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NKNPS South Boston Speedway 5/6/17 Results - Dippel 16th & 12th

RACE 1 - SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Chesapeake, Virginia's Travis Miller won his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

Miller and his No. 40 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet started the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s in the third position and quickly picked his way to the start of the field. It was a restart on Lap 59 that enabled the 29-year-old to take the lead from Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Chase Purdy. Once Miller, who is making his season debut this weekend, was able to get around the 17-year-old, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native he never looked back and went on to lead the final 40 laps of the 100-lap feature event.

Purdy and his No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off Road Toyota made one last effort to get around Miller as they exited Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag, but was unable to get past Miller and had to settle for second. It was the rookie's best career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish to date.

NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland finished third after having one of the fastest cars on the track the first half of the race. The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, was picking his way through the field after starting fifth, when he crashed with JP Morgan in Turn 2 on Lap 55. To add to the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion's mid-race bad luck, he was later penalized for pitting too soon and had to restart from the rear of the field. As the laps dwindled, Gilliland in his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota quickly made his way back to the front of the field.

Dillon Bassett finished fourth followed by Harrison Burton in fifth.

Ruben Garcia Jr., pole-sitter Chase Cabre, Jay Beasley, Peyton Sellers and Vinnie Miller rounded out the top 10.

The first WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. ET.

The second WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 at South Boston Speedway will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

RACE 2 - SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Harrison Burton continued his winning ways Saturday night when he won the second WhosYourDriver.org 100 at South Boston Speedway.

With just three laps to go, rookie Chase Purdy, who was on the inside of race leader, Todd Gilliland, jumped the restart and opened the door for 16-year-old Burton to challenge Gilliland for the lead. The Huntersville, N.C., teen was able to pilot his No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota past Gilliland to earn his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in a span of two weeks. 

The NASCAR Next driver was speechless in Victory Lane as he celebrated with his family who has a long, rich history of winning at the .400-mile Virginia oval. His father, Jeff Burton, and his uncle, Ward, raced in the track's Late Model Stock Car division en route to two careers in NASCAR’s premier Cup series. Jeff Burton made his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at South Boston in 1988 and finished 17th. He made eight starts there under the old Busch Series banner, with a win in 1991. Two sections of the front stretch grandstands bear the name of Jeff and Ward.

Gilliland, 16, and his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota held on to finish second, an improvement from his fifth-place finish earlier in the night. Although he was disappointed with his finishes at South Boston, his two top fives kept the Sherrills Ford, N.C., native within striking distance of Burton in the standings.

With his solid-top five finishes at South Boston, he finished fifth in the first twin feature, and his victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Burton sits atop the K&N Pro Series East standings with an 18-point lead over Gilliland.

Finishing third was Vinnie Miller, driver of the MasterMfgIn.com Toyota, who earned his best series career finish in just his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. Chase Cabre, who started on the pole for both events, finished fourth while his Rev Racing teammate, Ruben Garcia finished fifth.

Completing the top-10 was the first twin-feature winner Travis Miller followed by Hunter Baize, Peyton Sellers, Enrique Baca and Jay Beasley.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will be back in action Saturday, June 3 at Tennessee's Memphis International Raceway.

The second WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET


NKNPS Bristol Motor Speedway 4/22/17 Results - Dippel 13th

BRISTOL, Tenn. - It may have been a short day at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it was a sweet one for Harrison Burton. 

After qualifying for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was cancelled due to rain on Friday, Burton and his No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota started from the pole for the Zombie Auto 125 and led all but two of the first 70 laps before the rain began. 

Unable to dry the half-mile surface, NASCAR called the event short, handing the victory to the 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver. In his 17th career start, the win is his first on any NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

"I feel like every team circles this race on their calender," Burton said. "We kind of wanted to run the whole race and win it that way. We were confident our car was good enough that we could win it that way. I feel like it would've been cool to cross the line in dry conditions. But, I'll take it. I never wanted it to rain so bad in my life."

