K&N Pro Series East

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K&N Pro Series East
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Category Stock car racing
Country United States
Inaugural season 1987[1]
Engine suppliers Chevrolet · Ford · Toyota · Dodge
Tire suppliers Goodyear
Drivers' champion Ben Rhodes
Teams' champion Turner Scott Motorsports
Makes' champion Chevrolet
Official website K&N Pro Series East
1987–2005 series logo
2006–2007 series logo
2008–2009 series logo

The K&N Pro Series East (formerly Busch East Series & Busch North Series and Camping World Series East) is a regional stock car racing series owned and operated by the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). Races are held at oval tracks ranging from 13 to 1 mile (0.54–1.61 km) in length and on two road courses, 1.53 and 2.45 miles (2.46 and 3.94 km) in length. Most races are stand-alone events (i.e. not in conjunction with other NASCAR touring series) but there are three race weekends that are in combination with the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Many of the drivers on the series are gaining experience with the hopes of moving up to one of the major NASCAR series, however some of the drivers are right at home in the series and have no plans of moving on. The series is not only developmental for drivers (including Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Jr., Ricky Craven, Mike McLaughlin, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne, Brian Ickler, Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Truex), but for crew members (such as Greg Zipadelli and Marc Puchalski) and officials, as well.

In 1994, it became the first NASCAR-sanctioned series to have a winless season champion when Dale Shaw won the then-Busch Grand National North Series championship without winning a single race all year. The series had the distinction of being the only NASCAR series in which this had happened until 2013, when Austin Dillon won the Nationwide Series championship the same way.[2]

History[edit]

Formed as the NASCAR Busch Grand National North Series in 1987, the series originally raced primarily in the Northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Drivers in the series could compete in "combination" races with then named Busch Grand National Series (now Nationwide Series) that were held at various tracks over the years, including but not limited to Daytona International Speedway, Nazareth Speedway, Watkins Glen International and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Combination races were on the schedule until 2001. In 2002, a big crash occurred at the Glen that saw many cars spinning through the esses on lap one, along with Troy Williams actually overturning over the guardrail. No one was hurt.

Over the next 18 years, the series extended its reach and added races in Delaware and Virginia. The series name was changed to Busch East for the 2006 season after a race was added in Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. Races were added in South Boston, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee for 2007 to continue the push South and West, as well as East-West combination races at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA and Elko Speedway in Elko, MN.. The 2008 schedule had the series running races in 8 states up and down the East coast. (Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia)

In 2003, NASCAR unified the rules of the West Series and North/East Series to a single rules package. A post-season invitational race known as the Toyota All-Star Showdown was also added to pit the best drivers from both series head-to-head.

For 2007, NASCAR made several rule changes including giving team the option of using "spec" engine and a composite body to reduce the cost of competing in the Camping World Series. The "spec" engine has become fairly popular, but the old style steel bodies are still preferred over the composite bodies by most teams.

On December 16, 2007 NASCAR announced that Camping World would take over a Title sponsor of both series in the Grand National Division.[3]

For 2010, the names of both the East and West series were both sponsored by K&N Engineering and the East Series was named the K&N Pro Series East. In 2011, NASCAR lowered the age minimum across each of its regional touring series to 15.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars[edit]

General[edit]

As part of NASCAR's unification of the two Camping World Series in 2003, the cars can be either a 105-inch (2,700 mm, which had been used in the former Busch Grand National East) or 110-inch (2,800 mm, which had been used in the former Winston West) wheelbase. Cambered/off-set rear ends are not allowed.

The car bodies are typically a hand-built steel body, however teams may also use a one-piece composite body. The composite body is a "common" item that may be run as any manufacturer branded car (i.e. only one style of composite body for all four car manufacturers [Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota]). Teams then "brand" the composite body by the grill opening, quarter window openings and the vehicle decal package (head lights, tail lights, etc.). Due to the introduction of the Car of Tomorrow in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series, many of the vehicles on the series are old Sprint Cup cars. Another popular way to get a complete body is to buy a "cut-off" body from a Nationwide series team and mount it on a chassis.

Teams have an option of building their own engines or they may run a specification engine, similar to what is used in many short tracks. Both engines are V8, pushrod, 12:1 compression motors. "Built" motors are built to team specifications using any configuration of pieces as long as it still meets NASCAR specifications. The spec engine is built using NASCAR-Approved pieces that may be purchased from an approved supplier. The engines may be purchased as a kit or pre-assembled. All of the spec pieces are individually encrypted with a barcode for verification and tracking purposes and can be checked during the inspection process with an encryption reader.

