Analyzing The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East At South Boston Speedway
Statistical Advance: South Boston 150
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2011) – The 25th season of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season will move on to Race No. 2 with the South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, April 16. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's appearance at South Boston will be part of a doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
At South Boston Speedway:
• Opened in 1957 as a quarter-mile dirt oval. The track expanded to .375 miles and was paved in 1962. It was further expanded to its current .4-mile layout in 1994.
• Has played host to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in each of the previous four seasons.
• Held 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races from 1960-2000.
• Has also played host to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.
• Became a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1960 and is one of nine tracks that has been a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series since its formation in 1982.
• Each of the four previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events at South Boston has produced a different pole and race winner.
• Matt Kobyluck captured the inaugural NKNPS East race at South Boston in 2007 while hometown favorite Peyton Sellers was the runner-up and Joey Logano finished third. Sellers' qualifying run that day still stands as the best lap in the four events held at the track.
• Rookies have won the last two races and earned the three previous poles at South Boston, including Max Gresham, who won from the pole a year ago.
South Boston Speedway Data
Race: #2 of 12 (4/16/11)
Track Layout: .4-mile asphalt oval
Banking: 12 degrees in the corners, 10 degrees in the straights
Race Length: 150 laps / 60 miles
2010 pole winner: Max Gresham (89.502 mph, 16.089 seconds)
2010 race winner: Max Gresham (65.178 mph, 55 minutes 14 seconds)
Track qualifying record: Peyton Sellers (92.424 mph, 15.582 seconds, 6/2/07)
Race Winners at South Boston
June 2, 2007 ... Matt Kobyluck
May 31, 2008 ... Brian Ickler
May 30, 2009 ... Brett Moffitt
April 3, 2010 ... Max Gresham
Pole Winners at South Boston
June 2, 2007 ... Peyton Sellers
May 31, 2008 ... Ricky Carmichael
May 30, 2009 ... Ryan Truex
April 3, 2010 ... Max Gresham
Up to Speed:
• The 2011 season is the 25th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The inaugural event was a combination race with the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway on March 28, 1987. The first stand-alone race was held at Oxford Plains Speedway on April 26.
• There will not be a title defense in 2011 as Ryan Truex – the 2009 and 2010 champion – has moved up to the NNS with Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. Last year's championship runner-up, Brett Moffitt, has moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to take over for Truex at Michael Waltrip Racing.
• Six of the top 10 finishers in the 2010 season standings have returned full-time in 2011. Two of the four not returning, Truex and Cole Whitt, moved up to national series rides.
• New to the 2011 NKNPS East schedule is the inaugural stand-alone race for the series at Richmond International Raceway and the first trips to historical NASCAR weekly tracks Bowman Gray Stadium, Columbus Motor Speedway and Langley Speedway.
• NASCAR lowered the minimum competition age for drivers to 15 across all touring divisions. Chase Elliott became the first driver to compete at the age of 15 when he took the green flag in the season-opener at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
• The opener was postponed from March 26 to April 2 due to rain. Once raceday arrived, Moffitt dominated as he earned the pole and led flag-to-flag for his fifth career victory.
Selected Driver Highlights:
Alex Bowman (No. 16 Toyota)
• Finished third in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in the 2011 opener at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
• Distinguished USAC career included the most combined wins under the sanctioning body's banner in 2008.
• Is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors out of the new X Team Racing garage.
Michael Cherry (No. 8 Toyota)
• Has two top 10s in four career NKNPS East starts.
• This will be his first NKNPS East start at South Boston Speedway.
• Is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors out of the Revolution Racing garage and the Drive for Diversity program.
Matt DiBenedetto (No. 15 Toyota)
• Has two wins, three poles and six top 10s in eight career NKNPS East starts.
• This will be his first NKNPS East start at South Boston.
• Earned two top 10s in seven combined NASCAR Nationwide Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009-10.
• Is a test driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Chevrolet)
• The son of Bill Elliott, he became the first 15-year-old to compete in a NASCAR touring series race in the opener at GPS, where he finished fourth after starting 26th.
• Signed a multi-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports. He is receiving technical support from HMS while competing out of the family shop in Dawsonville, Ga.
• Earned 12 wins 40 Late Model races in 2010, and has three victories in four outings this year.
Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Toyota)
• Has a pole and seven top-five finishes in 15 career NKNPS East starts.
• Has finishes of second (2009) and fourth (2010) at South Boston.
• Competes for Revolution Racing and Drive for Diversity, and is a development driver for Richard Childress Racing where he competes in dirt and asphalt Late Models with Team Dillon Racing.
Max Gresham (No. 18 Toyota)
• Has two wins, two poles and five top 10s in 14 career NKNPS East starts.
• Earned his first career pole and race wins at South Boston last year.
• Made his NKNPS East debut at South Boston in 2009 with a fifth-place finish.
• In addition to competing for the NKNPS East championship, he also hopes to make his NNS and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debuts in 2011, and some ARCA superspeedway starts.
Brandon Haley (No. 51 Ford)
• Made NKNPS East debut at Martinsville Speedway in 2010.
• With a ninth-place finish in the 2011 opener, he now has two top 10s in three career starts.
Ben Kennedy (No. 96 Chevrolet)
• Made NKNPS East debut at Gresham Motorsports Park in 2010.
• Started 25th in the opener at GPS and battled from a lap down to finish 11th.
• This will be his first start at South Boston.
• Is the son of Lesa France Kennedy and great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.
Corey LaJoie (No. 07 Ford)
• Has three top fives and an additional top 10 in eight career NKNPS East starts.
• All four of his top-10 finishes have come at national series tracks. The best was a runner-up effort in the 2010 finale at Dover International Speedway.
• This will be his first start at South Boston.
• Is the son of Randy LaJoie, two-time NNS champion.
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 56 top 10s in 132 career NKNPS East starts.
• Has top 10s in each of his three starts at South Boston, with a best finish of fourth in 2008.
• The longest-tenured driver on the pre-entry list, this is his 11th year in the series.
Brett Moffitt (No. 00 Toyota)
• Has five wins, four poles and 17 top 10s in 22 career NKNPS East starts.
• Became the youngest race winner in NKNPS East history at the time – surpassing Joey Logano – when he won at South Boston in 2009. He finished sixth there a year ago.
• Finished third in points as a rookie with Andy Santerre Motorsports in 2010 and was the championship runner-up to Ryan Truex in 2010 with JGR.
• Is competing this year for MWR in the same car that Truex won the two previous championships. In his first start with the team he earned the pole and led flag-to-flag for the victory.
Sergio Peña (No. 4 Toyota)
• Has four top 10s in 11 career NKNPS East starts.
• Finished 14th at South Boston a year ago.
• This is his second year with Revolution Racing and Drive for Diversity.
Coleman Pressley (No. 14 Toyota)
• Made NKNPS East debut at GPS with X Team Racing and finished as the race runner-up.
• Made 12 combined NNS starts in 2009-10. Also the 2010 UARA Late Model champion.
• Is the son of former NASCAR national series driver Robert Pressley.
D.J. Shaw (No. 60 Chevrolet)
• Has five top 10s in 13 career starts.
• Finished ninth in his first appearance at South Boston a year ago.
• Is the son of 1994 NKNPS East Champion Dale Shaw, who works with the No. 60 team.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 6 Toyota)
• Has two wins and eight top 10s in 11 career NKNPS East starts.
• Finish third in points and earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
• Finished 20th at South Boston in 2010, which was one of just three finishes outside the top 10.
• Competes for Revolution Racing and Drive for Diversity. He is also part of the JGR driver development program.
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