Gilliland Notches Fifth K&N Pro Win

Gilliland Notches Fifth K&N Pro Win

Dominates The Field At Iowa Speedway In Combo Event

NEWTON, Iowa – Todd Gilliland has shown he can win in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.

Friday night in the Casey’s General Store 150, Gilliland top the best drivers from both series en route to the win in the combination race at Iowa Speedway. He led 116 laps for his fourth West win of the season.

It was the fifth victory of the season for the 6-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina, who earlier in the year picked up an East win at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.

The 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina, took the green flag from the second starting position behind NASCAR Next alumnus Kyle Benjamin and swapped the lead with him twice before taking the point from Benjamin heading into the halfway break.

Once the contest restarted, Benjamin grabbed the lead once again on Lap 81, but was quickly tracked down by Gilliland two go-arounds later. Gilliland sped away from Benjamin and the rest of the field, leading the final 68 laps of the race.

Benjamin finished second and was credited with an East win as the top finisher in the series. Earlier in the day, Benjamin won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light.

Austin Theriault finished third, followed by Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Collin Cabre, and Ryan Partridge.

With his seventh top five in eight NASCAR K&N Pro West starts, Gilliland also retook the West championship points lead by three over Partridge with five races remaining. 

Benjamin was able to cut into the points lead in the East of Justin Haley. Haley, who finished seventh overall, leads by 32 points with four races left.

It was the third race in a row at Iowa that Bill McAnally Racing claimed the overall win. Gilliland’s BMR teammate Riley Herbst finished sixth overall Friday night, followed by Haley, Hunter Baize, Gracin Raz and John Holleman IV.

The Casey’s General Store 250 from Iowa Speedway will air on NBCSN Friday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action at Watkins Glen International Friday, Aug. 5, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West takes the track next at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, Saturday, Aug. 13.

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Todd Gilliland lead 116 laps to record the overall win at Iowa Speedway in the combination race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Friday night. Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images

Gilliland Notches Fourth K&N Pro West Win

Gilliland Notches Fourth K&N Pro West Win

Dominates The Field At Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, IOWA – Todd Gilliland registered his fourth win of the season, leading 116-of-150 laps on his way to Victory Lane in Friday night’s Casey’s General Store 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race at Iowa Speedway.

The 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina, took the green flag from the second starting position behind NASCAR Next alumnus Kyle Benjamin and swapped the lead with him twice before taking the point from Benjamin heading into the halfway break.

Once the contest restarted, Benjamin grabbed the lead once again on Lap 81, but was quickly tracked down by Gilliland two go-arounds later. Gilliland sped away from Benjamin and the rest of the field, leading the final 68 laps of the race.

Benjamin finished second, followed by Austin Theriault, Collin Cabre and Ryan Partridge.

While Riley Herbst, Justin Haley, Hunter Baize, Gracin Raz and John Holleman IV rounded out the top 10.

In addition to his four wins this season, Gilliland now boasts seven top fives in eight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts. His Bill McAnally Racing team has won the last three races at Iowa Speedway.

The Casey’s General Store 250 from Iowa Speedway will air on NBCSN Friday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action at Watkins Glen International Friday, Aug. 5, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West takes the track next at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, Saturday, Aug. 13.

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NWES Enters Hot Summer Break

NWES Enters Hot Summer Break

Anticipation Builds For The Playoffs As Money Time Approaches

It will be a hot summer break for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as teams and drivers work hard to prepare the September 17-18 Adria Raceway Semi Finals. With double points awarded and a new track to discover, everything will be on the line again after an exciting regular season that saw an unmatched level of parity in the field, great battles on track, record breaking performances, young talents surging to a prominent role and NWES confirming itself as one of the most popular championships in Europe.

 


Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

A tight battle for the lead in ELITE 1

Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) will enter the Adria Raceway American Speed Weekend Semi Finals with a mere 1-point advantage on 2014 Champion Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS). The two NWES veterans won 3 races each in the regular season, with Gabillon building his championship lead by winning three of the season’s four oval races, while the Belgian won three of the first five races of the year. Gabillon finished second a whopping four times on road courses and it will be fundamental for him to find his way to Victory Lane in the playoffs to have the chance to finally win the NWES title in his fourth Euro NASCAR season. 