Finishing second, NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity and NASCAR Next veteran Ruben Garcia Jr. showed potential all weekend after leading the way in Friday's lone practice session. The Mexico City, Mexico, native drove back into the runner-up spot before coming up short of a win.

"Really, really happy," Garcia said. "Probably one of the best [cars I've ever had]. Between this car and the one we had last race, certainly two of the best cars I’ve ever had in the K&N East."

Spencer Davis completed the top three while the Martin-McClure Racing duo of Hunter Baize and Chad Finchum rounded out the top five.

With off-and-on precipitation and a hectic NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the start of the race was delayed for nearly two hours. This led to more urgent racing in the opening laps, which saw lead changes and accidents.

"I was pretty agressive to start," Burton said. "After seeing a few guys blow tires, we wanted to conserve tires. One we heard rain was in the area, we started running a little bit harder."

For the one and only lead change of the race, Collin Cabre took the top spot before losing it after only two laps. Burton led the rest of the way en route to the win.

It was a troublesome day for Ryan Truex, who started in the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments, taking his No. 11 Otics USA Chevrolet to the garage after only 10 laps. In what was his first series start since 2010, it ended in the 25th position.

Vinnie Miller spun in Turn 3 after contact from Chad Finchum to bring out the race's second caution flag before Ronnie Bassett Jr. cut a tire while racing Todd Gilliland for eighth spot.

Collin Cabre came home sixth followed by Julia Landauer, Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith and Eddie MacDonald in the top 10.


NKNPS East Greenville Pickens Speedway 4/8/17 Results - Dippel 5th

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Kyle Benjamin capitalized on a late-race restart to win the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday night.

Benjamin won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. earlier in the evening after running a track record lap of 19.144 seconds (94.024 mph) around the newly repaved half-mile. The Easley, South Carolina, native ran inside the top-five nearly all night long and led 46 laps. At the halfway mark on lap 75, Benjamin in the No. 40 MDM Motorsports Toyota was running third.

On lap 108, Benjamin passed Dillon Bassett for the race lead in Turn 3. Benjamin maneuvered through lapped traffic and held off the hard charging cars of Ruben Garcia Jr., Todd Gilliland and Dillon Bassett. A lap 144 caution set the field up for a two-lap dash to the finish. Benjamin was able to stay out and front and win his second race in a row at Greenville.

Ronnie Bassett, Jr., who entered the night coming off his first-career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory at New Smyrna Speedway, finished second on Saturday. Bassett Jr. qualified 10th, but he was able to battle back for a solid finish. He has now finished within the top-five in his last three visits to the half-mile oval. The driver of the No. 04 Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet currently leads the point standings by eight points over Harrison Burton.

In his first visit to Greenville, Todd Gilliland qualified seventh and finished third. Gilliland entered the weekend coming off three wins in a row in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Saturday night’s race marked his first visit to Greenville, and he was able to capture a very competitive third-place finish. While he has found success in the K&N Pro Series West, Saturday’s third-place finish is his best effort this year in the K&N Pro Series East. He finished ninth at New Smyrna Speedway.

Rounding out the top-five was Harrison Burton and Tyler Dippel.

Dylan Murry finished sixth in his debut start in the series. Hunter Baize finished seventh. Dillon Bassett and Ruben Garcia Jr. both ran up front all night long, but late-race issues forced them to finish eighth and ninth respectively. Reid Wilson completed the top-10.

There were four lead changes among two drivers. Throughout the night, there were eight cautions.

The caution that set the field up for a two-lap dash to the finish occurred with 11 laps remaining in the 150-lap feature, when Chase Purdy spun in Turns 3 and 4 after contact with Ronnie Bassett Jr. Purdy finished 11th following the contact.

Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the Zombie Auto 125 at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 22.

The broadcast for the Kevin Whitaker 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway will air on NBCSN at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.


