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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Statistical Advance: Richmond

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East • September 10, 2015

Analyzing the UNOH 100 at Richmond International Raceway



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2015) - The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rolls into Virginia’s Richmond International Raceway on Thursday for the UNOH 100, the 13th event of the season. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Richmond, as well as some other statistical trends.



Richmond Race Setup:

• There are no previous Richmond race winners scheduled to compete in the UNOH 100. Three of the last four winners (Darrell Wallace Jr., Brett Moffitt and Cole Custer) are now competing in one of NASCAR’s national series.



• Three of the last four events at Richmond have been won from the front row: Brett Moffitt from the pole in 2012 and Darrell Wallace Jr (2011) and Cole Custer (2014) winning from the outside pole.



• This is just the third time the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will compete at Richmond in the fall. The first two were combination races with the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 1988 and 1989.





Richmond International Raceway:

History

• Originally known at the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.



• The track named changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.



• The track’s surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.



• The track’s name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.



• The track was rebuilt as a three-quarter-mile D-shaped oval following the February 21, 1988 race.





Notebook

• This is the series 10th visit to the historic Virginia oval.



• The 2011 Blue Ox 100 was the first stand-alone race a Richmond in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history. Teams from the K&N East competed in combination with the NASCAR XFINITY Series in five races at Richmond from 1988-92.



• The UNOH 100 will be telecast on NBCSN, Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m. ET



• Last season at Richmond, Cole Custer collected his third series win.



• The most cautions for a K&N East race at Richmond is eight in 2012, while the fewest is two in 2011. The most cautions laps (35) came in 2012, while the fewest (20) were in 2011 for an average of 29.33



• In four races, the lead has changed hands an average of 2.5 times with a high of four in 2012.



• The average starting position for the winner is fourth while the pole sitter has an average finish of eighth.





Richmond Date:

Race: #13 out of 14

Track Layout: .75-mile D-shaped asphalt oval

Race Length: 100 laps (75 miles)

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees (1,290 feet)

Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees (860 feet)



Richmond Qualifying/Race Data:

2014 Race Winner: Cole Custer

2014 Pole Winner: Nick Drake

1-Lap Qualifying Record: Max Gresham, Toyota, 22.272 seconds (121.228 mph), April 28, 2011

100-Lap Race Record: Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, 55 minutes and 20 seconds (81/325 mph), April 28, 2011



Richmond Leaders: (K&N East standalone events)

Wins:

Cole Custer … 1

Ryan Gifford … 1

Brett Moffitt … 1

Darrell Wallace Jr. … 1



Poles:

Nick Drake … 1

Gray Gaulding … 1

Max Gresham … 1

Brett Moffitt … 1



Laps Completed:

Brandon Gdovic … 403

Eddie MacDonald … 392

Ben Kennedy … 303

Brett Moffitt … 303



Laps Led:

Brett Moffitt … 92

Max Gresham … 55

Gray Gaulding … 53

Cole Custer … 52

Nick Drake … 48



Selected Driver Information:

Rico Abreu (No. 98 AccuDoc Solutions/Go-Pro Motorplex/Curb Records Chevrolet)

• Is ranked seventh in the standings after recording one win, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

• Earned his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win on July 4, 2015 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

• This will be his first series start at Virginia’s Richmond International Speedway.

• At other national series oval tracks he’s finished 10th (Bristol Motor Speedway), 18th and third (Iowa Speedway) and 10th (New Hampshire Motor Speedway).

• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.





Kyle Benjamin (No. 27 Eibach Springs Ford)

• Is ranked ninth in the standings after tallying one win, three top fives and five top 10s.

• Earned his first series win at Bristol on April 18, 2015.

• This will be his first K&N East start at Richmond.

• At other national series oval tracks he’s finished first (Bristol), sixth and 10th (Iowa), 14th (New Hampshire).

• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.





William Byron (No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet)

• Is first in the standings after earning four wins, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

• Recorded his victories at Greenville (South Carolina) Pickens Speedway (April 4, 2015), Iowa Speedway (May 16, 2015), Virginia’s Langley Speedway (May 20, 2015) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 17, 2015).

