Saturday, July 18, 2015

#NASCAR Pro Series East vs West
Who Will Win in Iowa?

Iowa Speedway, a .875-mile asphalt tri-ovaI designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, has held one East-West combination race each season from 2007-2011 and has had two each year since 2012.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West will compete again on Friday, July 31, 2015 for the second of their two annual East-West combination races in Newton.

#NASCAR Pro Series East vs West<br> Who Will Win in Iowa?
Brandon McReynolds celebrates in Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway
after winning the Casey's General Store 150.
(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)

In May of this year, Brandon McReynolds, a West driver, earned his first NASCAR victory in the Casey's General Store 150, the first 2015 combination race. Driving the No. 16 - NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing, McReynolds became only the second West driver in twelve events to win the combination competition. He led twice for 22 laps, including the ‘all important’ final eight.

After capturing his first ‘21 Means 21 Pole Award’ Rookie William Byron steered the pack to the green. The currant East Series Points Leader led a race-high 128 laps yet finished second to McReynolds. However, as the first East driver across the Start/Finish Line, he was credited with the victory in his series.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder. The optional “spec” engine (introduced in 2006) and composite body help teams control costs while providing them the opportunity to advance their drivers from their hometown short tracks to the next level and to one of the three national series.

Overall Combination Race Winners include NASCAR Notables:
Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano. 

#NASCAR Pro Series East vs West<br> Who Will Win in Iowa?
The 2015 K&N Pro Series East and West schedules include a combined
27 dates across 17 different states. (Getty Images for NASCAR)

The series continues to introduce NASCAR fans to their next generation of stars and these races are always thrilling to witness. If you are in the area do not miss this opportunity to witness these young and eager motorsport athletes as they battle their path toward prominence. 

After Eight Races - East Driver Points: 

  William Byron *
  Austin Hill
  Scott Heckert
  Kyle Benjamin *
  Dalton Sargeant *

After Seven Races - West Driver Points: 

  Chris Eggleston
  Noah Gragson *
  Gracin Raz *
  Ryan Partridge *
  David Mayhew


The West Series Championship Points spread is extremely close – with six races remaining, only thirteen points separate the top five drivers.

* Denotes rookie of the year contender

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