Rette Jones Racing expands NASCAR K&N Pro Series East program for 2017

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – – Officials from Rette Jones Racing (RJR) announced today the expansion of their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) program which will include two full-time entries for the 2017 season.

Wallkill, New York native Tyler Dippel, a current member of the 2016-2017 NASCAR Next program will join the team as driver of the No. 28 D and A Concrete Contractor / TYCAR Trenchless Technologies Ford Fusion next season, alongside sophomore driver Dominique Van Wieringen who also will return for a full-time slate in the No. 30 Durobyte Ford Fusion.

Dippel joins RJR after a rookie season on the K&N East tour driving for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. After earning an eighth-place finish in his series debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway this past February, Dippel won his first K&N event in just his second series start at Mobile International Speedway in March, leading a dominating 124 of the event’s 154 laps. Dippel ended his freshman season third in points with one top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

Motorsports veteran Rich Lushes recently joined the team and will serve as crew chief for Dippel.

“I’m super excited for the opportunity to drive for Rette Jones Racing for the 2017 season,” said Dippel. “I think 2017 will be great joining forces with Mark (Rette), Terry (Jones) and Rich (Lushes). They’re all super smart guys and will bring a stout car to the race track every week.

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the RJR family and getting ourselves off to a strong start.”

Dippel, 16, will enter his sophomore season following a year of big block modified competition in 2015, where he became the youngest winner in the northeast area, while also earning Rookie of the Year honors in the DIRTcar Northeast Series. Dippel began his racing career at the age of seven, racing slingshot race cars, considered scaled down versions of dirt modifieds.

Dippel made his first full-size stock car start on asphalt in 2014. In 2015, he held the PASS Super Late Model national points lead throughout the season until the season finale, when a mechanical failure ended his race early. Additionally, he made three starts in the ARCA Racing Series, with a career-best of fourth at the tough Salem (Ind.) Speedway in Sept. driving for Lira Motorsports.

“It means so much that I’ll have another opportunity to compete for a championship,” sounded Dippel. “I know there is so much I could do better coming into my second year and with a great team behind me, I’m hungry and have something to prove. I believe that we can win multiple races and go for a championship. I can’t wait to get started.”

For Rette, the growth of his Mooresville, North Carolina-based team approaching their two-year anniversary is everything he’d hoped for and more.

“First, we’re extremely thrilled to have Tyler at Rette Jones Racing for 2017,” Rette said. “I watched him very closely this year and without a doubt he has a lot of natural talent and car control. I’m looking forward to seeing his career blossom with RJR cars underneath him.

“I also think he’ll be a perfect fit as a teammate for Dominique. Both carry a humble demeanor, which I feel will allow us to make our team even better for 2017 both on and off the track. Without a doubt, we feel like both cars can contend for not only wins, but ultimately the championship.”

Dippel is no stranger to teammates and embraces the opportunity to work and learn from Van Wieringen, considered one of the strongest drivers on the tour during the final three-race stretch.

“I’m excited to work with Dominique,” Dippel added. “I think we can both benefit from each other at the race track by talking and bouncing ideas off each other. No matter where we went last year, she had speed and was competitive. I didn’t get a lot of chances to talk to her this season – but I’m looking forward to being on the same team and both of us bring Rette Jones Racing some checkered flags.”

Rette Jones Racing and Dippel will jumpstart their partnership this week at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, where the team’s No. 28 D and A Concrete Contractor / TYCAR Trenchless Technologies Ford Fusion will be on display at the NASCAR booth (401) from this Thursday – Saturday.

For more information on Tyler Dippel, please check out TylerDippel.com, his Facebook page (Tyler Dippel Racing) or on Instagram @tylerdippel.

Dippel tweets too. Follow him @Tyler_Dippel.

The latest on Rette Jones Racing is available at the team’s Facebook page, while also active on Twitter @RetteJones30.

