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QUALIFYING: Sargeant Wins First Pole Award

Will Start On Point For K&N Pro West Opener At Kern
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
March 28, 2015 - 9:02pm

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Dalton Sargeant is looking to make the tow west worth it, and he's off to the right start Saturday.

The 17-year-old rookie from Boca Raton, Florida, won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. in qualifying for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park. Sargeant posted a lap of 18.013 seconds (99.928 mph) in his No. 55 GALT Ford around the banked half-mile for the opener of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

QUALIFYING: Preece Dashes To The Front

2013 Whelen Modified Champ Wins First Caraway Pole
Tim Southers, NASCAR
March 28, 2015 - 5:59pm

SOPHIA, N.C. - Ryan Preece likes starting up front and racing in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Preece captured his seventh career Coors Light Pole Award in his 11th appearance on the tour during qualifying on Saturday.

PRACTICE: McReynolds Sets Fast Pace Early

Leads Way In K&N Pro West Opener At Kern
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
March 28, 2015 - 5:32pm

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Brandon McReynolds was fast out of the gate as the NASCAR Next driver paced practice Saturday for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season-opener at Kern County Raceway Park.

McReynolds put down a lap of 18.164 seconds (99.097 mph) in the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota around the banked half-mile in preparation for Saturday night's NAPA Auto Parts 150.

PRACTICE: Seuss Back To The Top

Champ Posts Fast Time In Whelen Southern Mod Practice
Tim Southers, NASCAR
March 28, 2015 - 4:04pm

SOPHIA, N.C. - After a rough start to his 2015 campaign Andy Seuss is back to normal at Caraway Speedway.

The defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion paced the field during practice for the Charles Kepley Memorial 150 Saturday with a fast lap at 15.748 seconds (104.013 mph). Seuss is looking to rebound from an early-race accident in the season opener two weeks ago at Caraway.

Ryan Preece followed closely in second at the .455-banked oval with a time of 15.769 (103.723).

Richardson Celebrates Title With Family

Veteran Scores First Kern County Raceway Park Championship
Tim Southers, NASCAR
March 27, 2015 - 11:01am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Winning championships in California is nothing new to Brian Richardson. But his 2014 trophy was a little more meaningful thanks to the many family members who helped him through the year.

Richardson rolled to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship in the CITGO Late Model Division at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California. He had 10 wins and finished in the top five in all 20 races.

It wasn’t as easy as it looked for the 39 year-old Bakersfield native.

Knauf France To Sponsor Thomas Ferrando

Long-Term NWES Partner Steps-Up Involvement, Creates New Team For French Rising Star
Official Release
March 27, 2015 - 5:48am

Knauf France announced today that the company will further increase its presence in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series by officially supporting rising star Thomas Ferrando in his quest for the ELITE 2 division title and his progress in his NASCAR career.

Frailey Doubles Up On Trophies

Sweeps Salina Highbanks and Oklahoma Titles
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
March 26, 2015 - 8:56am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeran Frailey successfully defending his Salina Highbanks Speedway championship, and got a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title to go along with it.

Frailey captured the 360 Modified Division title at .375-mile clay high-banked oval and claimed the Oklahoma championship.

K&N West Statistical Advance: Kern

Analyzing The NAPA Auto Parts 150
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
March 25, 2015 - 4:08pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season begins this Saturday night at Kern (Calif.) County Raceway Park with the NAPA Auto Parts 150, the first of thirteen scheduled events in the 2015 season. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the field at Kern.

NAPA Auto Parts 150 Setup
• Defending champion Greg Pursley, now retired, owns the track record for most wins with two victories at Kern.

Silk To Drive For Fuller Motorsports

2011 Whelen Modified Champ To Run Select Races
Team Release
March 25, 2015 - 2:35pm

SHREWSBURY, Mass. – Rob Fuller Motorsports will run a second car in select races during the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Ron Silk will drive the No. 40 15-40 Connection Chevrolet for the team.

“I feel it is very important for us as a company to continue to develop our product line,” said Rob Fuller, owner of LFR Chassis and Rob Fuller Motorsports.  “Ronnie has a great deal of experience in this division and will be a great pilot for our car as we try different set ups and test different packages and pass along the data to our LFR Chassis customers.”

Whelen Southern Mod Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Charles Kepley Memorial 150
Tim Southers, NASCAR
March 25, 2015 - 10:01am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will hold its second race of the season on Saturday night at Caraway Speedway with the Charles Kepley Memorial 150, the second of three scheduled visits to the track for the tour this year. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at Caraway:

News & Notes: Kern

Rising Stars Chasing K&N Pro Series West Championship
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
March 24, 2015 - 4:20pm

DAYTONA BEACH. Fla. – When the curtain closed on the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, Greg Pursley raised the championship trophy for the second time and then announced his retirement from racing.

His departure leaves a wide-open race for the 2015 championship, which kicks off Saturday with the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

And there are plenty of talented young drivers looking to make their mark in Pursley's absence.

News & Notes: Caraway

Brunnhoelzl, Seuss Look To Rebound After Rough Starts
Tim Southers, NASCAR
March 24, 2015 - 7:48am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After controlling Victory Lane recently at Caraway Speedway, the owners of the past four NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championships experienced a rough start to their season. They'll look to turn their fortune around Saturday when the tour returns to Caraway for the Charles Kepley Memorial 150.

PIT BOX: They’re Ready To Get Going

Kern County Hosts K&N Pro Series West Opener Saturday
Tim Southers, NASCAR
March 23, 2015 - 12:49pm

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

NASCAR and K&N Announce Extension

Entitlement Sponsorship Extended Through 2021
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
March 20, 2015 - 2:00pm

FONTANA, Calif.— K&N Filters has extended its entitlement sponsorship of the touring NASCAR K&N Pro Series for five years, through 2021, the sanctioning body announced Friday at Auto Club Speedway.

And with good reason. According to K&N Engineering CEO Tom McGann, “This is probably the best return on investment we have in sports marketing, bar none.”

LaJoie Returns To Family's Racing Roots

Tabbed To Pilot Rob Fuller Motorsports No. 15
Team Release
March 20, 2015 - 9:30am

SHREWSBURY, Mass. – Rob Fuller Motorsports is excited to announce Corey LaJoie as the driver of the No. 15 15-40 Connection modified Chevrolet. LaJoie and the team will run seven races in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) this season.

LaJoie has plenty of experience in multiple racing series, including previous runs in the NWMT and Sprint Cup. He has made additional starts in NASCAR’s XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. LaJoie also competed in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East where he racked up five wins, 17 Top-5 and 20 Top-10 finishes.