NASCAR K&N Pro Series East prepares to take green flag on 2018 season
The season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East highlights nine nights of short track racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
After winning the championship last season, Harrison Burton will compete part-time this year and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. That means there will be a new champion in NASCAR’s top developmental series in 2018.
Although he won’t be competing for the title this year, Burton will be joined in the race Sunday night by two-time back-to-back K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland and defending NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion Abraham Calderon.
One driver making her NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut is Hailie Deegan. Deegan will lead a trio of drivers from Bill McAnally Racing in the season opener on Sunday.
Derek Kraus will be embarking on his second year of competition with BMR in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Cole Rouse who’ll be making his first race with BMR as he returns to the K&N Pro Series, where he competed in the West division in 2016.
Kraus finished third a year ago at New Smyrna. He went on to compete in the West, where he won the rookie title and finished third in the overall championship standings.
Kraus takes the seat vacated by Gilliland while Rouse, a 20-year-old from Fort Smith, Ark. – will be making his first start in the East. He notched four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes while finishing eighth in the championship standings as a rookie in the West in 2016.
Deegan, a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights rising stars, is a 16-year-old from Temecula, Calif., that has won multiple championships in off-road racing – where she began racing at the age of 8.
The entry list also includes another NASCAR Next driver Chase Cabre, as well as program alums Ruben Garcia Jr., Tyler Dippel, Brandon McReynolds and Spencer Davis.
Complete Pre-entry List
|Car No.||Driver||Owner||Car||Crew Chief||Sponsor|
|2||Ryan Vargas||Max Siegel||Toyota||Matt Bucher||UTI / NTI|
|4||Ronnie Bassett, Jr.||Ronnie Bassett Sr.||Toyota||Kris Bowen||Bassett Gutters and More Inc.|
|4||Chase Cabre||Max Siegel||Toyota||Mark Green||Honda Generators / Baille|
|5||Juan Migual Gonzalez||Jen Brown||Toyota||Kase Kallenbach||Nextgen Motorsports / Illux|
|6||Ruben Garcia, Jr.||Max Siegel||Toyota||Steve Plattenberger||HDI|
|8||John Wood||Mike Holleran||Chevrolet||TBA||Idaho 208 Kart|
|10||Matt Levin||Jody Levin||Chevrolet||Ron Norman||Nextgen Motorsports|
|12||Harrison Burton||Matthew Miller||Toyota||Shane Huffman||DEX Imaging|
|16||Derek Kraus||Mike Curb||Toyota||John Camiller||NAPA Auto Parts / Curb Records|
|17||Tyler Ankrum||David Gilliland||Toyota||Seth Smith||Modern Meat Company|
|19||Hailie Deegan||Bill McAnally||Toyota||Joe Draper||Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus|
|20||Anthony Sergi||Ben Kennedy||Toyota||Glenn Garrison||TBA|
|23||J.P. Morgan||JP Morgan||Chevrolet||James Beck||TBA|
|30||Tyler Dippel||Mark Rette||Ford||Mark Rette||TyCar|
|31||Jimmy Zacharias||Ted Marsh||Chevrolet||Todd Fisette||Whelen / Mistar Basement|
|32||Salvatore Iovino||Sue McCarty||Chevrolet||TBA||Raceway Wireless / Finalfex / Denrich Apparel|
|34||Kody Vanderwal||John Wood||Toyota||Jason Dickenson||Biltrite Signs / LaSalle Oil|
|36||Jesse Iwuji||Shawne Merriman||Chevrolet||Mike Holleran||Perfection Hydration / Lights Out|
|39||Andrew Tuttle||Kevin McCarty||Toyota||CJ Turnbough||The Ranch / Ride for 22|
|40||Anthony Alfredo||Mark McFarland||Toyota||Robert Huffman||Ceco Building Systems|
|43||Joe Graf, Jr.||David Calabrese||Toyota||Ron Otto||TBA|
|44||Dillon Bassett||Ronnie Bassett Sr.||Ford||Skip Eyler||Bassett Gutters and More Inc.|
|51||Brandon Oakley||Thomas Oakley||Ford||Gary Estes||Oakley Blacktop|
|54||Todd Gilliland||David Gilliland||Toyota||Marcus Richmond||Frontline Enterprises|
|55||Abraham Calderon||Carlos Crespo||Toyota||Wayne Setterington Jr.||PEAK / Nextgen Motorsports|
|74||Brandon McReynolds||Marie Benevento-Visconti||Chevrolet||Doug Chouinard||IGA Food Markets|
|82||Spencer Davis||Danny Watts Jr.||Chevrolet||Jerry Babb||Danny's|
|87||Chuck Buchanan, Jr.||Charles Buchanan Jr.||Ford||Craig Wood||Spring Drug|
|99||Cole Rouse||Bill McAnally||Toyota||Bryan Tasnady||NAPA Filters|
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