With the astounding parity level highlighting the ELITE 1 Division field in 2016, there are 13 more drivers within 100 points from the lead, the first two being Borja Garcia (#1 SPV Racing Ford Mustang) and Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS).  While the Spaniard has been blistering fast but still has to reach Victory Lane this year, the Israeli won two times and became the first NWES driver to be selected for the NASCAR Next program. Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) sits fifth in points thanks to a very consistent regular season.

 


Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

A record season for Stienes Longin in ELITE 2

With six wins in eight races and an astonishing average finish position of 1.25, Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) is one win shy of tying the NWES record for the most victories in a single season across the two divisions. The 25-year-old Leuven-native led a dominant 292 laps and 343.92 Kms in the first four events of 2016 and even overcame a difficult situation in Tours when he went to victory lane despite being forced to a spare car. 

The season is not over though, because eight drivers have less than 100 points to recover and the Belgian will enter the American Speed Weekend Semi Finals, awarding double points, with a 37-point advantage on Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), who won his second career race at Brands Hatch and finished out of the top-5 just once. The Spaniard seemed the only driver on track able to match Longin’s for the most part of the regular season, but two more strong contenders strongly emerged in Tours: Riccardo Geltrude (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang). Fifth in points, Hugo Bec (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) showed good potential and will look to further improve his position in the deciding part of the season. 

Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

A breed of new talents 

A new breed of young talents is strongly emerging in both the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series divisions. 21-year-old reigning ELITE 2 champion Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) went really close to his first ELITE 1 win two times and holds the eighth place in the standings and both Ferrando and Geltrude scored their first ELITE 1 podium at Tours. Both the Frenchman and the Italian are ELITE 2 title contenders, both are less than 20 year old and Geltrude also won his first career NASCAR race at Tours Speedway.

A strong increase in coverage

The first half of 2016 saw the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series further increase its fanbase thanks to its increased and improved coverage. All the races have been streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, with four hours of live coverage per event, the Inside NWES highlights magazine is being broadcasted in 190 countries and social media saw a 40% increase in number of followers between Twitter and Facebook, where NWES reached an average of 200.000 users per racing event with a strong 50% interaction rate and more than 350.000 video views. 

A hot summer preparing for Adria

Teams and drivers are already at work to prepare the September 17-18 Semi Finals at Adria Raceway with test sessions that will make the summer even hotter as anticipation builds for the decisive part of the 2016 season. The Adria Raceway American Speed Weekend will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv (http://bit.ly/nweslive).

 

Alon Day To Race In NXS At Mid-Ohio and Road America

Alon Day To Race In NXS At Mid-Ohio and Road America

2015 NWES Rookie Of The Year And NASCAR Next Driver To Debut With MBM Motorsports

Alon Day’s racing career will take another step on August 13, when the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Mid-Ohio for the first of a two-event campaign with MBM Motorsports that will also include the August 27 race at Road America. Day will be the 14th NWES driver to take advantage of the unique channel built by NWES for its drivers to race in the USA and he also benefits from exposure created by the NASCAR Next program. He will take this experience as a part of his learning process to write a new chapter in his racing career.

“I am really excited about this debut and I want to thank all the sponsors supporting me and everybody who worked so hard to give me this opportunity to race at such a high level and make this dream come true,” said the 24-year-old Tel Aviv resident. “There is a lot to learn and I am confident that debuting on a road course will give me a good chance to learn quickly and get a positive result under the checkered flag.”

“We are really happy and proud for Alon ! He is a talented driver and a great guy. This is the American dream, where everything is possible. It shows what the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and its partners are constantly working to deliver: opportunities for European drivers to build themselves a NASCAR career in the US,” said Jerome Galpin, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President / CEO. “Racing in NWES help drivers develop towards racing as professionals and meet the right people to help their careers. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is definitely one of the best choice in Europe to start or re-orientate a professional racing career.”

