K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Berlin

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Berlin

Analyzing the Stars & Stripes 150 at Berlin Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make its inaugural trip to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, for the Stars & Stripes 150 on Saturday, July 1. Below is a look at the Stars & Stripes 150 and some of the selected participants.

Stars & Stripes 150 Race Setup: 
• Harrison Burton leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings after winning three of the last four races, including the most recent stop at Memphis International Raceway.
• The 16-year-old Burton is the only driver to have finished in the top five in all six races this season, and he leads Todd Gilliland by 28 points heading to Berlin.
• Gilliland joins Burton as the only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every race this season. 

At Berlin Raceway:
History:
• Opened in 1951, Berlin Raceway is a .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, giving it an almost circular feel. |
• In 1966, the track was paved in its current configuration, and it has played host to several regional touring series dates and major short track standalone events.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ first visit to Berlin Raceway.
• Berlin last hosted a NASCAR-sanctioned event in 1973, when Bob Senneker won a NASCAR Grand National East race there.
• Johnny Benson Jr., a longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver as well as a champion in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Chris Buescher and Erik Jones have all won races at Berlin in their careers.

Berlin Data:
Race: #7 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, July 1, 9 p.m. CT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, July 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT
Track Layout: .438-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Corners: 13 degrees
Banking/Straights: 9 degrees
Race Length: 150 laps (65.63 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-lap Qualifying Record: N/A
100-lap Race Record: N/A

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Overstock Mercantile Chevrolet)
• Has climbed to third in the current series standings with one top five and five top-10 finishes in six races to date.
• One of only three drivers to post at least five top-10 finishes this season.
• Finished fourth at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for his best career finish and first top five since Iowa Speedway last season.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters & More Chevrolet)
• Earned his first career win in the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February.
• Is sixth the current standings with a win, three top fives and three top 10s through five races.
• Finished fourth at Tennessee’s Memphis International Speedway for his first top five since the second race of the season at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
• Holds the K&N Pro Series East points lead for the first time in his career with three wins and six top fives in six races this season.
• Won at Bristol for his first career K&N Pro Series win.
• Won the most recent event at Memphis for his third win in the last four races.
• Finished third in the Money In The Bank 150, a Super Late Model race at Berlin on June 19.

Chase Cabre (No. 4 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Sits seventh in the overall standings with two top fives and three top 10s in six races this season.
• Posted a career-best finish of second at Memphis in the series’ most recent race.
• Won the pole for both legs of the Twin 100s at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on May 6, his first two career series poles.
• Has started inside the top 10 in five of the six races this season, including the last four races in a row.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Finished a career-best second at Bristol.
• Sits fourth in the overall standings with top-six finishes in three of the last four races, and has two top fives and four top 10s in six races this season overall.
• Was the 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 61 career starts in that series.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, having scored six wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races in 2016.
• Became the youngest champion in NASCAR touring series history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a K&N West champion (1997).
• One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all six races this season, he sits second in the current K&N East standings with three top fives and six top 10s through six races.

Travis Miller (No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota)
• Earned his first career series win at South Boston.
• Has three top-10 finishes in three starts this season while running a partial schedule and has finished no worse than sixth in any of his starts.
• Finished third at Memphis for his second top-five finish in 12 career starts.

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies / Textron Off Road Toyota)
• Is fifth in the current standings with one top five and two top 10s through six races.
• Finished a career-high second in the first of two 100-lap events at South Boston.
• Earned his first career pole for the most recent race at Memphis, and has posted three consecutive qualifying efforts on the front row heading into Berlin.
• Is the highest-ranking rookie in the K&N Pro Series East after six races.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 31st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. earned his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Point leader Harrison Burton earned his first career win at Bristol and became the series’ first three-time winner this season with a victory at South Memphis.
• This marks first time in series history that it will race at Berlin Raceway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

Series Heads to Berlin Raceway For Second Straight Track Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the third time this season, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to a new track. The series will be back in action Saturday at Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway for the Stars & Stripes 150.

Berlin, a unique .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, has served as a host to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the past year and has seen many NASCAR drivers come through its ranks. Johnny Benson Jr., a longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver as well as a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Chris Buescher and 2015 Camping World Truck Series victor Erik Jones have all won races at the short-track throughout their careers.

