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K&N Pro Series East Stat Advance: Langley

Analyzing The Visit Hampton VA 175 At Langley Speedway
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
June 17, 2014 - 3:05pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action Saturday with the Visit Hampton VA 175 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Visit Hampton VA 175 Setup:
• Season points leader Ben Rhodes brings a three-race winning streak to Langley. Ricky Craven in 1991 is the only driver in series history to win four consecutive stand-alone races.
• Each of the three previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Langley Speedway has produced different winners. Sergio Peña won the 2011 inaugural event and will look to be the first to record multiple Langley victories.

At Langley Speedway:
History
• Originally a .8-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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1964-70 and 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series events from 1982-88.
• The track has played host to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour since 2010.

Stat Pack
Visit Hampton VA 175 Trackside Report

Notebook
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debuted at the facility in 2011 with Virginia native Sergio Peña the inaugural winner.
• The three previous events have each produced different winners. Only Peña remains active in the series.
• There have been two different pole winners at Langley, with qualifying rained out in 2013. Chase Elliott established the series record for the youngest pole winner in the 2012 event, a mark that has since been surpassed.
• Among active drivers, only Brandon Gdovic, Ryan Gifford and Eddie MacDonald have participated in all three previous Langley races.

Langley Speedway Data
Race: #9 of 16 (6/21/14)
Track Layout: .396-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 175 laps (70 miles)
• Banking/turns: six degrees
• Banking/straights: none

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 race winner: Dylan Kwasniewski
2013 pole winner: None (rain)
Track qualifying record: Chase Elliott (86.927 mph, 16.400 seconds, 6/23/12)

Active Series Career Leaders at Langley:
Wins
1. Sergio Peña … 1

Top Fives
1. Sergio Peña … 2
2. Four drivers with … 1

Top 10s
1. Brandon Gdovic … 2
    Eddie MacDonald … 2
    Sergio Peña … 2

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald … 527 (all)
2. Brandon Gdovic … 524
3. Ryan Gifford … 523

Laps Led
1. Sergio Peña … 99

Starts
1. Brandon Gdovic … 3
    Ryan Gifford … 3
    Eddie MacDonald … 3

Select Driver Highlights:
Jay Beasley (No. 42 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)
• Has one top five and three top 10s in eight career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Occupies the 13th position in the season standings.
• Set to make series track debut.
• Has posted three consecutive top-10 finishes.
• Finished season-best fourth at Iowa Speedway on May 17.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Butler Trailer Manufacturing Toyota)
• Has three top fives and six top 10s in 10 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Is eighth in the season standings.
• Set to make Langley Speedway debut in a K&N Pro Series East car.
• Has a current streak of five straight top-10 finishes dating back to Greenville Pickens Speedway, where he recorded a season-best result of second.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota)
• Has two top fives and five top 10s in 28 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks 15th in the season standings.
• Finished 11th a season ago at Langley.
• Finished season-best eighth in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 16.

Nick Drake (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Has three top fives and four top 10s in eight career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks seventh in the championship standings.
• Making first series appearance at the Virginia oval.
• Finished season-best second at Iowa Speedway on May 17.
• Collected first series top-five finish (4th) on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
• Finished third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2014 season opener at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gray Gaulding (No. 20 Krispy Kreme Chevrolet)
• Has two poles, five top fives and 13 top 10s in 22 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Sits second in points, 55 markers in back of leader Ben Rhodes.
• Finished 17th in last season’s Visit Hampton VA 175 after starting fifth.
• Recorded a season-best finish of second on March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Became the youngest pole winner in NKNPS East history (15 years, 2 months, 15 days) in April 2013 at Richmond.
• Became the youngest race winner in NKNPS West history (15 years, 8 months, 30 days) in November 2013 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.
• Became the youngest pole winner in NKNPS West history (15 years, 8 months, 16 days) in October 2013 at Kern County Raceway Park.
• Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 30 at Martinsville Speedway.
• Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Brandon Gdovic (No. 64 American Messaging/ComServe Toyota)
• Has a win, nine top fives and 21 top 10s in 43 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Has competed in four of eight races this season with a best finish of ninth at New Smyrna.
• Has an average finish of 12.7 and a best result of fourth (2012) in the three previous Langley events.
• Ranks 10th in the current Langley NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model standings.

Kaz Grala (No. 31 OzLINK Chevrolet)
• Has three top 10s in eight career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Occupies the 11th spot in the season standings.
• Making first series appearance at Langley.
• Led 15 laps in Greenville on March 22 and finished a season-best seventh.
• Is the series’ youngest full-time competitor at 15 years of age.

