NASCAR, SPEED Announce 2012 Broadcast Schedule
For K&N Pro and Whelen Modified
Official Release  -  March 30, 2012 - 1:09pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2012 race season programming for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on SPEED, including three races that will air live.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond International Raceway on April 26 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finale at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 10 will be live broadcasts, as will the fourth annual combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours at Bristol will air live on Aug. 22.

The Richmond race night will also include live broadcast of the Denny Hamlin Foundation Short-Track Showdown, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division race.

The broadcast calendar also includes 23 taped-delayed events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series – NASCAR’s top developmental series – which consists of championships in the East and West. The races will air on Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET, beginning April 12 with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season-opener from Phoenix International Raceway, which was run on March 3. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener on March 17 from Bristol Motor Speedway will air on April 19.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series broadcast schedule includes both East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway. Other highlights include inaugural K&N Pro Series West events at Havasu (Ariz.) 95 Speedway and NAPA Speedway in Sandia, N.M. as well as the K&N Pro Series East’s season finale and first trip to historic Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features the next generation of top-level NASCAR stars competing alongside accomplished veterans and SPEED’s coverage of the series provides a great platform to showcase these drivers,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “We are also very fortunate to be able to bring live coverage to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and its passionate fan base.”

SPEED, in conjunction with NASCAR Media Group, will air each NASCAR K&N Pro Series tape-delayed race as a one-hour show. SPEED, with its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle.

Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team are busy readying for the 14 race K&N Series East schedule with the first race on the famed half-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway on St Patrick's Day, March 17. This is the first race for the East Series at Bristol and the excitement can be felt throughout the shop.

"This is our Super Bowl of short track racing, just like Daytona is for the top divisions." said Eddie MacDonald. "We have been looking forward to this date since it was announced on the schedule. Everyone in our organization is excited about racing at Bristol. Personally, I can't wait to get out on that track on test day in preparation for the race. NASCAR has the East Series scheduled for the test day on Monday, February 27 and we are looking forward to learning as much as we can."

Crew chief Rollie LaChance echoes MacDonald's feelings saying, "This is the Mecca of short track racing and Grimm Racing applauds NASCAR for its effort to bring our series to Bristol. The schedule this year is demanding but looks like a lot of fun but to start with Bristol is something special. The testing day is huge for us since we do not have any working knowledge of the place, so running there for an entire day will give us a lot of information we can use to set up for a successful race there."

Team owner Rob Grimm committed early on to run the entire schedule and MacDonald is thankful for his continued support saying, "None of this would be possible without Rob. He continues to support this team and it is greatly appreciated. He and his wife Carla treat us like family so to run well and even get a win at Bristol would be a great way to say thanks. There is a lot of work going on at the shop and we are on a good pace to have everything ready for the season. Rob has given us everything we need and continues to support us in whatever we need. I also have to mention that a win on St. Patrick's Day would certainly mean everything to my father."

LaChance is pleased with the accomplishments of the team over the winter saying, "Things have gone well getting everything ready. I am especially pleased that our composite car that was virtually destroyed at Bowman Gray has been completely repaired and it is almost ready to go for the race at Greenville at the end of March. I have to thank Rob Grimm for everything. With a 14 race schedule, it involves a lot of extra traveling for us, especially since losing one of the Loudon races that is almost in our back yard. We will also race twice in Iowa, so this schedule will be challenging but we feel we will be very competitive.

The series returns to Greenville and Iowa for two races and will return for one race at Richmond, Bowman Gray, Gresham, Langley, Loudon Dover, and Columbus. The series will return to Raceway Park in Pa. after a long hiatus since the late '80's and will return to famed Rockingham for the final race of the season. The series did race there six times with their last appearance in 1992.

2012 K&N Pro Series East Schedule Released

Slate includes three new venues, six companion events
Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
December 23, 2011 - 10:00am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule that features 14 races at 12 different short tracks and speedways across the eastern United States.

The 26th season of K&N Pro Series East competition will see NASCAR’s top developmental division visit 10 states, and will be highlighted by three additions to the calendar: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Raceway Park in Clearfield, Pa., and Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series continues to establish itself as a desired destination for developing talent and the schedule has been designed with that in mind.” said George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President of Regional & Touring Series. “With a diverse mix of historic short tracks and speedway companion events with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, the 2012 calendar will provide competitors with the experience they need to further their careers.”

The 2012 season will commence with the inaugural K&N Pro Series East event at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, on March 17 as part of the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend. It will be the third event in series history in the Volunteer State.

Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway is back on the schedule with both spring and fall dates for the second year in a row. The first race at the venerable half-mile is slated for March 31 with a return engagement on Sept. 3 during Labor Day weekend.

Iowa Speedway has also added a second date for 2012. The sixth edition of the traditional spring combination event with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the schedule on May 19 and it will be complemented with a second combo race on Aug. 3. Both events at Iowa will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

In addition to Bristol and the two Iowa races, the K&N Pro Series East will have three more companion events in 2012 with NASCAR’s national series. The East will return to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 26, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Sept. 22, and Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sept. 28.

The July 14 date at Raceway Park will mark the third time the K&N Pro Series East has visited the central Pennsylvania facility, and first since 1988. The reconfigured facility now features a .625-mile layout.

The 2012 season will conclude with the inaugural stand-alone race in K&N Pro Series East history at Rockingham. It will be the series’ first visit to the high-banked mile, since the East competed in combination with the Nationwide Series at “The Rock” six times from 1987-92.

Additional 2012 schedule notes:
•  In addition to Richmond, three other facilities that welcomed the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the first time in 2011 have returned to the schedule. Historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., is slated for June 2, Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., returns for a June 23 race and Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway’s event will be July 21.
•  Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., is on the calendar for the third year in a row with a June 9 race date.
•  The event at New Hampshire moves from a Friday in recent seasons to Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
•  The Rockingham date will be a doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
•  Bristol, Clearfield and Rockingham will bring the total of tracks in which the K&N Pro Series East has held stand-alone races to 43 since competition began in 1987.
•  All 14 events will be contested directly in - or in the coverage area of - the top 100 media markets in the nation.

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