Worth The Wait For Davis At Dominion

Worth The Wait For Davis At Dominion

Earns First Career K&N Pro East Win In Photo Finish

THORNBURG, Va. — Spencer Davis sat in his car on the front stretch, nose facing the car of Justin Haley, as the drivers waited for NASCAR officials to review the finish.

It was only a minute or so, but it seemed like eternity for Davis.

And then he got the word. By .005 seconds, the 17-year-old from Dawsonville, Georgia, had his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. Davis edged Haley in a photo finish to claim the checkered flag in the ComServe Wireless 150 Monday at Dominion Raceway.

“Just the amount of emotion right there going on between the whole team,” said Davis of sitting in his No. 41 Davis Poultry/Ruud.com Chevrolet. “That long dramatic pause was about to push me over the edge. When I heard my name over the intercom, everyone started screaming over the radio. And it was the best burnout I’ve ever done.”

Behind Davis and Haley, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Austin Theriault rounded out the top five. It was the series’ first race at the .400-mile oval in northern Virginia, which opened earlier this year.

Davis has seen his career accelerate in the last 12 months. While winning the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year last year, Davis recorded four top-six finishes in four K&N Pro East starts. Davis finished runner-up in the first two races of 2016, and was recently selected to the NASCAR Next program — an industry initative that spotlights the sport’s rising young stars.

Monday’s victory came in his 10th career K&N Pro start.

It was a bittersweet win for Ranier Racing with MDM as Davis’ teammate Kyle Benjamin was fastest in practice, won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award and led the first 137 laps before an incident on a late-race restart ended his day in last place.

Haley and Benjamin entered the race tied in points. Haley qualified 11th and worked his way up to the runner-up spot. A restart on Lap 145, following the wreck that collected Benjamin and third-place Ronnie Bassett, gave Haley one last shot at Davis. Davis and Haley made contact off Turn 4 coming to the checkered, and went across the finish line side-by-side.

“He shoved me off into the corner, just like I would do it I were in that position,” Davis said. “Everyone is going for the win. That was old style short track racing right there, beating and banging coming to the checkered. I don’t think you could have scripted something better.”

Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Ruben Garcia Jr. finished sixth, followed by Christian Eckes, Hunter Baize, John Holleman IV.

Benjamin’s 23rd-place finish knocked him 19 points behind Haley, while Davis moved to within four of his teammate.

The ComServe Wireless 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action on Friday, June 17, at historic Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

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Spencer Davis adds the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner’s sticker to his car Monday at Dominion Raceway. Matt Hazlett/NASCAR via Getty Images

Alex Caffi Unveils Alex Caffi Motorsports NWES Team

Alex Caffi Unveils Alex Caffi Motorsports NWES Team

Will Field One Car Starting From The Semi Finals, Partners With Star Team For The Children

Former Formula 1 driver and recent Monaco Historic Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Alex Caffi unveiled on Tuesday, May 24 in Monaco his plans to enter the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series with his newly founded Alex Caffi Motorsports team. 

The first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series team from the Principality of Monaco will field the #23 Ford Mustang starting from the Italian Semi Finals at the Adria International Raceway and plans to expand to two cars for 2017. The car, featuring an important partnership with the Star Team For The Children charity, was presented in the context of the 24th World Stars Football Match. It will be driven by Alex Caffi in the ELITE 1 Division and the Star Team General Manager Mauro Serra in the ELITE 2 Division.

For Caffi, whose eclectic career spans from Formula 1 – he took part in 59 GPs – to the Dakar, through prototypes, GT, Rallies and historic racing, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is the perfect proving ground both for himself and for young talents looking for a professional career in motorsports.

“I drove almost everything in motorsport and I strongly believe the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series features a winning formula, because of the American concept behind it, with low costs, spectacular races and a great experience for the fans, and because of the car, which gives the driver the opportunity to make a difference. It is something you don’t see anymore in Europe,” said the 52-year-old, who also won the European Formula 3 Championship, the Italian GT2 Championship, the French NGT Championship and the NGT class in the Spa 24 Hours. “This series gives young drivers the opportunity to build themselves a career as true professionals in NASCAR, win a race in the US and even receive money prizes, which is almost unseen in Europe nowadays, all requiring a very low budget to compete at the highest level.” 