In the track’s long history, which dates back to 1951, Berlin has hosted only one NASCAR touring series event — a Grand National East race won by Bob Senneker in 1973.

Current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Harrison Burton holds a 28-point lead over his fellow NASCAR Next classmate Todd Gilliland, after picking up his third win in the last four races at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway earlier this month. As the only driver to finish in the top five in all six events thus far, Burton has wrestled away control of the championship hunt and will look to continue his recent surge as the season reaches the halfway point at Berlin.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The Stars & Stripes 150 will be the seventh of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through the group qualifying process while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The races will be 150 laps, spanning 65.63 miles. There will be a five-minute break at or near the completion of Lap 75.

The Track: Opened in 1951, Berlin Raceway is a .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, giving it an almost circular feel. In 1966, the track was paved in its current configuration, and has played host to several regional touring series dates as well as major short track standalone events.

Race Winners: This will be the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race held at Berlin. In 1973, Bob Senneker won a NASCAR Grand National East race at Berlin — the only NASCAR race ever held at the track.

STARS & STRIPES 150 NOTES:
Testing It Out: Two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers got a test run of sorts at Berlin Raceway last week.

Point leader Harrison Burton and Tyler Dippel each competed in the inaugural Money In The Bank 150, a Super Late Model race which attracted a star-studded field, including current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Erik Jones.

Burton finished third continued his successful year with a third-place finish.

Crunch Time: After only competing once in the last seven weeks, business will pick up for K&N Pro Series East teams.

The Stars & Stripes 150 begins a busy six-week stretch of five races that will go a long way toward shaping the series championship. Following Berlin, the teams head to Connecticut for a throwback race on the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park high banks on July 8, then they’re off to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the annual United Site Services 70 on July 15, before heading to Iowa Speedway on July 28 for the yearly K&N Pro Series East and West combination event. They’ll wrap up their crazy travel stint at New York’s Watkins Glen International on August 4.

The crucial run of five races features two short tracks, one speedway, three companion events with national NASCAR series and the only road course race of the season for the series.

Miller Time: Travis Miller has run only a partial K&N Pro Series East schedule this season, but the 29-year-old Chesapeake, Virginia, driver has made his time count behind the wheel of the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota.

In three starts, Miller has a win, two top fives and three top 10s. He won at his home track of South Boston (Va.) Speedway in April for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win, and he finished third — despite starting 12th — in the series’ most recent race at Memphis.

Prior to this season, Miller had never finished in the top 10 in a K&N Pro Series East race.

Model of Consistency: After posting 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts as a rookie a year ago, Hunter Baize is proving to be the same model of consistency this season.

Baize, 19, of Bremen, Kentucky, has top-10 finishes in five of his six starts this season and leapt two spots in the K&N Pro Series East standings with his sixth-place finish at Memphis. His best finish of the season was fourth at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

Only Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland, the top two drivers in the standings, have more top-10 finishes this season than Baize.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Berlin Raceway
Berlin Raceway joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2016. The track’s ZFS Super Late Model, Coors Light Sportsman, Kalamazoo Vapor 4 Cylinder and Good Humor Mini Wedge divisions will also be competing for championship points Saturday night.

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Berlin

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Berlin

Analyzing the Stars & Stripes 150 at Berlin Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make its inaugural trip to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, for the Stars & Stripes 150 on Saturday, July 1. Below is a look at the Stars & Stripes 150 and some of the selected participants.

Stars & Stripes 150 Race Setup: 
• Harrison Burton leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings after winning three of the last four races, including the most recent stop at Memphis International Raceway.
• The 16-year-old Burton is the only driver to have finished in the top five in all six races this season, and he leads Todd Gilliland by 28 points heading to Berlin.
• Gilliland joins Burton as the only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every race this season. 

At Berlin Raceway:
History:
• Opened in 1951, Berlin Raceway is a .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, giving it an almost circular feel. |
• In 1966, the track was paved in its current configuration, and it has played host to several regional touring series dates and major short track standalone events.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ first visit to Berlin Raceway.
• Berlin last hosted a NASCAR-sanctioned event in 1973, when Bob Senneker won a NASCAR Grand National East race there.
• Johnny Benson Jr., a longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver as well as a champion in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Chris Buescher and Erik Jones have all won races at Berlin in their careers.

