Talk:K&N Pro Series East
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Is the series really semi-pro? Amateur? Off the top of my head I thought it was fully professional. Royalbroil 05:13, 25 April 2006 (UTC)
- This says it's professional. Probably not the best source but marketing/PR types are usually good about checking facts and things. Recury 14:13, 1 May 2006 (UTC)
How hard is it to get into this league? Is it entry-level? Arthur Ellis 17:02, 6 October 2006 (UTC)
- Not entry-level, definitely mid-level among racing's divisions. A startup team or a new driver will struggle; if neither the driver not the team have experience at this level, they're unlikely to find any success in their first year. Travel among several states. Featured except when sharing a weekend with the Busch Series or Nextel Cup. Lots of regional attention, but little national ink. Locals have strong loyalty dating back decades, but otherwise it's valued mainly as a stepping stone to Busch and Cup. Barno 19:08, 29 August 2007 (UTC)
Just Want to Clear Some Things Up
Everyone in the series--even the officials--are part time, except the series director, Lee Roy. All staff are payed, and most of the time have to drive to the races at their own expense. Some farther distance races, they travel via air, payed for by NASCAR. The drivers all have racing haulers and most have Nextel cup size trailers, but a handful of them have one-level featherlite type trailers. To drive, you must apply for it at the beginning of the season and must have years of racing experience. Many people apply, though only a couple people are excepted into the series. --Boy Cool67 20:15, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
- Do you have a source for this? Most years there are several (perhaps a half-dozen) Rookie of the Year candidates, who enter the RotY program before the season starts. But each year there are "testing the water" entries in just one or two races by new teams, or by local teams looking to move up, and many of these are announced during the racing season, not in the spring. Yes, NASCAR has some (partly subjective) requirements for granting a Busch East competitor license, but they're not as tough as Nextel Cup where a driver must have proven competence on a large speedway (such as by competing in an ARCA superspeedway race). I've never heard of a Busch East license request being rejected (except for being under 18 years old). Also, there are usually at least a couple of crew chiefs who do it as their full-time occupation. For drivers this usually isn't true unless they're on a development contract for a Cup team; most Busch East drivers are local winners who want to compete in the region's biggest tour for full-bodied cars. Some are trying to get picked up by Busch or Cup teams, but most don't expect to become "professional". Barno 19:00, 29 August 2007 (UTC)
- To drive in this series you do need to apply for a drivers license and submit an application with racing experience (standard for getting a license in any of the top 3 NASCAR divisions). While Nascar will give just about any driver a license at this level, due to the size of some of the tracks, drivers must prove themselves before being allowed to compete on the larger/faster tracks (Notably New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway). The drivers must prove themselves on the smaller tracks before being allowed to compete on the larger tracks. Drivers from other series (Cup, Nationwide, Trucks) have competed in the Grand National Series to get approval to run in the other series on larger tracks. 89ford (talk) 03:17, 29 March 2008 (UTC)