13-Race Championship Puts Short Track Stars On The Big Stage
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The green flag will wave just miles from the birthplace of NASCAR and will culminate at “The Monster Mile,” and in between, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will test drivers at historic venues, high-speed short tracks and a challenging road course.
The result is a 2019 calendar that will spotlight some of the sport’s rising young stars and series’ veterans in a mix of high-profile events.
The season will get underway Sunday, Feb. 10, at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway as headliner of the track’s 53rd running of its week-long World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, just south of Daytona. The high-banked half-mile has opened the K&N Pro Series East championship points season each of the past five years.
Featured on the 13-race slate will be six combination race weekends with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series or NASCAR Xfinity Series, including a pair of visits to the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition to its traditional early season trip to Bristol Motor Speedway, the series will return in August.
“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule features an itinerary of race tracks that really serve the drivers well to progress to the next level as well as an opportunity to perform in front of national series teams,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “The Cup championship by Joey Logano this season was really a culmination of a wave of talent that started in the K&N Pro Series 10 years ago and has continued. We look forward to seeing the next crop of drivers prove themselves on the big stage clash with those who will become cornerstones in the series.”
The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Logano), NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (Tyler Reddick) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion (Brett Moffitt) all scored their first NASCAR wins at the K&N Pro Series level. Five of the last six NASCAR Xfinity Series champions trace their NASCAR roots to the K&N Pro Series.
A pair of historic short tracks are fixtures on the first half of the schedule.
South Boston Speedway will host two 100-lap twin features on Saturday, May 4, the third consecutive year the venerable Virginia .400-mile track is the site of the championship points doubleheader. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, which was an integral part of the old NASCAR Busch North Series – the predecessor to the current series– will host the third annual NASCAR Throwback on Saturday, June 15.
Other schedule highlights include:
- New Hampshire Motor Speedway, long a staple of the series’ calendar, will host a pair of races: Saturday, July 20, as part of the Cup weekend and Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Second Annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend.
- Memphis International Raceway will welcome back the series on Saturday, June 1. Ruben Garcia Jr. scored his breakthrough win in 2018 there en route to a third-place finish in the championship standings in parallel to his second NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series title run.
- Twice the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will go head-to-head with its West counterparts. The first is the annual stop at Iowa Speedway, on Friday, July 26, and the second as part of a doubleheader with the INDYCAR Series on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Gateway Motorsports Park, just outside of St. Louis.
- The championship will conclude at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Oct. 4. It will be the 10th time in the last 13-years the concrete mile will serve as the coronation of the series’ champion.
2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Schedule
|Sun., Feb. 10||New Smyrna Speedway||New Smyrna, Fla.||175|
|Sat., April 6||Bristol Motor Speedway||Bristol, Tenn.||150|
|Sat., May 4||South Boston Speedway *||South Boston, Va.||100s*|
|Sat, June 1||Memphis International Raceway||Millington, Tenn.||150|
|Sat, June 15||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park||Thompson, Conn.||100|
|Sat, July 20||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||Loudon, N.H.||70|
|Fri., July 26||Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa||150|
|Fri., Aug. 2||Watkins Glen International||Watkins Glen, N.Y.||41|
|Thur., Aug. 15||Bristol Motor Speedway||Bristol, Tenn.||150|
|Sat., Aug. 24||Gateway Motorsports Park||Madison, Ill.||120|
|Sat., Sept. 21||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||Loudon, N.H.||125|
|Fri., Oct. 4||Dover International Speedway||Dover, Del.||125|
* Twin 100-lap championship points races
Schedule subject to change