Day made his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2015, rapidly affirming as a title contender. He got his first podium finish by mid-season and his potential exploded in the playoffs, in which he took two poles and won three races out of four on the way to a Junior Trophy triumph and the second place overall in the Championship. 

His EuroNASCAR success brought him in the spotlight at a global level and while continuing to race in NWES and gathering two wins and four top-5s in 2016, he became the first ever driver coming from outside North America to be selected for the NASCAR Next, the program designed by NASCAR to showcase the future stars of the sport. The huge amount of international exposure played a key role to bring Day this proposal for his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, exemplifying the career opportunities available for drivers joining the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

“I have never been to Mid-Ohio and I know it is a really challenging track, but I am working very hard to be at my best come August and racing in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be of great help,” said the Israeli, who will count on his NWES experience to bring a good result to the team, which scored a 30th place as best result of the season with the #40 car. “Everything will be new and with the team we will do our best to get the most of the race. It will be longer than usual for me, so I am training hard to be in the best shape and I am working on the simulator to get to know the track.”

After this summer NASCAR XFinity Series program, the Israeli will move back to Europe to focus on the hunt for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title beginning on September 17-18 in Italy with the Semi Finals at the Adria International Raceway.

 

A Race to Remember for Lapcevich

A Race to Remember for Lapcevich

Teenager Becomes Youngest Winner in Pinty’s Series History

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SASKATOON, SASK. – Wednesday night at Wyant Group Raceway is one Cayden Lapcevich won’t forget about for a long time.

After scoring a pair of runner-up finishes in what he called ‘frustrating nights’ earlier this season, the 16 year-old Grimsby, Ontario native can finally celebrate.

Lapcevich took the lead in a tight battle with veteran Jason Hathaway midway through the race and held off former NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion L.P. Dumoulin late to score his first series victory in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 at Wyant Group Raceway.

He scored the win in just his 13th start, to become the youngest winner in the history of the series at 16 years, eight months and 24 days – eclipsing the old record held by J.R. Fitzpatrick of 19 years, one month and 26 days set in 2007.

Lapcevich first took the lead on Lap 135 as he and Hathaway raced side-by-side for eight laps.  

After Hathaway took the lead on Laps 136-137, Lapcevich reclaimed the top spot on Lap 138 and remained out front with leads by as much as six car lengths.

Hathaway and Lapcevich traded the lead two more times before the teenager reclaimed the point on Lap 145 and stayed out front until the eighth and final caution of the race was given to the field on Lap 237.

Dumoulin, who won this race in 2014 for his first oval track win, took the lead after the restart on Lap 246 before Lapcevich made the pass for the lead on Lap 248 and hold on for the victory.

Alex Labbe followed Dumoulin in third to score his best finish since his win at Chaudière in June with Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger completing the top five.

D.J. Kennington was sixth followed by Gary Klutt, Kevin Lacroix, Noel Dowler and Mark Dilley to complete the top 10.

Lapcevich pulled to within one point of Ranger in the driver points battle (289-288) with Tagliani’s car owner Colin Livingston holding on to the top spot in the owner’s championship standings by seven points over Doug Kennington (296-289).

The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be televised on TSN on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET and on RDS on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET

The NASCAR Pinty’s series will return to action on Aug. 14 at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres for the Can-Am 50 Tours.

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K&N Pro Series Stat Advance: Iowa

K&N Pro Series Stat Advance: Iowa

Analyzing The Casey’s General Store 150 At Iowa Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West both head to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, for their annual combination race in the Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College on Friday night. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

Casey’s General Store 150 Race Setup:
• This marks the only Iowa Speedway visit of 2016 for either the K&N Pro Series East or the K&N Pro Series West.
• The race is a combination event for the two divisions and a companion to the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the track.
• Justin Haley, who has two wins this season, holds a 40-point lead atop the series standings over Kyle Benjamin in the East.
• Ryan Partridge sits three points ahead of three-time race winner Todd Gilliland in the West.