• This will be his first series start at Richmond.

• At other national series oval tracks he’s finished second (Bristol), first and 13th (Iowa), first (New Hampshire).

• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.





Nick Drake (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

• Is ranked eighth in the standings after registering one top five and six top 10s.

• He won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award in his Richmond debut last year.

• At other national series oval tracks this year he’s finished: 13th (Bristol), 11th and 16th (Iowa), 4th (New Hampshire).

• Last season, he finished third at the Virginia track.





Kaz Grala (No. 3 Kiklos Toyota)

• Is ranked fifth in the standings after racking up four top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

• Finished 14th after starting 13th in his Richmond debut last year.

• At other national series oval tracks this year he’s finished: fourth (Bristol), 17th and seventh (Iowa), third (New Hampshire).

• He tied his best career finish (second) in the series’ last race at VIRginia International Raceway.





JJ Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)

• Is ranked sixth in the standings after recording six top fives and nine top 10s.

• This will be his first K&N East start at Richmond.

• At other national series oval tracks he’s finished: ninth (Bristol), fourth-twice (Iowa), eighth (New Hampshire).

• In his last six races, he’s earned four top-five and six top-10 finishes.





Scott Heckert (No. 34 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet)

• Is runner-up in the standings after tallying two wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

• Earned his two wins at North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium and New York’s Watkins Glen International.

• In two starts at Richmond, he’s finished 28th (2013) and 18th (2014).

• Has an average finish of 23 at Richmond and an average start of 16.5.





Austin Hill (No. 22 A&D Welding/Don Rich Ford)

• Is ranked third in the standings after registering one win, four top fives and 10 top 10s.

• Recorded his one win at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway at the season opener on February 15, 2015.

• In his two starts at the Virginia track he’s finished seventh (2013) and fourth (2014).

• Has an average finish of 5.5 at Richmond and an average start of 13.

• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.





Kenzie Ruston (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Toyota)

• Is ranked 10th in the standings after racking up four top-10 finishes.

• In her two starts at Richmond she’s finished 19th (2013) and 35th (2015).

• She has an average finish of 27 at the Virginia track and an average start of 16.

• Became the highest finishing female in the K&N East after her runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway in 2014.





Dalton Sargeant (No. 51 GALT Chevrolet)

• Is ranked fourth in the standings after earning five top fives and eight top 10s.

• This will be his first series’ start at Richmond.

• At other national series oval tracks he’s finished: 26th (Bristol), 14th and ninth (Iowa), 12th (New Hampshire).

• Is a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class.





Fresh Faces:

• Gus Dean (No. 56 Dean Custom Air Chevrolet): In 11 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series super late model starts, his best finish is eighth (twice) at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.



• Brandon Jones (No. 33 Prostock Chevrolet): In 24 K&N East starts, he’s recorded one win, six top fives and 14 top 10s. He finished the 2014 season ranked fourth in the series standings.



• Ryan Preece (No. 41 Fuller Chevrolet): This will be his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut. In 120 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts he’s tallied 15 wins, 54 top fives, 76 top 10s and 14 poles. He was the 2013 tour champion and currently sits atop the standings.



• Gracin Raz (No. 72 Montana Tech Ford): This will be his first start in the K&N East. He is currently fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West after earning five top fives and 10 to 10s.



• Patrick Staropoli (No. 99 AutoNation/Cure Bowl Toyota): In a combined seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts, he’s recorded one win, three top fives, six top 10s and one pole.





Other Notables:

• Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota): Is ranked 11th in the K&N East standings after earning one top five and two top 10s. He is coming off his best career finish (fourth) at VIRginia International Raceway.



David Garbo Jr. (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet): Is ranked 12th in the K&N East standings and his coming off his best career finish (third) at VIR. In his only start at Richmond (2014), he finished 16th.



• Noah Gragson (No. 55 AlertID/Colliers International Ford): Leads the K&N West standings with two wins, seven top fives and 10 top 10s. He finished eighth in his K&N East debut at Watkins Glen.



• Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet): Will be making his 186th K&N East start. In four starts at Richmond he has an average finish of 13.3.