K&N Pro East Stat Advance: VIR

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: VIR

Analyzing The Biscuitville 125 At VIRginia International Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will visit their first road course of the season Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., for the Biscuitville 125. Below is a statistical performance of the series and selected drivers.

Biscuitville 125 Race Setup:
• This will be the series’ fourth visit to the track with the inaugural Biscuitville 125 taking place August 24, 2013.
• Prior to the 2013 event at VIR, the K&N Pro Series East had not competed on a road course since July 2010 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Saturday’s event will be the sixth one held on a road course since 2013.
• Justin Haley enters VIR three points out of first and six points ahead of Spencer Davis.
• The top five are within 19 points of first headed into this weekend.

At VIRginia International Raceway:
History
• Originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000 when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel.
• Offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27 miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.250 miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65 miles. The Grand East Course is the longest configuration at 4.2 miles and is made up of the Full and Patriot courses. The K&N Pro Series East will be competing on the North Course this weekend.
• The track has previously hosted numerous test sessions for NASCAR’s top-three national series.

Notebook
• This is the fourth NASCAR-sanctioned race at VIR.
• There have been three different winners in the series’ three visits to the track – Dylan Kwasniewski (2013), Scott Heckert (2014) and Sergio Pena (2015).
• The most cautions in a K&N race at VIR was seven (2014) while the fewest is three (2013). The most caution laps were 17 in 2015 while the fewest were 13 in 2013.
• In three races, the lead has changed hands an average of 5.33 times with a high of eight lead changes last season.
• The average starting position for the winner is fifth while the pole sitter has an average finish of 5.66.
• VIR is one of three road courses on the series’ schedule this season joining New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsport Park.
• There are only two drivers – Sergio Pena and Brian Henderson – from Virginia on the entry list.

VIR Data
Race: #5 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, April 30 at 3:45 p.m. ET
Track Layout: 2.250-mile road course
Race Length: 55 laps (123.75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Race Winner: Sergio Pena
2015 Pole Sitter: Scott Heckert
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Scott Heckert, Chevrolet, 87.324 seconds (92.758 mph), August 29, 2015
55-Lap Race Record: Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 1 hour 54 minutes 53 seconds (66.981 mph), August 24, 2013.

VIRginia International Raceway Leaders:
Wins
Scott Heckert … 1
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1
Sergio Pena … 1

Poles
Scott Heckert … 2
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1

Laps Completed
Kenzie Ruston … 164
Scott Heckert … 163
Brandon Gdovic … 123
Nick Drake  … 121
Gray Gaulding … 121
Austin Hill … 121

Laps Led
Scott Heckert … 47
Dylan Kwasniewski … 39
Cameron Hayley … 25
Gray Gaulding … 24
Daniel Suarez … 17
Austin Hill … 11

Selected Driver Highlights:
Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 02 Bassett Gutters Ford)
• Is ranked sixth in the standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• In his only start at VIR in 2014, he finished 17th after starting 23rd.

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Is first in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• This will be his first start at VIR
• In his lone road course start at New York’s Watkins Glen International, he finished 14th after starting 19th.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota)
• Is eighth in the standings with one top 10 finish.
• In his VIR debut last season, he finished fourth after starting 14th.
• Is a member of Drive for Diversity (D4D) class and Rev Racing.

Spencer Davis (No. 41 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Heads into VIR third in the standings with three top fives.
• This will be his road course debut in the K&N East.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East-West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fourth in the standings with one win and three top 10s.
• Earned his first K&N East victory at Mobile in just his second start.
• This will be his series road course debut.

Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into VIR ranked seventh in the standing with two top-10 finishes.
• In his lone K&N East road course start at New York’s Watkins Glen International, he finished eighth (2015).
• In his road course debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at California’s Sonoma Raceway last season, he finished seventh after starting 12th.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 NETTTS Toyota)
• Is ranked fifth in the K&N East standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• In his two starts at VIR he’s finished fifth (2014) and second (2015).
• He has an average start of ninth and an average finish of 3.5 at the Virginia road course.

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend second in the standings with one win, three top fives and four top 10s.
• In his VIR debut last season, he finished fifth after starting third.

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Motorsports Toyota)
• Is 10th in the K&N East standings with one top-five finish.
• This will be his first series road course start.

Dominique Van Wieringen (No. 30 Durobyte Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked ninth with one top-10 finish.
• She will be making her VIR and K&N East road course debut.

Other Driver Notes:
• Defending VIR race winner Sergio Pena will try to become the first repeat winner at the track in series history. In his two starts at VIR, he’s finished fourth (2014) and first (2015).
• Gracin Raz will be making his third K&N East start of the season and his first road course start in the East. In his K&N West road course debut at Sonoma last season, he finished 12th after starting 21st.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 30th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland earned his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in his series debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
• Tyler Dippel collected his first series win in just his second series start at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway.
• Justin Haley recorded his first K&N East win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway after leading a total of 28 laps.
• Chad Finchum earned his first series victory at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

Virginia Road Course To Test Championship Contenders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Four races, four different winners. Could a fifth be in the cards Saturday?