The partnership with the Star Team For The Children will focus on raising money for the charity founded in 1993 by Prince Albert. Caffi, who lives in Monaco since 1987, is a longtime member and looks forward to bring the Star Team For The Children to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series events all over Europe.

“Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of my move to Monaco. I have built a lot of great memories here, from my best result in Formula 1 to the recent Historic Formula 1 Grand Prix win and I am really happy to have the Monegasque flag next to my name on the car,” he said.  “Since Prince Albert founded the Star Team For The Children, I joined all sorts of initiatives and it just seemed the right thing to combine the sporting side with something good to help the children,” said Caffi.

Alex Caffi Motorsports will count on the impeccable technical support from Villorba Corse and will undergo a series of tests during the summer to be immediately competitive in its Adria International Raceway Semi Finals debut on September 17-18.

“To be a team manager will be a new step in my career, a dream come true and I can’t wait to put the wheels on track for the first time as Alex Caffi Motorsport,” concluded Caffi.

The next event of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season will take place at Brands Hatch, UK, on June 11-12 and will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv. 

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dominion

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dominion

Analyzing The ComServe Wireless 150 At Dominion Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a short break, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action this Saturday at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway for the ComServe Wireless 150. Below is a statistical performance of the series and selected drivers.

ComServe Wireless 150 Race Setup:
• This will be there K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural visit to the newly opened .4-mile oval.
• Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin are tied at the top of the championship standings with 204 points, with Haley holding the tiebreaker due to his win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

At Dominion Raceway:
History
• The northern Virginia oval opened earlier this year.
• It’s a multi-purpose race and entertainment facility, which will host racing on four different tracks.
• The complex also offers drive-in movies, live music, car shows, events, festivals and more.
• The facility seats 3,500 people.

Notebook
• This is the series’ first visit to Dominion Raceway.
• The ComServe Wireless 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET
• Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin are tied with 204 points headed into the weekend.

Dominion Data
Race: #6 of 14 overall
Race Date: Monday, May 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Track Layout: Paved oval
Banking/Turns: 12’
Banking/Straights: 7’
Race Length: 150 laps (60 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: Did not race
2015 Pole Sitter: Did not race
1-Lap Qualifying Record: To be established
150-Lap Race Record: To be established

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Bicycle Playing Cars/Pine Mountain Chevrolet)
• Is ranked 10th headed into this weekend with three top 10s.
• At Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway (.480-mile), he finished 29th due to a crash.
• He is ranked third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle with 30 points.

Ronnie Basset Jr. (No. 43 Diamondback Towing Ford)
• Is ranked third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• At New Smyrna, he has finished 19th (2014), 16th (2015) and third (2016).

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend ranked second by default with four top fives and five top 10s.
• Finished fourth at New Smyrna this season and fifth in 2015.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging/Konica Minolta Toyota)
• Heads into the ComServe Wireless 150 ranked ninth in the standings with one top-10 finish.
• In his series debut at New Smyrna, he finished 13th.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Spencer Davis (No. 41 Ruud.com Chevrolet)
• Is fourth in the standings with three top-five finishes.
• At New Smyrna this season, he finished second.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fifth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with one win and three top 10s.
• In his debut at New Smyrna this year, he finished eighth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked seventh in the standings with two top 10 finishes.
• In the season opener at New Smyrna, he finished sixth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 NETTTS Toyota)
• Is ranked sixth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• At New Smyrna, he’s finished 10th (2014), 18th (2015) and 15th (2016).

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Leads the series standings with one win, four top fives and five top 10s.
• In his two starts at New Smyrna, he’s finished 21st (2015) and fifth (2016).

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Racing Toyota)
• Is eighth in the standings with two top fives.
• In his sole start at New Smyrna, he finished 24th.

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.
• Austin Cindric kept the new winner trend going winning the Biscuitville 125 at VIRginia International Raceway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Dominion

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Dominion

Haley, Benjamin To Go Head-To-Head At New Virginia Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A battle for the championship points lead will be the highlight of Monday’s ComServe Wireless 150 at the brand new Virginia’s Dominion Raceway, which opened earlier this year.

Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin head into the 150 lap feature tied with 204 points, with Haley holding the tiebreaker by virtue of his win at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway back in March. Ironically, Haley passed Benjamin with seven laps to go in that race to claim the victory.

Haley, 17, from Winamac, Indiana, has earned one win, four top fives and five top 10s in the first five starts of the season. In the K&N Pro Series East’s last event, Haley finished runner-up to Austin Cindric after leading 20 laps of the 55 lap feature.

Benjamin, 18, from Easley, South Carolina will look to take back the championship lead at the .4-mile oval on Saturday. Benjamin has collected four top fives and five top 10s to start the season, including a fourth-place finish at VIRginia International Raceway. His early season success has prompted the team to change plans for the NASCAR Next alum, as he’s gone from planning a partial schedule in the series to chasing the championship.

Ronnie Bassett Jr., who sits in third, trails the leaders by 24 points. Just 34 points, though, separate third from 13th. 

RACE CENTRAL LIVE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The ComServe Wireless 150 will be the sixth of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It is the fifth of 10 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. It will be the series’ inaugural visit to the northern Virginia oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps, spanning 60 miles, and will be run in two segments with a five minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 75.  

The Track: Dominion is a multi-purpose race and entertainment facility which hosts racing on four different tracks. The complex offers drive-in movies, live music, car shows, events, festivals and more. The width of the .4-mile oval is 55 feet with 10 foot aprons with banking of 12 degrees in the turns and 7 degrees in the straights. The facility seats 3,500 people.

COMSERVE WIRLESS 150 NOTES:
Inaugural Trip To Northern Virginia Track: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make their first visit to Dominion Raceway. The .4-mile northern Virginia track opened earlier this year and hosts weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. Dominion is the second track that the series will debut at this year. Earlier in the season, the K&N Pro East made inaugural visit to Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.

Will The Victory Lane Trend Continue?: In the first five events of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, there have been five different winners – Todd Gilliland, Tyler Dippel, Justin Haley, Chad Finchum and Austin Cindric. Should a new face end up in the winner’s circle, it would make six different winners in six events. All five of the winners this year celebrated their first K&N Pro Series East victories. 

NASCAR Next At Dominion: The 2016 NASCAR Next class was announced last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of the 11 newly appointed members, five will make the trip to Virginia and try to qualify for the ComServe Wireless 150. Fans can see Harrison Burton, Collin Cabre, Spencer Davis, Tyler Dippel and Noah Gragson this weekend at Dominion Raceway. In addition, Benjamin and Ruben Garcia Jr. are NASCAR Next alum.

Bassett Brothers Find Rides For The Weekend: After a fire destroyed their race shop and everything in it, the Bassett’s plans for racing this weekend were bleak. However, due to the extraordinary camaraderie of the K&N Pro Series East both drivers will be behind the wheel at Dominion this weekend. Ronnie Bassett Jr. will drive the car intended for David Calabrese, while younger brother Dillon Bassett will compete for Rick Gdovic and Charles Denike’s Precision Performance Motorsports. 

NASCAR Home Tracks: ComServe Memorial Classic Features Weekly Action
Fans attending this weekend’s ComServe Memorial Classic will see more than the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s ComServe Wireless 150, they’ll be treated to some NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action as well. The Memorial Day weekend schedule will feature a 100-lap feature for the track’s Papa John’s Late Model division. Doug Barnes Jr. currently leads the division standings with 135 points with Nick Smith trails by 18 points in second with 117 points. 

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dominion

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dominion

Analyzing The ComServe Wireless 150 At Dominion Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a short break, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action this Saturday at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway for the ComServe Wireless 150. Below is a statistical performance of the series and selected drivers.

ComServe Wireless 150 Race Setup:
• This will be there K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural visit to the newly opened .4-mile oval.
• Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin are tied at the top of the championship standings with 204 points, with Haley holding the tiebreaker due to his win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

At Dominion Raceway:
History
• The northern Virginia oval opened earlier this year.
• It’s a multi-purpose race and entertainment facility, which will host racing on four different tracks.
• The complex also offers drive-in movies, live music, car shows, events, festivals and more.
• The facility seats 3,500 people.

