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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens


March 24, 2010 - 7:55am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season will commence with the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 27.

At Greenville Pickens Speedway:
History

•  Opened on July 4, 1946 as a dirt track ... Race surface was converted to asphalt in April, 1970.
•  Held 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1951-71, including the first flag-to-flag televised event.
•  David Pearson (1959) and Ralph Earnhardt (1965, 66) are among the famed drivers that have won championships at the track.
Notebook
•  The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East held its inaugural Greenville Pickens Speedway race on June 6, 2006 and has returned every year since.
•  There have been four-different winning drivers and four-different pole winners in the first four NKNPS East races at GPS.
•  In the first four years of the event, only Joey Logano has won both the pole and the race, which he accomplished in 2007.

Greenville Pickens Speedway Data
Race: # 1 of 10 (3/27/10) | ENTRY LIST
Track Layout: Half-mile oval
Banking: Five degrees in the turns
Race Length: 150 laps / 75 miles

Qualifying/Race Data
2009 pole winner: Brett Moffitt (86.994 mph, 20.691 seconds)
2009 race winner: Brian Ickler (54.778 mph, 1:22.09)
Track qualifying record: Joey Logano (87.481 mph, 20.576 seconds, 4/28/07)

NKNPS East Race Winners at GPS
June 6, 2006 ... Sean Caisse
April 28, 2007 ... Joey Logano
April 19, 2008 ... Austin Dillon
April 11, 2009 ... Brian Ickler

NKNPS East Pole Winners at GPS
June 6, 2006 ... Mike Olsen
April 28, 2007 ... Joey Logano
April 19, 2008 ... Peyton Sellers
April 11, 2009 ... Brett Moffitt

Up to Speed:
•  K&N Engineering, Inc. came on board during the offseason to serve as the series’ title sponsor, replacing Camping World ... NASCAR and the Riverside, Calif.-based company has a seven-year agreement for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
•  New to the 2010 NKNPS East schedule is the inaugural stand-alone race for the series at Martinsville Speedway, the first trip to Gresham Motorsports Park and a return to Lee USA Speedway for the first time since 2004.
•  An NKNPS East alum and previous race winner at Greenville Pickens Speedway, Joey Logano, won the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in January ... Sergio Pena – the event’s pole winner – was runner-up while two-time race champion Matt Kobyluck was third.
•  Ryan Truex earned the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 ... He and the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota will defend their title in 2010.
•  2009 GPS pole winner Brett Moffitt, who finished third in the 2009 championship standings and was runner-up to Truex in rookie points, has moved to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2010 season.
•  There are at least 12 teams that plan to run the full 2010 season that did not compete at all, or only in a limited schedule, a year ago ... Conversely, of the 13 cars that ran the full 2009 season, only two do not have current plans to compete for the championship again this year.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Jason Bowles (No. 38 Chevrolet)

•  The 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion.
•  Has nine wins and nine poles in 39 career NKNPS West starts.
•  Will make his NKNPS East debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
•  Moved from California to North Carolina last fall to further his racing career.

Jake Crum (No. 1 Chevrolet)
•  Will attempt to make his NKNPS East debut at GPS.
•  Won the prestigious Bailey’s 300 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race at Martinsville Speedway in 2009.
•  Was the 2008 UARA champion and has a win in that series at GPS.

Ty Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet)
•  Will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 for Richard Childress Racing.
•  Made NKNPS East debut in 2009 with three starts and finished with top 10s at South Boston Speedway and Adirondack International Speedway.
•  Is the grandson of Richard Childress, son of RCR Vice President of Competition Mike Dillon and younger brother of 2008 NKNPS East Sunoco Rookie of the Year Austin Dillon.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 Chevrolet)
•  Will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors out of the Revolution Racing garage in 2010 as part of the Drive for Diversity program.
•  Debuted in the NKNPS East in 2009 with four starts and registered top fives at SBS, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (June) and Dover International Speedway.
•  Is a development driver for RCR.