Berlin Data:
Race: #7 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, July 1, 9 p.m. CT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, July 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT
Track Layout: .438-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Corners: 13 degrees
Banking/Straights: 9 degrees
Race Length: 150 laps (65.63 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-lap Qualifying Record: N/A
100-lap Race Record: N/A

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Overstock Mercantile Chevrolet)
• Has climbed to third in the current series standings with one top five and five top-10 finishes in six races to date.
• One of only three drivers to post at least five top-10 finishes this season.
• Finished fourth at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for his best career finish and first top five since Iowa Speedway last season.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters & More Chevrolet)
• Earned his first career win in the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February.
• Is sixth the current standings with a win, three top fives and three top 10s through five races.
• Finished fourth at Tennessee’s Memphis International Speedway for his first top five since the second race of the season at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
• Holds the K&N Pro Series East points lead for the first time in his career with three wins and six top fives in six races this season.
• Won at Bristol for his first career K&N Pro Series win.
• Won the most recent event at Memphis for his third win in the last four races.
• Finished third in the Money In The Bank 150, a Super Late Model race at Berlin on June 19.

Chase Cabre (No. 4 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Sits seventh in the overall standings with two top fives and three top 10s in six races this season.
• Posted a career-best finish of second at Memphis in the series’ most recent race.
• Won the pole for both legs of the Twin 100s at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on May 6, his first two career series poles.
• Has started inside the top 10 in five of the six races this season, including the last four races in a row.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Finished a career-best second at Bristol.
• Sits fourth in the overall standings with top-six finishes in three of the last four races, and has two top fives and four top 10s in six races this season overall.
• Was the 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 61 career starts in that series.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, having scored six wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races in 2016.
• Became the youngest champion in NASCAR touring series history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a K&N West champion (1997).
• One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all six races this season, he sits second in the current K&N East standings with three top fives and six top 10s through six races.

Travis Miller (No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota)
• Earned his first career series win at South Boston.
• Has three top-10 finishes in three starts this season while running a partial schedule and has finished no worse than sixth in any of his starts.
• Finished third at Memphis for his second top-five finish in 12 career starts.

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies / Textron Off Road Toyota)
• Is fifth in the current standings with one top five and two top 10s through six races.
• Finished a career-high second in the first of two 100-lap events at South Boston.
• Earned his first career pole for the most recent race at Memphis, and has posted three consecutive qualifying efforts on the front row heading into Berlin.
• Is the highest-ranking rookie in the K&N Pro Series East after six races.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 31st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. earned his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Point leader Harrison Burton earned his first career win at Bristol and became the series’ first three-time winner this season with a victory at South Memphis.
• This marks first time in series history that it will race at Berlin Raceway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

Series Heads to Berlin Raceway For Second Straight Track Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the third time this season, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to a new track. The series will be back in action Saturday at Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway for the Stars & Stripes 150.

Berlin, a unique .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, has served as a host to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the past year and has seen many NASCAR drivers come through its ranks. Johnny Benson Jr., a longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver as well as a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Chris Buescher and 2015 Camping World Truck Series victor Erik Jones have all won races at the short-track throughout their careers.

In the track’s long history, which dates back to 1951, Berlin has hosted only one NASCAR touring series event — a Grand National East race won by Bob Senneker in 1973.

Current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Harrison Burton holds a 28-point lead over his fellow NASCAR Next classmate Todd Gilliland, after picking up his third win in the last four races at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway earlier this month. As the only driver to finish in the top five in all six events thus far, Burton has wrestled away control of the championship hunt and will look to continue his recent surge as the season reaches the halfway point at Berlin.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The Stars & Stripes 150 will be the seventh of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through the group qualifying process while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The races will be 150 laps, spanning 65.63 miles. There will be a five-minute break at or near the completion of Lap 75.

The Track: Opened in 1951, Berlin Raceway is a .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, giving it an almost circular feel. In 1966, the track was paved in its current configuration, and has played host to several regional touring series dates as well as major short track standalone events.

