. 55 TBA Ford) – Is making his K&N Pro Series West debut with Jefferson Pitts Racing. He competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last season where he earned Rookie of the Year honors at Kern County Raceway Park and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.

Up To Speed:
• The 2015 season is the 62nd for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2015 schedule features 13 races at 11 different tracks across seven states.
• Shasta Speedway will be the fifth stop of 13 this season.
• Noah Gragson currently leads the series standings, followed by Chris Eggleston and Gracin Raz.

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

Analyzing The NASCAR Hall Of Fame 150 At Bowman Gray

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series east will head to North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium for the fifth race of the 2015 season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Bowman Gray, as well as some other statistical trends.

Bowman Gray Race Setup:
• None of the nine drivers on the entry list with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East experience at Bowman Gray have won or even led a lap at the quarter-mile track. The best finish of the nine was third last season by Austin Hill.
• A dozen of the entered drivers will be making their first series appearance at the track.
• Winning the pole position for the NASCAR Hall of Fame has not been a good sign with an average finish of 10.25 in four series events. Last year Ben Rhodes became the first pole sitter to win.

At Bowman Gray Stadium:
History
• NASCAR’s first weekly track, racing was started at Bowman Gray Stadium in 1949 by Bill France Sr. and Alvin Hawkins.
• Bowman Gray played host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 29 times from 1958-71.
• Other NASCAR national or regional touring series that have competed at Bowman Gray include: Convertible Series (1956-59), Grand American (1970-72), Grand National East (1972), Goody’s Dash Series (1989-96) and Whelen Southern Modified Tour (2005-pr.).
• Bowman Gray is part of the Winston-Salem Sports and Entertainment Complex and is home of the Winston-Salem State University Rams football team. It was also the home of the Wake Forest University football team until Groves Stadium (later BB&T Field) opened in 1968.

Notebook
• This is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s fifth visit to Bowman Gray Stadium.
• The K&N Pro Series East made its debut at Bowman Gray on June 4, 2011. Coleman Pressley was the inaugural pole sitter and Matt DiBenedetto the race winner.
• The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. ET.
• Ben Rhodes was the first driver in the five years at Bowman Gray to win from the pole position.
• The most cautions in a K&N Pro Series East event at “The Stadium” was 15 in the inaugural 2011 event and the fewest was 10 in 2012.
• The average starting position for the winner is 3.75 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 10.25.
• The 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 was the only one of the first of four Bowman Gray events not to be extended to a green-white-checkered finish.
• Chevrolet (2), Ford (1) and Toyota (1) have all gone to Victory Lane at Bowman Gray.

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Bowman Gray Data
Race: #5 of 14
Track Layout: .25-mile flat asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (37.5 miles)

Bowman Gray Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 62.578 mph (14.382 seconds)
2014 Race Winner: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 37.853 mph (one hour and 14 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 62.578 mph (12.382 seconds) May 31, 2014
150-Lap Race Record: Corey LaJoie, Ford, 38.346 mph (59 minutes, 51 seconds), June 2, 2012

Bowman Gray Leaders:
Wins
Matt DiBenedetto …. 1
Corey LaJoie …. 1
Ben Kennedy …. 1
Ben Rhodes …. 1

Poles
Kyle Larson …. 1
Brett Moffitt …. 1
Coleman Pressley …. 1
Ben Rhodes …. 1

Laps Completed
Ryan Gifford …. 597
Ben Kennedy …. 459
Eddie MacDonald …. 458
Brett Moffitt …. 456

Laps Led
Matt DiBenedetto …. 156
Ben Rhodes …. 151
Brett Moffitt …. 123
Corey LaJoie …. 118

Selected Driver Highlights:
Rico Abreu (No. 98 Accudoc Solutions/Go-Pro Motorplex/Curb Records Chevrolet)

• Is ranked 12th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings after registering two top-10s.
• This will be his Bowman Gray Stadium debut.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters Ford)
• Is ranked seventh in the K&N East standings after tallying one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
• Finished fifth last year in his first series start at Bowman Gray.
• Tied his career best finish at Iowa Speedway with a runner-up.

Kyle Benjamin (No. 27 Eibach Ford)
• Is ranked third in the K&N East standings after earning one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• Had his first K&N East win at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 18, 2015.
• This will be his first series start at Bowman Gray.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

William Byron (No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet)
• Leads the K&N East standings after registering two wins, three top fives and four top 10s.
• Earned two his two victories at Greenville Pickens Speedway on April 4, 2015 and Iowa on May 16, 2015 (as the top K&N East finishers in the combo race).
• This will be his first K&N East start at Bowman Gray.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Nick Drake (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is ranked sixth in the K&N East standings after tallying two top-10 finishes.
• In his only start at Bowman Gray, he finished 10th (May 31, 2014).