Notebook
• This is the series’ first visit to Dominion Raceway.
• The ComServe Wireless 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET
• Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin are tied with 204 points headed into the weekend.

Dominion Data
Race: #6 of 14 overall
Race Date: Monday, May 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Track Layout: Paved oval
Banking/Turns: 12’
Banking/Straights: 7’
Race Length: 150 laps (60 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: Did not race
2015 Pole Sitter: Did not race
1-Lap Qualifying Record: To be established
150-Lap Race Record: To be established

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Bicycle Playing Cars/Pine Mountain Chevrolet)
• Is ranked 10th headed into this weekend with three top 10s.
• At Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway (.480-mile), he finished 29th due to a crash.
• He is ranked third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle with 30 points.

Ronnie Basset Jr. (No. 43 Diamondback Towing Ford)
• Is ranked third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• At New Smyrna, he has finished 19th (2014), 16th (2015) and third (2016).

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend ranked second by default with four top fives and five top 10s.
• Finished fourth at New Smyrna this season and fifth in 2015.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging/Konica Minolta Toyota)
• Heads into the ComServe Wireless 150 ranked ninth in the standings with one top-10 finish.
• In his series debut at New Smyrna, he finished 13th.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Spencer Davis (No. 41 Ruud.com Chevrolet)
• Is fourth in the standings with three top-five finishes.
• At New Smyrna this season, he finished second.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fifth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with one win and three top 10s.
• In his debut at New Smyrna this year, he finished eighth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked seventh in the standings with two top 10 finishes.
• In the season opener at New Smyrna, he finished sixth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 NETTTS Toyota)
• Is ranked sixth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• At New Smyrna, he’s finished 10th (2014), 18th (2015) and 15th (2016).

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Leads the series standings with one win, four top fives and five top 10s.
• In his two starts at New Smyrna, he’s finished 21st (2015) and fifth (2016).

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Racing Toyota)
• Is eighth in the standings with two top fives.
• In his sole start at New Smyrna, he finished 24th.

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.
• Austin Cindric kept the new winner trend going winning the Biscuitville 125 at VIRginia International Raceway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Dominion

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Dominion

Haley, Benjamin To Go Head-To-Head At New Virginia Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A battle for the championship points lead will be the highlight of Monday’s ComServe Wireless 150 at the brand new Virginia’s Dominion Raceway, which opened earlier this year.

Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin head into the 150 lap feature tied with 204 points, with Haley holding the tiebreaker by virtue of his win at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway back in March. Ironically, Haley passed Benjamin with seven laps to go in that race to claim the victory.

Haley, 17, from Winamac, Indiana, has earned one win, four top fives and five top 10s in the first five starts of the season. In the K&N Pro Series East’s last event, Haley finished runner-up to Austin Cindric after leading 20 laps of the 55 lap feature.

Benjamin, 18, from Easley, South Carolina will look to take back the championship lead at the .4-mile oval on Saturday. Benjamin has collected four top fives and five top 10s to start the season, including a fourth-place finish at VIRginia International Raceway. His early season success has prompted the team to change plans for the NASCAR Next alum, as he’s gone from planning a partial schedule in the series to chasing the championship.

Ronnie Bassett Jr., who sits in third, trails the leaders by 24 points. Just 34 points, though, separate third from 13th. 

RACE CENTRAL LIVE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The ComServe Wireless 150 will be the sixth of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It is the fifth of 10 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. It will be the series’ inaugural visit to the northern Virginia oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps, spanning 60 miles, and will be run in two segments with a five minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 75.  

The Track: Dominion is a multi-purpose race and entertainment facility which hosts racing on four different tracks. The complex offers drive-in movies, live music, car shows, events, festivals and more. The width of the .4-mile oval is 55 feet with 10 foot aprons with banking of 12 degrees in the turns and 7 degrees in the straights. The facility seats 3,500 people.

COMSERVE WIRLESS 150 NOTES:
Inaugural Trip To Northern Virginia Track: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make their first visit to Dominion Raceway. The .4-mile northern Virginia track opened earlier this year and hosts weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. Dominion is the second track that the series will debut at this year. Earlier in the season, the K&N Pro East made inaugural visit to Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.

