Sunday, July 3, 2016

Haley Captures Second Win of the Season
(#kneast #nascar)

Last night’s Race Central Live coverage of the NAPA 150 from Ohio's Columbus Motor Speedway was excellent (as is the norm). There was plenty of action on the track to relay.

NASCAR Race Mom was cheering for Dominique Van Wieringen. Unfortunately, she spun on lap ninty-four in a single car incident. (NRM still believes she will win this season!) Then late race leader Kyle Benjamin cut down a right front tire with just fifteen laps remaining. Benjamin had cleared Haley for the lead in lap 109.

The last restart flag flew with just eight laps remaining. Justin Haley cleared Austin Theriault off turn two as Todd Gilliland and Noah Gragson fought for fourth in turn three.

Justin Haley hung on to collect his second K&N Pro Series East win of the season. Haley also remains in the Championship Points lead.

The NAPA 150 from Columbus Motor Speedway will air on NBCSN Friday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be back in action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16.

NRM was kind of melancholy – it is reported that Columbus Motor Speedway will be closing after the season . . . I have never had the opportunity to attend a race there.

Good luck #KNEast guys and gals!! Hats off to the Nuckles family as they continue their final season of racing at Columbus Motor Speedway. Thanks for all that your family has done for racing in Ohio and for the K&N Pro Series! Comment From Kip Childress

Fin Str Car Driver
1 1 5 Justin Haley
2 3 1 Austin Theriault
3 16 2 Collin Cabre
4 9 12 Harrison Burton *
5 10 7 Noah Gragson
6 4 49 John Holleman IV *
7 5 16 Todd Gilliland *
8 8 13 Hunter Baize *
9 14 15 Christian Eckes *
10 17 33 Ali Kern *
11 6 40 Kyle Benjamin
12 12 29 Corey Deuser *
13 2 30 Dominique Van Wieringen *
14 15 42 J.A. Junior Avila *
15 7 38 Tyler Dippel *
16 13 6 Ruben Garcia Jr. *
17 18 92 Spencer Davis *
18 11 51 Brandon Oakley *
* - Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender


NAPA 150 At Columbus Motor Speedway

Fastest Qualifier: Justin Haley, Time: 14.045 Seconds, Speed: 85.354 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 44 mins, 55 secs Average Speed: 66.724 mph Margin of Victory: .410 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 79-83 (Debris - FP#13); 94-99 (#30 Turn 1 - FP#49); 136-141 (Turn 2 #40 - FP#15). 3 for 17 laps.

Lap Leaders: Justin Haley 1-109, Kyle Benjamin 110-134, Justin Haley 135-150.

Total Laps Led: Justin Haley 125, Kyle Benjamin 25. 2 changes involving 2 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Justin Haley 334, Noah Gragson 294, Kyle Benjamin 293, Spencer Davis * 291, Austin Theriault 278, Tyler Dippel * 261, Hunter Baize * 258, Collin Cabre 254, Harrison Burton * 244, Ruben Garcia Jr. * 236

Next Race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Photos from NASCAR Home Tracks Lap by Lap
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The Columbus pit area is full of K&N Pro Series East stock cars.
Justin Haley, his team, and his car have a very patriotic look on this holiday weekend
Tyler Dippel signs a flag before today's practice session.
Ruben Garcia goes for a spin off turn four.
Kyle Benjamin has one of the fastest cars here.
Burton (12) and Theriault battle in practice.
Justin Haley led the way in first practice.
Ohio native Brandon Oakley showed he has speed in the first practice.
Christian Eckes is making his second K&N East start today.
Holleman (49) and Deuser battle in practice.
Christian Eckes helps push his car to the tech line.
Benjamin's car goes through tech.
The fastest man in Columbus, Justin Haley (right) hangs with his team.
Big changes being made to Baize's machine.
Teammates Burton (left) and Dippel have a chat.
Brandon Oakley goes over the scales.
Ali Kern will be the first driver to take time in just a few moments.
Christian Eckes (left) and Noah Gragson hang out as local divisions race.
Harrison Burton gives a fan an autograph card.
Noah Gragson signs some autographs.
Way at the front of that long line is Todd Gilliland.
Dominique Van Wieringen signs a fan's checkered flag.
The Bowman Gray Stadium regular has a good line waiting for his autograph.
Spencer Davis is ready to go and maybe add another winner's sticker to his car.
The field is staged and ready to go for the final time at Columbus.
Justin Haley wins at Columbus.

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