David Garbo Jr (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet)
• Is ranked 10th in the series standings after earning one top-10 finish.
• This will be his first series start at Bowman Gray.

Gray Gaulding (No. 12 Krispy Kreme Donuts Toyota)
• Is ranked fourth in the K&N East standings after tallying two top fives.
• In two starts at Bowman Gray, he has finished eighth (2013) and sixth (2014)
• Became the youngest pole winner in East history (15 years, 2 months, 15 days) on April 13 at Richmond.
• Became the youngest race winner in West history (15 years, 8 months, 30 days) in November 2013 at Phoenix.
• Became the youngest pole winner in West history (15 years, 8 months, 16 days) in October 2013 at Kern.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 Kiklos Toyota)
• Is ranked ninth in the series standings after earning one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
• In his only start at Bowman Gray, he finished 11th (May 31, 2014).

Scott Heckert (No. 24 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fifth in the series standings after registering three top-five finishes.
• In two starts at Bowman Gray, he has finished 20th (2013) and 12th (2014)

Austin Hill (No. 22 A&D Welding/Don Rich Ford)
• Is ranked second in the series standings after recording one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
• In his only start at Bowman Gray, he finished third (May 31, 2014).
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota)
• Is ranked 14th in the K&N East standings after tallying one top-10 finish.
• In two starts at Bowman Gray, she finished fourth (2013) and eighth (2014).
• Her runner-up finish at Iowa in August 2014 was her best career finish and the highest finish by a female in K&N East history.

Dalton Sargeant (No. 51 GALT Chevrolet)
• Is ranked eighth in the series standings after earning two top-five finishes.
• This will be his first K&N East start at Bowman Gray.
• Is ranked 16th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West after tallying one win, two top fives and two poles.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Newcomers:
Steven Berrier (No. 79 Midway Mobile EStorage Chevrolet) – Competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Bowman Gray in the Street Stock Division and is ranked eighth in the standings. This will be his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut.
Mason Mitchell (No. 1 Toyoda Gosei) – Is making his K&N Pro Series East debut at Bowman Gray Stadium. Was the 2014 ARCA Racing Series champion.
Justin Laduke (No. 18 Drive Technology Toyota) – Competed in the Allison Legacy Racing Series last season and recorded one win at Hickory Motor Speedway on October 18.

Up To Speed:
• This is the 29th season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2015 season features 14 races at 12 different tracks across 10 states.
• Austin Hill opened the season at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on February 15.
• William Byron earned two victories this season his first a South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway on April 4 and his second at Iowa Speedway on May 16.
• Kyle Benjamin earned his first win at Bristol Speedway on April 18.

K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Shasta

K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Shasta

Analyzing The Bill Schmitt Memorial 150 At Shasta Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will head to Anderson, California’s, Shasta Speedway for the Bill Schmitt Memorial 150 presented by Lithia Toyota and NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers, as well as some other statistical trends.

Shasta Race Setup:
• The top three drivers in in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West are within nine points of each other headed into Shasta Speedway. Noah Gragson leads with 166 points, followed closely by Chris Eggleston with 162 points and Gracin Raz with 157 points.
• This is the first time the K&N West has been to the track since June 19, 1993 when Rick Carelli won the Holiday Quality Foods 200.

At Shasta Speedway:
History
• Shasta Speedway was built in the late 1940s as a dirt oval and was paved in 1972.
• Was reconfigured to .375-miles in 2005 from its original length of .25-miles.

Notebook
• Shasta Speedway way held an annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event from 1976-79 and again from 1981-85. After 1985, the K&N West didn’t return to Shasta until June 13, 1992.
• Jim Robinson has recorded the most wins at the track, three, winning twice in 1978 and once in 1985.
• The most cautions in are race was eight in 1993, while events in 1976 and 1979 ran caution free.
• The most lead changes was six in 1992, while three races only had one lead change.
• The average starting position for the winner is 4.25 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 4.83.
• Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane four times, while Pontiac and Oldsmobile have three wins and Buick and Ford have one.

Shasta Speedway Data
Race: #5 of 13
Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps (56.25 miles)

Shasta Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Race not held.
2014 Race Winner: Race not held.
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Bill Schmitt, Pontiac, 60.024 mph, April 20, 1978 (track was 1/4-mile).

Iowa Leaders
Wins

Jim Robinson … 3
Jimmy Insolo … 2
Bill Schmitt … 2
Rick Carelli … 1
Derrike Cope … 1
Ron Eaton … 1
Bill Sedgwick … 1
Jim Walker … 1

Poles
Bill Schmitt … 5
Jim Bown … 2
Harry Goularte… 2
Rick Carelli … 1
Ron Eaton … 1
Jack Jeffery … 1
Ernie Stanley … 1

Laps Completed
Bill Schmitt … 1774
Sumner McKnight … 1061
Pat Mintey … 1059
Jim Bown … 941
Jim Robinson … 939

Laps Led
Bill Schmitt … 469
Rick Carelli … 278
Jim Robinson … 237
Ron Eaton … 144

Selected Driver Highlights:
Nicole Behar (No. 33 Custom Welding & Fabrication, Inc. Ford)
• Is currently ranked sixth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings after earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• Became the highest finishing female in series history after her runner-up effort at Irwindale Speedway on April 11, 2015.

