K&N Series Prepares to Race at Bowman Gray
(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) The K&N Pro Series East visits the Madhouse again this Saturday night, and the historic quarter-mile of Bowman Gray Stadium will surely once again be one of the most challenging and unique tracks on their schedule.
In preparation for the upcoming NASCAR Hall of Fame150, the series dropped by the Stadium for a test day on May 16. These crucial few hours provided competitors a chance to acclimate themselves to the track and try to make some gains on their speed.
“The biggest area of improvement had to be finding their lines around the track,” said Kip Childress, race director for the K&N Pro Series East. “While the K&N Pro Series visits a lot of great venues, none are quite like Bowman Gray Stadium. From the tight, flat turns to the short bursts of speed on the straightaways, it is so important to develop a smooth line and to hit your marks.”
Dylan Kwasniewski will be one of the competitors looking to perform strongly this Saturday. He dominated the K&N Pro Series West last season and is aiming to be the only competitor ever to win championships in both the West and East series.
“Bowman Gray is a very physical and tight track. I have to constantly be on my toes, and I need to be aggressive to get out front and out of trouble,” said Kwasniewski about the unique challenge that the Stadium will bring. “Bowman Gray has a ton of character to it. The intensity of the fans and the aggressive racing makes for a great show. I'm excited to race there, and I'm confident we will be in contention for the win.”
The most important aspect of the race may take place even before the green flag falls. “The number one game plan is laying down a good qualifying lap. Track position is everything and starting up front will be high on everyone’s game plan,” said Childress.
Brett Moffitt, the current points leader for the K&N Pro Series East, echoes Childress’s thoughts about qualifying. “Judging off of years past, leading is the safest place to be. Hopefully we can be in that position and end up alright at the end of the day,” said Moffitt.
Of the nearly two-dozen competitors entered for the race, only eight of them have raced at Bowman Gray Stadium before. Moffitt feels that his experience may give him a slight edge. “It helps us a little bit, but there are so many wild cards that come into play over there,” said Moffitt. “It’s a little more technical because of how slow the corner speeds are. Experience might help a little bit on that note.”
But he’s quick to add that the caliber of competition will still be high regardless of track experience. “Bowman Gray is short track racing – and the K&N East series is full of full-time short track racers that happen to be really good at it,” said Moffitt.
In addition to the tight nature of the track, there’s one thing Bowman Gray Stadium possesses that is truly unique: history. When the racers compete on Saturday, they will be part of a 65-year tradition at NASCAR’s first weekly race track. The winner will join the list of other Bowman Gray winners such as Richard and Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Curtis Turner, and Glen Wood.
And as part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150, Grand Marshal Jack Ingram – who was just voted to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame – will present the winner with their trophy.
The two-day event begins Friday at Bowman Gray Stadium with the G-OIL 100 for the Modifieds and racing for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions. And regular adult admission is only eight dollars.
Then on Saturday, it’s the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a 100-lap race for the Modifieds. Saturday will be a Two Dollar Ladies’ Night where women can see the racing action for only two dollars.
Gates open at 6:00 for practice and the first race is at 8:00 – on both Friday and Saturday nights. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.