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the Biscuitville 125, and the 17-turn, 2.250-mile road course promises to throw the championship contenders for a loop.

Kyle Benjamin looks to maintain his championship lead. The NASCAR Next driver was originally planning on running a partial schedule, but a strong start — four top-six finishes in four starts and first place in points — changed that. The 18-year-old from Easley, South Carolina, is coming off a runner-up finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and holds a three-point lead over Justin Haley and a nine-point edge on his Ranier Racing with MDM teammate Spencer Davis. In 22 career K&N Pro starts, Benjamin has run just one road course; he finished 14th at Watkins Glen International.

VIR is one of three road course on the 14-race K&N Pro East slate this year, joined by Watkins Glen and New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Haley, 16, led six laps at VIR last year before finishing fifth. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Davis, 17, will be making his first series road course start this weekend. If either falters, Haley’s teammate Tyler Dippel is within striking distance of first, trailed closely by veteran drivers Kaz Grala and Ronnie Bassett Jr.

Defending race winner Sergio Pena and Grala look to lead the field based on their road-course experience. Pena is making his first start of the season, while Grala has finished fifth and second in his previous two races at VIR and is seeking his first series victory.

Of the 24 cars entered at VIR, only seven drivers (Benjamin, Dippel, Haley, Pena, Collin Cabre, Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz) have previously won in the K&N Pro Series. In fact, the four different winners this year all four celebrated their first career K&N Pro East win, and three of them have been Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates. 

RACE: Biscuitville125
PLACE: VIRginia International Raceway
DATE: Saturday, April 30
TIME: 3:45 pm. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.250-mile permanent road course (North Course)
2015 WINNER: Sergio Pena
2015 POLE SITTER: Scott Heckert
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens – 7 p.m.; Practice – 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Qualifying – 1 p.m.; Driver/Crew Chief Meeting – 2:05 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session – 2:35 to 3:15 p.m.; Driver Introductions – 3:20 p.m.; Biscuitville125 – 3:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Mike Rose, (434) 822-7700, mrose@VIRnow.com
TRACK TWITTER: @VIRNow
EVENT HASHTAG: #Biscuitville125
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE:EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race:
The Biscuitville 125 will be the fifth of 14 races and the first of three road courses on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will be the series’ fourth visit to the Virginia track.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through NASCAR road course style group qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 55 laps (123.75 miles).

The Track: VIRginia International Raceway originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000, when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel. VIR offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27-miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1-miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.250-miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65-miles. The Grand East Course is the longest at 4.2-miles and is made up of the Full and Patriot courses. Overall, the facility includes three separate paddocks with timing towers, separate skid pads, covered tech bays in the North Paddock, classrooms, full service restaurants, a pro shop and several lodging options. The Biscuitville 125 will be contested on the North Course. 

VIR RACE NOTES
Pena to Make His Return: Sergio Pena will make his 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut. The 23-year-old from Winchester, Va., is the defending race winner. Pena, has competed in 59 series events, has earned five wins, 10 top fives and 28 top 10s. Should Pena pull off a win, he will be the first series repeat winner at the track.

Martin-McClure Racing Looks to Continue Success: In their season debut at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Martin-McClure Racing and Chad Finchum celebrated their first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. The team will look to collect their second win of the season this weekend at VIR with a new driver behind the wheel. Seventeen year-old Austin Cindric will be making his series debut for the team this weekend. The son of Team Penske President, Tim Cindric, has some prior NASCAR experience, with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a best finish of 14th in his debut at Martinsville.

Positioned To Win: After Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014) won from the pole in the first two series races at VIR, Pena proved you can win from the back, too. Pena started last year’s race in 13th and didn’t take the lead until the final lap of the race. Three of the top four finishers all started among the last five cars in the field.

Multiple Award Winners Trending: In addition to four different race winners, the 2016 K&N Pro East season has seen four different pole winners. Only Todd Gilliland (New Smyrna) has won the race after winning the pole. Davis, Benjamin and Harrison Burton have also won pole awards. There have been four different drivers to win the Autolite Iridium XL Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps in a race, and four different drivers have collected the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award for advancing the most positions.

Rookie Race: Three of the last four NASCAR K&N Pro East champions have also won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award that same season, and Davis is looking to continue that trend. In addition to being third in overall points, he leads the rookie standings by four over Dippel and 14 over Hunter Baize. Davis was the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Chevrolet Is the Manufacturer to Beat: Chevrolet has proven to be the car to beat at the VIRginia road course. In the previous three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at the track, Chevrolet has ended up in Victory Lane two times with Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014). Sergio Pena broke the trend last year when he piloted his Toyota to the winner’s circle. 

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: VIR

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: VIR

Analyzing The Biscuitville 125 At VIRginia International Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will visit their first road course of the season Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., for the Biscuitville 125. Below is a statistical performance of the series and selected drivers.