James Bickford (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Interstate Plastics/Eibach Ford)
• Is ranked seventh in the K&N West standings after tallying one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• Was the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the K&N West.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters/H20 Fire Protection Toyota)
• Is ranked second in the series standings after registering one win, three top-five, four top-10 finishes.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 AlertID Ford)
• Is ranked first in the series standings after earning one win, three top fives and four top 10s.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Racing/Ron’s Rear Ends/ Pour House Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fourth in the K&N West standings after recording two top fives and three top 10s.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is ranked 10th in the series championship standings after registering one win and two top-ten finishes.
• Earned his first series win at Iowa Speedway on May 16, 2015.

Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Eibach Spring/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Is ranked fifth in the series standings after tallying two top-five and three top-ten finishes.

Gracin Raz (No. 27 Trinity Energy Ford)
• Is ranked third in the standings after earning two top fives and four top 10s.

Alex Schutte (No. 21 Proficio Chevrolet)
• Is ranked eighth in the K&N West standings after recording three top-10 finishes.

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking/61 Logistics/BluLng.com Chevrolet)
• Is ranked ninth in the series standings after registering two top-10s.

New Faces:
Rodd Kneeland (No. 68 RoddRenovations.com Chevrolet) – Is making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season debut. In four series races his best finish was 11th at California’s All American Speedway on October 16, 2010.

Buddy Shepherd (No. 55 TBA Ford) – Is making his K&N Pro Series West debut with Jefferson Pitts Racing. He competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last season where he earned Rookie of the Year honors at Kern County Raceway Park and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.

Up To Speed:
• The 2015 season is the 62nd for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2015 schedule features 13 races at 11 different tracks across seven states.
• Shasta Speedway will be the fifth stop of 13 this season.
• Noah Gragson currently leads the series standings, followed by Chris Eggleston and Gracin Raz.

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

Analyzing The NASCAR Hall Of Fame 150 At Bowman Gray

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series east will head to North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium for the fifth race of the 2015 season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Bowman Gray, as well as some other statistical trends.

Bowman Gray Race Setup:
• None of the nine drivers on the entry list with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East experience at Bowman Gray have won or even led a lap at the quarter-mile track. The best finish of the nine was third last season by Austin Hill.
• A dozen of the entered drivers will be making their first series appearance at the track.
• Winning the pole position for the NASCAR Hall of Fame has not been a good sign with an average finish of 10.25 in four series events. Last year Ben Rhodes became the first pole sitter to win.

At Bowman Gray Stadium:
History
• NASCAR’s first weekly track, racing was started at Bowman Gray Stadium in 1949 by Bill France Sr. and Alvin Hawkins.
• Bowman Gray played host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 29 times from 1958-71.
• Other NASCAR national or regional touring series that have competed at Bowman Gray include: Convertible Series (1956-59), Grand American (1970-72), Grand National East (1972), Goody’s Dash Series (1989-96) and Whelen Southern Modified Tour (2005-pr.).
• Bowman Gray is part of the Winston-Salem Sports and Entertainment Complex and is home of the Winston-Salem State University Rams football team. It was also the home of the Wake Forest University football team until Groves Stadium (later BB&T Field) opened in 1968.

Notebook
• This is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s fifth visit to Bowman Gray Stadium.
• The K&N Pro Series East made its debut at Bowman Gray on June 4, 2011. Coleman Pressley was the inaugural pole sitter and Matt DiBenedetto the race winner.
• The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. ET.
• Ben Rhodes was the first driver in the five years at Bowman Gray to win from the pole position.
• The most cautions in a K&N Pro Series East event at “The Stadium” was 15 in the inaugural 2011 event and the fewest was 10 in 2012.
• The average starting position for the winner is 3.75 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 10.25.
• The 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 was the only one of the first of four Bowman Gray events not to be extended to a green-white-checkered finish.
• Chevrolet (2), Ford (1) and Toyota (1) have all gone to Victory Lane at Bowman Gray.

