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News & Notes: East Series Set For Return to Historic Music City Motorplex

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

NASCAR racing at  the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville have thrived for decades. Weekly NASCAR Saturday night racing has always attracted the best drivers and racing equipment. This weekend, the NASCAR Camping World Series East returns as the track is in the middle of celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Today the track is known as Music City Motorplex, and the steeply-banked .625-mile oval continues to attract fans and drivers alike. The biggest lure for drivers is the opportunity to take home one of racing’s most unique trophies: a Nashville-made Copley guitar.

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One Is The Loveliest Number For Bayne

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. - Seventeen-year-old Dale Earnhardt, Inc. development driver Trevor Bayne, from Knoxville, Tenn., scored his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East victory Saturday night at Thompson International Speedway. The win came in Bayne’s sixth career start.

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Roll Continues For Bayne

By Official Release

THOMPSON, Conn. - Rookie Trevor Bayne followed up his best career finish by earning his first Coors Light Pole Award Saturday evening in qualifying for Saturday night's Pepsi Full Fendered Frenzy 100 at Thompson International Speedway.

Bayne's top lap of 20.357 seconds/110.527 mph in the No. 1 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Chevrolet, beat out second-year driver Marc Davis (No. 18 Slim Jim Toyota). Davis' posted a lap of 20.468/109.928. Bayne is coming off a runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Practice: Bayne Moves To The Front

By Official Release

THOMPSON, Conn. - Rookie Trevor Bayne has the fastest lap Saturday afternoon in the two NASCAR Camping World Series East practices at Thompson International Speedway.

Bayne (No. 1 DEI Chevrolet) posted a time of 20.444 seconds/110.057 mph around the .625-mile oval. Bayne's time paced the final practice, after he put up the sixth-best speed in the first practice.

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NCWS Banquet Dates Announced

By Official Release

NASCAR announced today the championship banquets for its top developmental series, the NASCAR Camping World Series.

The NASCAR Camping World Series West Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The NASCAR Camping World Series East Awards Banquet will be Friday, Dec. 12 at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Conn.

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News & Notes: Kobyluck, MacDonald hitting their stride at the perfect time

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

The NASCAR Camping World Series East has evolved into a development series for talented young drivers. But it’s still a great place for experienced veterans.

In a series that produced a 17-year-old champion last year and an 18-year-old point leader this season, Matt Kobyluck, 38, and Eddie MacDonald, 28, are more than holding their own.

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Dillon living up to family heritage despite late start

By Raygan Swan, NASCAR.COM

Childress grandson leads Camping World East points

Despite countless soccer games, dozens of baseball bats and stacks of football pads, Tina Dillon still ended up the mom of a racer.

Not begrudgingly, just unexpectedly.

Her son, Austin Dillon, had gone most of his childhood and adolescence without showing any interest in going fast or anything that required wheels. The North Carolina native worshiped the Atlanta Braves and idolized John Wayne.

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Heluva Good Feeling For MacDonald

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. - Eddie MacDonald outdueled Dale Earnhardt Inc. development driver Trevor Bayne over a wild eight-lap shootout, and then pulled away in his No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet on the final green-white-checkered finish to pull the victory in the Heluva Good! Summer 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was MacDonald's fourth career NASCAR Camping World Series East victory and first at the 'Magic Mile.' In 15 previous starts at the track, the Rowley, Mass. native had just two top 10s and a best finish of seventh.

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Dillon Shows He's A Quick Learner

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. - Rookie Austin Dillon acclimated himself pretty quickly to the biggest oval on the NASCAR Camping World Series East schedule. Dillon posted the fastest time in the 1 1/2-hour practice session Friday on the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway prior to Friday evening's Heluva Good! 125.

Dillon (No. 3 Garage Equipment Supply Chevrolet) had a time of 30.919 seconds (123.186 mph). As the series point leader, Dillon will start on the pole for the race after rained washed out qualifying Thursday.

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Rain Washes Away Qualifying

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LINEUPS SET BY RULE BOOK FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE RACES 

LOUDON, N.H. – Rain washed out nearly all on-track activity Thursday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

While the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour got a brief practice run, the showers that soaked the track canceled the scheduled qualifying for Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Series East race and Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. Both lineups were set in accordance to the NASCAR rule book.

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