Stars of Tomorrow on Track Next Week in PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway
The NASCAR K&N East and West Pro Series are designed as high-level developmental opportunities for drivers to hone their skills while working their way up the racing ladder.
They also provide platforms to get noticed. And where better to do that than one of the biggest stages in racing?
After just two years of tackling the high banks of the Last Great Colosseum, several young drivers who had rides on the K&N tour have made their way into one of NASCAR's three national series. And several more in the March 15 PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway hope to follow the same trail.
Daniel Suárez, winner of the first two K&N events of the season, Lee Pulliam, Brandon McReynolds, Gray Gaulding and the rest of the field set to take the green flag in the PittLite 125 know a win at Bristol is a resume builder.
At least a half-dozen drivers running in the K&N Pro Series event at BMS the last two years now drive in NASCAR's Camping World Truck or Nationwide Series. At least one, Kyle Larson, now wheels a machine in the Sprint Cup Series.
With finishes of 20th and 26th, the previous two trips to Bristol have not gone well for Suárez. The difference this time is he enters the arena with back-to-back wins under his belt.
"Bristol is definitely one of the fastest and most fun tracks that we go to," said Suárez. "I've had a hard time getting good results in the world's fastest half-mile due to mechanical problems, but I head there with the intention to change all that on March 15."
Gaulding returns to Bristol with better memories after his Series debut last year. While not sitting at the top of the 2014 standings, two seventh-place runs to start the season have the Virginia driver fourth in points entering Bristol, where he finished sixth last spring.
"I am looking forward to getting back to Bristol," said Gaulding. "We had a really good car last year just got hung on the bottom during the last few restarts. If it was up to me we would race Bristol ten times a year. Bristol is my favorite track on the schedule, and I can't wait to for the green flag to drop."
Tickets still remain for the March 14-16 race weekend, but prices increase Sunday, March 9, so act now to purchase tickets for Saturday's doubleheader which start at just $35. Food City 500 tickets start at just $65. Weekend packages for all three races are available for as low as $89.
Fans may click here or call (855) 580-5525 to experience this spring's battle on the high banks of the Last Great Colosseum.