Cameron Hayley (No. 98 Cabinets By Hayley Chevrolet)
• Has one pole, three top fives and four top 10s in nine career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Sits third in the championship standings, just 10 points out of second.
• Making first series appearance at the Hampton track.
• Has a season-best finish of second in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway.
• Has a win, six poles, 19 top fives and 26 top 10s in 34 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts.
• Was championship runner-up to Derek Thorn last season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• Is the youngest (15 years, 23 days) driver to start K&N West race in August 2011.
• Took over Turner Scott Motorsports car that Dylan Kwasniewski drove to the K&N East championship in 2013.
• Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Scott Heckert (No. 34 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet)
• Has one top five and four top 10s in 22 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Is 14th in the season standings.
• Finished 15th a season ago at Langley.
• Posted a season-best finish of third at Iowa Speedway on May 17.

Austin Hill (No. 22 Don-Rich Ford/A&D Welding Ford)
• Has a win, five top fives and eight top 10s in 15 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks fifth in championship standings after eight races.
• Making first series start at Langley.
• Has six top 10s in his last seven series starts with four of those being top-five finishes.
• Finished a season-best second on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
• Earned first career win in September 2013 at Dover International Speedway.
• Member of 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Brandon Jones (No. 33 Wolfpack Energy Services Chevrolet)
• Has four top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in 15 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Holds down the fourth position in points.
• Set to make first series start at the Virginia short track.
• Has a string of four straight top-10 finishes.
• Collected a series-best finish of second last time out at Five Flags.
• Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last August at Bristol.

Jesse Little (No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet)
• Has seven top fives and 11 top 10s in 29 career NKNPS East races with a best finish of third on two occasions, most recently at Langley a year ago.
• Owns the ninth position in the championship standings.
• Was 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the K&N Pro Series East and finished ninth in championship standings.
• Made K&N Pro Series West, in which his father, Chad, was the 1987 champion, debut last November at Phoenix.
• Member of 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Brennan Newberry (No. 24 Qore24 Chevrolet)
• Has one top five and two top 10s in nine career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Is ranked 12th in the points standings.
• Making first series appearance at Langley.
• Season-best finish of fourth on March 15 at Bristol.
• Has three poles, two top fives and four top 10s in 12 career K&N Pro Series West starts.
• Has made 35 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.

Sergio Peña (No. 4 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)
• Has three wins, seven top fives and 22 top 10s in 47 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Is ranked 16th in the points standings.
• Won the inaugural Langley race and finished fifth there in 2012.
• Season-best finish of eighth was recorded last week at Five Flags.
• Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport, and a current member of Rev Racing and Drive for Diversity.

Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet)
• Has four wins, four poles, nine top fives and 12 top 10s in 15 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Leads championship standings by 55 points over Gray Gaulding.
• Making series track debut in this year’s Visit Hampton VA 175.
• Has a streak of six consecutive podium finishes and three straight wins.
• Scored first career win on March 22 at Greenville. Most recent win was last week at Five Flags.
• Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on March 30 at Martinsville and finished eighth.
• Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Kenzie Ruston (No. 96 Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet)
• Has five top fives and 10 top 10s in 22 career K&N Pro Series East starts.
• Ranks 10th in the championship driver standings.
• Scored a 12th-place finish last season at Langley.
• Finished a season-best fourth last week at Five Flags.
• Is a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

Daniel Suárez (No. 6 Toyota Racing Development Toyota)
• Has three wins, 12 top fives and 20 top 10s in 38 career NKNPS East starts.
• Slipped from third to sixth in the season standings with last week’s DNF at Five Flags.
• Finished second in last season’s Langley event, his best career finish at the time.
• Opened season with two straight series wins to become the second driver in series history to win the first two events of the season with Sean Caisse (2006) being the other.
• Has nine career NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series victories with 24 top fives and 11 pole wins in 50 career starts.
• Is in second season with Rev Racing for the NKNPS East.
• Made NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond in April.
• Is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights young talent in the sport.

UP TO SPEED:
• The 2014 season is the 28th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2014 schedule features 16 races at 14 different tracks across 10 states.
• Daniel Suárez opened the season with a narrow victory over Cameron Hayley, who won his first K&N East pole, at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
• Suárez won at Daytona for his second straight series victory to become just the second driver in series history to win the first two races of the season. Sean Caisse in 2006 is the other. Ben Rhodes picked up his first series career pole award.
• Eddie MacDonald snapped a 53-race winless streak at Bristol. Rhodes started from the pole and led 130 of 132 laps.
• Rhodes started from the pole for the third consecutive race and picked up his first series win after leading a race-high 106 laps at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
• Cole Custer started from the outside pole position and won at Richmond International Raceway after passing Bill McAnally Racing teammate and pole sitter Nick Drake with 51 laps remaining.
• Rhodes picked up his second win of the season and led a race-high 115 laps at Iowa Speedway. Brodie Kostecki led the race’s first 35 laps after earning his first series career pole award.
• At Bowman Gray, Rhodes collected his second straight win after his fourth start from the pole.
• Gray Gaulding sat on the pole at Five Flags Speedway last time out, but it was Rhodes who once again stole the show with his third consecutive win.