At Iowa Speedway:
History:
• Designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, the .875-mile asphalt tri-oval was patterned after Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The first race at the track was held in September 2006.
• The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Iowa was in May 2007, as a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination event was won by a 17-year-old Joey Logano.
• The 13 East-West combination events at Iowa have produced 12 different overall race winners and 12 different overall pole winners. Brandon McReynolds, who swept the two K&N Pro Series races at the track last season, is the only repeat overall winner at Iowa.

Notebook:
• Iowa held one East-West combination race each season from 2007-2011 and had two each year from 2012-2015.
• The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone event at the track in September 2009 won by David Mayhew.
• Kyle Busch, Cole Custer and Brandon McReynolds are the only three drivers to win the East-West combination race at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliot started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012.
• The average starting position for the winner is fifth while the pole sitter has an average finish of 8.25.
• Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in seven East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has five wins and Ford has one.

Iowa Data:
Race: #10 of 14 overall for the East; #8 of 14 overall for the West
Race Date: Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. CT
Track Layout: .875-mile asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)
Banking/Turns: 12-14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: Four degrees

Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: Brandon McReynolds
2015 Pole Sitter: Brandon McReynolds
1-lap Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds, May 2009)
150-lap Race Record: Ben Rhodes, 93.287 mph (May 2014)

Iowa Speedway Leaders:
Overall Combination Race Wins
1. Brandon McReynolds … 2
2. 11 others tied at … 1

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

Combination Race Laps Completed
Greg Pursley … 1,735
Eddie MacDonald … 1,693
David Mayhew … 1,671
Daryl Harr … 1,269
Eric Holmes … 1,092

Combination Race Laps Led
Brett Moffitt … 287
Cole Custer … 234
Kyle Busch … 168
Brandon McReynolds … 149
Ben Rhodes … 140

Selected Driver Highlights:
Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend ranked second in the East standings with five top fives and six top 10s in nine races.
• Has made three career starts at Iowa with a best finish of sixth in 2015 and two top-three starting positions.
• Has one career win in the series, at Bristol last season.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked seventh in the East standings with one win, one top five and four top 10s through nine races.
• Won at Mobile in only his second career series start.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Chris Eggleston (No. 50 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• 2015 K&N Pro Series West champion is third in the current standings with two wins, six top fives and six top 10s in seven races this season.
• Has five career West wins
• Has finished fifth in each of his first three career starts at Iowa.

Chad Finchum (No. 39 Reynolds Wrap Toyota)
• Making the third start of the season and the 15th start of his career spread out over five seasons.
• Won at Bristol Motor Speedway in April.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked third in the East standings with three top fives and five top 10s in nine races and fourth in the West standings with four top fives and seven top 10s in seven races.
• Won his first career K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in June.
• The Las Vegas native finished second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings in 2015 with two wins and 7 top fives in 13 races.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Currently sits second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings with three wins through seven races.
• Won three consecutive West races beginning with the season finale at Phoenix in 2015 and ending with the first two races of 2016, at Irwindale and Kern County.
• Has made five K&N Pro Series East starts this season, including a win in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
• Is making his first career start at Iowa.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Has two wins this season and leads the East series standings with eight top fives and nine top 10s in nine races.
• Only East driver to finish in the top 10 in all nine races thus far this season.
• Has made three career Iowa starts, finishing fourth in both races in 2015.

Jesse Little (No. 29 NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota)
• Has two career East wins, including being credited with the division win at Iowa in 2015.
• Finished second last year to Brandon McReynolds in this race, who was racing for West points.
• Has three top fives and four top 10s in seven career starts at Iowa.
• Also won at New Hampshire in 2014.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford)
• Leads the West series standings with one win, five top fives and seven top 10s through seven races and is one of only two West drivers to finish in the top 10 in every race this season.
• Has two career Iowa starts with a best finish of sixth.

Gracin Raz (No. 27 Montana Tech Ford)
• Sits fifth in the West with four top fives and seven top 10s this season.
• Finished in the top 10 in both Iowa races last season.
• Picked up his first career West win last season at All American Speedway.