About Rette Jones Racing:

Headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, Rette Jones Racing (RJR) was founded in 2015 with the intent of building a successful racing operation built around the fundamentals of hard work and a never give up attitude. Owned by racers Terry Jones and Mark, RJR will field two full-time entries in 2017 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Dominique Van Wieringen and Tyler Dippel, while also fielding a partial entry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).


NASCAR K&N Pro Series Dover International Speedway Review: Dover 125 - Dippel 7th

October 1st - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Dippel entered the final NKNPSE event as the only HSMJM driver other than Justin Haley to visit victory lane. He did so on March 13 at Mobile International Speedway in the Mobile 150. In addition to that win, he scored another seven top-10 finishes, one of which came in yesterday's Dover 125. Those results propelled the rookie driver to third in series points.

Dippel on Dover... "This place is fast and really fun. We had a pretty solid car but just weren't able to get up there and compete for a win. Regardless we had a really good day and a really good season. I'm proud of my entire team and enjoyed racing with them week in and week out."


NASCAR K&N Pro Series New Jersey Motorsports Park Review: JustDrive.com 125 - Dippel 7th

September 18th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38… Tyler Dippel had never raced on a road course prior to this season. This weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, he proved once again that he enjoys a challenge. After a successful test on Friday, Dippel woke up Saturday confident in his race car. A stomach bug on race day caused concern. He visited the infield care center, where the great  medical staff at New Jersey Motorsports Park treated him. Ronnie Bassett Jr. practiced the No. 38 East West Marine/Ty Car Chevrolet so that he was cleared to race in the event that Dippel needed a relief driver. Feeling much better, he climbed aboard his car and qualified ninth. He backed that up in the race and ran around the top-five all day. He went on to finish seventh. He now is four points up on fourth-place in the NKNPSE standings.

Dippel on New Jersey… “It was a tough day. I didn’t feel well all day. My HSMJM guys took care of me though and definitely gave me a fast car. I can’t thank Ronnie Bassett Jr enough for being ready to help us out if I wasn’t able to race. I’m glad I was able to stay in the car and run the full distance. My entire team deserved to get a good finish today and that’s exactly what we did. It’s been a very successful season for us. It would be really special to end our season in victory lane at Dover. That’s definitely our goal.”


NASCAR K&N Pro Series Greenville-Pickens Speedway Review: Kevin Whitaker 140 - Dippel 11th

September 6th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Dippel entered the "Kevin Whitaker 140" fourth in the series standings. He was fastest in first practice and carried speed throughout the majority of the day. After qualifying fourth, he ran inside the top-five for the first 30 laps. As the long green flag continued, the No. 38 became progressively loose, causing him to fall to seventh. After some good adjustments during the halfway break, it appeared that Dippel could make a charge back to the front. However, contact from another competitor on lap 99 caused Dippel to spin. He was able to recover from the on-track incident to finish 11th. He jumped to third in the series standings with two races remaining.

 Dippel on Greenville-Pickens Speedway... "Today started off as a good day for us. I think we definitely could have battled for a top-five finish but a late race incident cost us. It's unfortunate, but we were able to show speed and that we were competitive. We'll get them at New Jersey Motorsports Park in a couple weeks."



Dippel Heats Up For Win On Lebanon Valley High Banks

August 20th - WEST LEBANON, NY - The temperature wasn’t the only thing that was hot at the Lebanon Valley Speedway as Tyler Dippel sliced his way through the Modified field to grab win #2 of the 2016 season on the high banks.

Dippel started in the 11th position and made quick work of those in front of him, passing leader Paul Gilardi as the two entered the first turn at the halfway point in the race.  Contact was made between Dippel’s Teo and Gilardi’s Bicknell but the NASCAR Next driver made the pass and went on to collect the checkers.

“If you have any type of a hole on the starts, you have to be as aggressive as you can be,” Dippel said.  “If there was a hole I knew I was going to take it.  Some spots opened up pretty good and I got through there in the first couple laps and then I continued to pick them off as I could.”

Once the Prestige Plumbing & Heating machine got to second, Dippel knew he had to make his move.

“Once I got behind him, I started to search to see which line was better,” he said.  “The top was really good in one and two and the bottom of four was good.  I was just searching around as I knew I had a better car then he did, I just needed to find a way around him.”

The car that Tyler ran on Saturday was the new 2017 Teo that he debuted at Eldora last month.  The machine seemed to be on rails but crew chief Matt Hearn and the team worked on it all night to get it that way.

“The stagger grew about an inch which made me really loose at the end of the race,” Dippel said.  “I think we’ve got the bugs worked out of this thing where we’re heading in the right direction.”

There’s no rest upcoming for Dippel as plans have him running his 358-Modified Sunday night in the companion event to the All Star Circuit of Champions event at the Valley.  However, Mother Nature isn’t looking too favorable with the forecast.  

If rain forces officials to postpone the event until Monday, Dippel will not be in attendance as he has to test his K&N East car.


NASCAR K&N Pro Series Watkins Glen International Review: Bully Hill Vineyards 100 - Dippel 7th

August 6th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Dippel made the short trip to Watkins Glen International from his home in Wallkill, New York. The 15-year-old is coming off two straight NKNPSE top-10 finishes. On Friday, he finished seventh after qualifying ninth in his No. 38 EastWest Marine/TyCar Chevrolet. That finish moved him to fifth in series points just two points behind teammate Hunter Baize. 

Dippel on Watkins Glen... "Another solid run for our HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team. We had a pretty good car but just were never able to get the track position we needed to race with the leaders. We're improving every week and that's all we can ask. I'm excited to get to Greenville next month. I think we'll have a really good shot at picking up our second win of the season."


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Iowa Speedway Review: Casey's General Store 150 - Dippel 14th

July 30th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Dippel made the trip to Iowa Speedway for the first time coming off a much needed top-10 effort at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After a solid 12th place qualifying effort, the 15-year-old Wallkill, N.Y., native raced inside the top-10 for much of the 150 lap race. After a mid-race pit stop for an adjustment, it appeared he was on his way to a possible top-five run. The dirt standout wound up 14th, which was good for yet another NKNPSE top-10 finish, an eighth. He will head to Watkins Glen International looking for his third straight top-10 finish and second win of the 2016 season.

Dippel on Iowa... "I thought we actually had a pretty good car. We lost the handle in the middle part of the race but the guys made a good adjustment and we drove back into the top-10. Although a 14th-place run isn't what we were looking for, we'll take it and move on to the next one. We have a really fast car for Watkins Glen (International) next weekend. I think we have a good shot at scoring our second win of the season there."


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire Motor Speedway Review: United Site Services 70 - Dippel 10th

July 18th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Dippel scored a top-10 finish on Saturday evening at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his fourth top-10 of the season. After qualifying 10th, the 15-year-old Wallkill, N.Y., driver raced as high as sixth before finishing 10th. He sits seventh in NKNPSE points heading to another fast track next weekend, Iowa Speedway.

 Dippel on New Hampshire... "It took me some time to get comfortable with such a fast track. My guys gave me a really good car and we almost cracked the top five a few times. After the season we have had we are definitely happy with a top-10 finish."


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Columbus Motor Speedway Review: NAPA 150 - Dippel 15th

July 5th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38.... Already capturing a win early in the season at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway, he entered the NAPA 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway looking to get back in victory lane. He qualified seventh and raced his way into the top-five early. An early long green flag run and a loose race car made for a long first half of the race. Despite that, he was able to maintain a top-10 position most the event. A slow leak in a tire relegated the Wallkill, N.Y., driver to a 15th place finish.

