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K&N West News & Notes: Irwindale

Old Friend Becomes New Again
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 17, 2014 - 5:06pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the pleasures in life is reuniting with an old friend.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will do just that when it rolls into Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday, March 22 for the NAPA 150 for the first time since July 2011.

K&N East News & Notes: Greenville

Rhodes Expecting Different GPS Strategy
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 17, 2014 - 12:56pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Change is good.  

That’s the belief of Ben Rhodes as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its 12th visit to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 22 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.

“I think adding the break and giving us four tires will make a huge difference over what we saw last September,” said Rhodes.

Bertuccio Closes Deal At Southern National

Beats Brunnhoelzl For First Career Whelen Southern Mod Win
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
March 15, 2014 - 7:49pm
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KENLY, N.C. -- J.R. Bertuccio earned his first trip to Victory Lane the hard way.

The 32-year-old from Centerrach, N.Y., had to hold off four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III on a green-white-checkered finish to win Saturday's Southern National 150. The win came in Bertuccio's 28th career start. He had three previous top fives with his best finish coming at Caraway Speedway with a third-place run in the 2014 season opener.

Better Late For MacDonald

GWC Pass Nets Bristol Win For Mass. Driver
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 15, 2014 - 6:26pm
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Veteran Eddie MacDonald showed a little late-race mastery Saturday afternoon and brought home the winning trophy from Bristol Motor Speedway.

The 33-year-old driver from Rowley, Mass., took the lead on a green-white-checkered finish at the PittLite 125 and held off Gray Gaulding and Ben Rhodes to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at “The Last Great Colosseum."

It's MacDonald's first win since September of 2009 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway snapping a 53-race winless streak and the seventh of his career.

QUALIFYING: Brunnhoelzl Tops Field

Earns 22nd Career Coors Pole, First At Southern National
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
March 15, 2014 - 3:14pm
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KENLY, N.C. - For all the records he's accumulated, George Brunnhoelzl III managed to knotch a first Saturday.

The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion earned his 22nd career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the Southern National 150. It was Brunnhoelzl's first pole at Southern National Motorsports Park. Second was the previous best starting position for the West Babylon, N.Y., driver.

Brunnhoelzl, who was second fastest in practice, had a lap of 14.517 seconds (99.194 mph) in qualifying.

PRACTICE: Seuss Brings Momentum To SNMP

Suess, Brunnhoelzl III Top Two In Final SN150 Final Practice
By John Tejeda, NASCAR
March 15, 2014 - 1:48pm

KENLY, N.C. - The brisk North Carolina weather had done nothing to cool off Andy Seuss.

The Hampstead, N.H., native topped the speed charts in final practice for the for the Southern National 150 at  Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday with a fast lap of 14.692 seconds (98.013 mph). George Brunnhoelzl III was second quickest in final practice at 14.740 seconds (97.693 mph), followed by Brian Loftin at 14.755 seconds (97.594 mph), Burt Myers at 14.763 seconds (97.541 mph) and J.R. Bertuccio at 14.782 seconds (97.416 mph). 

Ohio Gov., State Champ Make Exchange

Justus Gets Resolution, Kasich Gets Trophy
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
March 14, 2014 - 4:30pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion Bobby Justus exchanged more than pleasantries in the governor’s office last month.

Gov. Kasich invited Justus to his downtown Columbus office on Feb. 7 to congratulate the driver on his first NASCAR state championship. By the time the visit concluded, Justus had a leather-bound state Resolution of Congratulations from Kasich, and the governor had Justus’ Whelen All-American Series Ohio state championship trophy on display in his office lobby.

QUALIFYING: Rhodes Rolls To Pole

Bristol Award His 2nd Straight In K&N Pro East
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 13, 2014 - 6:01pm
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Ben Rhodes had to wait until nearly the end of line to make his qualifying lap, but that didn't matter.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Ky., earned his second straight 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. in Friday's qualifying for the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rhodes went out 37th of 38 cars and posted a lap of 16.036 seconds (119.656 mph) around the high-banked half-mile in advance of Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

PRACTICE: Heckert Tops Bristol Chart

Leads TSM Teammate Rhodes In K&N Pro East Prep
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 13, 2014 - 3:55pm

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Turner Scott Motorsports teammates Scott Heckert and rookie Ben Rhodes set the pace for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Heckert posted the fastest time in the final practice for the PittLite 125 with a lap of 16.093 seconds (119.232 mph) around the high-banked half-mile. Heckert was .03 seconds faster than Rhodes, who checked in at 16.123 (119.010). Brings Race Track To The Fans

AMA Pro, IMSA & NASCAR Team To Launch Live Streaming Site
Official Release
March 12, 2014 - 1:00pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Motorcycle races at Daytona. Sports cars at Watkins Glen. Modifieds at Langley.

For race fans, if they couldn’t make it to the track and the event didn’t have television coverage, there hasn’t been an option to watch all the action. Until now.

Whelen So. Mod Tour Stat Advance: SNMP

Analyzing The Southern National 150
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
March 11, 2014 - 2:00pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will continue its 10th season of competition with the Southern National 150 on Saturday, March 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, N.C. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

K&N East Statistical Advance: Bristol

Analyzing The PittLite 125
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 11, 2014 - 10:00am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a couple of weeks away from the track, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 15 for the PittLite 125, the season’s third event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Bristol, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Whelen So. Mod Tour News & Notes: SNMP

Seuss Looks To Keep Rolling
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
March 10, 2014 - 3:00pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Although it may be too early to tell, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour may have finally found its answer to George Brunnhoelzl III’s domination. That answer comes in the form of Brunnhoelzl’s former teammate, Andy Seuss.

Seuss turned in a thoroughly dominating performance en route to victory on Sunday at Caraway Speedway in the Whelen Season Opener 150. As the tour rolls on to Southern National Motorsports Park for this coming Saturday’s Southern National 150, Seuss seems poised to make more noise in 2014.

K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Bristol

Suárez Looks To Ride The Wave To A Third Straight Series Win
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
March 10, 2014 - 1:25pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Racing is a momentum sport and no one has more of that right now than Daniel Suárez. 

The Drive for Diversity product out of Monterrey, Mexico, opened the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season just as he ended the 2013 edition – at the front of the field.

Seuss Opens Season In Dominating Form

Leads Wire To Wire In Winning Whelen Opener At Caraway
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
March 9, 2014 - 6:17pm
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SOPHIA, N.C. -- Andy Seuss mounted his challenge to dethrone George Brunnhoelzl III for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Sunday in dominating fashion.

The 26-year-old from Hampstead, N.H., was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and led every lap en route to winning the Whelen Season Opener 150 at Caraway Speedway. His No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet finished 1.465 seconds ahead of runner-up Brunnhoelzl.

JR Bertuccio, Burt Myers and Jason Myers rounded out the top five.