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Toyota College/Yazaki Toyota)
• Is fifth in the standings with five top fives and six top 10s through nine races.
• Finished a career best second at Columbus Motor Speedway on July 2.
• Is making his first career start at Iowa.

K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

Annual Combination Event Highlights Best Of The East And West

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It’s become a tradition. Each summer the NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams from both of its East and West converge upon Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, and engage in a head-to-head battle. And though separate points will be handed out at the end of the Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College on Friday night, make no mistake: this one’s about bragging rights.

There have been a total of 13 previous combination races at Iowa, with at least one race being held at the track each season since 2007, with the first seven overall winners coming from the East. As the two series converge on the biggest stage of the season for K&N Pro Series teams, Justin Haley holds a commanding 40-point lead over Kyle Benjamin in the East standings, while Ryan Partridge nurses a slim three-point cushion over Todd Gilliland in the West.

Since 2012, when Corey LaJoie won at Iowa to lead a charge of East teams sweeping the top eight positions, the West has rebounded in a big way. West teams have won three of the last six combination events at the .875-mile, D-shaped oval, capped by a dominant 2015. Driving for West series staple Bill McAnally Racing, Brandon McReynolds won both of the races at Iowa last season from front row starting positions.

If that wasn’t enough to show the playing field at Iowa has been leveled, the battles behind McReynolds certainly were. Three of the top six finishers in this race a year ago were West drivers, while the previous visit to the track earlier in the season produced three of the top seven at the checkered flag representative of the West.

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Fast Facts:
The Race:
The Casey’s General Store 150 will be the 10th of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and will be the series’ 14th visit to Iowa Speedway. It is also the eighth of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule and will be the 15th race for the series at Iowa.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through the two-lap time trial process while the remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps, spanning 131.25 miles, and there will be a five-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75. Note: Each driver will be credited with a finish and points respective to the series they’ve designated.

The Track: This is the 14th combination race for the K&N Pro Series at the 0.875-mile D-shaped oval dating back to May 2007. There has been at least one race held at the track in each season since. Designed by Rusty Wallace, it plays host to NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races annually.

Race Winners: There have been 12 different winners in the 13 combination races held at Iowa, with Brandon McReynolds being the only multi-time winner at the track after sweeping the two races there in 2015. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch won there in 2009, while 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano won the inaugural event in 2007.

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

Casey’s General Store 150 Notes: 
Winner, Winner: Many of the drivers who have won in K&N Pro Series competition at Iowa Speedway have gone on to find success in NASCAR national series rides. 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano won the inaugural K&N Pro Series event at Iowa in 2007, followed by Brian Ickler and Kyle Busch in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Chase Elliott’s first career NASCAR win came at Iowa in 2012, and current NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor Brandon Jones won at the track in 2014. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Ben Rhodes and Cole Custer have also made trips to Victory Lane at Iowa in K&N Pro Series combination races.

Big-Time BMR: It’s been the Bill McAnally Racing show in the K&N Pro Series West this season, with BMR teams scoring wins in five of the first seven races of the year. Todd Gilliland picked up his third win of the season in the most recent event at Stateline Speedway in Idaho, while defending series champion Chris Eggleston won back-to-back races at California’s Orange Show Speedway and Colorado National Speedway. Yet, even with all the trips to Victory Lane, BMR teams are still chasing Bruncati Racing driver Ryan Partridge, who leads Gilliland by three points heading to Iowa.

Finchum Returns: Chad Finchum is set for his third K&N Pro Series East appearance of the season this weekend at Iowa. Finchum’s first start of the season with the Eric McClure-owned No. 33 team was a dominant one, as Finchum led 112 laps en route to winning the PittLite 125 Bristol Motor Speedway in April. The Knoxville, Tennessee, driver also competed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Gragson Heads West: Noah Gragson, runner-up for the K&N Pro Series West championship in 2015, has declared for the West this week at Iowa. The Las Vegas, Nevada, driver has competed full-time in the East this season, scoring his first win at Stafford, Connecticut, in June. Gragson has run every race in both the East and West divisions thus far in 2016 — all for team owner Jerry Pitts — and he currently sits third in the East standings and fourth in the West standings.

