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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Langley

Analyzing the Visit Hampton Virginia 150 at Langley Speedway
Travis Barrett, NASCARHomeTracks.com
August 30, 2017 - 12:07pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, for the Visit Hampton Virginia 150 on Saturday, September 2. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

Visit Hampton Virginia 150 Race Setup: 
• Harrison Burton leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in several statistical categories this season, including wins (4), top fives (10) and top 10s (11).
• He holds a four-point lead over Todd Gilliland atop the standings heading into the final three races on the schedule.
• Gilliland has been no slouch, winning three races of his own — all within the last five events. Neither NASCAR Next driver has competed with the series at Langley, however, unfamiliarity has not slowed either in 2017. Gilliland won at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway in his first K&N Pro Series East visit to the track, while Burton won seven days later at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in his first series race there.  

At Langley Speedway:
History:
• Originally a .800-mile horse track, the grounds became an auto racing facility in 1950 and cut the distance of the dirt racing surface to .396 miles. It was converted to asphalt in 1968.
• A charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Langley’s weekly Saturday night racing program is headlined by the Late Model division.
• The track held nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (formerly Grand National) races from 1964-70 and 14 NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-88.
• David Pearson won three Monster Energy Series races at Langley (1968-69), while Richard Petty and Ned Jarrett each won a pair of races at the track during their careers.
• The track played host to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season for the first time.

Notebook:
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debuted at the facility in 2011 with Virginia native Sergio Peña taking home the inaugural win.
• The five previous events have each produced different winners.
• There have been five different pole winners at Langley, including current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott in 2012. Scott Heckert set the track record in 2014.

Langley Data:
Race: #12 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, September 2, 9 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .396-mile slightly-banked paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps (59.4 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-lap Qualifying Record: Scott Heckert, 89.836 mph (15.869 seconds, June 2014)
100-mile Race Record: N/A

Category Leaders At Langley
Wins
William Byron … 1
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1
Corey LaJoie … 1
Sergio Pena … 1
Ben Rhodes … 1

Poles
Rico Abreu … 1
Chase Elliott … 1
Scott Heckert … 1
Brett Moffitt … 1
Coleman Pressley … 1

Top Fives
Chase Elliott … 2
Brett Moffitt … 2
Sergio Pena … 2

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald … 702
Ryan Gifford … 613
Sergio Pena … 524
Brett Moffitt … 519
Gray Gaulding … 518

Laps Led
William Byron … 174
Ben Rhodes … 162
Brett Moffitt … 160
Dylan Kwasniewski … 132
Sergio Pena … 99
Corey LaJoie … 40
Scott Heckert … 14

Selected Driver Highlights:
Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet)
• Sits fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with one win, six top fives and eight top 10s through 11 races this season.
• Won the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for his first career win.
• Heads into the weekend on the strength of five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, including a sixth-place finish in the most recent event at Watkins Glen.
• Posted a best finish of 11th in 2015 in his second of two career starts at Langley.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Honda Generators Toyota)
• Sits seventh in the championship standings with three top fives and six top 10s in 11 races this season, his third full season in the series.
• Finished a season-high fourth at Berlin in July, and he also finished in the top five at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway and in the most recent race at New York’s Watkins Glen International.
• Finished fifth last time out at Langley in 2015, where he has two career starts.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
• Holds the K&N Pro Series East points lead with four wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s in 11 races this season.
• Won at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April for his first career K&N Pro Series win.
• Has wins at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway, Memphis and Thompson this season.
• Leads the series with 10 top-five finishes this season and is one of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every start. Has not finished worse than sixth this year.
• Has never competed with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Langley.

Chase Cabre (No. 4 Lincoln Electric Toyota)
• Sits sixth in the series standings with four top fives and seven top 10s in 11 races this season.
• Finished a career-best second at Memphis in June.
• All seven of his top-10 finishes this season have come in the span of the last eight races
• Won two poles this season, both at South Boston.
• Has never competed with the series at Langley.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota)
• Sits fifth in the K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and eight top 10s in 11 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 four top-10 finishes over the last five races entering Langley.
• 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.
• This will be his first K&N Pro Series East start at Langley.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Trails Burton in the championship standings by four points with three wins, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
• Won three of the last five K&N Pro Series East races and four of the first five K&N Pro Series West races this season, with K&N Pro Series East wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway, and owns 17 career K&N Pro Series wins.
• One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all 11 East races this season, he sits second in the current series standings with three wins, eight top fives and 11 top 10s through 11 races.
• This will be his first series start at the Virginia track.

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off Road Toyota)
• Sits third in the series standings with four top fives and six top 10s in 11 races this season, and he is the only rookie ranked in the top five in the standings.
• Won four straight poles, beginning in Memphis and finishing at New Hampshire.
• He has four runner-up finishes in 2017, with Iowa being his most recent.
• Leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings in the K&N Pro Series East.
• Has never competed at Langley with the K&N Pro Series East.

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 East win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Point leader 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 three of the last five races, including two straight at Loudon and Iowa.
• Chase Purdy won four straight poles beginning at Memphis and ending at Loudon.
• The series has not visited Langley Speedway since 2015.