Monday, February 12, 2018

#NASCARs K&N Pro Series East Kicked Off the 2018 season in New Smyrna

#NASCARs K&N Pro Series East Kicked Off the 2018 season in New Smyrna

Two K&N Pro Series Champions Battle Aggressively for the Win

The #NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Opener's exciting finish.


The K&N Pro Series started their 2018 #NASCAR season in New Smyrna, Florida last weekend with the New Smyrna 175. 

Tyler Dippel, a #NASCAR Next alum posted the fastest overall time in practice.


Tyler Dippel, a NASCAR Next alum posted the fastest overall time in practice for the season-opening with time of 18.701 seconds (92.401 mph) in the final practice behind the wheel of the No. 30 TyCar Ford for Rette Jones Racing.

Harrison Burton won his third career #NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole award


Huntersville, North Carolina’s Harrison Burton won his third career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole award on Sunday. The defending series champion drove his No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota to a fast lap of 18.428 seconds/93.770 mph.

However, in the eventful and exciting conclusion, Todd Gilliland emerged with the victory by diving under Burton for the lead on the white flag lap and winning the drag race down the back stretch. 

Todd Gilliland emerged with the victory by diving under Burton for the lead on the white flag lap


“Hard racing for the win,” Gilliland said of the battle. “That stuff is going to happen. We were both very hungry to get the win.”

Burton, led 79 laps, lost the top spot on Lap 131. But with two to go, he used a bump-and-run into Turn 3 to take the lead back. Gilliland, though, muscled his way by less than a half-lap later.

The victory was Todd’s sixth career in the East Series and was his 19th victory combined in the K&N Pro Series.

“Luckily we put this Toyota Camry in Victory Lane.” said Gilliland, who will be running a split schedule between the K&N Pro Series and Camping World Truck Series after winning the last two K&N Pro West titles. “I can’t thank everyone on my team enough. It’s a dream come true to be back here.”

“We were saving gas from the beginning of the race,” Burton said. “At the end of the race, you aren’t think about it when you are racing like that, but I’m sure we were pretty close. It was just two guys going hard for the win, that’s what we come to do, we are both racing for the W.”

Fans were able to watch the racing action through a live stream on FansChoice.TV. Additionally, the race will air on NBCSN on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.


The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to the track on April 14 at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Zombie Auto 150.

Race Results

  1. Todd Gilliland
  2. Cole Rouse
  3. Harrison Burton
  4. Derek Kraus
  5. Tyler Ankrum *
  6. Spencer Davis
  7. Anthony Sergi *
  8. Ronnie Bassett, Jr.
  9. Tyler Dippel
  10. Brandon McReynolds
  11. Kody Vanderwal
  12. Ryan Vargas *
  13. J.P. Morgan
  14. Brandon Oakley *
  15. Joe Graf, Jr. *
  16. Abraham Calderon *
  17. Jimmy Zacharias
  18. Juan Manuel Gonzalez *
  19. Chase Cabre
  20. Matt Levin
  21. Chuck Buchanan, Jr.
  22. Jesse Iwuji
  23. Andrew Tuttle *
  24. Anthony Alfredo *
  25. Dillon Bassett
  26. Ruben Garcia, Jr.
  27. John Wood
  28. Salvatore Iovino
  29. Hailie Deegan *
* Series Rookie



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