K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced Twenty-Seven Races Set To Showcase Sport’s Rising Stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the preeminent development proving ground for the sport’s future stars.

The 27 races on the 2016 schedule – from New England to Southern California, and from Washington to Florida – provides a comprehensive slate of venues and events designed to test drivers and showcase the best and brightest for NASCAR fans.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules, announced today, comprise of 14 points races for each championship. It is highlighted by the annual meeting in the Heartland for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.

Both calendars include some of the best short tracks in the United States, as well as several companion events with NASCAR’s three national series, and three road-course races in each series.

In addition to returns to iconic staples of the East and West, both schedules features some exciting new events for 2016: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway and Virginia’s Dominion Raceway in the East, and West’s first trip to California’s Orange Show Speedway in more than 30 years.

The West slate also features the return of Douglas County Speedway in Oregon, as well as the first doubleheader weekend in series’ modern history with a pair of September races at Utah Motorsports Campus, formerly Miller Motorsports Park. The East celebrates the return to Connecticut’s historic Stafford Motor Speedway for the first time since 2008.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will race at 13 different tracks in 12 states. Highlights of the 2016 schedule include:

• The championship season will kick off once again at Florida’s high-banked New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 14, and the champion will be crowned at The Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway, on Friday, Sept. 30.
• The series will be the centerpiece of the inaugural season of the brand-new Dominion Raceway, a .4-mile oval 25 minutes south of Fredericksburg, Virginia with a trip on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30).
• New Jersey will join New York’s Watkins Glen International and VIRginia International Raceway to give the schedule a trio of road-course venues.
• Stafford was a staple of the series’ early years as the NASCAR Busch North Series with 29 races in 22 years, and will be the second trip to New England for the series along with New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
• The series will again race at two of NASCAR’s most venerable tracks with a pair of trips to South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway, and the July 2 event at Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway.

Highlights of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, which will race at 13 different tracks across eight states, include:

• The 2016 run will begin and end in California. The campaign will get underway in Southern California with a Saturday, March 19 race at Irwindale Speedway, just north of Los Angeles. And in a race that promises an electric atmosphere and fireworks before a traditionally sold-out crowd, the West will decide its champion on Saturday, Oct. 15, at All American Speedway, near Sacramento.
• In an unprecedented race weekend, the series will compete in two full championship races on Sept. 10-11 at Utah Motorsports Campus, the state-of-the-art road course 30 minutes southwest of Salt Lake City. The series ran at the track from 2007-2014 before it was closed temporarily last year. It is the first time the series will run back-to-back days since 1979, and first time since the series’ modern era began in 1971 that the two races in two days will be run at the same track.
• After successful inaugural events in 2015, Arizona’s Tucson Speedway and Idaho’s Meridian Speedway are again on the schedule and join series’ staples Kern County Raceway Park in California, Colorado National Speedway and Washington’s Evergreen Speedway.
• In addition to Utah’s two races, California’s Sonoma Raceway will be the third road course event as it hosts its 38th West race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend in June.
• Orange Show Speedway, the quarter-mile oval in San Bernardino, California, has been in continuous operation since 1947. It held eight West races between 1968 and ’78.

In addition to Iowa, Watkins Glen, New Hampshire and Dover, companion events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series feature East stops at Bristol Motor Speedway, as well as the annual West race at Sonoma. The 27 races that make up the NASCAR K&N Pro East and West calendar will be contested on 26 different weekends.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series television broadcast schedules on NBCSN will be announced at a later date.

2016 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
2/14 New Smyrna Speedway New Smyrna, Fla.
3/12 Mobile International Speedway Mobile, Ala.
3/26 Greenville Pickens Speedway Greenville, S.C.
4/16 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
4/30 VIRginia International Raceway Alton, Va.
5/30 Dominion Raceway Woodford, Va.
6/17 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
7/2 Columbus Motor Speedway Columbus, Ohio
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
7/29 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
8/5 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, N.Y.
9/5 Greenville Pickens Speedway Greenville, S.C.
9/17 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, N.J.
9/30 Dover International Speedway Dover, Del.

2016 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
3/19 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, Calif.
4/2 Kern County Raceway Park Bakersfield, Calif.
5/7 Tucson Speedway Tucson, Ariz.
5/21 Orange Show Speedway San Bernardino, Calif.
6/11 Colorado National Speedway Dacono, Colo.
6/25 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif.
7/9 Stateline Speedway Post Falls, Idaho
7/29 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
8/13 Evergreen Speedway Monroe, Wash.
8/27 Douglas County Speedway Roseburg, Ore.
9/10 Utah Motorsports Campus Toele, Utah
9/11 Utah Motorsports Campus Toele, Utah
9/24 Meridian Speedway Meridian, Idaho
10/15 All American Speedway Roseville, Calif.

K&N Pro Series 2015 Schedules Unveiled

Coast-To-Coast Calendar Features Nine Companion Dates

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The coast-to-coast 2015 slate features a combined 27 dates in 17 different states, highlighted by nine NASCAR national series companion weekends and four new events.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the premiere training ground for our sport, and the diversity of the 2015 schedules will provide great challenges for the next generation of drivers,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for regional and touring series. “We are ecstatic that Motordrome Speedway has joined the K&N Pro Series East schedule and that Meridian, Shasta and Tucson Speedways have come on board to showcase the K&N Pro Series West.”

Motordrome is a banked asphalt oval located in Smithton, Pennsylvania. The Aug. 15 event will be the half-mile’s inaugural K&N Pro Series East race, and the first visit for the series to the Keystone State since 2012.

For the K&N Pro Series West, the three new events will harken back to the series’ rich history. A May 2 date at Tucson will be the series’ first at the famed .375-mile Arizona oval since 2001. The K&N West will also return to Shasta, a .333-mile oval in Anderson, California, for the first time since 1993 while the Sept. 5 race at Meridian will be just the second visit in series history to the quarter-mile track located in Meridian, Idaho.

All told, the K&N Pro Series East has 14 dates at 13 different tracks in 11 states. In addition to the inaugural Motordrome event, the rest of the schedule includes:
• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend companion events at Bristol Motor Speedway (April 18), Richmond International Raceway (April 24), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 17), Watkins Glen International (Aug. 7) and Dover International Speedway (season finale, Oct. 2).
• Stand-alone short track dates at New Smyrna Speedway (season opener, Feb. 15), Greenville Pickens Speedway (April 4), Bowman Gray Stadium (May 30), Langley Speedway (June 20) and Columbus Motor Speedway (July 4).
• Road course races at Watkins Glen International and Virginia International Raceway (Aug. 29).

Iowa Speedway also returns with its two K&N Pro Series East-West combination races as part of NASCAR XFINITY Series companion weekends on May 16 and July 31.

The K&N Pro Series West has a total of 13 dates across six states and 12 tracks. In addition to the two Iowa combo races and the three new dates, the remaining calendar includes:
• Sprint Cup Series weekend companion dates at Sonoma Raceway (June 27) and Phoenix International Raceway (season finale, Nov. 12).
• Short track stand-alone dates at Kern County Raceway Park (season opener, March 28), Irwindale Speedway (April 11), Stateline Speedway (July 11), Evergreen Speedway (Aug. 15), Colorado National Speedway (Aug. 22) and All American Speedway (Oct. 17).

The 2014 K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West seasons concluded with Ben Rhodes and Greg Pursley the respective series’ titlists. Their accomplishments were recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions this past Saturday in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

2015 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
2/15 New Smyrna Speedway New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
4/4 Greenville Pickens Speedway Greenville, S.C.
4/18 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
4/24 Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Va.
5/16 Iowa Speedway (combination with NKNPS West) Newton, Iowa
5/30 Bowman Gray Stadium Winston-Salem, N.C.
6/20 Langley Speedway Hampton, Va.
7/4 Columbus Motor Speedway Columbus, Ohio
7/17 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
7/31 Iowa Speedway (combination with NKNPS West) Newton, Iowa
8/7 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, N.Y.
8/15 Motordrome Speedway Smithton, Pa.
8/29 Virginia International Raceway Alton, Va.
10/2 Dover International Speedway Dover, Del.

 

2015 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
3/28 Kern County Raceway Park Bakersfield, Calif.
4/11 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, Calif.
5/2 Tucson Speedway Tucson, Ariz.
5/16 Iowa Speedway (combination with NKNPS East) Newton, Iowa
5/30 Shasta Speedway Anderson, Calif.
6/27 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif.
7/11 Stateline Speedway Post Falls, Id.
7/31 Iowa Speedway (combination with NKNPS East) Newton, Iowa
8/15 Evergreen Speedway Monroe, Wash.
8/22 Colorado National Speedway Dacono, Colo.
9/5 Meridian Speedway Meridian, Id.
10/17 All American Speedway Roseville, Calif.
11/12 Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Ariz.

Pursley Goes Out On Top

Veteran Driver Ends K&N West Career With Second Championship

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Every great athlete dreams of riding off into the sunset when their career ultimately comes to a close, leaving behind the silhouette of a champion as they hang up their competitive gear for good.

