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K&N Pro Series Statistical Advance: Watkins Glen

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East • August 03, 2016

Analyzing the Bully Hill Vineyards 100

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 3, 2016) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Watkins Glen International for the second of three road course races this season in the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 on Friday. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

Bully Hill Vineyards 100 Race Setup:
• This is the only visit of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to Watkins Glen International.
• It’s one of four races on the schedule that is a companion event to both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
• Justin Haley, who has two wins this season, holds a 32-point lead atop the series standings over Kyle Benjamin with four races remaining in the season.

At Watkins Glen:
History:
• The track was established by law student Cameron Argetsinger in 1948 on the streets of Watkins Glen, New York.
• Competition moved to a temporary course in 1953, and a 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956.
• In 1992, the back straightaway was reconfigured, adding an inner loop that increased the length of the long course to 3.4-miles and the short course to 2.45-miles.
• Held its first NASCAR race in 1957, won by Buck Baker in what is now the Sprint Cup Series.
• The first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event was held in 1993 and was won by Bobby Dragon.

Notebook:
• The K&N Pro Series East has held 22 events at Watkins Glen since 1993, including 16 standalone races and six combination races with the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
• There have been 16 different series event winners at Watkins Glen. Scott Heckert, Bryan Wall, Andy Santerre and Ted Christopher each have two wins at the track.
• Twelve drivers have won pole awards at Watkins Glen in standalone events. Curtis Markham and Dale Quarterley are the only drivers with more than one pole award at the track with two each.

Watkins Glen Data:
Race: #11 of 14 overall
Race Date: Friday, August 5 at 6:15 p.m.
Track Layout: 2.45-mile, 8-turn road course
Race Length: 41 laps (100.45 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: Scott Heckert
2015 Pole Sitter: Cole Custer
1-lap Qualifying Record: Brodie Kostecki, 121.039 mph (72.869 seconds, 2014)
100-mile Race Record: Ted Christopher, 56.468 mph (2003)

Watkins Glen Leaders:
Wins
Ted Christopher … 2
Andy Santerre … 2
Bryan Wall … 2

Pole Wins
Dale Quarterley … 2
Curtis Markham … 2
Several tied with … 1

Laps Completed
Kelly Moore … 743
Mike Olsen … 718
Bryan Wall … 674

Laps Led
Brad Leighton … 106
Dale Quarterley … 92
Bryan Wall … 71

Selected Driver Highlights:
Adam Andretti (No. 75 Engineered Components Toyota)
• Making his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series start.
• Is the brother of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver John Andretti.
• Has spent time as a driving instructor at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 Ranier Racing Chevrolet)
• Heads into the weekend ranked second in the East standings with one win, six top fives and seven top 10s in 10 races.
• Has made one career start at Watkins Glen, finishing 14th there last season.
• Was credited with the win last time out at Iowa as the highest finishing K&N Pro Series East driver in the combination race.
• Finished fourth at Virginia International Raceway in April, his only other career road course start.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Austin Cindric (No. 39 Reynolds Wrap Toyota)
• Won from the pole at Virginia International Raceway in April.
• Will make just his second career start this weekend.

Cole Custer (No. 98 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
• Won the pole at Watkins Glen in 2015 and finished fifth.
• Has three career K&N Pro Series East wins, at Iowa and Loudon in 2013 and Richmond in 2014.
• Has two career top five finishes in five road course starts, including a fifth at Road Atlanta in 2013.
• Competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, where he is 11th in the standings with three top fives and five top 10s in 12 races.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is ranked sixth in the series standings with one win, one top five and five top 10s through 10 races.
• Won at Mobile in only his second career series start.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers International Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked seventh in the East standings with three top fives and five top 10s in nine races.
• Won his first career K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in June.
• The Las Vegas native finished second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings in 2015 with two wins and 7 top fives in 13 races.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.
Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Has two wins this season and leads the East series standings with nine top fives and 10 top 10s in nine races.
• Only East driver to finish in the top 10 in all 10 races thus far this season.
• Finished third at Watkins Glen in 2015 and has two top fives in two career road course starts.

Glen Reen (No. 19 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet)
• Is making his first career K&N Pro Series start.
• Longtime NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitor with one career win in that series, at Thompson in 2011.
• Is making his first career start on a road course.

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Hattori Racing Toyota)
• Is third in the standings with six top fives and seven top 10s through 10 races.
• Finished a career best second at Columbus Motor Speedway on July 2 and equaled that with a second-place run at Iowa last week.
• Finished third on the road course at Virginia International Raceway in his only career road course start.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 30th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland earned his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in his series debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
• Kyle Benjamin won the most recent East race, collecting his second career win in the combination race at Iowa Speedway.
• Tyler Dippel collected his first series win in just his second series start at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway.
• Justin Haley recorded his first K&N East win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway after leading a total of 28 laps, following that effort with his second win at Columbus Motor Speedway in the series’ most recent race.
• Chad Finchum earned his first series victory at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Austin Cindric kept the new winner trend going winning the Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway.
• There have been seven first-time winners through 10 races this season.