Biscuitville 125 Race Setup:
• This will be the series’ fourth visit to the track with the inaugural Biscuitville 125 taking place August 24, 2013.
• Prior to the 2013 event at VIR, the K&N Pro Series East had not competed on a road course since July 2010 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Saturday’s event will be the sixth one held on a road course since 2013.
• Justin Haley enters VIR three points out of first and six points ahead of Spencer Davis.
• The top five are within 19 points of first headed into this weekend.

At VIRginia International Raceway:
History
• Originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000 when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel.
• Offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27 miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.250 miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65 miles. The Grand East Course is the longest configuration at 4.2 miles and is made up of the Full and Patriot courses. The K&N Pro Series East will be competing on the North Course this weekend.
• The track has previously hosted numerous test sessions for NASCAR’s top-three national series.

Notebook
• This is the fourth NASCAR-sanctioned race at VIR.
• There have been three different winners in the series’ three visits to the track – Dylan Kwasniewski (2013), Scott Heckert (2014) and Sergio Pena (2015).
• The most cautions in a K&N race at VIR was seven (2014) while the fewest is three (2013). The most caution laps were 17 in 2015 while the fewest were 13 in 2013.
• In three races, the lead has changed hands an average of 5.33 times with a high of eight lead changes last season.
• The average starting position for the winner is fifth while the pole sitter has an average finish of 5.66.
• VIR is one of three road courses on the series’ schedule this season joining New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsport Park.
• There are only two drivers – Sergio Pena and Brian Henderson – from Virginia on the entry list.

VIR Data
Race: #5 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, April 30 at 3:45 p.m. ET
Track Layout: 2.250-mile road course
Race Length: 55 laps (123.75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Race Winner: Sergio Pena
2015 Pole Sitter: Scott Heckert
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Scott Heckert, Chevrolet, 87.324 seconds (92.758 mph), August 29, 2015
55-Lap Race Record: Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 1 hour 54 minutes 53 seconds (66.981 mph), August 24, 2013.

VIRginia International Raceway Leaders:
Wins
Scott Heckert … 1
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1
Sergio Pena … 1

Poles
Scott Heckert … 2
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1

Laps Completed
Kenzie Ruston … 164
Scott Heckert … 163
Brandon Gdovic … 123
Nick Drake  … 121
Gray Gaulding … 121
Austin Hill … 121

Laps Led
Scott Heckert … 47
Dylan Kwasniewski … 39
Cameron Hayley … 25
Gray Gaulding … 24
Daniel Suarez … 17
Austin Hill … 11

Selected Driver Highlights:
Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 02 Bassett Gutters Ford)
• Is ranked sixth in the standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• In his only start at VIR in 2014, he finished 17th after starting 23rd.

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Is first in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• This will be his first start at VIR
• In his lone road course start at New York’s Watkins Glen International, he finished 14th after starting 19th.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota)
• Is eighth in the standings with one top 10 finish.
• In his VIR debut last season, he finished fourth after starting 14th.
• Is a member of Drive for Diversity (D4D) class and Rev Racing.

Spencer Davis (No. 41 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Heads into VIR third in the standings with three top fives.
• This will be his road course debut in the K&N East.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East-West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fourth in the standings with one win and three top 10s.
• Earned his first K&N East victory at Mobile in just his second start.
• This will be his series road course debut.

Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into VIR ranked seventh in the standing with two top-10 finishes.
• In his lone K&N East road course start at New York’s Watkins Glen International, he finished eighth (2015).
• In his road course debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at California’s Sonoma Raceway last season, he finished seventh after starting 12th.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 NETTTS Toyota)
• Is ranked fifth in the K&N East standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• In his two starts at VIR he’s finished fifth (2014) and second (2015).
• He has an average start of ninth and an average finish of 3.5 at the Virginia road course.

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend second in the standings with one win, three top fives and four top 10s.
• In his VIR debut last season, he finished fifth after starting third.

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Motorsports Toyota)
• Is 10th in the K&N East standings with one top-five finish.
• This will be his first series road course start.

Dominique Van Wieringen (No. 30 Durobyte Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked ninth with one top-10 finish.
• She will be making her VIR and K&N East road course debut.

Other Driver Notes:
• Defending VIR race winner Sergio Pena will try to become the first repeat winner at the track in series history. In his two starts at VIR, he’s finished fourth (2014) and first (2015).
• Gracin Raz will be making his third K&N East start of the season and his first road course start in the East. In his K&N West road course debut at Sonoma last season, he finished 12th after starting 21st.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 30th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland earned his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in his series debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
• Tyler Dippel collected his first series win in just his second series start at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway.
• Justin Haley recorded his first K&N East win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway after leading a total of 28 laps.
• Chad Finchum earned his first series victory at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

Virginia Road Course To Test Championship Contenders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Four races, four different winners. Could a fifth be in the cards Saturday?

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the Biscuitville 125, and the 17-turn, 2.250-mile road course promises to throw the championship contenders for a loop.