Race Winners: This will be the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race held at Berlin. In 1973, Bob Senneker won a NASCAR Grand National East race at Berlin — the only NASCAR race ever held at the track.

STARS & STRIPES 150 NOTES:
Testing It Out: Two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers got a test run of sorts at Berlin Raceway last week.

Point leader Harrison Burton and Tyler Dippel each competed in the inaugural Money In The Bank 150, a Super Late Model race which attracted a star-studded field, including current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Erik Jones.

Burton finished third continued his successful year with a third-place finish.

Crunch Time: After only competing once in the last seven weeks, business will pick up for K&N Pro Series East teams.

The Stars & Stripes 150 begins a busy six-week stretch of five races that will go a long way toward shaping the series championship. Following Berlin, the teams head to Connecticut for a throwback race on the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park high banks on July 8, then they’re off to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the annual United Site Services 70 on July 15, before heading to Iowa Speedway on July 28 for the yearly K&N Pro Series East and West combination event. They’ll wrap up their crazy travel stint at New York’s Watkins Glen International on August 4.

The crucial run of five races features two short tracks, one speedway, three companion events with national NASCAR series and the only road course race of the season for the series.

Miller Time: Travis Miller has run only a partial K&N Pro Series East schedule this season, but the 29-year-old Chesapeake, Virginia, driver has made his time count behind the wheel of the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota.

In three starts, Miller has a win, two top fives and three top 10s. He won at his home track of South Boston (Va.) Speedway in April for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win, and he finished third — despite starting 12th — in the series’ most recent race at Memphis.

Prior to this season, Miller had never finished in the top 10 in a K&N Pro Series East race.

Model of Consistency: After posting 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts as a rookie a year ago, Hunter Baize is proving to be the same model of consistency this season.

Baize, 19, of Bremen, Kentucky, has top-10 finishes in five of his six starts this season and leapt two spots in the K&N Pro Series East standings with his sixth-place finish at Memphis. His best finish of the season was fourth at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

Only Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland, the top two drivers in the standings, have more top-10 finishes this season than Baize.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Berlin Raceway
Berlin Raceway joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2016. The track’s ZFS Super Late Model, Coors Light Sportsman, Kalamazoo Vapor 4 Cylinder and Good Humor Mini Wedge divisions will also be competing for championship points Saturday night.

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Berlin

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Berlin

Analyzing the Stars & Stripes 150 at Berlin Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make its inaugural trip to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, for the Stars & Stripes 150 on Saturday, July 1. Below is a look at the Stars & Stripes 150 and some of the selected participants.

Stars & Stripes 150 Race Setup: 
• Harrison Burton leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings after winning three of the last four races, including the most recent stop at Memphis International Raceway.
• The 16-year-old Burton is the only driver to have finished in the top five in all six races this season, and he leads Todd Gilliland by 28 points heading to Berlin.
• Gilliland joins Burton as the only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every race this season. 

At Berlin Raceway:
History:
• Opened in 1951, Berlin Raceway is a .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, giving it an almost circular feel. |
• In 1966, the track was paved in its current configuration, and it has played host to several regional touring series dates and major short track standalone events.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ first visit to Berlin Raceway.
• Berlin last hosted a NASCAR-sanctioned event in 1973, when Bob Senneker won a NASCAR Grand National East race there.
• Johnny Benson Jr., a longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver as well as a champion in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Chris Buescher and Erik Jones have all won races at Berlin in their careers.

Berlin Data:
Race: #7 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, July 1, 9 p.m. CT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, July 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT
Track Layout: .438-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Corners: 13 degrees
Banking/Straights: 9 degrees
Race Length: 150 laps (65.63 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-lap Qualifying Record: N/A
100-lap Race Record: N/A

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Overstock Mercantile Chevrolet)
• Has climbed to third in the current series standings with one top five and five top-10 finishes in six races to date.
• One of only three drivers to post at least five top-10 finishes this season.
• Finished fourth at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for his best career finish and first top five since Iowa Speedway last season.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters & More Chevrolet)
• Earned his first career win in the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February.
• Is sixth the current standings with a win, three top fives and three top 10s through five races.
• Finished fourth at Tennessee’s Memphis International Speedway for his first top five since the second race of the season at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
• Holds the K&N Pro Series East points lead for the first time in his career with three wins and six top fives in six races this season.
• Won at Bristol for his first career K&N Pro Series win.
• Won the most recent event at Memphis for his third win in the last four races.
• Finished third in the Money In The Bank 150, a Super Late Model race at Berlin on June 19.