Little Set To Compete: Jesse Little, the second-generation driver out of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, will attempt his third start of the season at Iowa. Little, who competed at Mobile and Loudon this season, was credited with the East win in this race a year ago after finishing second to Brandon McReynolds while driving a Hattori Racing Enterprises entry.

Feels Like The First Time: Through the first nine races of the season, there have been eight different NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winners — including seven first-time winners. Noah Gragson became the seventh first-time winner added to the list when he won the Stafford 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway in June. Gragson used a bold three-wide move on a green-white-checkered restart to claim his first career win in his 19th career start.

NASCAR Home Tracks: Companion event at Iowa Speedway
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series joins the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Iowa Speedway this weekend. The U.S. Cellular 250 is scheduled for Saturday night.

 

Pinty’s Stat Advance: Saskatoon

Pinty’s Stat Advance: Saskatoon

Analyzing the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series will conclude its annual western swing with the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on Wednesday at Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Setup:
• With his win last Saturday at Edmonton International Raceway in the first leg of the annual western swing, Alex Tagliani has now won two races in a row for the first time in his NPS career and has three wins this season. He’ll try to make the sweep at Wyant Group Raceway.
• Previous drivers to complete a sweep of western swing events include: J.R. Fitzpatrick (2007), D.J. Kennington (2012-three races) and Steckly (2013 & 2015).
• Andrew Ranger (CTMP & ICAR) and Alex Labbe (Chaudiere) join Tagliani (Sunset, Toronto and Edmonton) as drivers to win so far this season in the series. 

At Wyant Group Raceway:
• The track opened in 2006 and is currently owned by a group of racing enthusiasts and operated by a mostly volunteer staff.
• Has played host to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series each year since 2009.
• That 2009 inaugural event was the first appearance for the series in the province of Saskatchewan.
• Scott Steckly won the inaugural 2009 race, and was victorious again there in 2013 and 2015.
• The previous seven events have produced four different pole winners and race winners.
• Mark Dilley, Jason Hathaway, D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly have participated in all seven previous events, and all except Steckly are expected to extend the streak this week.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all seven previous events.

Wyant Group Raceway Data
Race #:  7 of 12
Track Layout:  .333-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns:  progressive from 5-11 degrees
Race Length:  250 laps (83.25 miles)
TV Coverage: Aug. 6, 4:30 p.m. ET; RDS – Sept. 3, 1:30 p.m. ET

Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Race Winner:  Scott Steckly
2015 Pole Winner:  Scott Steckly
Qualifying Record:  Scott Steckly, Dodge, 82.020 mph, 14.616 secs., July 16, 2014

Active Category Leaders at Wyant Group Raceway:
Wins

1. D.J. Kennington … 2
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 1

Poles
1. D.J. Kennington … 2

Top Fives
1. D.J. Kennington … 5
2. Mark Dilley … 4
    Jason Hathaway … 4

Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 6
2. Jason Hathaway … 6
3. Mark Dilley … 5

Laps Led
1. D.J. Kennington … 336
2. Jason Hathaway … 142
3. Andrew Ranger … 92

Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington … 1,701
2. Mark Dilley … 1,696
    Jason Hathaway … 1,696

Starts
1. Mark Dilley … 7
    Jason Hathaway … 7
    D.J. Kennington … 7

Select Driver Highlights:
Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/Dickies Ford)

• Has three wins, three poles, 35 top fives and 54 top 10s in 94 career NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts.
• All of his wins and poles have come on ovals, where he has 44 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 71 starts.
• Has participated in all seven previous events at Wyant Group Raceway, where he’s posted five top 10s, an average finish of sixth and a best result of second in both 2012 and 2013.