Kyle Benjamin looks to maintain his championship lead. The NASCAR Next driver was originally planning on running a partial schedule, but a strong start — four top-six finishes in four starts and first place in points — changed that. The 18-year-old from Easley, South Carolina, is coming off a runner-up finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and holds a three-point lead over Justin Haley and a nine-point edge on his Ranier Racing with MDM teammate Spencer Davis. In 22 career K&N Pro starts, Benjamin has run just one road course; he finished 14th at Watkins Glen International.

VIR is one of three road course on the 14-race K&N Pro East slate this year, joined by Watkins Glen and New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Haley, 16, led six laps at VIR last year before finishing fifth. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Davis, 17, will be making his first series road course start this weekend. If either falters, Haley’s teammate Tyler Dippel is within striking distance of first, trailed closely by veteran drivers Kaz Grala and Ronnie Bassett Jr.

Defending race winner Sergio Pena and Grala look to lead the field based on their road-course experience. Pena is making his first start of the season, while Grala has finished fifth and second in his previous two races at VIR and is seeking his first series victory.

Of the 24 cars entered at VIR, only seven drivers (Benjamin, Dippel, Haley, Pena, Collin Cabre, Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz) have previously won in the K&N Pro Series. In fact, the four different winners this year all four celebrated their first career K&N Pro East win, and three of them have been Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates. 

RACE: Biscuitville125
PLACE: VIRginia International Raceway
DATE: Saturday, April 30
TIME: 3:45 pm. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.250-mile permanent road course (North Course)
2015 WINNER: Sergio Pena
2015 POLE SITTER: Scott Heckert
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens – 7 p.m.; Practice – 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Qualifying – 1 p.m.; Driver/Crew Chief Meeting – 2:05 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session – 2:35 to 3:15 p.m.; Driver Introductions – 3:20 p.m.; Biscuitville125 – 3:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Mike Rose, (434) 822-7700, mrose@VIRnow.com
TRACK TWITTER: @VIRNow
EVENT HASHTAG: #Biscuitville125
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE:EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race:
The Biscuitville 125 will be the fifth of 14 races and the first of three road courses on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will be the series’ fourth visit to the Virginia track.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through NASCAR road course style group qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 55 laps (123.75 miles).

The Track: VIRginia International Raceway originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000, when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel. VIR offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27-miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1-miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.250-miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65-miles. The Grand East Course is the longest at 4.2-miles and is made up of the Full and Patriot courses. Overall, the facility includes three separate paddocks with timing towers, separate skid pads, covered tech bays in the North Paddock, classrooms, full service restaurants, a pro shop and several lodging options. The Biscuitville 125 will be contested on the North Course. 

VIR RACE NOTES
Pena to Make His Return: Sergio Pena will make his 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut. The 23-year-old from Winchester, Va., is the defending race winner. Pena, has competed in 59 series events, has earned five wins, 10 top fives and 28 top 10s. Should Pena pull off a win, he will be the first series repeat winner at the track.

Martin-McClure Racing Looks to Continue Success: In their season debut at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Martin-McClure Racing and Chad Finchum celebrated their first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. The team will look to collect their second win of the season this weekend at VIR with a new driver behind the wheel. Seventeen year-old Austin Cindric will be making his series debut for the team this weekend. The son of Team Penske President, Tim Cindric, has some prior NASCAR experience, with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a best finish of 14th in his debut at Martinsville.

Positioned To Win: After Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014) won from the pole in the first two series races at VIR, Pena proved you can win from the back, too. Pena started last year’s race in 13th and didn’t take the lead until the final lap of the race. Three of the top four finishers all started among the last five cars in the field.

Multiple Award Winners Trending: In addition to four different race winners, the 2016 K&N Pro East season has seen four different pole winners. Only Todd Gilliland (New Smyrna) has won the race after winning the pole. Davis, Benjamin and Harrison Burton have also won pole awards. There have been four different drivers to win the Autolite Iridium XL Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps in a race, and four different drivers have collected the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award for advancing the most positions.

Rookie Race: Three of the last four NASCAR K&N Pro East champions have also won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award that same season, and Davis is looking to continue that trend. In addition to being third in overall points, he leads the rookie standings by four over Dippel and 14 over Hunter Baize. Davis was the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Chevrolet Is the Manufacturer to Beat: Chevrolet has proven to be the car to beat at the VIRginia road course. In the previous three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at the track, Chevrolet has ended up in Victory Lane two times with Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014). Sergio Pena broke the trend last year when he piloted his Toyota to the winner’s circle. 

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: VIR

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: VIR

Analyzing The Biscuitville 125 At VIRginia International Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will visit their first road course of the season Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., for the Biscuitville 125. Below is a statistical performance of the series and selected drivers.

Biscuitville 125 Race Setup:
• This will be the series’ fourth visit to the track with the inaugural Biscuitville 125 taking place August 24, 2013.
• Prior to the 2013 event at VIR, the K&N Pro Series East had not competed on a road course since July 2010 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Saturday’s event will be the sixth one held on a road course since 2013.
• Justin Haley enters VIR three points out of first and six points ahead of Spencer Davis.
• The top five are within 19 points of first headed into this weekend.

