DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to action Saturday at Columbus Motor Speedway and Rev Racing hopes to continue its recent success at the Ohio oval.
Since 2011, Columbus has held four K&N East races and Rev Racing has won three of those competitions. Darrell Wallace Jr. won the inaugural event for the team in 2011, Daniel Suarez scored his first series win at the track in 2013 and Sergio Pena won there last year.
Last year, Rev Racing entries finished 1-5-13 at the .333-mile semi-banked oval. In 2013 the team finished 1-4-10 and in 2012 posted results of 6-13-12 after Kyle Larson cut a tire with 10 laps to go and dropped from second to sixth. At the inaugural showing in 2011, the team finished 1-11-14-15.
Rev Racing will be led by veteran driver Jay Beasley. The Las-Vegas, Nevada, native has had a string of success lately with finishes of eighth (Iowa Speedway), fourth (North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium) and fifth (Virginia’s Langley Speedway). The 23-year-old finished 13th last year during his Columbus debut.
Beasley’s teammate, Kenzie Ruston, also has some experience at the Ohio track. In two showings at the 23-year-old El Reno, Oklahoma, driver has finished eighth (2013) and fourteenth (2014).
Their fellow Drive 4 Diversity drivers, Devon Amos and Collin Cabre, will be making their Columbus debuts this weekend.
RACE: NAPA 150
DATE: Saturday, July 4
TIME: 8:45 p.m.
TV SCHEDULE: NBCSN, Friday, July 10 at 2:30 p.m. EST
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile semi-banked oval
2014 WINNER: Sergio Pena
2014 POLE SITTER: Scott Heckert
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens: 10:30 a.m.; Practice: 1:30-2:15 p.m.; Rookie Practice: 2:30-2:45 p.m.; Final Practice: 3:00-3:45 p.m.; Qualifying (2 Laps):6:00 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 8:00 p.m.; NAPA 150: 8:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Jeff Nuckles, 614-491-1047, [email protected]
TRACK TWITTER: @COLUMBUSPEEDWAY
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA150
The Race: The NAPA 150 will be the seventh of 14 races on the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will mark the fifth year in a row the series has visited Columbus Motor Speedway and is the series’ lone trip to the state of Ohio.
The Procedure: The starting field is 27 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (49.99 miles).
The Track: A charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Columbus is a .333-mile asphalt oval that began as a motorcycle racing track in 1946 and first played host to stock cars in 1950.
Columbus Race Notes:
Fresh Face In Victory Lane: A new winner will be crowned Saturday night at Columbus Motor Speedway. Of the 22 drivers currently scheduled to compete in the NAPA 150, none have won a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at the Ohio oval.
Track Experience: Twelve of the 22 drivers will be making their first series start at Columbus. Nine drivers competed at the track last season, but none have run all four previous events at the track.
Toyota Domination: Toyota has dominated the competition at Columbus Motor Speedway, winning all four previous K&N Pro Series East races at the track. Only one of those Toyotas wasn’t piloted by a Rev Racing and Drive 4 Diversity competitor.
Red, White and Boom: The K&N Pro Series East and Columbus Motor Speedway will be at the Red, White and Boom event in downtown Columbus Fridayevening. Stop by the K&N Filters booth prior to the parade to meet some drivers and have the chance to win cool prizes. Stick around to see us in the parade and watch some fireworks.
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Saturday will also feature NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action with Late Models, Columbus Modifieds and Crazy Compact events. Chad Pendleton is leading the Columbus Div. I Late Model competition with 693 points. Kyle Jones follows closely behind with 684 points. While Purvis maybe ranked fifth in points in the Late Model features, he’s leading the Div. II Columbus Modifieds with 716 points, Shane Shirk trails behind with 697 points. Devin Stansbury sits atop the Div. IV Crazy Compacts standings with Ryan Smith falling behind in second with 677 points.
-NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com