Noel Dowler (No. 53 MFP/Empire Mechanical Dodge)
• The Sherwood Park, Alberta native has made 50 series starts with 1 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.
• Finished third at Barrie in 2012 for his best finish to date.
• Has made five starts with three top-10 finishes and he came home sixth last season and in 2013 at WGR.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 26 top fives and 40 top 10s in 65 career starts..
• Has an average finish of eighth in four WGR appearances, highlighted by his first career oval win in 2014.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)
• Has eight wins, 32 top-five and 70 top 10s in 115 career starts. Is one of two drivers to compete in every race in NPS history.
• Seven of his eight series wins have come on an oval track. His lone road course win came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last year.
• Has four top-five and six top 10s with an average finish of fifth and a best result of second (2014 & 2105) in the seven previous WGR events.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion. Currently is tied for second in all-time NPS career wins (19), top fives (75) and top 10s (95), and is one of two drivers to start each of the 115 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,797) and fifth in poles (11).
• Has two wins (2010, `12), two poles (`10, `11) and an average finish of fifth at WGR, where he’s finished in the top-10 in six of the seven previous events held there.

Gary Klutt (No. 59 Pioneer Family Pools/PoolSuppliesCanada.ca Dodge)
• Has a win, a pole and 14 top 10s in 23 career NPS starts. Both the pole and win came in last year’s season-opener at CTMP.
• Has six top-10 finishes in 11 career oval track starts.
• This will be the NASCAR Next driver’s second start at the track. He finished 14th last year.

Alex Labbe (No. 36 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear Dodge)
• Has one win (Chaudiere – 2016) five poles, seven top fives and 11 top 10s in 20 career starts.
• In seven oval track starts he has one win, three poles, three top-five and four top 10s.
• This will be his first start at WGR.

Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge)
• Has two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in 11 career starts.
• Recorded two wins in seven starts during his debut season in 2015. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Is the first driver in series history to record two victories in rookie season.
• Became the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR in his first start at the track.
• This will be his first start at the Saskatoon track.

Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge)
• Has made 11 career starts in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and recorded his career-best second-place finish twice this season Sunset Speedway on June 18th and Chaudiere on June 24th.
• Enters this weekend second in the points standings behind Andrew Ranger. He’ll make his debut at Wyant Group Raceway this Wednesday.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 NPS champion and after his wins this season at CTMP and most recently at ICAR, holds the record for all-time wins with 22 and tied for first in poles (18). Has 51 top fives and 75 top 10s in 89 career starts.
• Scored his best finish to date last year at WGR in third and his three other appearances at the track he’s registered finishes of eighth, sixth and fourth.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Riobel/Complexe JCP/Juste du Chevrolet)
• Has five wins, six poles and 14 top fives, 23 top 10s in 39 career NPS starts.
• Two of his four wins at have come on the ovals (Sunset Speedway 2015-16).
• Finished seventh in 2015 and fifth in his first career appearance at WGR in 2014.

Other Driver Notes
• Joey McColm will make his second start of the season at WGR. He’s made three previous starts at the .333-mile track with one top-10 finish.
• Kindersley, Saskatchewan driver Jason Hankewich returns this week in his second start of the year. He has two previous starts at WGR. 

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the first for new series sponsor Pinty’s and the 10th overall for the Canadian-based NASCAR division.
• The 2016 schedule features 12 races at 11 different tracks across five provinces and a return to the road course in Toronto as part of the IndyCar weekend in July.
• Quebec native Andrew Ranger took the lead on the penultimate lap of the season opening race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to score the win.
• Alex Tagliani made Quebec drivers two-for-two this season after he won the Leland Industries 300 at Sunset Speedway for his third career series victory.
• Alex Labbe won from the pole last weekend in an exciting finish with rookie Cayden Lapcevich. It was Labbe’s first career win.
• Andrew Ranger retook the points lead and also became the first multi-race winner of the season with his third win at ICAR two weeks ago.
• Alex Tagliani was able to hold off Andrew Ranger in a green-white-checkered finish in the series return to the road course in Toronto for his second win of the season.
• Alex Tagliani took the lead on Lap 88 and remained out front the rest of the way to score his second consecutive win and third of the season at Edmonton. Tagliani will try and become the first driver since Scott Steckly in 2013 to win three NPS races in a row.