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Bowman Gray Data
Race: #5 of 14
Track Layout: .25-mile flat asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (37.5 miles)

Bowman Gray Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 62.578 mph (14.382 seconds)
2014 Race Winner: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 37.853 mph (one hour and 14 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 62.578 mph (12.382 seconds) May 31, 2014
150-Lap Race Record: Corey LaJoie, Ford, 38.346 mph (59 minutes, 51 seconds), June 2, 2012

Bowman Gray Leaders:
Wins
Matt DiBenedetto …. 1
Corey LaJoie …. 1
Ben Kennedy …. 1
Ben Rhodes …. 1

Poles
Kyle Larson …. 1
Brett Moffitt …. 1
Coleman Pressley …. 1
Ben Rhodes …. 1

Laps Completed
Ryan Gifford …. 597
Ben Kennedy …. 459
Eddie MacDonald …. 458
Brett Moffitt …. 456

Laps Led
Matt DiBenedetto …. 156
Ben Rhodes …. 151
Brett Moffitt …. 123
Corey LaJoie …. 118

Selected Driver Highlights:
Rico Abreu (No. 98 Accudoc Solutions/Go-Pro Motorplex/Curb Records Chevrolet)

• Is ranked 12th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings after registering two top-10s.
• This will be his Bowman Gray Stadium debut.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters Ford)
• Is ranked seventh in the K&N East standings after tallying one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
• Finished fifth last year in his first series start at Bowman Gray.
• Tied his career best finish at Iowa Speedway with a runner-up.

Kyle Benjamin (No. 27 Eibach Ford)
• Is ranked third in the K&N East standings after earning one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
• Had his first K&N East win at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 18, 2015.
• This will be his first series start at Bowman Gray.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

William Byron (No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet)
• Leads the K&N East standings after registering two wins, three top fives and four top 10s.
• Earned two his two victories at Greenville Pickens Speedway on April 4, 2015 and Iowa on May 16, 2015 (as the top K&N East finishers in the combo race).
• This will be his first K&N East start at Bowman Gray.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Nick Drake (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is ranked sixth in the K&N East standings after tallying two top-10 finishes.
• In his only start at Bowman Gray, he finished 10th (May 31, 2014).

David Garbo Jr (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet)
• Is ranked 10th in the series standings after earning one top-10 finish.
• This will be his first series start at Bowman Gray.

Gray Gaulding (No. 12 Krispy Kreme Donuts Toyota)
• Is ranked fourth in the K&N East standings after tallying two top fives.
• In two starts at Bowman Gray, he has finished eighth (2013) and sixth (2014)
• Became the youngest pole winner in East history (15 years, 2 months, 15 days) on April 13 at Richmond.
• Became the youngest race winner in West history (15 years, 8 months, 30 days) in November 2013 at Phoenix.
• Became the youngest pole winner in West history (15 years, 8 months, 16 days) in October 2013 at Kern.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 Kiklos Toyota)
• Is ranked ninth in the series standings after earning one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
• In his only start at Bowman Gray, he finished 11th (May 31, 2014).

Scott Heckert (No. 24 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fifth in the series standings after registering three top-five finishes.
• In two starts at Bowman Gray, he has finished 20th (2013) and 12th (2014)

Austin Hill (No. 22 A&D Welding/Don Rich Ford)
• Is ranked second in the series standings after recording one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
• In his only start at Bowman Gray, he finished third (May 31, 2014).
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota)
• Is ranked 14th in the K&N East standings after tallying one top-10 finish.
• In two starts at Bowman Gray, she finished fourth (2013) and eighth (2014).
• Her runner-up finish at Iowa in August 2014 was her best career finish and the highest finish by a female in K&N East history.

Dalton Sargeant (No. 51 GALT Chevrolet)
• Is ranked eighth in the series standings after earning two top-five finishes.
• This will be his first K&N East start at Bowman Gray.
• Is ranked 16th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West after tallying one win, two top fives and two poles.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Newcomers:
Steven Berrier (No. 79 Midway Mobile EStorage Chevrolet) – Competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Bowman Gray in the Street Stock Division and is ranked eighth in the standings. This will be his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut.
Mason Mitchell (No. 1 Toyoda Gosei) – Is making his K&N Pro Series East debut at Bowman Gray Stadium. Was the 2014 ARCA Racing Series champion.
Justin Laduke (No. 18 Drive Technology Toyota) – Competed in the Allison Legacy Racing Series last season and recorded one win at Hickory Motor Speedway on October 18.

Up To Speed:
• This is the 29th season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2015 season features 14 races at 12 different tracks across 10 states.
• Austin Hill opened the season at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on February 15.
• William Byron earned two victories this season his first a South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway on April 4 and his second at Iowa Speedway on May 16.
• Kyle Benjamin earned his first win at Bristol Speedway on April 18.

Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Waterford

Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Waterford

Analyzing The Mr. Rooter 161 At New London-Waterford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 30th Anniversary season will resume Saturday with the Mr. Rooter 161 at New London-Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT – STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION

Mr. Rooter 161 Setup:
• Bobby Santos won the Mr. Rooter 161 last year to give him career victories at all three Connecticut ovals.
• Donny Lia and Ryan Preece lead all active drivers in bullring victories with six apiece. Lia has two triumphs at New London-Waterford Speedbowl while Preece has one.
• Santos and Justin Bonsignore are the only drivers to finish in the top five in each of the three events since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Speedbowl in 2012 after a five-year absence.
• Keith Rocco broke the Speedbowl’s all-time feature wins record last week in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action and will look for his first NWMT victory this Saturday.
• The Mr. Rooter 161 will end the longest idle period on the 2015 schedule at 33 days, and simultaneously begin the busiest stretch of the year with three races in 12 days.

At New London-Waterford Speedbowl:
History
• The facility opened to auto racing on April 15, 1951.
• Is a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned track with SK Modifieds as the headline division.
• The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has held 20 races at the Speedbowl since 1985.
• The track has also played host to seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races during its history, and the former NASCAR North Tour visited twice.
• The 161 scheduled laps for the fourth annual Mr. Rooter 161 is a tribute to the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans, who campaigned the No. 61 on his modifieds.

Notebook
• The previous 20 races produced 16 different race winners and 13 different pole winners.
• There has never been a driver earn back-to-back victories at the Speedbowl.
• Ryan Preece is the youngest Speedbowl race winner at 22 years, seven months and 28 days in 2013.
• Jerry Marquis is the oldest victor at the Speedbowl at 49 years, six months and 13 days in 2005.
• Five current NWMT drivers have won NWMT races at the Speedbowl, including: Donny Lia (2), Doug Coby (1), Ted Christopher (1), Ryan Preece (1) and Bobby Santos (1).
• Four current NWMT drivers have won weekly SK Modified races at the Speedbowl, including: Keith Rocco (67-record), Christopher (34), Coby (4), Ron Silk (2) and Woody Pitkat (1).

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Data
Race: #3 of 15
Track Layout: .375-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 161 laps (60.375 miles)
• Banking–turns: 8 to 12 degrees
• Banking–straights: progressive

Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Race Winner: Bobby Santos
2014 Pole Winner: Donny Lia
Qualifying Record: Jerry Marquis (13.618 seconds, 99.133 mph – 10/8/06)

Active Speedbowl Category Leaders:
Wins
1. Donny Lia … 2
2. Ted Christopher … 1
    Doug Coby … 1
    Ryan Preece … 1
    Bobby Santos … 1

Poles
1. Ted Christopher … 2
2. Donny Lia … 1
    Todd Szegedy … 1

Laps Led
1. Donny Lia … 304
2. Todd Szegedy … 279
3. Ted Christopher … 270

Starts
1. Jamie Tomaino … 20
2. Ted Christopher … 16
3. Doug Coby … 10
    Wade Cole … 10
    Donny Lia … 10

Select Driver Highlights:
NOTE: Bullring races defined as tracks .25-.375 miles

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, five poles and 43 top 10s in 75 career starts.
• Has three wins, 12 top fives and a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-best 6.1 average finish in 16 career bullring races.
• Has finishes of second, fourth and fourth the last three years at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Ted Christopher (No. 13 Mr. Rooter/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 193 top 10s in 350 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
• Is looking to end a 44-race winless drought. It’s the second-longest such streak in his career. His first win came in his 94th race.
• Has five wins, three poles, 42 top 10s, an average finish of 10th and 1,104 laps led in 72 career bullring starts.
• Has a win (2002), seven top fives and an average finish of 11th in 16 career Speedbowl starts.
• The 1992 Speedbowl track champion, he has 37 total feature wins there, most recently the SK Modified race on May 16 in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.

Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet)
• The 2012 and 2014 NWMT champion has 11 wins, five poles and 80 top 10s in 159 career starts.
• Career at bullrings includes one win, 14 top fives and an average finish of 14th in 33 starts.
• Has a win (2012), six top 10s and an average finish of 11.5 in 10 career Speedbowl NWMT starts.
• Has four career Speedbowl SK Modified wins.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole and 37 top 10s in 88 career starts.
• Maintains the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 86 races.
• Has a win (Riverhead Raceway-2014), a pole (Monadnock Speedway-2013) and seven top 10s in 15 career bullring starts.
• Has finishes of 24th, seventh and 25th in three previous starts at the Speedbowl.
• Held the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points lead after three races this year, highlighted by a March 15 win at Caraway Speedway.

Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)
• The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 20 poles and 80 top 10s in 156 career starts.
• Has six wins, four poles, 16 top fives and an average finish of 11.5 in 41 career bullring events.
• Owner of two wins (2005, `06), a pole (2014), seven top fives and an average finish of eighth in 10 career Speedbowl starts.

Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Van Wickle Auto Supply Chevrolet)
• Has two wins and 56 top 10s in 113 career starts.
• Career bullring numbers include a win (Riverhead-2010), nine top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 18 starts.
• Has finishes of sixth, eighth and 16th the three previous seasons at the Speedbowl.

Woody Pitkat (No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, two poles and 43 top 10s in 93 career starts.
• Has five top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of fourth (Riverhead-2013) in 11 career bullring starts.
• Has finishes of 22nd and seventh the last two years at the Speedbowl.

Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet)
• The 2013 NWMT champion has 11 wins, 13 poles, 29 podiums, 50 top fives and 66 top 10s in 110 career starts.
• In 19 career bullring starts he’s posted six wins, four poles, 13 top fives and an average finish of seventh.
• Has finishes of third, first and sixth the last three years at the Speedbowl.

Keith Rocco (No. 22 Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar Chevrolet)
• The 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion has eight top 10s in 23 career NWMT starts with a best finish of third in the 2012 Stafford Spring Sizzler.
• Has finished eighth the last two NWMT races at the Speedbowl. His only other bullring start resulted in a 10th-place finish at Monadnock in 2012.
• Earned Speedbowl NWAAS track titles in 2010, `11, `13 and `14 out of the SK Modified division. Broke the track’s all-time feature wins record last week, now at 108, including 67 in SK Mods.

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet)
• The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 51 top 10s in 95 career events.
• Has a win, seven top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 12 career bullring starts.
• The three previous Speedbowl events he’s posted finishes of 22nd, fifth and first.

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)
• The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a pole and nine top 10s in 22 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013.
• Has a pole (Riverhead-2013), two top fives and an average finish of 13th in five career NWMT bullring starts.
• Finished 21st (DNF) in his Speedbowl debut last year.

Todd Szegedy (No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge)
• The 2003 NWMT champion has 18 wins, 10 poles and 117 top 10s in 189 career starts.
• Has four wins, two poles, 26 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 44 career bullring races.
• Has a win (2004), a pole (2013), five top fives and an average finish of 10th in 10 career Speedbowl starts.

Other Driver Notes
• Jamie Tomaino is the only driver to compete in all 20 previous NWMT events at the track.
• Spencer Davis and Derek Ramstrom made their NWMT debuts in this race last year.
• Patrick Emerling’s best career finish is fifth, recorded four times, including last year at the Speedbowl.
• Four times previously the Speedbowl winner went on to capture the NWMT title that season: Jimmy Spencer (1987), Jerry Marquis (2000), Doug Coby (2012) and Ryan Preece (2013).
• NWMT all-time victories (74) leader Mike Stefanik won at 17 different tracks, but the Speedbowl was not one of them.
• Mystic Missile Racing has won twice previously at its home track: 2003 with Chuck Hossfeld and 2005 with Jerry Marquis.

Up To Speed:
• This is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 30th Anniversary season. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
• The 2015 schedule features 15 points races at seven different tracks across four states.
• Doug Coby opened up his title defense with a win from the pole in the Thompson Icebreaker 150 on April 12.
• Woody Pitkat earned the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 victory on April 26 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Shasta

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Shasta

Let The Battle For Points Begin

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The points battle in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is heating up as the series returns to Shasta Speedway in Anderson, California, for the first time in 22 years for Saturday’s Bill Schmitt Memorial 150.

Twelve points separate the top four drivers — including the two leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates — and the series has already seen four different winners in the first four races.

Rookie Noah Gragson leads the way with 166 points after picking up his first career win at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway at the beginning of the month. Chris Eggleston, who won at California’s Irwindale Speedway, lurks just four points back, while Gragson’s Jefferson Pitts Racing teammate and fellow rookie, Gracin Raz follows with 157. Series veteran David Mayhew rounds out the top four at 154.

The .375-mile oval is similar in length to Colorado National, where Eggleston won last year, and Tucson, where Gragson won earlier this season. It is the second of six tracks under a half-mile that the series will visit this year.

If the leaders get in trouble on the bullring, there are a number of contenders looking to climb back in the championship picture. Rookie Ryan Partridge is only five points back of Mayhew, while rookie Nicole Behar is 10 points further back in sixth — but only five points in front of 11th.

Race: Bill Schmitt Memorial 150 presented by Lithia Toyota and NAPA Auto Parts
Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 8 p.m.
TV Schedule: Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m. on NBCSN
Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval
2014 Winner: Race not held.
2014 Pole Sitter: Race not held.
Event Schedule: Friday, May 29 – Optional Track Practice: 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, May 30 – Garage Opens & Inspection begins: 8 a.m.; Practice: 11 – 11:45 a.m.; Rookie Practice: 12:15 – 12:40 p.m.; Final Practice: 12:50 – 1:20 p.m.; Qualifying: 4:15 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 6:00 p.m.; Bill Schmitt Memorial 150: 8 p.m.
Track Contact: Frank Bramante, Managing General Partner, (530) 515-8282, elmago@shasta.com
Event Twitter Hashtag: #Schmitt150
NASCAR IMC Contact: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142 or bfranceschini@nascar.com, @BFran04

*All times are in PST and subject to change

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FAST FACTS
The Race: The Bill Schmitt Memorial 150 marks the return of the K&N Pro Series West to Shasta Speedway after a 22-year absence. It’s the fifth of 13 races overall in the K&N Pro Series West.

