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Ep. 02: NASCAR Top Touring Series – Whelen Mods and K&N East/West
Things we learned from the first episode. How to get in touch with us via Twitter (@shorttrackrpt)
2) Topics: Touring Series Schedules – Whelen Mods & KN East
South series was dissolved, NASCAR running a unified tour
19 total races, 17 championship race across 7 states. Kicks off March 18th @ MBSpeedway wraps up Oct 15th @ Thompson.
Two “non-points” events through the year. New Hampshire & Charlotte
More year-end payout w/ combined series. $500k points money at year end. $230k in owner plan
2. K&N East
Each tour will host 14 points paying races at 13 tracks
Kicks off Feb 19 @ New Smyrna during World Series of Asphalt racing and concludes Sept 29 @ Dover
Each series will have twin events on the same day. East: SoBo T100 & West: Irwindale T100
The tour tours will meet again in Iowa (combined points – Gilliland)
3 Next Up:
- New Year
- Williamston Indoor Nationals in Carolina
Thornburg, VA – It came down to a matter of inches in the inaugural K&N East Series event at the brand new Dominion Raceway. Spencer Davis, 17 of Dawsonville Georgia, held off Justin Haley in what looked to be an instant replay of Phoenix earlier this year on the cup level.
In what has to be one of the closest finishes in K&N East Pro Series history, Spencer Davis was able to hold off a very hard charging Justin Haley and cross the finish line a mere .005 second ahead of Haley in a thrilling photo finish. Davis, who qualified third earlier in the afternoon, spent most of the time running second to teammate Kyle Benjamin who lost the lead on a late race restart after being involved in an incident, much like the restart at Dover, that collected a few other cars.
“My teammate certainly was the class of the field and had the car to beat,” Davis said in victory lane after the race. “He didn’t do a single thing wrong all night and was the car to beat till he got put out. My first reaction when I saw him get bent out of shape and pushed from behind and into the wall was, wow this is really unfortunate for our team. Then it set in; I need to win this for us. Ranier racing needs to get their first win and I need to get my first win so what its going to take I was going to do it.” Davis, of course referring to Benjamin being parked by NASCAR officials, after multiple altercations with Dillon Bassett under yellow flag conditions. Bassett, who was actually just going to be held for one lap, was also parked as he continued the “vehicular conversation” on the racing surface as well.
Justin Haley, who entered Monday’s race tied with Benjamin for the points lead, did not make things easy for the Rookie as the two came to the stripe and the checkered flag. The young driver actually didn’t make things to easy on himself either after qualifying eleventh out of twenty-four cars. However, he was able to work himself through the field as the race went on and got a lot of help from that late race caution mentioned before took Benjamin out of the running. Haley ran him for everything he had coming out of turn four just came up inches short at the line.
“I knew he was coming and I knew what was coming from behind also,” Davis mentioned about the battle with Haley. “Any short track racer that grew up racing has that drive to win. If I were second I would have done that same thing; shoved him off down in there to get him a little loose and drove up beside him and banging doors to the finish in reverse order.”
The time it took for NASCAR to announce the winner might as well been an eternity for both drivers, who both sat on the front stretch looking at each other waiting for the call to be made. Davis told us it was the most excruciating thing ever having to sit there in the car with the announcer going over the race and watching the replay on the big screen. Davis also told us however; once you hear your name come over that intercom and they announce you as the winner it is just the best thing ever.
Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Austin Theriault would round out the top five finishers after 150 laps at Dominion Speedway. The ComServe Wireless 150 will be replayed on NDCSN this Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. EDT. The series will head up to north to Stafford Springs, Connecticut for the Stafford 150 on June 17th.
|6||6||Ruben Garcia Jr.|
|9||49||John Holleman IV|
|12||42||Jairo Avila Jr.|
|19||43||Ronnie Bassett Jr.|
|24||30||Dominique Van Wieringen|
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 4, 2016) – 18-year-old Kyle Benjamin, a race winner in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, will compete in select 2016 events in both series for Ranier Racing with MDM.
Starting with the Feb. 14 race at New Smyrna Speedway, the season opener for the K&N East, Benjamin will pilot a Chevrolet for the recently announced pairing of Lorin Ranier, a longtime NASCAR driver development consultant, and the pre-existing MDM-Hillman Racing team. 2013 K&N East championship-winning crew chief Mardy Lindley will serve in the same capacity for Benjamin in all of his K&N East and ARCA starts.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to work with industry experts,” said Benjamin. “Lorin, Mardy and Mark (McFarland, the team’s competition director) have a lot of experience and have a had a lot of success working with other young drivers. They’re building a really solid foundation right now, and I’m honored to play such a key role.”
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – After a competitive Combine event last October, six drivers were selected to the 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity® (D4D) class and will join the industry’s premier development program for multicultural and female drivers, and pit crew members.
Talented drivers from across the Americas will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and attempt to follow in the footsteps of D4D graduates and current NASCAR national series drivers Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suárez.
The 2016 class will be formally introduced to the industry as part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Media Tour on Jan. 19.
“NASCAR remains steadfast in its mission to develop multicultural and female athletes and we believe this class has the potential to compete at the highest levels of our sport,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “The talent pool from which these drivers were selected was unprecedented for NASCAR Drive for Diversity – a testament to the program’s growth and success.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A new era in Virginia racing will take the green flag on Saturday, April 9 – and it will do so under the NASCAR banner.
NASCAR and Dominion Raceway and Entertainment announced today the .4-mile asphalt track will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning with its inaugural season in 2016. The brand new facility is located in Spotsylvania Country, Virginia, just 10 minutes south of Fredericksburg and 30 minutes north of Richmond.
“We can’t begin to describe how excited we are about the affiliation with NASCAR as we get ready to go racing at Dominion Raceway,” said track owner Steve Britt. “When we set out to build this facility, our goal was to put together a state-of-the-art short track for competitors and fans alike. To be part of the NASCAR program is a tremendous opportunity to raise the track’s profile even greater.”
In addition to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Dominion will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Monday, May 30 as the highlight to its first ComServe Memorial Day Classic.
“We are pleased to welcome Dominion Raceway to NASCAR,” said Kevin Nevalainen, NASCAR director of weekly racing operations. “We’ve known Steve for a number of years and the level of excellence he and his team bring to short-track racing. They have built a remarkable complex here and we look forward to their first season of NASCAR racing.”
Precision Performance Motorsports Continues to Grow NASCAR XFINITY and K&N Pro Series East Programs in 2016
China Grove, N.C. – Fresh off the heels of a breakthrough 2015 NASCAR season, Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) has been hard at work building a fleet of NASCAR XFINITY and K&N Pro Series East cars, improving their new facility in North Carolina, and preparing for the 2016 season. With 11 XFINITY Series cars and five K&N Pro Series East cars, equipment and talented people, PPM plans to further progress both programs in the upcoming year.
PPM has laid the groundwork to build a customizable program around each driver to match their particular needs. A developing driver can progress from the Whelen All-American Series, through the K&N Pro Series and into the XFINITY Series with PPM.
PPM’s history in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East dates back to 2011 debuting with driver Brandon Gdovic. Since then, the team has earned 28 top-10 finishes, 13 top-fives, and a win with multiple drivers. Much of the 2015 season was spent improving the K&N program in preparation for 2016 including personnel and equipment.
PPM made their debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Watkins Glen International with rookie Brandon Gdovic behind the wheel. In Gdovic’s first-ever trip to a NASCAR road course, the team posted a 13th-place finish, besting many veteran teams and drivers. PPM went on to exceed expectations in the final two races of the season with rookie driver Anthony Kumpen, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion.