NASCAR issues a rule change on Wednesday regarding the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West combo race at Iowa Speedway (IA) and how points are distributed for that race. NASCAR has said that teams who are participating in both divisions will now receive points for both divisions rather than having to choose one series. NASCAR made the announcement on Twitter through the @NASCARHometracks account:
“With the release of the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules, NASCAR has made an adjustment to how points and finishing positions are awarded in the July 28 combination race at Iowa Speedway. In a move designed to provide drivers and teams the option to compete for both K&N Pro East and West championships simultaneously, drivers and teams are eligible to receive points in both series from the Iowa combination event. Points and results will be awarded based on overall finishing position regardless of series.”
Noah Gragson and his Jefferson Pitts Racing team were competing full-time in both divisions in 2016. Gragson entered the combo race at Iowa Speedway as a contender for the championship in both divisions, but the rule at the time mandated that Gragson and his team had to designate one division in which to receive points at that race. Gragson and Pitts Racing chose to receive points for the West Series standings last year.
Gragson, from Las Vegas, Nevada, finished fifth in the East standings even without receiving points at the Iowa race in 2015. He finished third in K&N Pro Series West points. Gragson will compete full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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