At VIRginia International Raceway:
History
• Originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000 when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel.
• Offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27 miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.250 miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65 miles. The Grand East Course is the longest configuration at 4.2 miles and is made up of the Full and Patriot courses. The K&N Pro Series East will be competing on the North Course this weekend.
• The track has previously hosted numerous test sessions for NASCAR’s top-three national series.

Notebook
• This is the fourth NASCAR-sanctioned race at VIR.
• There have been three different winners in the series’ three visits to the track – Dylan Kwasniewski (2013), Scott Heckert (2014) and Sergio Pena (2015).
• The most cautions in a K&N race at VIR was seven (2014) while the fewest is three (2013). The most caution laps were 17 in 2015 while the fewest were 13 in 2013.
• In three races, the lead has changed hands an average of 5.33 times with a high of eight lead changes last season.
• The average starting position for the winner is fifth while the pole sitter has an average finish of 5.66.
• VIR is one of three road courses on the series’ schedule this season joining New York’s Watkins Glen International and New Jersey Motorsport Park.
• There are only two drivers – Sergio Pena and Brian Henderson – from Virginia on the entry list.

VIR Data
Race: #5 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, April 30 at 3:45 p.m. ET
Track Layout: 2.250-mile road course
Race Length: 55 laps (123.75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Race Winner: Sergio Pena
2015 Pole Sitter: Scott Heckert
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Scott Heckert, Chevrolet, 87.324 seconds (92.758 mph), August 29, 2015
55-Lap Race Record: Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 1 hour 54 minutes 53 seconds (66.981 mph), August 24, 2013.

VIRginia International Raceway Leaders:
Wins
Scott Heckert … 1
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1
Sergio Pena … 1

Poles
Scott Heckert … 2
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1

Laps Completed
Kenzie Ruston … 164
Scott Heckert … 163
Brandon Gdovic … 123
Nick Drake  … 121
Gray Gaulding … 121
Austin Hill … 121

Laps Led
Scott Heckert … 47
Dylan Kwasniewski … 39
Cameron Hayley … 25
Gray Gaulding … 24
Daniel Suarez … 17
Austin Hill … 11

Selected Driver Highlights:
Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 02 Bassett Gutters Ford)
• Is ranked sixth in the standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• In his only start at VIR in 2014, he finished 17th after starting 23rd.

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Is first in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• This will be his first start at VIR
• In his lone road course start at New York’s Watkins Glen International, he finished 14th after starting 19th.
• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota)
• Is eighth in the standings with one top 10 finish.
• In his VIR debut last season, he finished fourth after starting 14th.
• Is a member of Drive for Diversity (D4D) class and Rev Racing.

Spencer Davis (No. 41 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Heads into VIR third in the standings with three top fives.
• This will be his road course debut in the K&N East.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East-West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fourth in the standings with one win and three top 10s.
• Earned his first K&N East victory at Mobile in just his second start.
• This will be his series road course debut.

Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into VIR ranked seventh in the standing with two top-10 finishes.
• In his lone K&N East road course start at New York’s Watkins Glen International, he finished eighth (2015).
• In his road course debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at California’s Sonoma Raceway last season, he finished seventh after starting 12th.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 NETTTS Toyota)
• Is ranked fifth in the K&N East standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• In his two starts at VIR he’s finished fifth (2014) and second (2015).
• He has an average start of ninth and an average finish of 3.5 at the Virginia road course.

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend second in the standings with one win, three top fives and four top 10s.
• In his VIR debut last season, he finished fifth after starting third.

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Motorsports Toyota)
• Is 10th in the K&N East standings with one top-five finish.
• This will be his first series road course start.

Dominique Van Wieringen (No. 30 Durobyte Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked ninth with one top-10 finish.
• She will be making her VIR and K&N East road course debut.

Other Driver Notes:
• Defending VIR race winner Sergio Pena will try to become the first repeat winner at the track in series history. In his two starts at VIR, he’s finished fourth (2014) and first (2015).
• Gracin Raz will be making his third K&N East start of the season and his first road course start in the East. In his K&N West road course debut at Sonoma last season, he finished 12th after starting 21st.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 30th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland earned his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in his series debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
• Tyler Dippel collected his first series win in just his second series start at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway.
• Justin Haley recorded his first K&N East win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway after leading a total of 28 laps.
• Chad Finchum earned his first series victory at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

Virginia Road Course To Test Championship Contenders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Four races, four different winners. Could a fifth be in the cards Saturday?

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the Biscuitville 125, and the 17-turn, 2.250-mile road course promises to throw the championship contenders for a loop.

Kyle Benjamin looks to maintain his championship lead. The NASCAR Next driver was originally planning on running a partial schedule, but a strong start — four top-six finishes in four starts and first place in points — changed that. The 18-year-old from Easley, South Carolina, is coming off a runner-up finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and holds a three-point lead over Justin Haley and a nine-point edge on his Ranier Racing with MDM teammate Spencer Davis. In 22 career K&N Pro starts, Benjamin has run just one road course; he finished 14th at Watkins Glen International.

