K&N Pro Series East
|Category||Stock car racing|
|Manufacturers||Chevrolet · Ford · Toyota · Dodge|
|Drivers' champion||Shane Wenzloff|
|Teams' champion||Dillon Bates racing|
|Official website||K&N Pro Series East|
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 for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).
Races are held at oval tracks ranging from 1⁄3 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 Cup Series.
Many of the NASCAR Pro Series East 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.
The other regional division at the Grand National level of NASCAR is the K&N Pro Series West.
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 Xfinity 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 as title sponsor of both series in the Grand National Division.
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
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 Cup Series, many of the vehicles on the series are old Cup cars. Another popular way to get a complete body is to buy a "cut-off" body from an Xfinity 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, Xfinity, Cup) series, unleaded fuel must be used.
- 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.
On November 4, 2014 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NASCAR president Mike Helton unveiled a new body style for the K&N Pro Series based on the NASCAR Cup Series Gen 6 models. The new body, developed with Five Star Race Car Bodies, is constructed of a composite laminate blend and designed with easily replaceable body panels, expected to shrink the costs of fabrication dramatically. The body style is eligible for use in both K&N Series competition and ARCA Racing Series competition for the 2015 season, replacing the old Gen 4-style steel bodies after 2015, and the current one-piece composite body after 2016.
List of champions
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|
|7||Eddie MacDonald||Sep 7, 2002||Mar 15, 2015|
|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|
|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||Corey LaJoie||Jun 2, 2012||Oct 27, 2012|
|5||Dylan Kwasniewski||Mar 16, 2013||Sep 2, 2013|
|5||Ben Rhodes||Mar 22, 2014||Jun 21, 2014|
|5||Sergio Pena||Apr 17, 2011||Aug 29, 2015|
|5||Austin Hill||Sep 27, 2013||Sep 10, 2015|
|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|
|4||Scott Heckert||Aug 8, 2014||Aug 7, 2015|
|4||William Byron||Apr 4, 2015||Jul 17, 2015|
|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||Matt DiBenedetto||Apr 25, 2009||Jun 4, 2011|
|3||Daniel Suárez||Jul 13, 2013||Feb 18, 2015|
|3||Cole Custer||Aug 2, 2013||Apr 26, 2015|
|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||Jesse Little||Jul 11, 2014||Apr 18, 2015|
|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||Kyle Benjamin||Apr 18, 2015|
|1||Rico Abreu||Jul 4, 2015|
|1||Dillon Bassett||Aug 15, 2015|
|1||Collin Cabre||Oct 3, 2015|
Most wins at each track
|Adirondack International Speedway||Matt Kobyluck||3|
|Beech Ridge Motor Speedway||Dale Shaw||4|
|Darlington Raceway||Harry Gant||2|
|Daytona International Speedway||Dale Earnhardt||3|
|Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex||Dave Dion||3|
|Jennerstown Speedway||Kelly Moore||3|
|Lake Erie Speedway||Andy Santerre||2|
|Lee USA Speedway||Brad Leighton||4|
|Lime Rock Park||Butch Leitzinger & Matt Kobyluck||3|
|Nazareth Speedway||Tim Fedewa||2|
|New London-Waterford Speedbowl||Kelly Moore, Mike Johnson & Matt Kobyluck||2|
|Oxford Plains Speedway||Mike Rowe||7|
|Richmond International Raceway||Harry Gant||3|
|Riverside Park Speedway||Bobby Dragon & Tom Carey, Jr.||2|
|Seekonk Speedway||Kelly Moore||2|
|Star Speedway||Robbie Crouch & Kelly Moore||3|
|Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park||Ricky Craven & Mike Stefanik||3|
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- 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series – Contains results from the 2008 season
- 2007 NASCAR Busch East Series – Contains results from the 2007 season
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- 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series Rule Book
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- 1996 NASCAR Busch North Series Rule Book