Pinty’s Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

Pinty’s Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

Tagliani Goes For Western Swing Sweep on Wednesday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alex Tagliani showed why he belongs in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship conversation after his dominating win on Saturday in Edmonton. He’ll try to stay hot Wednesday at Saskatoon’s Wyant Group Raceway.

The Lachenaie, Quebec, native enters the Prairie Velocity Thunder 250 on a two-race win streak and will try to become the first driver since Scott Steckly in 2013 to win three races in a row.

With the help of three wins, Tagliani has moved to third place in the standings – just 26 points behind leader Andrew Ranger.

The 44-year-old entered this season never winning more than one race a year and has already scored three victories in the five races he’s entered so far in 2016.

While Tagliani is gaining in the driver’s championship, his back-to-back wins helped propel his car owner Colin Livingston into the lead in the car owner’s championship race.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

Fast Facts
The Race: The eighth annual Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the seventh of 12 events on the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s schedule, and the lone trip to Saskatchewan and Wyant Group Raceway.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (83.25 miles) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 125.

The Track: Wyant Group Raceway was constructed as a .333-mile oval with graduated banking in 2005 and opened to stock car auto racing in 2006. The track has welcomed the Pinty’s Series each year since 2009.

Pole Winners: The first seven WGR races have produced four different pole winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly with two apiece. Steckly set the track qualifying record at 14.616 seconds (82.020 mph) in 2014.

Race Winners: Kennington leads active drivers with two wins. Scott Steckly owns overall record with three wins. L.P. Dumoulin earned his first oval victory in this race in 2014.

Looking For Return To Form: Two former Wyant Group Raceway winners are still looking for their first win of the season – L.P. Dumolin and DJ Kennington. Dumoulin, the most recent Wyant Group winner slated to compete Wednesday, heads into the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 having won the event in 2014. He is coming off a second place finish at Edmonton on Saturday. Kennington, who was running second at Edmonton before mechanical problems ended his night with onlu six laps to go, is a two-time winner at the Saskatoon track in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

Pinty’s Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

Pinty’s Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

Tagliani Goes For Western Swing Sweep on Wednesday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alex Tagliani showed why he belongs in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship conversation after his dominating win on Saturday in Edmonton. He’ll try to stay hot Wednesday at Saskatoon’s Wyant Group Raceway.

The Lachenaie, Quebec, native enters the Prairie Velocity Thunder 250 on a two-race win streak and will try to become the first driver since Scott Steckly in 2013 to win three races in a row.

With the help of three wins, Tagliani has moved to third place in the standings – just 26 points behind leader Andrew Ranger.

The 44-year-old entered this season never winning more than one race a year and has already scored three victories in the five races he’s entered so far in 2016.

While Tagliani is gaining in the driver’s championship, his back-to-back wins helped propel his car owner Colin Livingston into the lead in the car owner’s championship race.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

Fast Facts
The Race: The eighth annual Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the seventh of 12 events on the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s schedule, and the lone trip to Saskatchewan and Wyant Group Raceway.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (83.25 miles) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 125.

The Track: Wyant Group Raceway was constructed as a .333-mile oval with graduated banking in 2005 and opened to stock car auto racing in 2006. The track has welcomed the Pinty’s Series each year since 2009.

Pole Winners: The first seven WGR races have produced four different pole winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly with two apiece. Steckly set the track qualifying record at 14.616 seconds (82.020 mph) in 2014.

Race Winners: Kennington leads active drivers with two wins. Scott Steckly owns overall record with three wins. L.P. Dumoulin earned his first oval victory in this race in 2014.

Looking For Return To Form: Two former Wyant Group Raceway winners are still looking for their first win of the season – L.P. Dumolin and DJ Kennington. Dumoulin, the most recent Wyant Group winner slated to compete Wednesday, heads into the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 having won the event in 2014. He is coming off a second place finish at Edmonton on Saturday. Kennington, who was running second at Edmonton before mechanical problems ended his night with onlu six laps to go, is a two-time winner at the Saskatoon track in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

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