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K&N Pro East News & Notes: Bowman Gray

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Nearly one-third of the way through the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, rookie William Byron is a surprise leader in as the championship race heads to famed Bowman Gray Stadium this Saturday for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.

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McReynolds Scores Big Win On Big Stage

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

NEWTON, Iowa -- Brandon McReynolds will celebrate his 24th birthday next week. But it will be hard to top the celebration he had at Iowa Speedway.

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QUALIFYING: Byron Captures First Pole

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

NEWTON, Iowa -- Rookie William Byron continues to impress.

The 17-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, has already earned his first NASCAR win and ascended to the top of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings. Now the NASCAR Next driver has his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award.

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PRACTICE: McReynolds Fast Around Iowa

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

NEWTON, Iowa -- Brandon McReynolds showed he knows the quick way around Iowa Speedway.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver posted the fasted time over the two one-hour practice sessions Saturday in preparation for the evening's Casey's General Store 150.

McReynolds, making his third start at the .875-mile asphalt tri-oval in the combination race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, had a quick lap in the No. 99 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota of 24.167 seconds (130.343 mph).

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STAT ADVANCE K&N Pro Series: Iowa

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West head to Iowa Speedway Saturday for the first of two combination races at the Newton, Iowa track this season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Iowa, as well as some other statistical trends.

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K&N Pro Series News & Notes: Iowa

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The K&N Pro Series East and West will meet Saturday at Iowa Speedway, where the track’s slogan “Stars Are Made Here” couldn’t be more appropriate for NASCAR's top developmental series.

Iowa has featured career-defining wins in the K&N Pro East and West since the inaugural event in 2007 when then 16-year-old Joey Logano pulled off the victory. The trend has continued as Chase Elliott, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones all earned their first NASCAR career wins at the track.

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PIT BOX: Ready To Go Up North

Tim Southers, NASCAR

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 gets its 2015 season underway this weekend with the running of the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. L.P. Dumoulin returns to defend his series championship and improve on a fourth-place finish in last year’s opener while Andrew Ranger will look for a third-consecutive pole at CTMP, where he set the track record in this event a year ago.

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Benjamin Scores First K&N Pro Win At Bristol

Tim Southers, NASCAR

Bristol, Tenn. – At 17 years old, making only his seventh K&N Pro Series East start, Kyle Benjamin, driver of the No. 27 Eibach Ford, raced side-by-side with William Byron, driver of the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet, with less than 30 laps remaining. But the pressure didn’t break him. 

Benjamin was able to hold off Byron on the last restart and went to score his first career win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East taking the checkered flag in the PittLite 125 Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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QUALIFYING: Little Sets Mark At Bristol

By Tom Bryant, NASCAR

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Jesse Little knows how to make an entrance.

The NASCAR Next driver, making his 2015 debut at Bristol Motor Speedway, earned his third career 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. and set a track record in Thursday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying. His lap of 15.891 seconds (120.748 mph) in the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute / PFC Toyota earned him the top spot for Saturday’s PittLite125.

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PRACTICE: Hemric Atop Bristol High Banks

By Tom Bryant, NASCAR

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Many young drivers have struggled to decipher the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” while others seem to immediately take to the high-banked turns and tight straightaways.

Put Daniel Hemric and his NTS Motorsports teammate Brandon Jones in the second group.

Hemric, driving the No. 20 California Clean Power Chevrolet, led Thursday’s final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice for Saturday’s PittLite 125 with a fast lap of 15.924 seconds at 120.497 mph, barely edging Jones’ No. 33 MasterForce Tool Storage Chevrolet at 15.934 (120.422). 

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2015 Schedule/Results

DATE RACE/VENUE WINNER/POLE VIEW
Feb 15 The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150
New Smyrna Speedway
Austin Hill
Austin Hill
Race Results
Race Review
Apr 4 Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
Greenville Pickens Speedway
William Byron
Daniel Hemric
Race Results
Race Review
Apr 18 PittLite 125
Bristol Motor Speedway
Kyle Benjamin
Jesse Little
Race Results
Race Review
May 16 Casey's General Store 150
Iowa Speedway
William Bryon
William Byron
Race Results
Race Review
May 30 NASCAR Hall of Fame 150
Bowman Gray Stadium
Jun 20 Visit Hampton 175
Langley Speedway
Jul 4 NAPA 150
Columbus Motor Speedway
Jul 17 Granite State 70
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jul 31 NKNPS East Iowa 7/31/15
Iowa Speedway
Aug 7 NKNPS East Watkins Glen 8/7/15
Watkins Glen International
Aug 15 NKNPS East Motordome 8/15/15
Motordrome Speedway
Aug 29 Biscutville 125
VIRginia International Raceway
Sep 10 NKNPS East Richmond 9/10/15
Richmond International Raceway
Oct 2 Drive Sober 150
Dover International Speedway

* Denotes Rookie
# Qualifying cancelled; Field set per rule book