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NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST at NEW JERSEY

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Road-course racing is always the wild card in the championship picture for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. And the 2.250-mile course in Millville, New Jersey, offers the first test.

Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton finished second and third, respectively, at NJMP last year. In the series’ inaugural visit, eventual champion Justin Haley showed off his road-racing chops.

Championship points leader Tyler Ankrum will be making his road-course debut in the series, while Tyler Dippel was seventh there in 2016. Ruben Garcia Jr., who is coming off his breakthrough win at Memphis and followed up with a third-place run in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series at Guadalajara, has finished sixth (2016) and 10th (2017) at the track.

The field includes its regular collection of road-course experts, led by Will Rodgers and Ernie Francis Jr. Rodgers swept the K&N Pro East races on road courses last year, including New Jersey, and finished runner-up to Kevin Harvick in the K&N Pro West race at California’s Sonoma Raceway. Francis is making his series’ debut. The 20-year-old NASCAR Drive for Development driver is a four-time Trans-Am champion.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous K&N Pro Series East races at New Jersey | K&N Pro Series East drivers’ career stats at New Jersey

RACE FACTS

RACE JUSTDRIVE.COM 125
PLACE New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
DATE Saturday, June 16
TIME 6 p.m. CT
TELEVISION NBCSN, Monday, June 18 — Extended highlights will air on NASCAR America
TRACK LAYOUT 2.250-mile road course
2017 WINNER Will Rodgers
2017 POLE Collin Cabre
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage opens: 9 a.m. ET; Final practice: noon-1:30 p.m.; Group Qualifying 2:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 4:30 p.m.; JUSTDRIVE.com 125, 6 p.m.
TWITTER @NJMP
HASHTAG #JUSTDrive125 #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | TICKETS

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, for each race, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the JUSTDRIVE.com 125. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

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 22nd. 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.

The JUSTDRIVE.com 125 will be 55 laps (126.5 miles) to be run in two (2) segments. The five (5) minute break will occur at or near the conclusion of Laps 28. At the conclusion of the break, lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up – in the order they were running at the beginning of the break — behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running.

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 an additional four (4) tires for use during the race for a total of twelve (12) tires.

In the event of rain or wet track conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, practice, qualifying and/or the race may start or continue under those conditions. In wet conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, competitors may be required to equip their cars with wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear. All cars must be equipped at all times with a functional defogger and a rear window flashing light and should be equipped with a functional windshield wiper motor.

All teams will be required to have one (1) set of four (4) mounted wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear in their assigned pit stall.

Welcome to the NASCAR K & N East

By Michael Jaworecki Myracenews March 26th 2018

Westbury, NY- John Visconti III has been around racing his entire life. His Dad was a top flight Late Model driver at Freeport Speedway  on Long Island and other tracks for many years.  2017 was another good year for the Visconti Motorsports running a Modified Crate type car at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island plus select NASCAR WMT races.

Just a few short months later John and Visconti Motorsports the Modifieds were for sale and Visconti Motorsports would be at New Smyrna Speedway near Daytona Speedway with a 10th place K & N finish

At New Smyrna they had a plan to stay near the front, which they did most of the race and make a push to the win late. Unfortunately, luck was not on their side as a tire losing air late in the race cost them several spots and they finished in 10th place finish.

The tire issue was not the first hurtle they had to overcome that weekend. Early in practice they blew the primary motor and had to go to a backup. They had to go to qualifying with very few laps on the car and still managed a 6th place qualifying run.

Brandon McRenyolds near the front of the pack at New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018 (NASCAR Home Tracks photo)

But the conversation didn’t stay with that first race for long. Our interview turned to how they got to the 10th place finish with a team that didn’t even exist a few months before the season opened.

That February weekend in Florida was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people in the months leading up to the trip south.

John had gone to the fall non-points modified race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his NASCAR WMT modified team. That was to be the final of 5 races on the NASCAR WMT tour for the 2017 season prepping for a full time run in the 2018 season.

Running a Modified race in the middle of NASCAR country was something John looked forward to all season, what happened that weekend changed all his plans for the 2018 season.

Brett Bodine who John has been friends with for years called John over to his office after the Charlotte race to discuss a new opportunity. Brett commented that he had followed the Visconti team for years and was impressed with the operation, its professionalism and just how they went about their business.

What came next was a total surprise to John, a NASCAR Xfnity team was available, Brett thought John should take a look which he did.  John then reached out to his friend Tommy Baldwin Jr and he encouraged John to go NASCAR K & N east as Xfinity would be too big a leap.

Tommy suggested that John buy a new K & N car he just built. He felt  Visconti Motorsports the chance to be competitive right out of the box if they went K & N racing.  The car he showed to John  was built with  a lot of Tommy’s Cup engineering in it.

John had to look at the finances, the added travels and basically putting a team together in North Carolina while living in Staten Island.

Costs and sponsors were his priority, if he couldn’t afford to run the season this was not going to happen.  Looking at the dollars after the initial purchase of the equipment it would not be much more that running the full NASCAR WMT season so that was a start.

John spoke with his sponsors and the main sponsor to come over was IGA Supermarkets, his longtime supporter Charles Reichert was on board.

From there everything quickly came together, John’s wife Marie would own the team becoming one of the few female team owners in NASCAR.  Long time friend and crew member Bill Goffin also came south with John. Bill became the team’s general manager and partner. The number John and Marie selected for the K & N ride was #74, a number that has been on Visconti race cars for decades.

Brandon McReynolds at New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018

Next, they hired Brandon McReynolds to drive, Brandon McReynolds is the son of Larry McReynolds a long time NASCAR crew chief and Fox NASCAR broadcaster. Brandon has run in the K & N East and West series and brings almost 50 races of K & N experience to the team,  he brings an experienced driver to the new team.

