Friday, July 28, 2017

Combination Event Puts Best of East and West on Same Stage

Combination Event Puts Best of East and West on Same Stage

Todd Gilliland enters Iowa Speedway with Eyes Set on Two Titles

Combination Event Puts Best of East and West on Same Stage #knwest #kneast #nascar

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series divisions converge on Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, for the Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College today. The annual combination event for both the K&N Pro Series East and West features teams from each series going head to head on the .875-mile D-shaped oval, and since its inception, the race has been a proving ground for future NASCAR success.

The West has been on a roll over the last few years in the event. While East drivers won each of the first seven combination races at Iowa dating back to the inaugural event in 2007, West teams have now accounted for three straight victories and four of the last seven overall.

“I think it’s a good thing for both series to see where the [competition] is on both coasts,” Bill McAnally Racing’s Todd Gilliland said. “I think it’s definitely [cool] to race against all of them to feel a little bit more comfortable and [to have gained] a little bit more respect from [all of the drivers].”

Reigning West champion Todd Gilliland enters the weekend as an early favorite, leading the K&N Pro Series West standings in defense of his 2016 title — which included a win in this event — and heading into the weekend having won the most recent East race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gilliland, of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has an 11-point lead atop the West standings and is second in the East, just 14 points shy of leader Harrison Burton.

“It’s great,” Gilliland said. “I couldn’t do it without Napa and Toyota. It’s definitely some really good experience to move up into the NASCAR ranks and prepare me for the next step.”

Point Standings

NASCAR K&N Pro West Series Standings
Position Driver Wins Points Behind
1 Todd Gilliland 4 354
2 Chris Eggleston 3 343 11
3 Derek Kraus 0 298 56
4 Will Rodgers 0 286 68
5 Michael Self 0 272 82

NASCAR K&N Pro East Series Standings
Position Driver Wins Points Behind
1 Harrison Burton 4 387
2 Todd Gilliland 2 373 14
3 Chase Purdy 0 335 52
4 Ronnie Bassett Jr. 1 331 56
5 Ruben Garcia Jr. 0 321 66

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RACE: Casey’s General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College
PLACE: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
DATE: Friday, July 28
TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT
AIRDATE: NBCSN, Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .875-mile banked D-shaped asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: Todd Gilliland
2016 POLE WINNER: Kyle Benjamin
EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, July 28 — Garage opens: 10 a.m.;
Practice: 2-3 p.m.;
Final practice: 3:15-3:55 p.m.;
Driver autograph session: 4:10 p.m.;
Group qualifying: 5 p.m.;
Casey’s General Store 150: 7:30 p.m.



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International Flavor: The K&N Pro Series ranks, whose NASCAR Drive For Diversity program produced Kyle Larson — who is second in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings — Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr., among others, continues to feature a diverse lineup.

Mexican driver Ruben Garcia Jr. will join Takuma Koga of Japan in Friday’s field. Rev Racing teammates (and brothers) Collin Cabre and Chase Cabre will also compete in the Casey’s General Store 150. African-Americans Jesse Iwuji and Jay Beasley will be in the race, too, as will two women in Nicole Behar and Julia Landauer.

In total, one-quarter of the drivers on the early entry list for the Casey’s General Store 150 are either minority or female drivers.

NASCAR Next: The field for this weekend is packed with NASCAR Next talent. In addition to current members - Harrison Burton, Chase Cabre, Todd Gilliland and Chase Purdy - alumni Nicole Behar, Collin Cabre, Tyler Dippel, Ben Kennedy, Julia Landauer, Jesse Little and Michael Self are all slated to compete in the Casey's General Store 150 presented by Vatterott College.

Since the program's inception in 2011, NASCAR Next drivers or alumni have taken all but one of the overall wins at Iowa Speedway.

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