DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series season so far has been an education for NASCAR Drive For Diversity driver Collin Cabre.
Now he gets to put some of learning to use this weekend in the Visit Hampton VA 175 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.
Cabre returns to the track where he landed his ride in the No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota with Rev Racing last October during the annual D4D Combine held at Langley. The Tampa, Florida, native is also coming off a pair of top-10 finishes at the track in a Late Model Stock Car last Saturday.
“We have been in a little bit of a slump but we feel we are turning a corner and that could happen this weekend at Langley,” Cabre said. “It will be nice to go to a track in our K&N car already knowing the track and that is something new for me.”
Cabre’s background prior to NASCAR was competing on dirt tracks in Florida and he has driven a stock car less than 10 times in his career, with five of those coming in the K&N Pro East. He won his opportunity with his impressive performance at Langley, and feels this could be a good weekend for he and his Rev Racing teammates. Jay Beasley, Devon Amos and Kenzie Ruston all finished in the top-10 in the most recent series race at North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium.
“So far this year I have had to take time learning the track in practice and then working as fast as we can to find speed for our cars,” Cabre added. “This weekend we can focus totally on finding speed and setting the car up for the race and that will be a big benefit for us.”
Cabre also added that his partnership with crew chief Matt Bucher and car chief Glenn Parker is coming together nicely.
“We are really starting to gel as a team and having Matt and Glenn also work on my Late Model car has helped us all learn one another better and I feel we are ready to go this weekend at Langley,” he said.
Race: Visit Hampton VA 175
Date: Saturday, June 20
Time: 9 p.m. EST
TV Schedule: Thursday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. on NBCSN
Track Layout: .375-mile paved flat oval
2014 Winner: Ben Rhodes
2014 Pole Sitter: Scott Heckert
Event Schedule: Garage Opens & Inspection begins: 9:30 a.m.; Practice: 12:30-1:15 p.m.; Rookie Practice: 1:30-1:45 p.m.; Final Practice: 2-3:30 p.m.; Qualifying: 4:30 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 5:30 p.m.; Visit Hampton VA 175: 9 p.m.
Track Twitter: @LangleySpeedway
Event Hashtag: #VisitHamptonVA175
The Race: The Visit Hampton VA 175 will be the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s fifth event at the historic track located in Hampton. It’s the sixth of 12 oval track events on the 14-race 2015 schedule.
The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 starting positions will be determined from two-lap qualifying and the final four will be determined through provisionals. The race is scheduled for 175 laps (70 miles).
The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. The track opened in 1950 and has hosted nine Grand National Division (now NASCAR Sprint Cup) races as a dirt track between 1964 and 1970, with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leading the way with three wins. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin was the track’s Mini Stock champion in 1997.
The Records: Scott Heckert set the track qualifying record for the series last year on June 21, 2014 with a lap of 15.869 seconds (, 89.836 mph). The 175-lap race record was set by Ben Rhodes on June 21, 2014 at 67.701 mph (1 hour, 1 minute 25 seconds).
Langley Race Notes:
New Faces: The Visit Hampton VA 175 will feature three new faces this week with Juston Carroll and Tyler Hughes feeling right at home as they also compete in the Late Model Stock division at Langley. Dylan Hoffman will also join the duo in making his first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Rev Racing Looks To Continue Improvement: NASCAR Drive For Diversity drivers Ruston, Beasley and Amos enter this weekend’s race at Langley on a hot streak as they all finished in the top 10 last time out at Bowman Gray Stadium. Beasley led the group in fourth with Amos picking up his first career top-10 finish (sixth) and Ruston came home ninth – her second top-10 showing of the season. Langley has also hosted the D4D Combine the past several years and all three drivers along with Cabre competed last October at the track.
Can Heckert Be The First To Repeat: Scott Heckert set the track record last year during qualifying and will attempt to be the first driver to win multiple pole awards during qualifying.
New Winner: None of the previous four race winners of the Visit Hampton 175 are entered for this weekend’s race ensuring there will be a new winner in this event for the fifth consecutive year. Rhodes won last year’s race before moving up to a part-time ride with JR Motorsports this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Home Tracks: Berry, Edwards Jr. Score Wins
Josh Berry made his first-ever trip to Langley Speedway a successful one last Saturday winning the first race of the NAPA Auto Parts/Whelen Twin 65s for the ComServe/Verizon Wireless Late Model Stock Cars. The JR Motorsports driver was able to get past pole sitter Hughes on Lap 8 and hold off a couple of late challenges by Edwards Jr. to pick up the win. In the second race Danny Edwards Jr. was able to get past Berry on the first lap and held on to score his first Late Model win at his home track since April 23, 2011. K&N Pro East regulars Dalton Sargeant and Cabre also competed in both events with Sargeant joining Cabre with a pair of top-10 finishes.
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