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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: South Boston

Analyzing the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s
Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com
May 3, 2017 - 1:30pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway for the first time in six years with the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s on Saturday, May 6. Below is a look at the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s and some of the selected participants.

WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s Race Setup: 
• After winning the most recent race at Bristol, Harrison Burton leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings, with top 10 finishes in all three races this season to date.
• Hunter Baize posted his first top five finish since Iowa last season to move into second place.
• Todd Gilliland — who is chasing both K&N Pro Series titles this season — sits third; he joins Burton and Baize as the only three drivers to finish in the top 10 in all three events this season.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. won the season opener at New Smyrna and held the point lead into Bristol before an accident there dropped him to fourth.
• None of the top 10 drivers in the current standings have ever started a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at South Boston.

At South Boston Speedway:
History:
• South Boston Speedway opened in 1957 as a dirt track and became a NASCAR track in 1960. Junior Johnson won the first two races held at South Boston in what would become the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, winning on dirt in 1960 and on pavement one year later.
• To date, South Boston has held 10 Monster Energy races, with Richard Petty winning five of them. The .400-mile semi-banked asphalt oval has also played host to 35 races in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series, with Larry Pearson, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Randy LaJoie all among winners at the track.
• Tommy Ellis leads all NASCAR national series drivers with seven career wins at South Boston, all in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
• The track hosted its first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in 2007, in an event won by 2008 series champion Matt Kobyluck.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ sixth visit to the central Virginia track and the first since 2011.
• In the five previous events at South Boston, there have been five different race winners and five different pole winners.
• The most cautions for a K&N East race at South Boston is 15 (2008) while the fewest is five (2009, 2010). The most caution laps were 77 in 2008.
• In five races, the lead has changed hands an average of 6.6 times, with 12 lead changes in both 2007 and 2008.
• The average starting position for the winner is 2.4 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 7.6.
• South Boston Speedway joins Berlin Raceway and Langley Speedway as the only tracks on the 2017 schedule measuring less than a half-mile in length.

South Boston Data:
Race: #4 and #5 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Airdate: Thursday, May 11 at 7 & 8 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .400-mile semi-banked asphalt oval
Banking/Corners: 12 degrees
Race Length: Twin 100 laps (40 miles each)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-lap Qualifying Record: Peyton Sellers, 92.414 mph (June 2007)
100-lap Race Record: N/A

Category Leaders at South Boston:
Wins
Max Gresham … 1
Brian Ickler … 1
Matt Kobyluck … 1
Brett Moffitt … 1
Sergio Pena … 1

Poles
Ricky Carmichael … 1
Max Gresham … 1
Peyton Sellers …
Ryan Truex … 1
Darrell Wallace Jr. … 1

Laps completed
Matt Kobyluck … 605
Eddie MacDonald … 603
Ryan Gifford … 450
Max Gresham … 450
Brett Moffitt … 440

Laps led
Brett Moffitt … 150
Brian Ickler … 149
Max Gresham … 146
Darrell Wallace Jr. … 73
Matt Kobyluck … 46

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Blue Ridge Auto Group Toyota)
• Sits fourth in the current series standings with one top five and top-10 finishes in all three races to date.
• One of three drivers to finish in the top 10 in every race this season.
• Finished fourth at Bristol for his 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 New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February.
• Is fourth the current standings with a win, two top fives and two top 10s through three races.

Matt Bowling (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet)
• Is the reigning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion after winning 14 races at eight different tracks last season.
• Won his third career South Boston Speedway track championship in the Late Model Stock division last season and was the NASCAR Virginia state champion. He also won track titles in 2012 and 2015.
• Is making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut this weekend.
• Won the 2014 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
• Gained the series points lead for the first time in his career after winning at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, giving him two top fives and three top 10s in three races this season.
• Won at Bristol for his first career K&N Pro Series East win.
• Also, finished fourth at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway in April.
• His father, Jeff, and uncle, Ward, both began their racing careers at South Boston. Jeff Burton, who will be the grand marshal this weekend, won a NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the track in 1991.
• Is the only driver to finish in the top five in all three races this season.

Tyler Dippel (No. 30 TyCar Ford)
• Finished third in the final series standings last season with one win, one top five and eight top 10s in 14 races.
• Won at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway in March of 2016 in only his second career series start.
• Finished fifth at Greenville for his first top 10 of the season and is eighth in the current series standings after finishing third as a rookie a year ago.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Finished a career-best second in the most recent race at Bristol.
• The 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion — with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 61 career starts in that series — sits fifth in the current K&N Pro Series East standings on the strength of two consecutive top-10 finishes.

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).
• Won three of the first four K&N Pro Series West races this season, including a sweep of Twin 100s at Irwindale on March 25, to give him 11 career K&N Pro Series wins.
• One of only three drivers to finish in the top 10 in all three K&N Pro Series East races this season, he sits third in the series standings with one top five and three top 10s.

Peyton Sellers (No. 18 Danville Toyota Toyota)
• Won the pole for the inaugural K&N Pro Series East race at South Boston in 2007.
• The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion in 2005 while racing out of South Boston, he also won a track championship in the Late Model Stock division in 2014.
• Is the only driver entered this weekend to have previously competed in a series race at South Boston, having finished second in 2007 and third in 2008.
• Also, competed in two Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown events at his home track, in 2014 and 2015
• Making his 2017 K&N Pro Series East debut.

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 in the most recent race at Bristol.
• This marks first time since 2011 that the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will race at South Boston.
• South Boston Speedway has produced four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions since 2005 — Peyton Sellers, Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam and Matt Bowling — and nine of the last 13 national champions have raced at the track.