When the series first started, the cars ran a V6 engine with a maximum 274 cu in (4,490 cm3) displacement and no compression limit . In the early/mid 1990s the V8 engine with a 9.5:1 compression and maximum 358 cu in (5,870 cm3) displacement was introduced to the series as an alternative to the V6 engines. Due to the decrease in popularity of the V6, it was phased out for the 1999 season. When the East and West series rules were combined, the compression ratio changed to 12:1.

Camping World Series cars may use leaded or unleaded fuel. However when running in conjunction with one of the three national touring (Truck, Nationwide, Cup) series, unleaded fuel must be used.

Specifications[edit]

  • Engine displacement: 358 cu in (5.8 L) Pushrod V8.
  • Transmission: 4 speed Manual.
  • Weight: 3,300 lb (1,497 kg) Minimum (without driver).
  • Power output: ~650 hp (485 kW) unrestricted.
  • Fuel: Sunoco Leaded or Unleaded gasoline.
  • Fuel capacity: 22 U.S. gallons (83.2 L).
  • Fuel delivery: Carburetion.
  • Compression ratio: 12:1.
  • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated.
  • Carburetor size: 390 cu ft/min (184 L/s) 4-barrel.
  • Wheelbase: 105 in (2667 mm)/ 110 in (2794 mm).
  • Steering: Power, recirculating ball.

List of champions[edit]

Year Champion Most Popular Driver Rookie of the Year
1987 Joey Kourafas Chuck Bown N/A
1988 Jamie Aube Dick McCabe N/A
1989 Jamie Aube Jamie Aube Ron Lamell
1990 Jamie Aube Ricky Craven Ricky Craven
1991 Ricky Craven Ricky Craven Tony Hirschman
1992 Dick McCabe Mike McLaughlin Curtis Markham
1993 Dick McCabe Mike McLaughlin Andy Santerre
1994 Dale Shaw Andy Santerre Jerry Marquis
1995 Kelly Moore Mike Stefanik Brandon Butler
1996 Dave Dion Brandon Butler Brad Leighton
1997 Mike Stefanik Mike Stefanik Tracy Gordon
1998 Mike Stefanik Mike Stefanik Jeff Taylor
1999 Brad Leighton Dave Dion Mike Bruno
2000 Brad Leighton Brad Leighton Mike Johnson
2001 Mike Olsen Mike Olsen Brian Hoar
2002 Andy Santerre Andy Santerre Robbie Harrison
2003 Andy Santerre Andy Santerre Ryan Moore
2004 Andy Santerre Mike Stefanik Ryan Seaman
2005 Andy Santerre Andy Santerre Sean Caisse
2006 Mike Olsen Matt Kobyluck Ruben Pardo
2007 Joey Logano Jeffrey Earnhardt Joey Logano
2008 Matt Kobyluck Ricky Carmichael Austin Dillon
2009 Ryan Truex Steve Park Ryan Truex
2010 Ryan Truex Ryan Truex Darrell Wallace, Jr.
2011 Max Gresham Chase Elliott Alex Bowman
2012 Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Kyle Larson
2013 Dylan Kwasniewski Ben Kennedy Jesse Little
2014 Ben Rhodes Ben Rhodes

Career victories[edit]

In 353 races there have been 74 different winners, 43 of which have won multiple races.

