DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2014) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East visits the road course of Watkins Glen (New York) International on Friday. Below is a statistical look at the historical performance of the series at Watkins Glen and of series drivers:

 

Bully Hill Vineyards 125 Setup

  • Friday night’s event will be the first series race at Watkins Glen International since 2009 and the 15th visit to the track since 1993. The only K&N Pro Series East regulars to have a career series start at the track are Eddie MacDonald and John Salemi. Neither driver is currently entered in the Bully Hill Vineyards 125.
  • Five drivers from other NASCAR series have entered to run at Watkins Glen with the K&N Pro Series East. Austin Dillon (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), Ryan Reed (NASCAR Nationwide Series), John Hunter Nemechek (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), Andrew Ranger (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1), Ander Vilariño and Frédéric Gabillon (NASCAR Whelen Euro Series).
  • Championship points leader Ben Rhodes, who ran select races with the K&N East in 2013, will be making his first series start on a road course. He currently holds a 72-point advantage over Cameron Hayley heading into the final four events of the season.

 

 

Watkins Glen International

History

  • Established by law student Cameron Argetsinger in 1948 on the streets of Watkins Glen, New York.
  • Competition moved to a temporary course in 1953, and 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956.
  • In 1992, the back straightaway was reconfigured, adding an Inner loop that increased the length of the long course to 3.4 miles and the short course to 2.45 miles.
  • Held its first NASCAR race in 1957, won by Buck Baker in what is now the Sprint Cup Series.
  • First NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event was held in 1993 and was won by Billy Dragon.
  • International Speedway Corporation became the sole proprietor in 1997

 

 

Notebook

  • The K&N Pro Series East has held 14 races at Watkins Glen since 1993.
  • There have been 11 different series event winners at Watkins Glen. Butch Leitzinger, Andy Santerre and Ted Christopher each have two wins at the track.
  • Ten drivers have won Pole Awards at Watkins Glen. Curtis Markham and Dale Quarterly are the only drivers with more than one Pole Award at the track with two wins each. The field has been set by the rule book on two occasions.
  • No driver currently entered for the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 has ever run a series event at Watkins Glen. Austin Dillon has run two races with the Nationwide Series at the track, while Andrew Ranger has run one event with the Sprint Cup Series and two with the Nationwide Series.
  • Chevrolet has been to Victory Lane eight times in Watkins Glen series history, followed by Ford with four trips and Pontiac and Toyota each with one win.

 

 

Watkins Glen Data

Race: #13 of 16 overall, 1 of 2 on a road course

Track Layout: 2.454-mile road course

Race Length: 51 laps (125.124 miles)

 

Watkins Glen Qualifying/Race Data

2013 Pole Winner: Event not held

2013 Race Winner: Event not held

1-lap Qualifying Record: Antonio Perez, 118.831 mph (74.223 seconds), June 8, 2008

51-lap Race Record: To be set

 

Watkins Glen Leaders

Wins

Ted Christopher … 2

Andy Santerre … 2

Bryan Wall … 2

Kim Baker … 1

Joe Bessey … 1

Tom Carey Jr. … 1

Bobby Dragon … 1

Matt Kobyluck … 1

Brad Leighton … 1

Butch Leitzinger … 1

Ryan Truex … 1

 

Poles

Curtis Markham … 2

Dale Quarterley … 2

Tom Carey Jr. … 1

Ricky Craven … 1

Matt DiBenedetto … 1

Butch Leitzinger … 1

Antonio Perez … 1

Andy Santerre … 1

Mike Stefanik … 1

Bryan Wall … 1

Field set by rule book … 2

 

Laps Completed

Kelly Moore … 743

Mike Olsen … 718

Bryan Wall … 674

 

Laps Led

Brad Leighton … 106

Dale Quarterley … 92

Bryan Wall … 71

 

Selected Driver Information:

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)

  • Has two top fives and four top 10s in 12 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Occupies the 12th position in the season standings.
  • Has posted top-10 finishes in four of his last seven events.
  • Finished season-best fourth at Iowa Speedway on May 17.

 

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota)

  • Has two top fives and five top 10s in 32 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Ranks 16th in the season standings.
  • Finished season-best eighth in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 16.

 

Nick Drake (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

  • Has three top fives and six top 10s in 12 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Ranks eighth in the championship standings.
  • Finished season-best second at Iowa Speedway on May 17.
  • Collected first series top-five finish (4th) on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Finished third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2014 season opener at Phoenix International Raceway.

 

Austin Dillon (No. 37 Chevrolet)

  • Has one win, one pole, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 17 career K&N Pro Series
  • Finished second in the 2008 K&N Pro Series East championship standings
  • Won the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
  • Currently runs full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

 

Frederic Gabillon (No. 86 Tepac/NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Chevrolet)

  • Finished second to Ander Vilarino in the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship standings.
  • In 20 career Whelen Euro Series events, has five wins, four poles, 16 top fives and 18 top 10s.
  • Is making his K&N Pro Series debut

 

Gray Gaulding (No. 20 Krispy Kreme Chevrolet)

  • Has two poles, five top fives and 14 top 10s in 26 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Sits fourth in points
  • Recorded a season-best finish of second on March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • Became the youngest pole winner in NKNPS East history (15 years, 2 months, 15 days) in April 2013 at Richmond.
  • Became the youngest race winner in NKNPS West history (15 years, 8 months, 30 days) in November 2013 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.
  • Became the youngest pole winner in NKNPS West history (15 years, 8 months, 16 days) in October 2013 at Kern County Raceway Park.
  • Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 30 at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

 

Kaz Grala (No. 31 Oz Link Chevrolet)

  • Has a top five and seven top 10s in 12 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Occupies the eighth spot in the season standings.
  • Finished a season-best fifth at Langley on June 21.
  • Is the K&N Pro Series East’s youngest full-time competitor at 15 years of age.