Chase Cabre (No. 4 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Sits seventh in the overall standings with two top fives and three top 10s in six races this season.
• Posted a career-best finish of second at Memphis in the series’ most recent race.
• Won the pole for both legs of the Twin 100s at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on May 6, his first two career series poles.
• Has started inside the top 10 in five of the six races this season, including the last four races in a row.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Finished a career-best second at Bristol.
• Sits fourth in the overall standings with top-six finishes in three of the last four races, and has two top fives and four top 10s in six races this season overall.
• Was the 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 61 career starts in that series.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, having scored six wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races in 2016.
• Became the youngest champion in NASCAR touring series history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a K&N West champion (1997).
• One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all six races this season, he sits second in the current K&N East standings with three top fives and six top 10s through six races.

Travis Miller (No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota)
• Earned his first career series win at South Boston.
• Has three top-10 finishes in three starts this season while running a partial schedule and has finished no worse than sixth in any of his starts.
• Finished third at Memphis for his second top-five finish in 12 career starts.

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies / Textron Off Road Toyota)
• Is fifth in the current standings with one top five and two top 10s through six races.
• Finished a career-high second in the first of two 100-lap events at South Boston.
• Earned his first career pole for the most recent race at Memphis, and has posted three consecutive qualifying efforts on the front row heading into Berlin.
• Is the highest-ranking rookie in the K&N Pro Series East after six races.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 31st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. earned his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Point leader Harrison Burton earned his first career win at Bristol and became the series’ first three-time winner this season with a victory at South Memphis.
• This marks first time in series history that it will race at Berlin Raceway.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

Series Heads to Berlin Raceway For Second Straight Track Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the third time this season, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to a new track. The series will be back in action Saturday at Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway for the Stars & Stripes 150.

Berlin, a unique .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, has served as a host to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the past year and has seen many NASCAR drivers come through its ranks. Johnny Benson Jr., a longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver as well as a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Chris Buescher and 2015 Camping World Truck Series victor Erik Jones have all won races at the short-track throughout their careers.

In the track’s long history, which dates back to 1951, Berlin has hosted only one NASCAR touring series event — a Grand National East race won by Bob Senneker in 1973.

Current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Harrison Burton holds a 28-point lead over his fellow NASCAR Next classmate Todd Gilliland, after picking up his third win in the last four races at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway earlier this month. As the only driver to finish in the top five in all six events thus far, Burton has wrestled away control of the championship hunt and will look to continue his recent surge as the season reaches the halfway point at Berlin.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The Stars & Stripes 150 will be the seventh of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through the group qualifying process while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The races will be 150 laps, spanning 65.63 miles. There will be a five-minute break at or near the completion of Lap 75.

The Track: Opened in 1951, Berlin Raceway is a .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, giving it an almost circular feel. In 1966, the track was paved in its current configuration, and has played host to several regional touring series dates as well as major short track standalone events.

Race Winners: This will be the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race held at Berlin. In 1973, Bob Senneker won a NASCAR Grand National East race at Berlin — the only NASCAR race ever held at the track.

STARS & STRIPES 150 NOTES:
Testing It Out: Two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers got a test run of sorts at Berlin Raceway last week.

Point leader Harrison Burton and Tyler Dippel each competed in the inaugural Money In The Bank 150, a Super Late Model race which attracted a star-studded field, including current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Erik Jones.

Burton finished third continued his successful year with a third-place finish.

Crunch Time: After only competing once in the last seven weeks, business will pick up for K&N Pro Series East teams.