Wins Driver First Win Last Win
27 Kelly Moore Jun 12, 1987 Sep 16, 2006
24 Brad Leighton Jul 12, 1989 Aug 14, 2004
21 Andy Santerre Jul 12, 1996 Aug 14, 2004
19 Dale Shaw Jul 18, 1997 Jul 25, 2002
16 Matt Kobyluck Aug 26, 2001 Aug 16, 2008
14 Bobby Dragon Jun 11, 1987 Jun 29, 1997
13 Ricky Craven Aug 19, 1990 Jul 8, 1995
13 Dave Dion Jun 28, 1992 Aug 27, 2005
12 Tracy Gordon Sep 5, 1998 Sep 19, 2002
12 Mike Stefanik Jun 28, 1991 Jul 15, 2005
10 Ted Christopher Sep 8, 1996 Sep 16, 2005
9 Brett Moffitt May 30, 2009 Jul 14, 2012
9 Jamie Aube Jul 12, 1987 Aug 28, 1993
8 Joe Bessey Aug 26, 1989 Sep 24, 1995
8 Robbie Crouch Aug 20, 1988 Sep 3, 1995
8 Dick McCabe Jul 10, 1988 Jun 12, 1993
8 Mike Rowe May 22, 1988 May 19, 1991
7 Jerry Marquis May 15, 1994 Jul 12, 1997
7 Mike McLaughlin Sep 2, 1990 Jul 10, 1993
7 Tom Carey May 22, 1998 Jul 12, 2003
7 Mike Johnson Jul 22, 2000 Jul 17, 2004
7 Sean Caisse Jun 10, 2006 Sep 21, 2007
6 Dale Quarterley Sep 9, 2001 Sep 24, 2004
6 Mike Olsen Jun 10, 2001 Jul 14, 2006
6 Darrell Wallace, Jr. Mar 27, 2010 Mar 31, 2012
6 Eddie MacDonald Sep 7, 2002 Sep 13, 2008
5 Bryan Wall Jun 5, 1999 Aug 10, 2002
5 Martin Truex, Jr. Jul 8, 2000 Jul 19, 2003
5 Joey Logano Apr 28, 2007 Sep 14, 2007
5 Skyler Allen Mar 27, 2010 04, 2017, 2011
5 Corey LaJoie Jun 2, 2012 Oct 27, 2012
5 Dylan Kwasniewski Mar 16, 2013 Sep 2, 2013
4 Butch Leitzinger Jun 5, 1994 Oct 12, 1996
4 Stub Fadden May 17, 1992 Sep 4, 1994
4 Brian Ickler May 18, 2008 Apr 11, 2009
3 Ryan Truex Apr 6, 2009 Aug 15, 2009
3 Joey Kourafas Sep 13, 1987 Aug 13, 1990
3 Chuck Bown May 5, 1987 Oct 12, 1987
3 Steve Park Jun 2, 1996 Aug 1, 2009
3 Max Gresham Apr 3, 2010 Jul 15, 2011
3 Sergio Pena Apr 17, 2011 Sep 10, 2011
3 Matt DiBenedetto Apr 25, 2009 Jun 4, 2011
2 Jimmy Spencer Aug 1, 1987 Jul 18, 1998
2 Tom Bolles Sep 8, 1995 May 4, 1997
2 Larry Carron Jun 25, 1988 Jul 1, 1989
2 Billy Clark Apr 26, 1987 Jun 10, 1989
2 Pete Silva May 5, 1988 Jul 2, 1988
2 Kyle Larson Jun 9, 2012 Sep 22, 2012
2 Ryan Moore Jul 9, 2005 Aug 10, 2005
2 Ben Kennedy Apr 13, 2013 Jun 1, 2013
2 Cole Custer Aug 2, 2013 Sep 21,2013
1 Bruce Haley May 25, 1987
1 Mike Weeden Jul 1, 1987
1 Tommy Houston Jul 14, 1987
1 Ralph Nason Aug 28, 1987
1 Rick Martin Sep 26, 1987
1 Ken Bouchard Sep 8, 1990
1 Bobby Gada Aug 29, 1992
1 Tony Hirschman Sep 5, 1992
1 Brian Ross May 29, 1993
1 Ken Schrader Oct 16, 1993
1 John Preston May 28, 1994
1 Martin Truex, Sr. Jul 9, 1994
1 Glenn Sullivan Jul 24, 1994
1 Keith Lamell Jul 29, 1994
1 Tom Rosati Aug 20, 1994
1 Jeff Fuller Sep 22, 1996
1 Kip Stockwell Aug 1, 1997
1 Rick Fuller Jul 3, 1998
1 Kim Baker Aug 8, 1998
1 Dennis Demers Jul 23, 1999
1 Denny Doyle Oct 26, 2002
1 Joey McCarthy Jun 28, 2003
1 Brian Hoar Aug 30, 2003
1 Bryon Chew Jun 24, 2006
1 Tim Andrews Sep 22, 2006
1 Ruben Pardo Sep 30, 2006
1 Rogelio López Jul 22, 2007
1 Austin Dillon Apr 19, 2008
1 Trevor Bayne Jul 12, 2008
1 Aric Almirola Sep 19, 2008
1 Peyton Sellers Oct 12, 2008
1 Kyle Busch May 17, 2009
1 Nelson Piquet Jr Mar 17, 2012
1 Cale Conley Jul 21, 2012
1 Chase Elliott May 19, 2012
1 Tyler Reddick Nov 3, 2012
1 Brandon Gdovic Apr 6, 2013
1 Ryan Gifford Apr 25, 2013
1 Daniel Suarez Jul 13, 2013
1 Austin Hill Sep 27, 2013

See also[edit]

2009 NASCAR Camping World East Series – Contains results from the 2009 season

2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series – Contains results from the 2008 season

2007 NASCAR Busch East Series – Contains results from the 2007 season

References[edit]

  • 2008 Nascar Camping World Series Rule Book
  • The Official Nascar 2008 Preview and Press Guide
  • 1996 Nascar Busch North Series Rule Book

External links[edit]