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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Memphis

Analyzing the Memphis 125 presented by AutoZone
Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com
May 31, 2017 - 4:08pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its inaugural stop at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee on Saturday, June 3. Below is a look at the Memphis 125 presented by AutoZone and some of the selected participants.

Memphis 125 presented by AutoZone Race Setup: 
• Harrison Burton leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings after winning the second of two 100-lap events at South Boston (Va.) Speedway earlier this month, his second win in the last three races.
• The 16-year-old Burton is the only driver to have finished in the top five in all five races this season, and he leads Todd Gilliland by 18 points heading to Memphis.
• Gilliland joins Burton as the only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every race this season. 

At Memphis International Raceway:
History:
• Built in 1998, the .75-mile paved tri-oval has hosted numerous local and national events including the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and more.
• NASCAR XFINITY Series race winners at Memphis include Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, as well as current Cup Series point leader Martin Truex Jr. 

Notebook:

• This is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s first visit to Memphis International Raceway.
• Memphis last hosted a NASCAR-sanctioned event in 2009, when Brad Keselowski won a NASCAR XFINITY Series race there. Recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ron Hornaday Jr. also won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track that season.

Memphis Data:
Race: #6 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, June 3, 5 p.m. CT
Track Layout: .750-mile semi-banked asphalt tri-oval
Banking/Corners: 11 degrees
Banking/Straights: 4 degrees
Race Length: 125 laps (93.75 miles)

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Martin-McClure Racing Chevrolet)
• Sits fifth in the current series standings with one top five and four top-10 finishes in five races to date.
• Finished fourth at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for his best career finish and first top five since Iowa Speedway last season.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters Chevrolet)

• Earned his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February.
• Is sixth the current standings with a win, two top fives and two top 10s through five races.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)

• Holds the K&N Pro Series East points lead for the first time in his career with five top fives and five top 10s in five races this season.
• Won at Bristol for his first career K&N Pro Series East win.
• Also, won the second of two 100-lap events at South Boston to give him two wins in the last three races this season.
• Is the only driver to finish in the top five in all five races this season.
• Is the only driver with multiple wins in 2017.

Chase Cabre (No. 4 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)

• Sits seventh in the overall standings with one top five and two top 10s in five races this season.
• Posted a career-best finish of fourth in the second of two 100-lap events at South Boston in his most recent start.
• Won the pole for both legs of the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at South Boston, his first two career series poles.
• Has started inside the top 10 in four of the five races this season.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)

• Finished a career-best second at Bristol.
• Has surged to third in the overall standings with top-six finishes in the last three races, and has two top fives and four top 10s in five races this season overall.
• Was the 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 61 career starts in that series.
• Finished fifth in his most recent start at South Boston.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

• Is the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, having scored six wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races in 2016.
• Became the youngest champion in NASCAR touring series history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a K&N West champion (1997).
• Won four of the first five K&N Pro Series West races this season, including a sweep of NAPA Twin 100s at Irwindale, to give him 12 career K&N Pro Series wins.
• One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all five races this season, he sits second in the current K&N Pro Series East standings with three top fives and five top 10s through five races.

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies Toyota)

• Is fourth in the current standings with one top five and two top 10s through five races.
• Finished a career-high second in the first of two 100-lap events at South Boston in his most recent race.
• Has posted two consecutive qualifying efforts on the outside of the front row heading into Memphis.

Up To Speed:

• The 2017 season is the 31st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. earned his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Point leader Harrison Burton earned his first career win at Bristol and became the series’ first two-time winner this season with a victory at South Boston.
• This marks first time in series history that it will race at Memphis International Raceway.
• Is the highest-ranking rookie in the K&N Pro Series East after five races.