The crew initially  was put together with a group of Xfinity and Cup team members They would work on their primary car during the day and then head over to the Visconti shop at night to work on K & N car. The dedication showed with how ready the team was in February during Speedweeks.

The team started in a garage owned by Tommy Baldwin Jr. There the team spent the winter months getting ready for the initial New Smyrna race. The team have since moved to another garage owned by Brandon’s dad. When they moved to the new garage they also hired a full-time crew to work on the car including crew chief Bruce Cook who was Kevin Harvick Sprint Cup crew chief when he won his championship.

The #74 Visconti Motorsports at speed, New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018 (NASCAR Home Tracks Photo)

With the first race behind them and 2 months off the team is really looking forward to getting back to the track. John, Brandon and the entire team want to have a race without a blown motor, tire issues and bad luck to show the fans just what they are capable of and they believe they can win right now.

Next up for the team currently running 10th in points is Bristol Motor Speedway in the Zombie Pro Auto 150 on April 14th a race that will be televised on NBCSN on April 20th. Then the team will tackle Langley in Va., South Boston and Memphis before having to make a decision.

The following race after that in a race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a road course and as of right now the team has no road course car. If they are in the top 5 or so in points they will have to make some decisions like renting a car or skipping the race but as John pointed its still very early and we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Welcome to the NASCAR K & N East Series, if the 2018 goes anything like 2017 John will probably own a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup team by sometime in September if not sooner.

NBCSN To Broadcast 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified Tour Races

Featuring Next Generation of NASCAR Stars

Schedule Culminates with NASCAR Regional Series Championship Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – NBC Sports Group and NASCAR are partnering to deliver NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour coverage on NBCSN throughout the 2018 season. Today the organizations announced the full broadcast schedule, where fans can tune-in to see the next generation of drivers competing to make a name for themselves on the track.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to NBCSN on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 p.m. ET from Kern County Raceway Park, followed by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to NBCSN on Friday, April 20 at 1 a.m. ET from Bristol Motor Speedway.

NBCSN will air a total of 37 regional series events, culminating with championship races for all three series. Fans can tune-in to watch victors crowned in the K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, respectively, followed by the K&N Pro Series West Championship on Nov. 1. NASCAR’s touring series will also be featured in regular highlights and reports on “NASCAR America,” weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

2018 NBCSN Broadcast Schedule

RACE DATE SERIES TRACK TELECAST DATE TIME (ET)
Thu, Mar 15 K&N Pro West Kern County Tue, Mar 20 11 p.m.
Sat, Mar 17 Whelen Modified Myrtle Beach Wed, Mar 21 6        p.m.
Sat, Apr 14 K&N Pro East Bristol Fri, Apr 20 1 a.m.
Sat, Apr 28 K&N Pro East Langley Thu, May 03 11 p.m.
Sat, May 05 K&N Pro West Tucson Wed, May 09 6 p.m.
Sat, May 05 K&N Pro West Tucson Thu, May 10 6 p.m.
Sat, May 12 K&N Pro East South Boston Sun, May 20 1 p.m.
Sat, May 12 K&N Pro East South Boston Sun, May 20 2 p.m.
Sat, May 19 K&N Pro West Orange Show Thu, May 24 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02 K&N Pro East Memphis Wed, Jun 06 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02 Whelen Modified Seekonk Wed, Jun 06 7 p.m.
Sat, Jun 09  K & N Pro West Colorado  Thu,  Jun 14    
Sat, Jun 16  K & N Pro East New Jersey  Mon June 18th*    
Sat, Jun 23 K&N Pro West Sonoma Thu, Jun 28 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 23 Whelen Modified Langley Thu, Jun 28 7 p.m.
Sat, Jun 30 K&N Pro West Douglas County Fri, Jul 06 1 p.m.
Sat, Jul 14 K&N Pro East Thompson Tue, Jul 24 6 p.m.
Sun, Jul 15 K&N Pro West Spokane Tue, Jul 24 7 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21 K&N Pro East New Hampshire Wed, Jul 25 6 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21 Whelen Modified New Hampshire Wed, Jul 25 7 p.m.
Sat, Jul 20 Whelen Modified New Hampshire (All-Star) Fri, Jul 27 6 p.m.
Fri, Jul 27 K&N Pro (Combination) Iowa Thu, Aug 02 6 p.m.
Fri, Aug 03 K&N Pro East Watkins Glen Wed, Aug 08 6 p.m.
Sat, Aug 11 K&N Pro West Evergreen Wed, Aug 15 6 p.m.
Wed, Aug 15 Whelen Modified Bristol Wed, Aug 22 6 p.m.
Fri, Aug 24 K&N Pro (Combination) Gateway Thu, Aug 30 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 01 Whelen Modified Oswego Thu, Sep 06 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 08 Whelen Modified Riverhead Thu, Sep 13 6 p.m.
Thu, Sep 13 K&N Pro West Las Vegas Fri, Sep 21 2:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 K&N Pro East New Hampshire Thu, Sep 27 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 Whelen Modified New Hampshire Thu, Sep 27 7 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 K&N Pro West Meridian Fri, Oct 05 1 p.m.
Sun, Sep 30 Whelen Modified Stafford Fri, Oct 05 11 p.m.
Fri, Oct 05 K&N Pro East Dover Thu, Oct 11 6 p.m.
Sat, Oct 13 K&N Pro West All American Thu, Oct 18 6 p.m.
Sun, Oct 14 Whelen Modified Thompson Thu, Oct 18 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct 27 K&N Pro West Kern County Thu, Nov 01 6 p.m.

* Extended highlights of NJMP race will air on “NASCAR America”