NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams will need to pack their flip flops and sunscreen for a trip to New Smyrna Beach, Florida in February. For the third straight year, the series is heading to New Smyrna Speedway to kick off the 2016 campaign on February 14 during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
Similar to the format of the last two seasons, the K&N East stars will race under the lights on Sunday evening, the third night of racing at the World Series.
Following a memorable finish during the series’ inaugural race at the track in 2014, which saw Daniel Suarez edge Cameron Hayley by .093 seconds, track owner Robert Hart invited the series back for 2015.
While there was plenty of action to watch throughout the field one year ago, it was Austin Hill turning in a dominating effort to score the win.
This year the door to victory lane is wide open with a host of new talent joining some of the “veterans” of the series. Rising stars such as Harrison Burton, Tyler Dippel and Hunter Baize will be making their series debut at New Smyrna.
In addition to the K&N East season being kicked off in New Smyrna Beach, a plethora of points paying events of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will also take place. Once again in 2016, the Super Late Models will be featured as the Division I class and will compete on seven nights during the World Series.
David Rogers earned valuable points during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing one year ago, and that helped him to secure his third straight NWAAS Florida State Championship. With two wins in eight races, Harrison Burton finished second in the standings just 20 markers back of Rogers, a full-time competitor at New Smyrna.
Pro Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, Florida Modifies, Sportsman, Pro Trucks and Mini Stocks will also be in action throughout the nine days of racing that begins on Friday, February 12 and ends on Saturday, February 20.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series has two events in January at New Smyrna Speedway as well. The Redeye 100 kicks off the New Year and the program for NASCAR on Saturday, January 2. The Orange Blossom 100 for Super Late Models will compete on Saturday, January 23rd as well.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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