Will The Victory Lane Trend Continue?: In the first five events of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, there have been five different winners – Todd Gilliland, Tyler Dippel, Justin Haley, Chad Finchum and Austin Cindric. Should a new face end up in the winner’s circle, it would make six different winners in six events. All five of the winners this year celebrated their first K&N Pro Series East victories. 

NASCAR Next At Dominion: The 2016 NASCAR Next class was announced last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of the 11 newly appointed members, five will make the trip to Virginia and try to qualify for the ComServe Wireless 150. Fans can see Harrison Burton, Collin Cabre, Spencer Davis, Tyler Dippel and Noah Gragson this weekend at Dominion Raceway. In addition, Benjamin and Ruben Garcia Jr. are NASCAR Next alum.

Bassett Brothers Find Rides For The Weekend: After a fire destroyed their race shop and everything in it, the Bassett’s plans for racing this weekend were bleak. However, due to the extraordinary camaraderie of the K&N Pro Series East both drivers will be behind the wheel at Dominion this weekend. Ronnie Bassett Jr. will drive the car intended for David Calabrese, while younger brother Dillon Bassett will compete for Rick Gdovic and Charles Denike’s Precision Performance Motorsports. 

NASCAR Home Tracks: ComServe Memorial Classic Features Weekly Action
Fans attending this weekend’s ComServe Memorial Classic will see more than the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s ComServe Wireless 150, they’ll be treated to some NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action as well. The Memorial Day weekend schedule will feature a 100-lap feature for the track’s Papa John’s Late Model division. Doug Barnes Jr. currently leads the division standings with 135 points with Nick Smith trails by 18 points in second with 117 points. 

PIT BOX: Dominion Ready For K&N Pro East

PIT BOX: Dominion Ready For K&N Pro East

New Northern Virginia Track Welcomes Sport’s Rising Stars

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• Race fans in northern Virginia will welcome the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to the brand new Dominion Speedway for Memorial Day weekend. The ComServe Wireless 150 will highlight the ComServe Memorial Day Classic at the .4-mile oval, which opened earlier this year. The sport’s top rising stars will be on display — including five drivers who were named to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class. They are all chasing Justin Haley and NASCAR Next alum Kyle Benjamin, who share the series points lead through four events. While Haley has a win, both drivers have started off the season hot as each have four top fives and five top 10s in five starts. There are three Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates in the top 10, led by NASCAR Next selection Spencer Davis and Tyler Dippel in fourth and fifth, respectively. The race day will also include a 100-lap Late Model feature for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST

ComServe Wireless 150 at Dominion Raceway, Thornburg, Va.
Monday, May 30, 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m. ET
Twitter: #ComServe150, #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | TRACK PAGE

All times local and subject to change

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

• Three more northeast tracks welcome the opening of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this weekend. New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway will take the green flag Friday on its .375 asphalt oval for its 30th season opener. Tommy Tombarello is the defending champion of the track’s Division I EKeys4Cars SuperModified Division. On Saturday, Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and New York’s Holland Motorsports Complex get rolling. Beech Ridge, a .333-mile apshalt oval in Scarborough, will begin its 68th season with the first of 14 race nights. Competition is fierce and balanced: Reid Lanpher won the Division I Pro Series title last season, the sixth different champion at the track in the last six years. Holland will celebrate its 57th Annual Opening Day presented by McKinley Mall. The track has a new Division I for 2016, the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Charger Division, and will host twin features for the division on opening night.

• History was made over the weekend, as Eastbound International Speedway in Newfoundland and Labrador, officially began its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with Islander RV Victoria Day Weekend Speedfest. Shane Coffin of Torbay won the inaugural NASCAR Division I feature for the track’s NAPA Autoparts Sportsman. Eastbound is a .375-mile oval asphalt track, with 18 degree banking in the turns.

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dominion

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dominion

Analyzing The ComServe Wireless 150 At Dominion Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a short break, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action this Saturday at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway for the ComServe Wireless 150. Below is a statistical performance of the series and selected drivers.