VIR is one of three road course on the 14-race K&N Pro East slate this year, joined by Watkins Glen and New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Haley, 16, led six laps at VIR last year before finishing fifth. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Davis, 17, will be making his first series road course start this weekend. If either falters, Haley’s teammate Tyler Dippel is within striking distance of first, trailed closely by veteran drivers Kaz Grala and Ronnie Bassett Jr.

Defending race winner Sergio Pena and Grala look to lead the field based on their road-course experience. Pena is making his first start of the season, while Grala has finished fifth and second in his previous two races at VIR and is seeking his first series victory.

Of the 24 cars entered at VIR, only seven drivers (Benjamin, Dippel, Haley, Pena, Collin Cabre, Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz) have previously won in the K&N Pro Series. In fact, the four different winners this year all four celebrated their first career K&N Pro East win, and three of them have been Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates. 

RACE: Biscuitville125
PLACE: VIRginia International Raceway
DATE: Saturday, April 30
TIME: 3:45 pm. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.250-mile permanent road course (North Course)
2015 WINNER: Sergio Pena
2015 POLE SITTER: Scott Heckert
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens – 7 p.m.; Practice – 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Qualifying – 1 p.m.; Driver/Crew Chief Meeting – 2:05 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session – 2:35 to 3:15 p.m.; Driver Introductions – 3:20 p.m.; Biscuitville125 – 3:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Mike Rose, (434) 822-7700, mrose@VIRnow.com
TRACK TWITTER: @VIRNow
EVENT HASHTAG: #Biscuitville125
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE:EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race:
The Biscuitville 125 will be the fifth of 14 races and the first of three road courses on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will be the series’ fourth visit to the Virginia track.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through NASCAR road course style group qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 55 laps (123.75 miles).

The Track: VIRginia International Raceway originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000, when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel. VIR offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27-miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1-miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.250-miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65-miles. The Grand East Course is the longest at 4.2-miles and is made up of the Full and Patriot courses. Overall, the facility includes three separate paddocks with timing towers, separate skid pads, covered tech bays in the North Paddock, classrooms, full service restaurants, a pro shop and several lodging options. The Biscuitville 125 will be contested on the North Course. 

VIR RACE NOTES
Pena to Make His Return: Sergio Pena will make his 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut. The 23-year-old from Winchester, Va., is the defending race winner. Pena, has competed in 59 series events, has earned five wins, 10 top fives and 28 top 10s. Should Pena pull off a win, he will be the first series repeat winner at the track.

Martin-McClure Racing Looks to Continue Success: In their season debut at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Martin-McClure Racing and Chad Finchum celebrated their first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. The team will look to collect their second win of the season this weekend at VIR with a new driver behind the wheel. Seventeen year-old Austin Cindric will be making his series debut for the team this weekend. The son of Team Penske President, Tim Cindric, has some prior NASCAR experience, with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a best finish of 14th in his debut at Martinsville.

Positioned To Win: After Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014) won from the pole in the first two series races at VIR, Pena proved you can win from the back, too. Pena started last year’s race in 13th and didn’t take the lead until the final lap of the race. Three of the top four finishers all started among the last five cars in the field.

Multiple Award Winners Trending: In addition to four different race winners, the 2016 K&N Pro East season has seen four different pole winners. Only Todd Gilliland (New Smyrna) has won the race after winning the pole. Davis, Benjamin and Harrison Burton have also won pole awards. There have been four different drivers to win the Autolite Iridium XL Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps in a race, and four different drivers have collected the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award for advancing the most positions.

Rookie Race: Three of the last four NASCAR K&N Pro East champions have also won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award that same season, and Davis is looking to continue that trend. In addition to being third in overall points, he leads the rookie standings by four over Dippel and 14 over Hunter Baize. Davis was the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Chevrolet Is the Manufacturer to Beat: Chevrolet has proven to be the car to beat at the VIRginia road course. In the previous three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at the track, Chevrolet has ended up in Victory Lane two times with Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014). Sergio Pena broke the trend last year when he piloted his Toyota to the winner’s circle. 

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

K&N Pro East News & Notes: VIR

Virginia Road Course To Test Championship Contenders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Four races, four different winners. Could a fifth be in the cards Saturday?

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the Biscuitville 125, and the 17-turn, 2.250-mile road course promises to throw the championship contenders for a loop.

Kyle Benjamin looks to maintain his championship lead. The NASCAR Next driver was originally planning on running a partial schedule, but a strong start — four top-six finishes in four starts and first place in points — changed that. The 18-year-old from Easley, South Carolina, is coming off a runner-up finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and holds a three-point lead over Justin Haley and a nine-point edge on his Ranier Racing with MDM teammate Spencer Davis. In 22 career K&N Pro starts, Benjamin has run just one road course; he finished 14th at Watkins Glen International.

VIR is one of three road course on the 14-race K&N Pro East slate this year, joined by Watkins Glen and New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Haley, 16, led six laps at VIR last year before finishing fifth. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Davis, 17, will be making his first series road course start this weekend. If either falters, Haley’s teammate Tyler Dippel is within striking distance of first, trailed closely by veteran drivers Kaz Grala and Ronnie Bassett Jr.

