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Best of 2016: K&N Pro Series East

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

AYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Justin Haley’s consistency throughout the season earned him his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship title.

The 17-year-old from Winamac, Indiana, lifted the trophy at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway after collecting top-10 finishes in all 14 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events.

Haley joined the elite list of previous K&N East Winners - such as Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez - after earning two wins, 13 top fives, 14 top 10s.

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CHAMPION'S PROFILE: Haley Finds Groove

By Adam Fenwick, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Consistency was the name of the game for Justin Haley during his march to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship this season.

Haley, from Winamac, Indiana, had a 3.4 average finish during the 14-race season that started on Feb. 14 at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and ended Sept. 30 at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway. 

The second-year driver earned 13 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes during the 14-race season along with two victories during his championship run. It was like Haley found a groove and never lost it.

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Gilliland And BMR Expand Horizons For 2017

Team Release

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Bill McAnally Racing and driver Todd Gilliland are expanding their horizons for 2017 with a program to run the full schedules in both the East and West divisions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

Gilliland will be in his second season behind the wheel of BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry as they tackle the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West next season.

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2017 Schedule Announced For K&N Pro

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR fans have been thrilled in recent years by the achievements of the sport’s rising stars – from Joey Logano’s DAYTONA 500 win in 2015 to Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson joining him in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Daniel Suarez won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship this year and William Byron led the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in wins.

They all have one thing in common. They cut their teeth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series before breaking into NASCAR’s national series.

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Purdy To Join David Gilliland Racing

Team Release

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – Chase Purdy and David Gilliland Racing announced their 2017 plans today which include a full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with the goal of attaining Rookie of the Year honors in addition to an aggressive super late model schedule. DGR has fielded or maintained winning cars in both disciplines over the last two seasons.

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Baize Wins Sunoco Rookie of the Year

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Hunter Baize closed out his rookie campaign with a bang, winning the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Baize became the fourth consecutive HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks driver to win the award.

The 19-year old beat teammate Tyler Dippel by seven points (90-83) and Spencer Davis by 11 points to take home the prestigious title.

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Haley Puts Finishing Touches On Title Run

By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR

DOVER, Del. – Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin led the way as NASCAR's youth movement conquered the "Monster Mile."

It was Haley who lifted the big championship trophy at Dover International Speedway, while Benjamin took the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East checkered flag of 2016.

Haley brought home the No. 5 Off Axis Chevrolet with a fourth-place finish in the Dover 125 to put the finishing touches on his first championship season. 

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Drivers Vie for Spot in NASCAR Program

NASCAR IMC

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dover

Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East comes to a close with the Dover 125 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, on Friday, September 30. Below is a look at the Dover 125 and some of the selected participants.

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: Dover

Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Justin Haley needs only to do what he’s done all year to become the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion when the series turns the final laps of the season in the Dover 125 at Delaware's Dover International Speedway on Friday, September 30.

Haley, of Winamac, Indiana, holds a 29-point lead over Kyle Benjamin entering the final race at Dover and needs only to finish 25th or better in order to clinch the championship, regardless of what Benjamin does.

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