The Procedure: Starting positions first thru 20th will be determined by qualifying. The provisional starting positions 21, 22, 23 will be assigned based on the current 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship point standings. 

The Track: Shasta is a .375-mile paved oval that was built in the late 1940s. The surface was originally dirt and was paved in 1972. It was configured as a quarter–mile oval until 2005 when it was lengthened to its current configuration.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record on the old oval is held by Bill Schmitt at 90.024 mph on April 30, 1978. The 185-lap record was set by Rick Carelli on June 19, 1993 at 59.450 mph (one hour, 17 minutes and 17 seconds).

SHASTA RACE NOTES:
K&N Pro Series West Returns To Shasta: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is returning to Shasta after a 22-year absence. The last time the K&N West was at the Anderson, California track was on June 19, 1993.

Remembering A Legend: Saturday’s race is being held in honor of the late Bill Schmitt, who passed away last December at the age of 78. Schmitt was a four-time West champion (1977. ’79, ’89 and ’90) and one of the most popular drivers of his generation. He races for raced in the series for 20 seasons, from 1974 to 1993. During that span he competed in 237 races, scoring 19 wins and garnering 24 poles. Several of his career marks remain as records in the modern era of the series (1971 to present): 122 top-five finishes, 163 top-10 finishes and 4,274 laps led.

A New Generation: A new generation of drivers will be taking the track this weekend at Shasta. The last time the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competed at Shasta, eight of the 17 drivers scheduled to compete this weekend had not been born.

McReynolds Making A Comeback:
Brandon McReynolds is mounting a strong comeback after a rough start to his season. McReynolds started 2015 with a wreck four laps into the opener at Kern County Speedway. He has slowly made gains, and two weeks ago it all came together when he captured his first career win at Iowa and has climbed the rankings to 10th.

Looking To Bounce Back:
Nicole Behar, James Bickford, and Ryan Partridge are looking to bounce back after tough showings at Iowa. Partridge ran 20th with Behar following right behind in 21st. Bickford finished 24th after blowing a tire and running two laps down.

New Faces In The West:
The field at Shasta Speedway this weekend will feature two new drivers, Buddy Shepherd and Rodd Kneeland. Shepherd, 15, will drive the No. 55 for Jefferson Pitts Racing this weekend. Kneeland, 49, will be starting in his fifth K&N West race. His best finish in the series was on September 26, 2009 when he finished 11th at All-American Speedway.

Chevrolet Proven Successful:
In the 12 races that have taken place at Shasta Speedway, Chevrolet has the most trips to Victory Lane with four. Pontiac and Oldsmobile follow closely behind with three, while Buick and Ford have only tallied one win each.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Bowman Gray

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Bowman Gray

Rookie Byron Driving Away With The Points Lead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Nearly one-third of the way through the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, rookie William Byron is a surprise leader in as the championship race heads to famed Bowman Gray Stadium this Saturday for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.

Byron, 17, is sitting at the top of the standings with 176 points after earning two wins, three top fives and four top 10s. The Charlotte product got a late start racing, purchasing his first Legends car in the fall of 2012, and began competing in the U.S. Legend Young Lions Division in 2013. In just his first year competing in Legends, Byron won the 2013 U.S. Legend Young Lions National Championship and has been on the fast track to success ever since.

He’s trailed by a pair of drivers who have also visited Victory Lane this season. Series veteran Austin Hill, 21, is 15 points back. The Winston, Georgia, native started off the season strong by winning the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway to extend his victory streak to three and has four top 10 finishes this season. Rookie Kyle Benjamin is in third place, five behind Hill, and the Easley, South Carolina, earned his first Victory Lane visit at Bristol Motor Speedway in April.

After that, Byron’s already put 37 points — nearly a full race — on the rest of the field. By contrast, just 30 points separate fourth-place Gray Gaulding and fifth-place Scott Heckert, who both have 139 points, from 14th.

