NASCAR K&N East Pro Series Returns to Hampton
Hampton, VA – Mother Nature has played spoiler multiple weekends this year within the Mid-Atlantic regions this race season. As Hurricane Harvey swept through the Gulf coast earlier in the week the Hampton Roads area experienced some of that moisture produced by that massive storm which ultimately postponed the Visit Hampton 150 at Langley Speedway. With Labor Day upon us, NASCAR officials decided to move the feature from Saturday to Monday afternoon. With just three races left in the 2017 season, Langley Speedway will again play a crucial roll in determining a champion as the last three winners at the historic .395-mile oval has gone on to win the series championship – William Byron in 2015, Ben Rhodes in 2014 and Dylan Kwasniewski in 2013.
Harrison Burton, who enters the Labor Day race with four wins on the season and a four point lead, will look to continue that streak and pick up his fifth win and first at Langley. Burtons four wins come from the series short tracks picking up the hardware at Bristol, South Boston, Memphis and Thompson Speedway. Todd Gilliland, who currently sits atop of the K&N West series and coming off of an eleventh place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the truck series, will look to pull even with Burton in the wins catagory as well as take the points lead.
Four support divisions will be on hand this afternoon as well for the Visit Hampton 150. The Hampton Roads Kart Club Wing Champ Karts will get the afternoon kicked off with a 20-lap feature where you will see the draft working on a short track. The Pro Six, Super Streets, and UCAR’s will all have feautres.
11:00am K&N Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting
11:00am Grandstand gates open
11:15am – 12:25pm Langley Speedway Practice 2 rounds for Super Street,
Pro-6, U-car and Winged Champ Karts
12:30pm – 1:45pm K&N Practice
1:50pm K&N Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
2:10pm to 2:40pm Langley Speedway Euro Qualifying for Super Street, Pro-
6, U-car (3 cars for 5 Laps) Winged Champ Karts (Euro Qualifying)
2:45pm to 3:45pm K&N Driver Autograph Session on Track
4:00pm K&N Group Qualifying
4:15pm Langley Speedway Racing begins
Approx. 6:00pm K&N Series 150
Race Line Up
- Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Champs – 20 Laps
- Riverside Paper Pro-Six – 30 Laps
- Old Skool Video Games Super Streets – 40 Laps
- Carrol’s Automotive U-Cars – 25 Laps
- NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – 150 Laps
The Race: The Visit Hampton Virginia 150 will be the 12th of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.
The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 starting positions will be determined from group qualifying and the final four will be determined through provisionals. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (59.4 miles).
The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval featuring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season. The track opened in 1950 and hosted nine Grand National Division (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) races as a dirt track between 1964 and 1970, with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leading the way with three wins. Current NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin was the track’s Mini Stock champion in 1997.
Race Winners: There have been five different winners in the five previous K&N Pro Series East races at Langley, with William Byron (2015), Ben Rhodes (2014) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) all winning en route to series championships in their respective title seasons. Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie and Sergio Pena also have wins at Langley, with Pena winning the inaugural visit in 2011.
Track Records: The qualifying record was set in 2014 by Scott Heckert at 89.836 mph (15.869 seconds).
VISIT HAMPTON VIRGINIA 150 NOTES:
Sophomore Sensation: Harrison Burton’s sophomore season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has been, in a word, sensational. The second-generation driver from Huntersville, North Carolina, leads the series in virtually every statistical category and is atop the point standings by four points over fellow NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland.
Burton has four wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s — all to either lead or tie the category.
Feeling Green: Longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Jeff Green of Owensboro, Kentucky, will be making his second career K&N Pro Series East start this weekend at Langley.
Green, who finished 22nd in the race at Iowa, will be in the No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota for car owner Eric McClure on Saturday.
Green has 16 career wins in the XFINITY Series, where he was the champion in 2000 with six wins and 25 top fives in 32 races that season.
Charging Back: After opening the season with consecutive top-two finishes, including his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Ronnie Bassett Jr. hit a midseason slump that included three straight finishes of 14th or worse.
But the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver has come charging back into the picture in the second half of the season. With his sixth-place finish at New York’s Watkins Glen International, Bassett heads into Langley with six straight top-10 finishes, including back-to-back podium finishes at Thompson and New Hampshire. With his latest run, Bassett has closed to within just two points of Chase Purdy for third in the championship standings.
Bassett has never finished in the top 10 in the final standings.
Familiar Face: While several drivers entered in the Visit Hampton Virginia 150 have previous experience at Langley Speedway, perhaps no driver is looking forward to this weekend more than Las Vegas’ Jay Beasley.
Beasley finished fifth at Langley when the series visited in 2015, one of his eight career top fives in the K&N Pro Series East. Sitting seventh in the overall standings with three top fives and six top 10s in 11 starts, the Rev Racing driver is within 26 points shy of the top five in the championship standings.
NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Langley Speedway
Opened in 1950 as a dirt track, today Langley Speedway plays host to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights during the season, highlighted by the Division I Late Model Stock class. The track’s Super Street, Pro 6 and U-Car divisions will be among those on Saturday night’s schedule alongside the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.