 

Cameron Hayley (No. 98 Cabinets By Hayley Chevrolet)

  • Has one pole, five top fives and six top 10s in 13 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Sits second in the championship standings, 71 tallies behind the points leader.
  • Has a season-best finish of second in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway, Langley Speedway and Columbus Motor Speedway.
  • Has a win, six poles, 19 top fives and 26 top 10s in 34 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts.
  • Was championship runner-up to Derek Thorn last season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
  • Is the youngest (15 years, 23 days) driver to start K&N West race in August 2011.
  • Took over Turner Scott Motorsports car that Dylan Kwasniewski drove to the K&N East championship in 2013.
  • Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

 

Scott Heckert (No. 34 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet)

  • Has two poles, three top fives and six top 10s in 26 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Is 11th in the season standings.
  • Posted a season-best finish of third at Iowa Speedway on May 17.

 

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

  • Has a win, five top fives and nine top 10s in 19 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Ranks ninth in championship standings after 10 races.
  • Has seven top 10s in his last 11 series starts with four of those being top-five finishes.
  • Finished a season-best second on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Earned first career win in September 2013 at Dover International Speedway.
  • Member of 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

 

Brandon Jones (No. 33 Wolfpack Energy Services Chevrolet)

  • Has one win, five top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes in 19 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Holds down the third position in points, eight points behind Cameron Hayley for the second spot
  • Recorded first series win the last time out in Iowa
  • Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last August at Bristol.

 

Jesse Little (No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet)

  • Recorded first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11. Has one win, one pole, nine top fives and 15 top 10s in 33 career NKNPS East races.
  • Won his first series pole award at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1.
  • Owns the fifth position in the championship standings.
  • Was 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the K&N Pro Series East and finished ninth in championship standings.
  • Made K&N Pro Series West, in which his father, Chad, was the 1987 champion, debut last November at Phoenix.
  • Member of 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

 

John Hunter Nemechek (No. 8 Toyota)

  • Will be making his 2014 K&N Pro Series debut at Watkins Glen.
  • Ran two events with the series in 2013 at Five Flags Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
  • Has three top 10s in seven career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts

 

Sergio Peña (No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)

  • Has four wins, nine top fives and 24 top 10s in 51 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Is ranked 14th in the points standings.
  • Earned his first victory of the season and third 2014 win for Rev Racing at Columbus Motor Speedway on July 19.
  • Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport, and a current member of Rev Racing and Drive for Diversity.

 

Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet)

  • Has five wins, four poles, 11 top fives and 15 top 10s in 19 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Leads championship standings by 71 points over Cameron Hayley.
  • Has five wins and eight podium finishes his last 10 events.
  • Scored first career win on March 22 at Greenville. Most recent win came at Langley.
  • Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 30 at Martinsville and finished eighth.
  • Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

 

Kenzie Ruston (No. 96 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet)

  • Has seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 26 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
  • Ranks sixth in the championship driver standings.
  • Her runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1 was her best career finish and the highest finish by a female in series history.
  • Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

 

Daniel Suárez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota)

  • Has three wins, 12 top fives and 22 top 10s in 41 career NKNPS East starts.
  • Earned his first career series victory at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2013.
  • Opened season with two straight series wins to become the second driver in series history to win the first two events of the season with Sean Caisse (2006) being the other.
  • Has nine career NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series victories with 24 top fives, 31 top 10s and 11 pole wins in 52 career starts.
  • Is in second season with Rev Racing for the NKNPS East.
  • Made NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond in April.
  • Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

 

Ander Vilariño (No. 12 Rev Racing Toyota)

  • Is the two-time defending NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion
  • Has 16 wins, seven poles, 25 top fives and 30 top 10s in 32 career Whelen Euro Series events.
  • Made his K&N Pro Series debut in the inaugural Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway in Feb. 2013.

 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2014 season is the 28th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
  • The 2014 schedule features 16 races at 14 different tracks across 10 states.
  • Daniel Suárez opened the season with a narrow victory over Cameron Hayley, who won his first K&N East pole, at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
  • Suárez won at Daytona for his second straight series victory to become just the second driver in series history to win the first two races of the season. Sean Caisse in 2006 is the other. Ben Rhodes picked up his first series career pole award.
  • Eddie MacDonald snapped a 53-race winless streak at Bristol. Rhodes started from the pole and led 130 of 132 laps.
  • Rhodes started from the pole for the third consecutive race and picked up his first series win after leading a race-high 106 laps at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
  • Cole Custer started from the outside pole position and won at Richmond International Raceway after passing Bill McAnally Racing teammate and pole sitter Nick Drake with 51 laps remaining.
  • Rhodes picked up his second win of the season and led a race-high 115 laps at Iowa Speedway. Brodie Kostecki led the race’s first 35 laps after earning his first series career pole award.
  • At Bowman Gray, Rhodes collected his second straight win after his fourth start from the pole.
  • Gray Gaulding sat on the pole at Five Flags Speedway last time out, but it was Rhodes who once again stole the show with his third consecutive win.
  • Rhodes overtook teammate and pole winner Scott Heckert in the early going at Langley Speedway, holding on for his fourth win in a row
  • Jesse Little avoided a late lap accident that claimed the two race leaders, driving past them for hist first career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Sergio Pena survived a late restart at Columbus Motor Speedway, holding off Cameron Hayley in the final laps to record his first series win of the year and first victory since 2011, giving the Drive for Diversity driver four career victories.
  • Brandon Jones became the 11th different winner in 11 meetings at Iowa between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. Kenzie Ruston, who started the race from the 16th position, finished second and became the highest finishing female in series history.

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Statistical Advance: NASCAR K&N East at Watkins Glen