The Stars & Stripes 150 begins a busy six-week stretch of five races that will go a long way toward shaping the series championship. Following Berlin, the teams head to Connecticut for a throwback race on the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park high banks on July 8, then they’re off to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the annual United Site Services 70 on July 15, before heading to Iowa Speedway on July 28 for the yearly K&N Pro Series East and West combination event. They’ll wrap up their crazy travel stint at New York’s Watkins Glen International on August 4.

The crucial run of five races features two short tracks, one speedway, three companion events with national NASCAR series and the only road course race of the season for the series.

Miller Time: Travis Miller has run only a partial K&N Pro Series East schedule this season, but the 29-year-old Chesapeake, Virginia, driver has made his time count behind the wheel of the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota.

In three starts, Miller has a win, two top fives and three top 10s. He won at his home track of South Boston (Va.) Speedway in April for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win, and he finished third — despite starting 12th — in the series’ most recent race at Memphis.

Prior to this season, Miller had never finished in the top 10 in a K&N Pro Series East race.

Model of Consistency: After posting 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts as a rookie a year ago, Hunter Baize is proving to be the same model of consistency this season.

Baize, 19, of Bremen, Kentucky, has top-10 finishes in five of his six starts this season and leapt two spots in the K&N Pro Series East standings with his sixth-place finish at Memphis. His best finish of the season was fourth at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

Only Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland, the top two drivers in the standings, have more top-10 finishes this season than Baize.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Berlin Raceway
Berlin Raceway joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2016. The track’s ZFS Super Late Model, Coors Light Sportsman, Kalamazoo Vapor 4 Cylinder and Good Humor Mini Wedge divisions will also be competing for championship points Saturday night.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Berlin

Series Heads to Berlin Raceway For Second Straight Track Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the third time this season, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to a new track. The series will be back in action Saturday at Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway for the Stars & Stripes 150.

Berlin, a unique .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, has served as a host to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the past year and has seen many NASCAR drivers come through its ranks. Johnny Benson Jr., a longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver as well as a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Chris Buescher and 2015 Camping World Truck Series victor Erik Jones have all won races at the short-track throughout their careers.

In the track’s long history, which dates back to 1951, Berlin has hosted only one NASCAR touring series event — a Grand National East race won by Bob Senneker in 1973.

Current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Harrison Burton holds a 28-point lead over his fellow NASCAR Next classmate Todd Gilliland, after picking up his third win in the last four races at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway earlier this month. As the only driver to finish in the top five in all six events thus far, Burton has wrestled away control of the championship hunt and will look to continue his recent surge as the season reaches the halfway point at Berlin.

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FAST FACTS:
The Race: The Stars & Stripes 150 will be the seventh of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through the group qualifying process while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The races will be 150 laps, spanning 65.63 miles. There will be a five-minute break at or near the completion of Lap 75.

The Track: Opened in 1951, Berlin Raceway is a .438-mile oval with short straightaways and long corners, giving it an almost circular feel. In 1966, the track was paved in its current configuration, and has played host to several regional touring series dates as well as major short track standalone events.

Race Winners: This will be the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race held at Berlin. In 1973, Bob Senneker won a NASCAR Grand National East race at Berlin — the only NASCAR race ever held at the track.

STARS & STRIPES 150 NOTES:
Testing It Out: Two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers got a test run of sorts at Berlin Raceway last week.

Point leader Harrison Burton and Tyler Dippel each competed in the inaugural Money In The Bank 150, a Super Late Model race which attracted a star-studded field, including current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Erik Jones.

Burton finished third continued his successful year with a third-place finish.

Crunch Time: After only competing once in the last seven weeks, business will pick up for K&N Pro Series East teams.

The Stars & Stripes 150 begins a busy six-week stretch of five races that will go a long way toward shaping the series championship. Following Berlin, the teams head to Connecticut for a throwback race on the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park high banks on July 8, then they’re off to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the annual United Site Services 70 on July 15, before heading to Iowa Speedway on July 28 for the yearly K&N Pro Series East and West combination event. They’ll wrap up their crazy travel stint at New York’s Watkins Glen International on August 4.

The crucial run of five races features two short tracks, one speedway, three companion events with national NASCAR series and the only road course race of the season for the series.

Miller Time: Travis Miller has run only a partial K&N Pro Series East schedule this season, but the 29-year-old Chesapeake, Virginia, driver has made his time count behind the wheel of the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota.

