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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dover

Analyzing the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125
Travis Barrett, NASCARHomeTracks.com
September 27, 2017 - 12:46pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, for the season-ending National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 presented by Carl Deputy & Son Builders on Friday, September 29. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 Race Setup: 
• With his seventh consecutive top-two finish, Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, added to his narrow series point lead in the most recent race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
• Gilliland, who is also the current NASCAR K&N Pro Series West point leader, holds an eight-point lead over Harrison Burton.
• Burton is a four-time winner this season who has a series-high 11 top fives through 13 races.
• With only the season finale at Dover remaining, Gilliland needs to finish third or better to clinch his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship. 

At Dover International Speedway:
History:
• The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then named Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
• The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
• Dover held 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series-NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination races from 1987-92.
• The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
• The first K&N Pro Series East race was held at Dover on July 18, 1998, and there have been 16 previous K&N Pro Series East races at Dover.
• The track’s name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

Notebook:
• This is the ninth time since 2004 the track has held the final race of the K&N Pro Series East season.
• In over 16 events at Dover, there have been 14 different race winners and 15 different pole winners.
• Of the 14 previous race winners, only Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill have won twice at Dover.
• Of the 15 pole winners, only Darrell Wallace Jr. has two.

Dover Data:
Race: #14 of 14 overall
Race Date: Friday, September 29, 5 p.m. ET
Track Layout: 1-mile banked concrete oval
Race Length: 125 laps (125 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Kyle Benjamin
2016 Pole Sitter: Justin Haley
1-lap Qualifying Record: Matt DiBenedetto, 22.201 seconds (155.166 mph), September 2009
125-mile Race Record: Collin Cabre, 1 hour, 12 minutes, 11 seconds (103.902 mph), October 2015

Category Leaders At Dover
Wins
Austin Hill … 2
Brett Moffitt … 2
Collin Cabre … 1
11 others tied with … 1

Poles
Darrell Wallace Jr. … 2
14 tied with … 1

Selected Driver Highlights:
Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet)
Sits fourth in the current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with one win, eight top fives and 10 top 10s through 13 races this season.
Won the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for his first series career win.
Heads into the weekend on the strength of eight straight top-10 finishes and six top fives in his last eight races.
Finished fifth at New Jersey Motorsports Park in his most recent race.
Finished a career-best 12th at Dover in 2014.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
Sits seventh in the series standings with four top fives and eight top 10s in 13 races this season, his third full season in the series.
Finished a season-high fourth at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway in July and matched that in the most recent event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Has a best career finish of 16th at Dover in two career starts at the track.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
Sits second in the K&N Pro Series East standings with four wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 13 races this season.
Won at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April for his first career K&N Pro Series East win.
Also, has wins at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway, Memphis (Tenn.) Raceway and Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this season.
Leads the series with 11 top-five finishes this season and is one of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every start.
His worst finish of the year was seventh at Virginia’s Langley Speedway.
Finished third in the most recent race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Finished sixth last season at Dover in his only career start at the track. He also finished 13th in the June NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after starting 10th.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota)
Sits ninth in the series standings with one top five and four top 10s in 13 races this season.
Finished a season-high fifth two races ago at Langley.
Won at Dover in 2015 for his only career K&N Pro Series East victory.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Sunoco Racing Fuel Toyota)
Sits fifth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and 10 top 10s in 13 races this season overall, having already set new career highs for top fives and top 10s.
Finished a career-best second at Bristol and has six top-10 finishes over the last seven races entering Dover.
Was the 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 64 career starts in that series.
Earned his first career top five last season at Dover, finishing fifth in his only start at the track.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota)
Won three of the last five K&N Pro Series East, including New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway, and owns 18 career K&N Pro Series wins – East and West.
Needs to finish third or better to clinch first career K&N Pro Series East championship.
One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all 13 East races this season, he leads the current K&N East standings with four wins, 10 top fives and 13 top 10s through 13 races.
He finished 20th at Dover in June with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after starting 15th.
This will be his first K&N Pro Series East start at Dover. 

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off Road Toyota)
Sits third in the series standings with five top fives and eight top 10s in 13 races this season, and he is the only rookie ranked in the top five in the overall standings.
Has clinched the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.
Won four straight poles, beginning in Memphis and finishing in New Hampshire, and has a series-leading five runner-up finishes in 2017.
This will be his first K&N Pro Series East start at Dover.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 31st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2017 East schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. earned his first career K&N Pro Series East win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Harrison Burton earned his first career win at Bristol and became the series’ first four-time winner this season with a victory at Thompson.
• Todd Gilliland has won four of the last seven races, including two straight at New Hampshire and Iowa, to take the point lead for the first time this season.
• Chase Purdy won four straight poles beginning at Memphis and ending at New Hampshire.
• The series has finished its season at Dover nine times since 2004.