With the 2019 K&N Pro Series East season flying by, it’s coming down to crunch time.
For the first time in series history, “The Last Great Coliseum” will host a second race in the same season. With Sam Mayer dominating the first time, leading all 150 laps from the pole for his first victory, the field will look to catch the 16-year-old and GMS Racing this Thursday night.
BUSH’S BEANS 150 AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
As the championship points battle rages on between Sam Mayer and Chase Cabre, the leader will be pulling double duty, making his first career Gander Outdoors Truck Series start for GMS Racing the same evening as the K&N race.
Cabre finished second at Bristol earlier this season and last weekend at The Glen, chipping into Mayer’s lead by one point following the first and only road course event of the season.
Max McLaughlin limped home to a 13th-place finish in April due to a mechanical issue, but is coming off his first career win at Watkins Glen, leading every lap, and is as confident as he’s ever been in a stock car heading back to Bristol. McLaughlin has a three-point lead on Tanner Gray, who was 10th at Bristol in April, for the fourth spot in the standings and they’ll both look to take advantage of Derek Kraus’ absence to move up to third.
Spencer Davis and Colin Garrett have also been quietly running solid the past few races and are well overdue for good finishes. Both have been plagued by bad luck, and are looking to get back on the right side of things.
Gray will have a familiar face as a teammate Thursday with DGR-Crosley. Hailie Deegan, who finished 16th earlier this season at Bristol, will be pulling the double: Racing at Bristol Thursday and then flying cross country to Evergreen Speedway in Washington for Saturday night’s K&N Pro West race.
After competing in the first three races of the season, Mason Diaz will be back behind the wheel for MAD Motorsports. Brandon McReynolds will look to build upon his third-place finish earlier this season for Visconti Motorsports.
BUSH’S BEANS 150
|PLACE||Bristol Motor Speedway|
|DATE||Thursday, August 15, 2019|
|TIME||4:45 p.m. EDT|
|TELEVISION||FansChoice.TV (live), 6:15 p.m. EDT; NBCSN – Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m. EDT|
|TRACK LAYOUT||0.533-mile concrete oval|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Garage opens: 9 a.m. EDT; Practice: 12:05-1:25 p.m.; Group qualifying: 3:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 4:45-5:30 p.m.; Driver introductions: 5:55 p.m.; Bush’s Beans 150: 6:15 p.m.|
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Bush’s Beans 150 is limited to 28 starters, including provisional positions. The first 24 drivers will secure starting positions based on qualifying for the Bush’s Beans 150. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.
The number of groups for qualifying will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 24th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a caution, all vehicles must exit the track. Vehicles that elect to continue must proceed directly to the re-entry area of pit road and stop to the outside of pit road. No adjustments or repairs may be made to any vehicle on pit road or in the re-entry area during a caution except the removal of tape on the grille opening only, once removed the reinstallation of tape will not be permitted.
Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicles must qualify on race set up. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying (i.e. air pressure checked, tape removed). NASCAR Officials must oversee and authorize any and all work being done during this time period.
The Bush’s Beans 150 will be 150 laps (80 miles) and is to be run in three (3) segment with a five (5) minute breaks at or near the conclusion of Laps 50 and 100.
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and four (4) additional tires for use during the break for a total of twelve (12) tires. A team representative must designate qualifying and race tires to NASCAR Officials at the designated time.