In three starts, Miller has a win, two top fives and three top 10s. He won at his home track of South Boston (Va.) Speedway in April for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win, and he finished third — despite starting 12th — in the series’ most recent race at Memphis.

Prior to this season, Miller had never finished in the top 10 in a K&N Pro Series East race.

Model of Consistency: After posting 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts as a rookie a year ago, Hunter Baize is proving to be the same model of consistency this season.

Baize, 19, of Bremen, Kentucky, has top-10 finishes in five of his six starts this season and leapt two spots in the K&N Pro Series East standings with his sixth-place finish at Memphis. His best finish of the season was fourth at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

Only Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland, the top two drivers in the standings, have more top-10 finishes this season than Baize.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Berlin Raceway
Berlin Raceway joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2016. The track’s ZFS Super Late Model, Coors Light Sportsman, Kalamazoo Vapor 4 Cylinder and Good Humor Mini Wedge divisions will also be competing for championship points Saturday night.

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Lapcevich Conquers Chaudiere

Lapcevich Conquers Chaudiere

Defending Pinty’s Champion Scores First Win of the Season

Vallée- Jonction, Que — It was a wild weekend filled with rain and unpredictable weather for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, but that didn’t stop Cayden Lapcevich from winning the CRS Express 300 at Autodrome Chaudiere.

The 17-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario, fought hard with defending race winner Alex Labbe in a race that ran 10 extra laps. In a scene almost identical to last year’s race at Chaudiere, the NASCAR Next driver, and Labbe were battling for the victory coming to the white flag. Lapcevich, who fought his way back from a mid-race run in with Adam Martin, brought his damaged No. 76 Fastline Dodge home 0.563 seconds ahead of Labbe, to take home his first win of the 2017 season and redeem himself from the second-place finish to Labbe at the quarter-mile bullring last year.

The win also marked the defending Pinty’s Series champion’s first win since last season at Quebec’s St. Eustache in September.

L.P Dumoulin, who ran one of his strongest race of the season, finished third. D.J Kennington brought his car home in fourth-place, while E3 Spark Plug Pole Award winner Donald Theetge, who looked unstoppable in the early portion of the 300-lap event, wound up fifth.

Kevin Lacroix rebounded from being two laps down to finish sixth, with Alex Tagliani following in seventh. J.F Dumoulin, Andrew Ranger and Larry Jackson rounded out the top ten. 

Following the CRS Express 300, Lacroix has relinquished his points lead to Labbe. Labbe now holds a two-point lead over Lacroix, while Lapcevich moved up to third — eight points behind Labbe and one ahead of Dumoulin.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action Saturday, July 8th for the Ecko Unlimited 100 at Circuit ICAR.

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Cayden Lapcevich led a total of 137 laps en route to his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series victory of the season. Matt Manor/NASCAR

QUALIFYING: Theetge Scores Chaudiere Pole

QUALIFYING: Theetge Scores Chaudiere Pole

Quebec Rookie To Start In Front For The CRS Express 300

Vallée- Jonction, Que — Donald Theetge rebounded after a disasterous race at Ontario’s Delaware Speedway to claim his second career E3 Spark Plugs Pole Award for Sunday’s CRS Express 300 at Autodrome Chaudiere.

Theetge’s No.22 Circuit Acura/La Soliel/LiAntidote Dodge set a lap of 13.181 seconds (68.280mph) scoring him his first pole since Kawartha Speedway in 2016. 

Theetge’s lap time was sixth one thousanths of a second faster than Alex Labbe, who scored the second fastest time, but the Boischatel, Quebec, driver was not fast enough to contend with the track’s qualifying record of 12.593 set by Labbe in 2016. 

The aformentioned Labbe, who is also the defending race winner at Autodrome Chaudiere, set a lap time of 13.187 (68.249).

Defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich, will start from the third spot with D.J Kennington and LP Dumoulin rounding out the top five.

Andrew Ranger will start sixth, while Alex Tagliani, Mark Dilley, JF Dumoulin and Adam Martin complete the top ten.

The green flag for the CRS Express 300 will fly at 1:30 pm.

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