DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is headed to Georgia for the second year in a row with the Slack Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, June 11 at Gresham Motorsports Park.
"Fast Track Will Be Second Of Three-Consecutive Race Weeks"
The recently-renovated facility in Jefferson, Ga., welcomed the K&N Pro Series East for the first time in August 2010. After a wild race that saw Ty Dillon escape with the victory, the track announced soon after that they would bring NASCAR’s top developmental series for a return engagement at the fast half mile.
Dillon, pole winner Kevin Swindell and late-race leader Ryan Truex will not be at Gresham this week, leaving the door open for a whole new group to contend for the checkered flag, and there will be plenty of candidates. The season’s first five events have produced four different race winners from three different teams.
Like when Brett Moffitt competed at Iowa Speedway in May, Max Gresham will have the pressure this week to capture the checkers at his home track. Gresham’s father, Tony, is a track administrator while his grandfather, Jim, owns the facility. And like Moffitt, he’ll look to celebrate in Victory Lane in front of the hometown crowd. Gresham finished 12th in last year’s event.
Gresham will have plenty of competition for the win as the 2011 season has proved to be very competitive with just 100 points separating the top six in the standings. Three of those positions belong to X Team Racing, which earned its first win last week at Bowman Gray Stadium with Matt DiBenedetto. Moffitt will also look to bounce back from an incident at Bowman Gray that dropped him from the championship lead to 34 points out.
Another Change at the Top … Following Moffitt’s win in the opener, each of the subsequent four races this year have featured a change in the points lead. After rallying from the rear of the field at the start of the Army Strong 150 at Bowman Gray to finish sixth, Darrell Wallace Jr. moved back to the top. Wallace has a 17-point edge on DiBenedetto, who jumped three spots with his win. Moffitt entered Bowman Gray one point ahead of Wallace, and dropped to fourth.
Fast Track … Gresham is the fastest short track on the K&N Pro Series East schedule. Swindell’s pole-winning lap last year was 104.944 mph. To put that in perspective, Moffitt’s pole at half-mile Greenville Pickens this year was 87.659 mph and it was 91.394 mph for Darrell Wallace Jr. at .4-mile South Boston Speedway.
Family Ties … In addition to Max Gresham’s family ties, Chase Elliott also has a connection to Gresham Motorsports Park. His uncle, Dan Elliott, is the track’s general manager. Dan’s wife and daughter are also involved with the track’s operation.
Friday at Funopolis … Fans are invited to come out to Funopolis Family Fun Center in Jefferson to meet and compete against K&N Pro Series East drivers and crew members in a night of activities that include go-kart racing, laser tag, video games and more. An autograph session is scheduled for 6 p.m. and activities will run from 6:30-9 p.m. Fans that bring three canned food items will receive a $5 play card. The event will benefit Jackson and Banks County Food Banks.
The Race Slack Auto Parts 150
The Place Gresham Motorsports Park, Jefferson, Ga.
The Date Saturday, June 11
The Time 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Schedule SPEED, June 16, 6 p.m. ET
Track Layout .5-mile banked asphalt oval
2010 Winner Ty Dillon
2010 Polesitter Kevin Swindell
Event Schedule Practice 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Final Practice 1:10 - 2 p.m., Qualifying 4:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 5 p.m.