Defending race winner Sergio Pena and Grala look to lead the field based on their road-course experience. Pena is making his first start of the season, while Grala has finished fifth and second in his previous two races at VIR and is seeking his first series victory.

Of the 24 cars entered at VIR, only five drivers (Dippel, Haley, Pena, Collin Cabre and Noah Gragson) have previously won in the K&N Pro Series. In fact, the four different winners this year all four celebrated their first career K&N Pro East win, and three of them have been Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates. 

RACE: Biscuitville125
PLACE: VIRginia International Raceway
DATE: Saturday, April 30
TIME: 3:45 pm. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.250-mile permanent road course (North Course)
2015 WINNER: Sergio Pena
2015 POLE SITTER: Scott Heckert
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens – 7 p.m.; Practice – 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Qualifying – 1 p.m.; Driver/Crew Chief Meeting – 2:05 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session – 2:35 to 3:15 p.m.; Driver Introductions – 3:20 p.m.; Biscuitville125 – 3:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Mike Rose, (434) 822-7700, mrose@VIRnow.com
TRACK TWITTER: @VIRNow
EVENT HASHTAG: #Biscuitville125
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE:EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race:
The Biscuitville 125 will be the fifth of 14 races and the first of three road courses on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will be the series’ fourth visit to the Virginia track.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through NASCAR road course style group qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 55 laps (123.75 miles).

The Track: VIRginia International Raceway originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000, when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel. VIR offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27-miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1-miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.250-miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65-miles. The Grand East Course is the longest at 4.2-miles and is made up of the Full and Patriot courses. Overall, the facility includes three separate paddocks with timing towers, separate skid pads, covered tech bays in the North Paddock, classrooms, full service restaurants, a pro shop and several lodging options. The Biscuitville 125 will be contested on the North Course. 

VIR RACE NOTES
Pena to Make His Return: Sergio Pena will make his 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut. The 23-year-old from Winchester, Va., is the defending race winner. Pena, has competed in 59 series events, has earned five wins, 10 top fives and 28 top 10s. Should Pena pull off a win, he will be the first series repeat winner at the track.

Martin-McClure Racing Looks to Continue Success: In their season debut at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Martin-McClure Racing and Chad Finchum celebrated their first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. The team will look to collect their second win of the season this weekend at VIR with a new driver behind the wheel. Seventeen year-old Austin Cindric will be making his series debut for the team this weekend. The son of Team Penske President, Tim Cindric, has some prior NASCAR experience, with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a best finish of 14th in his debut at Martinsville.

Positioned To Win: After Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014) won from the pole in the first two series races at VIR, Pena proved you can win from the back, too. Pena started last year’s race in 13th and didn’t take the lead until the final lap of the race. Three of the top four finishers all started among the last five cars in the field.

Multiple Award Winners Trending: In addition to four different race winners, the 2016 K&N Pro East season has seen four different pole winners. Only Todd Gilliland (New Smyrna) has won the race after winning the pole. Davis, Benjamin and Harrison Burton have also won pole awards. There have been four different drivers to win the Autolite Iridium XL Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps in a race, and four different drivers have collected the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award for advancing the most positions.

Rookie Race: Three of the last four NASCAR K&N Pro East champions have also won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award that same season, and Davis is looking to continue that trend. In addition to being third in overall points, he leads the rookie standings by four over Dippel and 14 over Hunter Baize. Davis was the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Chevrolet Is the Manufacturer to Beat: Chevrolet has proven to be the car to beat at the VIRginia road course. In the previous three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at the track, Chevrolet has ended up in Victory Lane two times with Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) and Scott Heckert (2014). Sergio Pena broke the trend last year when he piloted his Toyota to the winner’s circle. 

PIT BOX: New Leader Next Time By

PIT BOX: New Leader Next Time By

VIR Provides Opportunity To Shake Up K&N Pro East Standings

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• When the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wraps up at VIRginia International Raceway Saturday afternoon, there will be a new points leader — and maybe even the fifth different winner in five races — and it’s anybody’s guess of who that’ll be. Championship front-runner Kyle Benjamin is running a partial schedule, and the VIR date is the first race he’ll miss. Justin Haley enters the weekend three points out of first and six ahead of Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Spencer Davis. Haley led six laps on the 2.250-mile course last year before finishing fifth, while Davis will be making his first series road-course start. The top five are still within 19 points of first, including Kaz Grala, who was runner-up at VIR in last year’s race.

ON TRACK

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST
Race: Biscuitville 125 at VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.
Date: Sunday, April 30, 3:45 p.m. ET
Twitter: #Biscuitville125, @VIRNow, #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL | ENTRY LIST | TRACK PAGE 

* Times are local and subject to change.