ComServe Wireless 150 Race Setup:
• This will be there K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural visit to the newly opened .4-mile oval.
• Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin are tied at the top of the championship standings with 204 points, with Haley holding the tiebreaker due to his win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

At Dominion Raceway:
History
• The northern Virginia oval opened earlier this year.
• It’s a multi-purpose race and entertainment facility, which will host racing on four different tracks.
• The complex also offers drive-in movies, live music, car shows, events, festivals and more.
• The facility seats 3,500 people.

Notebook
• This is the series’ first visit to Dominion Raceway.
• The ComServe Wireless 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET
• Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin are tied with 204 points headed into the weekend.

Dominion Data
Race: #6 of 14 overall
Race Date: Monday, May 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Track Layout: Paved oval
Banking/Turns: 12’
Banking/Straights: 7’
Race Length: 150 laps (60 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: Did not race
2015 Pole Sitter: Did not race
1-Lap Qualifying Record: To be established
150-Lap Race Record: To be established

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Bicycle Playing Cars/Pine Mountain Chevrolet)
• Is ranked 10th headed into this weekend with three top 10s.
• At Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway (.480-mile), he finished 29th due to a crash.
• He is ranked third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle with 30 points.

Ronnie Basset Jr. (No. 43 Diamondback Towing Ford)
• Is ranked third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• At New Smyrna, he has finished 19th (2014), 16th (2015) and third (2016).

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend ranked second by default with four top fives and five top 10s.
• Finished fourth at New Smyrna this season and fifth in 2015.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging/Konica Minolta Toyota)
• Heads into the ComServe Wireless 150 ranked ninth in the standings with one top-10 finish.
• In his series debut at New Smyrna, he finished 13th.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Spencer Davis (No. 41 Ruud.com Chevrolet)
• Is fourth in the standings with three top-five finishes.
• At New Smyrna this season, he finished second.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked fifth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with one win and three top 10s.
• In his debut at New Smyrna this year, he finished eighth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked seventh in the standings with two top 10 finishes.
• In the season opener at New Smyrna, he finished sixth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Kaz Grala (No. 3 NETTTS Toyota)
• Is ranked sixth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with two top fives and three top 10s.
• At New Smyrna, he’s finished 10th (2014), 18th (2015) and 15th (2016).

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Leads the series standings with one win, four top fives and five top 10s.
• In his two starts at New Smyrna, he’s finished 21st (2015) and fifth (2016).

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Racing Toyota)
• Is eighth in the standings with two top fives.
• In his sole start at New Smyrna, he finished 24th.

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.
• Austin Cindric kept the new winner trend going winning the Biscuitville 125 at VIRginia International Raceway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Dominion

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Dominion

Haley, Benjamin To Go Head-To-Head At New Virginia Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A battle for the championship points lead will be the highlight of Monday’s ComServe Wireless 150 at the brand new Virginia’s Dominion Raceway, which opened earlier this year.

Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin head into the 150 lap feature tied with 204 points, with Haley holding the tiebreaker by virtue of his win at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway back in March. Ironically, Haley passed Benjamin with seven laps to go in that race to claim the victory.

Haley, 17, from Winamac, Indiana, has earned one win, four top fives and five top 10s in the first five starts of the season. In the K&N Pro Series East’s last event, Haley finished runner-up to Austin Cindric after leading 20 laps of the 55 lap feature.

Benjamin, 18, from Easley, South Carolina will look to take back the championship lead at the .4-mile oval on Saturday. Benjamin has collected four top fives and five top 10s to start the season, including a fourth-place finish at VIRginia International Raceway. His early season success has prompted the team to change plans for the NASCAR Next alum, as he’s gone from planning a partial schedule in the series to chasing the championship.

Ronnie Bassett Jr., who sits in third, trails the leaders by 24 points. Just 34 points, though, separate third from 13th. 

RACE CENTRAL LIVE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The ComServe Wireless 150 will be the sixth of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It is the fifth of 10 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. It will be the series’ inaugural visit to the northern Virginia oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps, spanning 60 miles, and will be run in two segments with a five minute break at or near the conclusion of lap 75.  

The Track: Dominion is a multi-purpose race and entertainment facility which hosts racing on four different tracks. The complex offers drive-in movies, live music, car shows, events, festivals and more. The width of the .4-mile oval is 55 feet with 10 foot aprons with banking of 12 degrees in the turns and 7 degrees in the straights. The facility seats 3,500 people.