Max Gresham (No. 18 Toyota)
•  Will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors as a teammate to Brett Moffitt at Joe Gibbs Racing.
•  Debuted in the NKNPS East in 2009 with three starts that included top 10s at SBS and NHMS (September) as he split time in the JGR No. 18 with Matt DiBenedetto ... Also finished third in the NKNPS West race at Iowa Speedway.

Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Chevrolet)
•  The 2008 NKNPS East champion.
•  Has seven poles, 16 wins and 91 top 10s in 168 career NKNPS East starts ... Has won at 11 different tracks.
•  Has an average finish of 14th in four previous starts at GPS, with a best finish of fourth in 2006.

Corey LaJoie (No. 07 Ford)
•  Made NKNPS East debut with three starts in 2009 ... Best finish was third in the finale at DIS.
•  Won the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opener at the quarter mile in Atlanta Motor Speedway.
•  Is the son of Randy LaJoie, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion.

Jody Lavender (No. 88 Chevrolet)
•  Has 12 top 10s in 23 career NKNPS East starts.
•  Registered best career finish of second at GPS in 2009.
•  Finished fourth in points in 2009, but had a mathematical shot at the title entering the final week.
•  Is the only South Carolina native expected to compete this week at GPS.

Patrick Long (No. 03 Chevrolet)
•  Debuted in the NKNPS East in 2009 with four starts, all of which resulted in top-10 finishes ... Finished sixth in his inaugural race at GPS.
•  Also competed in four NKNPS West races in 2009 and earned poles at Infineon Raceway and Miller Motorsports Park ... Won at Miller and added a top-five at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
•  Is a factory driver for Porsche with two ALMS GT2 championships (2005, 09) and a 2009 GT class win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Chevrolet)
•  Has six wins, two poles and 49 top 10s in 121 career NKNPS East starts.
•  Finished as the 2009 championship runner-up, just 34 points behind titlist Ryan Truex, which marked the fifth-closest championship margin in series history.
•  Has an average finish of ninth in three starts at GPS with a best finish of third in 2009.

Brett Moffitt (No. 20 Toyota)
•  Has two wins, one pole and nine top 10s in 11 career NKNPS East starts.
•  Finished third in overall points and second in the rookie standings in 2009.
•  Became youngest driver in NKNPS East history – surpassing Joey Logano – to earn a pole last year at GPS ... Also surpassed Logano by becoming the youngest race winner in series history.
•  Will compete as a teammate to Max Gresham in 2010 for JGR after running for Andy Santerre Motorsports last year before Santerre moved to Revolution Racing.

Sergio Pena (No. 4 Chevrolet)
•  Will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors out of the Revolution Racing garage in 2010 as part of the Drive for Diversity program.
•  Made NKNPS debut in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown ... Won the pole, led 54 laps and finished as runner-up to Joey Logano in the prestigious post-season exhibition.
•  Competed in Late Models at Shenandoah Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in 2009.

D.J. Shaw (No. 60 Chevrolet)
•  Will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
•  Made NKNPS East debut in 2009 with a pair of starts, both at NHMS.
•  Raced in select PASS North, PASS South and ACT races in 2009.
•  Is the son of 1994 NKNPS East Champion Dale Shaw, who is crew chief of the No. 60.

Kevin Swindell (No. 9 Chevrolet)
•  Has two top fives in five career NKNPS East starts ... Best finish of third at NHMS in June, 2009.
•  Competed primarily in the USAC Sprint and Midget divisions in 2009.
•  Is the son of three-time National Sprint Car Champion Sammy Swindell.

Ryan Truex (No. 00 Toyota)
•  The 2009 NKNPS East titlist ... Has three wins, two poles and eight top 10s in 12 career starts.
•  Finished 14th at GPS in 2009 in his debut as a development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing.
•  Scheduled to make his NNS debut at Gateway International Raceway on July 17.
•  Father, Martin Sr., and brother, Martin Jr., also have NKNPS East career wins.

Cole Whitt (No. 84 Toyota)
•  Will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors as a Red Bull Racing development driver.
•  Has a decorated career in USAC, highlighted by a national Midget title in 2008 ... Led in national feature event points in 2009 ... Was second in the 2010 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.