Race: NASCAR Hall of Fame 150
Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 9 p.m.
TV Schedule: Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. on NBCSN
Track Layout: .25-mile paved flat oval
2014 Winner: Ben Rhodes
2014 Pole Sitter: Ben Rhodes
Event Schedule: Garage Opens & Inspection begins: 11 a.m.; Practice: 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.; Rookie Practice: 2:35 – 2:50 p.m.; Final Practice: 3 – 3:30 p.m.; Qualifying: 6p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 6:45 p.m.; Hall of Fame 150: 9 p.m.
Track Contact: Loren Pinilis, Public Relations Director, (336) 793-6444, LKPinilis@emphasis-studios.com
Track Twitter: @BGSRacing
Event Twitter Hashtag: #NASCARHOF150
NASCAR IMC Contact: : Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142 or bfranceschini@nascar.com, @BrookeFran04

*All times are in EST and subject to change.

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FAST FACTS
The Race: The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will be the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s fifth event at the historic Bowman Gray Stadium. It’s the fifth of 12 oval track events on the 14-race 2015 schedule.

The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 starting positions will be determined from two-lap qualifying and the final four will be determined through provisionals. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (37.5 miles).

The Track: Nicknamed “The Stadium” and “The Madhouse,” Bowman Gray is a flat quarter-mile asphalt oval. The track opened in 1946 and held 29 races from 1958-71 for what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The first NASCAR-sanctioned event took place on May 18, 1949 and was won by Fonty Flock. The first Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) race took place in 1958 and it was won by Bob Welborn. It is one of stock car racing’s most legendary venues, and it NASCAR’s longest-running weekly race track. Bowman Gray Stadium is part of the Winston-Salem Sports and Entertainment Complex and is home of the Winston-Salem State University Rams football team. It was also the home of the Wake Forest University football team until Groves Stadium (late BB&T Field) opened in 1968.

The Records: The one-lap series qualifying record at Bowman Gray was established by Ben Rhodes on May 31, 2014 at 62.578 mph (14.382 seconds). The 150-lap race record was set by Corey LaJoie on June 2, 2012 at 38.346 mph (59 minutes 51 seconds).

Bowman Gray Race Notes:
New Faces: The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium will feature three new faces: Justin Laduke, Steve Berrier and Mason Mitchell. Laduke, 19, from Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, competed in the Allison Legacy Racing Series last season and recorded one win at Hickory Motor Speedway on October 18. Berrier is no stranger to Bowman Gray, he races in the track’s Street Stock division and is ranked seventh in the standings after finishing first on May 16. Mitchell, 20, from Des Moines, Iowa, will be making his K&N Pro Series East debut. He was the 2014 ARCA Racing Series champion and has registered one top-10 in ARCA this season. 

Is Qualifying The Key To Success?: Since the K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural race at Bowman Gray in 2011, three of the four winners have started in the front row, with the exception of Ben Kennedy who started 10th in 2013. Last year’s winner Ben Rhodes, earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light and went to Victory Lane. Matt DiBenedetto (2011) and Corey LaJoie (2012) both started in second place prior to their wins.

Ruston Hopes To Continue Bowman Gray Success: Kenzie Ruston hopes to pick up where she’s left off at Bowman Gray and grab her first top five of the 2015 season. She has finished in the top 10 in both of her previous appearances at the track, finishing fourth in 2013 and eighth last season.

Bassett Ready For First Win: Ronnie Bassett, Jr. picked up his second career runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on May 16 and looks to ride the wave of success this weekend at his hometown track. Bassett’s impressive showing at Iowa was his first top five finish of the season and tied his career best finish at Greenville from March 22, 2014. At last year’s Hall of Fame 150, Bassett finished fifth after starting fourth.

Ben Kennedy Racing Looks To Succeed With New Driver: Ben Kennedy’s team has had quite the success at the Winston-Salem track over the last two years. Kennedy won the race on June 1, 2013 after starting in 10th and last year Kenzie Ruston finished eighth while racing for the team. This year, Kaz Grala will take the wheel for BKR and hopes to carry on the team’s success. Grala finished 11th at Bowman Gray last year in the No. 31 car.

Rev Racing And Drive 4 Diversity: Rev Racing is another team that has found success at the North Carolina track. Last season, three Rev Racing drivers finished in the top 10. Daniel Suarez, now racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, finished runner-up to Ben Rhodes while Ryan Gifford and Jay Beasley finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Kenzie Ruston and Jay Beasley will be the veteran drivers for the team this year, with Devon Amos and Collin Cabre set to make their first series starts at Bowman Gray.

Home Tracks: Brown On Verge Of History
Tim Brown will get two shots at history this weekend. The North Carolina driver won his 73rd feature in Bowman Gray’s Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series this past Saturday, moving him into a tie with Junior Miller for first all-time in the track’s top division.  Burt Myers leads the division points by 10 over Dean Ward, who won the other 25-lap feature this past Saturday. The Modifieds will headline Friday night’s Midway Mobile Storage 100 presented by The Triad’s 105.7 Man Up, and will run another 100-lap race Saturday along with the K&N Pro East. Friday night will also include the track’s other Whelen All-American divisions: Sportsman and Street Stock.

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