K&N East Returns To Action At RIR - With Entry List

Monday, Apr 23 1498

A year ago Ryan Blaney and Travis Pastrana made their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debuts at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. This time around they'll rely on the experienced gained in the last year competing in NASCAR's top development series to step up to the next level.

In the past decade the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become a successful feeder system to the upper levels of NASCAR. Martin Truex Jr. and Austin Dillon became championship winners in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, respectively. Recent K&N Pro Series graduates Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne have also become race winners at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level.

This weekend in Richmond, Blaney and Pastrana will continue their development in the K&N Pro Series while also hoping to make a successful leap to the Nationwide Series.

Both Blaney and Pastrana said their experience in the 2011 Blue Ox 100, as well as a return appearance in this Thursday's K&N Pro Series East event, was a deciding factor in designating Virginia 529 College Savings 250 as the perfect opportunity to make their Nationwide Series debut.

"I loved the place when we ran K&N there last year and I'm really excited to go back there," Blaney said. "We wanted to go to a track that I was really comfortable with, and that the teams run good with [for the Nationwide debut]. So hopefully we can get a good result."

"We're starting with Richmond, which is close to my house, and race as we did last year in the K&N Series," Pastrana said. "We'll also will do it [the K&N race] this year on the Thursday before the Nationwide debut, so it's a really good place to start."

Whether it's on a part-time basis - like Blaney - or competing the full season - like Pastrana - many developing drivers are turning to the K&N Pro Series as a place to get valuable track time and experience with the hope of moving up through the ranks. Blaney hopes to lean on the experience gained, specifically in Thursday's Blue Ox 100, to get prepared for his Nationwide Series debut.

"It's going to be a big help for me, a big learning experience to see what will help us out later in the race," Blaney said of competing Thursday night. "So it's definitely an advantage having to race the night before."

For Pastrana, while Thursday's Blue Ox 100 will be crucial for his Friday outing, it is more of a total learning experience that he is gaining by competing week-in and week-out in the K&N Pro Series East along with a whole host of young developing talent.

"The K&N race [last year at Richmond] was a very humbling experience," Pastrana said. "You look and there are so many guys out there. People say NASCAR is an older demographic and this and that. I've gotten my butt kicked by 15, 17, 18-year-olds that kill me on a weekly basis.

"So there is definitely a lot of young talent coming up, and I'm super excited to kind of learn with them, even though I've been always one of the younger guys in everything I've done. Now I definitely came in and I'm one of the older guys for sure."







Enrique Contreras *

Viva La Raza Racing Toyota

Cody Sommer

Cody Sommer


Sergio Peña, Winchester, Va.

Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Shigeaki Hattori

Matt Goslant


Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn.

Universal Technical Institute/NTI Toyota

Max Siegel

Dennis Connor


Bryan Ortiz, Bayamon, Puerto Rico *

Toyota Racing Development Toyota

Max Siegel

Mardy Lindley


Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. *

Rev Racing Toyota

Max Siegel

Randy Goss


Corey LaJoie, Concord, N.C.

Virginia Motor Spdwy/Sims Metal Ford

Randy LaJoie

Ron Otto


Michael McGuire, Vinton, Va. *

Woods Towing & Transportation Toyota

Tim McGuire

Mark Huff


Jorge Arteaga, Aguascalientes, Mexico *

Rev Racing Toyota

Max Siegel

Mark Green


Chase Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga.

Aaron's/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet

Bill Elliott

Lance McGrew


Ryan Blaney, High Point, N.C. *

DB Racing Toyota

Dave Blaney

Trent Owens


Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa

Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Shigeaki Hattori

Dave McCarty


Jorge Contreras Jr., Naucalpan, Mexico *

Telmex/Ed Hardy/TWR Dodge

Lori Williams

Troy Williams


Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico

Telcel/Finsa/Rocacero Toyota

Geraldo Rodrigues

Coleman Pressley


Carlos Iaconelli, Sao Paulo, Brazil *

Bienvenidos a NASCAR/Mayor Cars Toyota

Geraldo Rodrigues

Mark McFarland


Duarte Ferreira, Luanda, Angola *

LS Sports/Sonangol Toyota

Geraldo Rodrigues

Jerry Babb


Nelson Piquet Jr., Brasilia, Brazil

X Team Racing Toyota

Geraldo Rodrigues

Chris Carrier


Darrell Wallace, Jr., Concord, N.C.

Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

J.D. Gibbs

Bryant Frazier


Sam Hunt, Midlothian, Va. *

Oakley/Bruster’s Ice Cream Dodge

Rick Gdovic

Rick Gdovic


Dylan Presnell, Sevierville, Tenn. *

American Mountain Rentals/Amtrol Toyota

Joe Coulter

Kris Bowen


Brennan Newberry, Bakersfield, Calif.

NTS Motorsports Chevrolet

Bob Newberry

Dan Deeringhoff


Jimmy Weller, Hubbard, Ohio *

Integrated Metal Products Toyota

Jim Weller

Joe Williams


Dale Quarterley, Westfield, Mass.

Van Dyk Baler Chevrolet

Dale Quarterley

Ed Murray


Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston, Mass.

Matthews Truck Service/Titech Chevrolet

Richard Ramstrom

John McJunkins


Chad Finchum, Knoxville, Tenn. *

Texas Roadhouse/Spraker Racing Toyota

Jeff Spraker

Dinky Thornton


CJ Faison, Seaford, Del. *

Generation Rescue Chevrolet

Ronald Faison

Brandon Butler


Brandon Gdovic, Yorktown, Va.

Aquis Communications/ComServe Dodge

Rick Gdovic

Todd Loshe


Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va.

PMC/Health Bridge Imaging Toyota

Yale Conley

Mark Durgin


Scott Saunders, Brisbane, Australia *

Inox Supreme Lube/Standout Wraps Dodge

Jenifer McDonald

Mark Durgin


Stephen Nasse, Pinellas Park, Fla. *

All American Cncrt/StephenNasse.com Toyota

Jeff Nasse



Andrew Smith, Pooler, Ga.

Octane/SavannahPawn.com Chevrolet

Edwin Smith

David Ifft


John Salemi, Nashua, N.H.

John Salemi Racing Toyota

Joe Salemi

Kevin Salemi


Rafael Vallina *

Viva La Raza Racing Toyota

Cody Sommer



Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass.

Grimm Construction Chevrolet

Rob Grimm

Rollie Lachance


Blake Jones, Sevierville, Tenn. *

Teddy Jones Racing Chevrolet

Teddy Jones

Josh McCoy


Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet

Robert Johnson

Mike Fritts


Jesse Little, Sherrils Ford, N.C. *

Hurst Mtspts/Team Little Racing Chevrolet

Jason Little

Travis Sharp


Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz.

Curb Records Chevrolet

Mike Curb

Eddie Dickerson


Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md. *

iRacing Toyota

Michael Waltrip

Mike Greci