COMSERVE WIRLESS 150 NOTES:
Inaugural Trip To Northern Virginia Track: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make their first visit to Dominion Raceway. The .4-mile northern Virginia track opened earlier this year and hosts weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. Dominion is the second track that the series will debut at this year. Earlier in the season, the K&N Pro East made inaugural visit to Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.

Will The Victory Lane Trend Continue?: In the first five events of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, there have been five different winners – Todd Gilliland, Tyler Dippel, Justin Haley, Chad Finchum and Austin Cindric. Should a new face end up in the winner’s circle, it would make six different winners in six events. All five of the winners this year celebrated their first K&N Pro Series East victories. 

NASCAR Next At Dominion: The 2016 NASCAR Next class was announced last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of the 11 newly appointed members, five will make the trip to Virginia and try to qualify for the ComServe Wireless 150. Fans can see Harrison Burton, Collin Cabre, Spencer Davis, Tyler Dippel and Noah Gragson this weekend at Dominion Raceway. In addition, Benjamin and Ruben Garcia Jr. are NASCAR Next alum.

Bassett Brothers Find Rides For The Weekend: After a fire destroyed their race shop and everything in it, the Bassett’s plans for racing this weekend were bleak. However, due to the extraordinary camaraderie of the K&N Pro Series East both drivers will be behind the wheel at Dominion this weekend. Ronnie Bassett Jr. will drive the car intended for David Calabrese, while younger brother Dillon Bassett will compete for Rick Gdovic and Charles Denike’s Precision Performance Motorsports. 

NASCAR Home Tracks: ComServe Memorial Classic Features Weekly Action
Fans attending this weekend’s ComServe Memorial Classic will see more than the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s ComServe Wireless 150, they’ll be treated to some NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action as well. The Memorial Day weekend schedule will feature a 100-lap feature for the track’s Papa John’s Late Model division. Doug Barnes Jr. currently leads the division standings with 135 points with Nick Smith trails by 18 points in second with 117 points. 

PIT BOX: Dominion Ready For K&N Pro East

PIT BOX: Dominion Ready For K&N Pro East

New Northern Virginia Track Welcomes Sport’s Rising Stars

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• Race fans in northern Virginia will welcome the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to the brand new Dominion Speedway for Memorial Day weekend. The ComServe Wireless 150 will highlight the ComServe Memorial Day Classic at the .4-mile oval, which opened earlier this year. The sport’s top rising stars will be on display — including five drivers who were named to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class. They are all chasing Justin Haley and NASCAR Next alum Kyle Benjamin, who share the series points lead through four events. While Haley has a win, both drivers have started off the season hot as each have four top fives and five top 10s in five starts. There are three Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates in the top 10, led by NASCAR Next selection Spencer Davis and Tyler Dippel in fourth and fifth, respectively. The race day will also include a 100-lap Late Model feature for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST

ComServe Wireless 150 at Dominion Raceway, Thornburg, Va.
Monday, May 30, 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m. ET
Twitter: #ComServe150, #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | TRACK PAGE

All times local and subject to change

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

• Three more northeast tracks welcome the opening of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this weekend. New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway will take the green flag Friday on its .375 asphalt oval for its 30th season opener. Tommy Tombarello is the defending champion of the track’s Division I EKeys4Cars SuperModified Division. On Saturday, Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and New York’s Holland Motorsports Complex get rolling. Beech Ridge, a .333-mile apshalt oval in Scarborough, will begin its 68th season with the first of 14 race nights. Competition is fierce and balanced: Reid Lanpher won the Division I Pro Series title last season, the sixth different champion at the track in the last six years. Holland will celebrate its 57th Annual Opening Day presented by McKinley Mall. The track has a new Division I for 2016, the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Charger Division, and will host twin features for the division on opening night.

• History was made over the weekend, as Eastbound International Speedway in Newfoundland and Labrador, officially began its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with Islander RV Victoria Day Weekend Speedfest. Shane Coffin of Torbay won the inaugural NASCAR Division I feature for the track’s NAPA Autoparts Sportsman. Eastbound is a .375-mile oval asphalt track, with 18 degree banking in the turns.

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