Very few get to end at the top of their game, which is what makes Greg Pursley’s retirement from racing after winning his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship special.

“This one is just as special as winning the first one, due to the fact that it’s the last ride for Gene Price Motorsports,” said Pursley. “To end the season and to end Gene Price Motorsports with a championship is pretty much the only way to go out. It’s pretty cool that we got to do that.”

The driver of the No. 26 Star Nursery/Real Water Ford showed no indication that his skills were waning in what turned out to be his final season. Pursley finished the year with two wins, three poles, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 starts this season, his sixth for championship car owner Gene Price. Often times racing side-by-side drivers that were less than half his age, the Newhall, California, native put on a racing display nearly every week he was at the track. He completed 1800 of 1804 laps run this year, leading 454 laps in total — 160 more than the next closest competitor. Pursley led at least one lap in 10 events in 2014 and never relinquished the points lead after capturing it in the second event of the season. He ended the year with a 4.1 average race finish.

“One of our goals throughout this year was that we wanted to finish top three every race and then win some races,” said Pursley. “While we didn’t get all the way there, we came close. I think between Gene and Jerry Pitts my crew chief and all the guys in the shop busting their butts, we all had one main goal in mind and that was to go out and win a championship.”

Pursley’s retirement brings to a close a career with the series that spanned 10 seasons. A known driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series — he won the national championship in 2004 — Pursley made his K&N Pro Series West debut with an 11th-place finish at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California, in 1999.

For the next decade, Pursley would mostly focus his Whelen All-American Series commitments. Following his 1999 debut, he next ran with the series in 2002, finishing ninth in the championship standings after running the full season. Pursley would make five more starts in the series, one in 2007 and four in 2008, before pairing with Gene Price Motorsports beginning in 2009.

“I’ve known Gene for over 10 years now,” said Pursley. “I used to crew chief for his son at Irwindale Speedway (now Irwindale Event Center). The first time I drove a car for Gene was in 2007 at the Toyota All-Star Showdown super late model event there and we won it. After that, I kind of hit him up on driving some K&N stuff and low and behold we have a whole team now.”

Pursley won his first series race in his first event with Gene Price Motorsports, the 2009 Allstate Texas Thunder 150 at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas. He finished the year third in the standings, pairing up with crew chief Jerry Pitts in the final event of the season.

In 2010, the program took a relative step back. While Pursley won two events on the year, he only recorded four top-five and seven top-10 finishes, down from eight and 11 respectively in 2009. He finished fifth in the championship battle that year.

Pursley opened 2011 with hopes of putting the bad luck of 2010 in the rearview mirror. He won season opener at Phoenix International Raceway in February, his second straight series win at the track, but a simple walk across his kitchen floor in the middle of an early April night nearly put not only Pursley’s season – but his life – in jeopardy.

He was stung twice in the bottom of the foot by a scorpion he never saw. His family was out of town at the time, leaving him facing very real danger. He was eventually airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital and spent three days in the intensive care unit.

Pursley would eventually rebound, winning six races that year, accompanied by six pole awards, 12 top fives and 12 top 10s en route to his first series championship.

From 2012 through 2014, Pursley would go on to record 11 race wins, nine poles, 32 top fives and 40 top 10s. In six years with Gene Price Motorsports, Pursley had 20 wins, 20 poles, 56 top fives and 70 top 10s in 83 starts, capping off the incredible run with his second series title.

Pursley knows that the team’s success began with the support from the man at the very top.

“One of the best things we had going for us was our car owner, Gene,” said Pursley. “There was never anything that came out of his mouth about us having to cut down on spending money or testing anywhere. It was always, ‘We need to go out there and win some races. Let’s go do what it takes.’ Gene is the kind of guy that, when he does something, he wants to do it right.”

“I wouldn’t be anywhere in my career without Gene. You can say he let me fulfill my dream as a racer out here.”

So, what comes next for Greg Pursley? Will he go back to racing super late models or crew chiefing up-and-coming talent? Or will he look to start his own racing team and win a championship as an owner?

“All good things must come to an end,” said Pursley. “We’re going to keep the shop open here and we’re going to be working on hot rods, building hot rods and high performance boats. Other than that, there are no plans of racing.”

“Through GPM, there were three championships won out of here in six years, two with me and one with (Dylan) Kwasniewski. I don’t think that’s too bad of a record. I’m pretty proud of all of the guys here who worked hard to get three championships for Gene. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Pursley will be formally crowned series champion when he receives the K&N Pro Series West championship ring and trophy at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.