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

• Last season, Bowman Gray Stadium celebrated it’s 1,000th NASCAR event. Saturday, the historic quarter-mile in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will open for the 68th consecutive year of NASCAR racing with the Opening Night at the Madhouse. The track’s Division I Modifieds will kickoff the season with the Hayes Jewelers 200. Bowman Gray will be one of six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks taking the green flag for the first time in 2016. Kalamazoo Speedway in Michigan will get things started on Friday with the Intimidator 100 for its Super Late Models on the high banked .375 asphalt oval. New England racing begins in earnest with Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday, and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on Sunday. A high-banked quartermile, Monadnock features the asphalt Modifieds as its Division I. Seekonk, which is a short drive from Providence, Rhode Island, has the Late Models as its Division I on its third-mile semi-banked asphalt oval. Saturday also marks the first race night for Sunset Speedway in Ontario, Canada. Taylor Holdaway won the track’s Division I Late Model division last year en route to a top three finish in the Whelen All-American Series national standings, and will get the season rolling with twin 35-lap features on the .333-mile high-banked asphalt oval. Fans can catch the racing at Lake County Speedway in Painesville, Ohio, live on FansChoice.TV on Saturday night. Located in northeast Ohio, the .200-mile asphalt oval hosts four division of NASCAR stock cars.

Coby Dominates In First Win Of Season

Coby Dominates In First Win Of Season

Defending Tour Champ Cruises To Third NAPA Spring Sizzler Win

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STAFFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby didn’t win the season-opener a couple of weeks ago, but he made everyone aware Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway he’s still the driver to beat to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Coby started from the pole and led a race-high 193 laps to win the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 for his 18th career win overall and third in the 45th annual spring event at the historic speedway located in Stafford, Connecticut.

The two-time defending tour champion pulled ahead at the start of the race and quickly built leads by as much as three seconds in the first half of the event. While Justin Bonsignore, Jamie Tomaino and Ted Christopher were each credited with laps led, Coby left little doubt through the afternoon he had the winning car.

Todd Szegedy followed in second with Rowan Pennink third. Timmy Solomito backed up his season-opening win with a fourth-place finish and Bonsignore was fifth.

Completing the top-10 were Shawn Solomito, Bobby Santos, Chase Dowling, Brendon Bock and Max Zachem.

The race was slowed five times for caution with the only multi-car incident occurring on Lap 106 after Bonsignore and Ryan Preece got together following a restart.

With the win Coby ascends to the top of the points standings by one over Timmy Solomito, 88-87.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on May 14 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the New England Cycle Center 161.

RACE RESULTS  |  RACE RECAP  |  RACE CENTRAL LIVE REPLAY

Coby led 193 of 200 laps Sunday in front of a packed house at Stafford. Michael Ivins/Getty Images for NASCAR 

WHELEN EURO ELITE 1: Day Shines In Valencia

WHELEN EURO ELITE 1: Day Shines In Valencia

Notches Fourth Career Win, First Of The Season

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Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) started from the pole and led every lap to grab the checkered flag  in an eventful ELITE 1 Round 2 at the Circuit De La Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo to celebrate CAAL Racing’s 40th anniversary in motorsport. The Tel-Aviv-native fought off every attach brought by Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) and Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) in a race that saw an incredibly tight battle for the lead.

“This one was the hardest win of my life,” said the driver of the #54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet, who won for the fourth time in the last six NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and also led the Junior “Jerome Sarran” classification. “I knew Fred and Anthony were faster than me, the pressure was incredibly high but we managed to win anyway and it is a fantastic feeling!”

All drivers pushed their cars to the limit from the first lap as Day kept the lead at the start, closely followed by Kumpen, Gabillon, Borja Garcia (#1 SPV Racing Ford Mustang), Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang). 

A Contact between the two italians on lap 4 resulted in the first yellow flag of the race,a spin in the gravel for Rocca and a drive through for Ercoli. On the following restart, Gabillon was able to squeeze by Kumpen and close the gap on Day, but the Israeli driver closed every door until the following caution, triggered by Carlo Forte’s car stopped in turn 1 on lap 12, bunched up the field again. The ensuing restart saw a contact in the back of the field result in a crash that made a quick clean up impossible and forced the race control to wave the checkered flag with the safety car in front of the leader. 

Alon Day, Frederic Gabillon, Borja Garcia, Kumpen and Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) in top form ended up in the top-5, while Freddy Nordstrom took sixth place ahead of  Florian Renauer (#5 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang) and Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS). Simone Monforte (#88 DF1 Racing Team Chevrolet SS) came from the back of the field to score his second career top-10. Eric De Docker (#98 Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) led the Challenger Trophy classification by finishing eleventh.

“That’s racing. Sometimes you are a faster than the leader bu t you don’t get the chance to make a move for the lead,” said Gabillon. “I am happy anyway, because we had a perfect car and this is definitely my best start of the season since I joined the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. We’re in good shape!”

Mathias Lauda (#66 DF1 Racing Team Chevrolet SS) and Brandon Gdovic (#46 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS)  were involved in a contact for which the Austrian was penalized with a drive through. They ended up respectively 14th and 25th. 

Kumpen leaves Valencia leading the championship with a two-points margin on Day and four points on Garcia and Gabillon. 

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series heads now to the Netherlands, where Raceway Venray will host the second event of the season – the first on an oval – on May 15-16.


 

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