Vanderwal Heads For K&N East Opener At New Smyrna

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File Photo Kody Vanderwal at Colorado National Speedway 2017

Colorado Teen Set To Begin Second Season In NASCAR K&N Pro Series

LA SALLE, Colo. (Feb. 5, 2018) – Kody Vanderwal will kick off his 2018 racing season by competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday. The 17-year-old from La Salle, Colorado – who will be embarking on his second season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series – will drive a Bill McAnally Racing Toyota Camry, branded as the No. 34 Flyin’ Dutchman Toyota.

“I’m really excited to get in a car that I know will be fast,” Vanderwal said. “Last year, we struggled with trying to get our car up to par. It was kind of hard for me to learn that way.”

Nevertheless, Vanderwal had a solid rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last year, notching two top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts. After getting his 2018 year started at New Smyrna, he plans to return to run a second season in the West division, driving the No. 43 Flyin’ Dutchman entry.

Vanderwal is a second-generation competitor. His father, Rudy, had raced in some high profile super late model events at Colorado National Speedway and Tucson (Arizona) Speedway. In late 2016, he entered his son in a truck series event at Tucson. A victory in that race led to Kody racing some late model events, and success at that level led to the younger Vanderwal racing the K&N West race at Tucson.

“After Kody did well at Tucson, we were asked to go to Kern (County Raceway Park),” Rudy said. “We did well at Kern, and it was suggested that we go to Irwindale (Speedway). So, from one race at a time, we decided to keep going.”

BMR gave Vanderwal’s team the opportunity to work in their shop in Roseville, California leading up to the K&N West race at nearby All American Speedway last fall. That relationship led to Bill McAnally offering them the opportunity to compete in a BMR car in this week’s race.

Prepared in the BMR shop, the Toyota Camry at New Smyrna will be crewed by the Flyin’ Dutchman team, led by crew chief Jason Dickenson.

The New Smyrna race is part of the 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing on the half-mile Florida track.
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  1. BMR Drivers Set For K&N East Opener At New Smyrna
    · NASCAR Speedweeks Kicks Off 2018 Season

    ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2018) – Bill McAnally Racing’s trio of drivers are set to compete in NASCAR Speedweeks in Florida as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off its season at New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday.

    Each of the three competitors has a slightly different perspective on the event, but all share the same goal – to run up front and contend for the win.

    Derek Kraus, driving the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, will be embarking on his second year of competition with BMR in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Cole Rouse – in the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry – will 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. Hailie Deegan, meanwhile, will be making her series debut in the No. 19 Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry as she tackles the ranks of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

    All three drivers are slated to run the full 15-race schedule in the West division of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this year – while also racing in select events in the East division, such as New Smyrna.

    Kraus finished third a year ago at New Smyrna Speedway, in making his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He went on to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he won the rookie title and finished third in the overall championship standings.

    For 2018, the 16-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin is in the seat of the NAPA Toyota vacated by his BMR teammate, Todd Gilliland, who won back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017.

    Rouse – a 20-year-old from Fort Smith, Arkansas – will be making his first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He notched four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes while finishing eighth in the championship standings as a rookie in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016.

    This past year, he raced for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the CARS Super Late Model Tour, where he captured a championship. He also made starts last year in a variety of other touring series.

    Deegan, a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights rising stars, will be making her first start in NASCAR’s top developmental series. The 16-year-old from Temecula, California has won multiple championships in off-road racing – where she began her racing career at the age of 8.

    She also competed this past season in stock cars – racing in super late model and late model divisions. Deegan participated in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity combine in 2016 and was awarded the 2017 NASCAR Diversity Young Racer award. She is a member of Toyota’s driver development program.

    A group of NAPA guests – from the NAPA store in Daytona Beach and the NAPA store in Deltona – will be attending the New Smyrna race, courtesy of Chris Wall, general manager of NAPA’s Jacksonville Distribution Center. A VIP experience is planned for the group that includes going behind the scenes with a special pit tour, attending the drivers’ meeting, and being guests at a VIP Hospitality. The guests will also have the opportunity to attend the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Clash at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

    Sunday’s 175-lap race is part of the 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing on the half-mile New Smyrna track. It will be televised on NBCSN, and is scheduled to air on Feb. 20. (Check local listings for your time zone.)

    Kraus will have a busy schedule at New Smyrna. In addition to racing in the K&N East event, he will be competing in super late model races there.

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  2. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race number 1 of 1
    Sunday, February 11, 2018 at New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL
    175 laps on a .480 mile paved track (84.0 miles)

    Time of race: n/a
    Average Speed: n/a
    Pole Speed: 93.77 mph

    Glossary 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results

    Qualifying results for this race:

    1 Harrison Burton 12 Toyota 18.428 93.770
    2 Todd Gilliland 54 Toyota 18.430 93.760
    3 Cole Rouse 99 Toyota 18.546 93.174
    4 Anthony Alfredo 40 Toyota 18.589 92.958
    5 Tyler Dippel 30 Ford 18.622 92.793
    6 Brandon McReynolds 74 Chevrolet 18.624 92.784
    7 Derek Kraus 16 Toyota 18.660 92.605
    8 Spencer Davis 82 Chevrolet 18.667 92.570
    9 Hailie Deegan 19 Toyota 18.668 92.565
    10 Anthony Sergi 20 Toyota 18.676 92.525
    11 Ryan Vargas 2 Toyota 18.699 92.411
    12 Chase Cabre 4 Toyota 18.720 92.308
    13 Ruben Garcia, Jr. 6 Toyota 18.747 92.175
    14 Joe Graf, Jr. 43 Toyota 18.827 91.783
    15 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. 04 Toyota 18.833 91.754
    16 Brandon Oakley 51 Ford 18.877 91.540
    17 J.P. Morgan 23 Chevrolet 18.914 91.361
    18 Dillon Bassett 44 Ford 18.924 91.313
    19 Matt Levin 10 Chevrolet 18.970 91.091
    20 Abraham Calderon 55 Toyota 18.981 91.038
    21 Kody Vanderwal 34 Toyota 19.018 90.861
    22 Jimmy Zacharias 31 Chevrolet 19.126 90.348
    23 Juan Manuel Gonzalez 5 Toyota 19.151 90.230
    24 Jesse Iwuji 36 Chevrolet 19.253 89.752
    25 John Wood 08 Chevrolet 19.362 89.247
    26 Andrew Tuttle 39 Toyota 20.088 86.022
    27 Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 87 Ford 20.132 85.833

    OP: qualified via owners points
    PC: qualified as past champion
    PR: provisional
    QR: via qualifying race
    * – had to qualify on time

    Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes: none

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