 Dippel on Columbus... "I thought we were going to be good, we had a good car in practice but it just got really loose. We might've had a tire going down or something because like I said we had what I thought was a really good car early on. It's frustrating because I know how good we can be. Hopefully we can turn this around at New Hampshire in a couple weeks."


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Stafford Motor Speedway Review: Stafford 150 - Dippel 17th

June 19th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... For Tyler Dippel, Stafford Motor Speedway is a home race. He lives about two hours from the speedway in Wallkill, N.Y., and had several friends, family, and fans in his cheering section on Friday. The No. 38 EastWest Marine/TyCar team showed great improvement over the course of the weekend. Dippel started 11th, directly in front of teammate Haley. The two worked their way into the top-10 early, where they spent most of the race. A late race incident led to a 17th-place finish.

Dippel on Stafford... "We had a pretty good car. It was starting to get tight in the center later in the race but I think we had a shot at a top-five and you can't ask for much more than that. This is a tough series with lots of competition. We've definitely had a rough couple of weeks but this weekend I feel like we hit on something."


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Dominion Raceway Review: ComServe Wireless 150 - Dippel 11th

May 31st - MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 31, 2016) - This past Memorial Day weekend, all four HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks (HSMJM) NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) teams made the trip to the brand new Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Va. to compete in the ComServe Wireless 150. 

Following a successful Saturday test session, the teams returned to the track on Sunday for two practices sessions and qualifying. NASCAR was forced to cancel all on-track activities halfway through the first practice session due to heavy rain showers. Due to the inclement weather throughout the weekend, practice, qualifying, and the ComServe Wireless 150 all were scheduled for  Memorial Day. Hunter Baize led the HSMJM  qualifying efforts with an eighth-place effort. Justin Haley, Typer Dippel and Harrison Burton qualified 11th, 13th and 16th, respectively.

Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Entering the sixth race of the 2016 season, Dippel  sits fifth in the series standings. After starting13th in the ComServe Wireless 150, he ran within the top-15 most of the day. . The 15-year-old was able to avoid multiple wrecks and salvage a solid 11th-place finish. Dippel  is sixth in series point standings. He'll return to his home track, Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Sprints, Conn., for the next NKNPSE race on June 17 as he returns to his home track, Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn., for the next NKNPSE race.

Dippel on Dominion... "My guys worked really hard this weekend, but the car just wouldn't respond to the adjustments made. Dominion (Raceway) has a lot of grip and I just have never liked places with a lot of grip, but it's something I can definitely improve on as a driver. We certainly won't give up and we have been able to prove that we can be a strong contender."


FUTURE STARS UNVEILED IN NASCAR NEXT 2016-17 CLASS

May 17th - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2016) – Two are following in the footsteps of their former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving fathers. One is a long-time racer who competed on the reality television show "Survivor," and later added a degree from Stanford University. Another is one of the fastest rising stock car drivers in the Midwest. There is even a pair of international phenoms.

From Charlotte to New York City, and from Quebec to Israel, the 11 drivers who were announced as the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class today are primed for a successful and impactful future in NASCAR. This is the sixth edition of NASCAR Next, an industry-wide initiative designed to spotlight to best and brightest rising young stars in racing.

"The NASCAR Next program has introduced current stars such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to the NASCAR fan, and we believe this year’s class has the same potential," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president of marketing and industry services. "These drivers have shown the talent and intangibles to climb the NASCAR ladder, and we look forward to watching their careers grow."

This year's NASCAR Next class was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Council and media. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and demonstrate the potential to realize that goal.

The following drivers have been selected to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class:

Tyler Dippel (@Tyler_Dippel) – An accomplished dirt racer, the 16-year-old from Wallkill, New York, has already scored his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory in March. Dippel previously competed in the DIRTcar Racing Series in the northeast, earning the rookie of the year title and becoming the youngest race winner in that series.


Dippel Makes History, Takes First Valley Big Block Win

May 7th - Despite being a busy 16-year old, Tyler Dippel still takes the time to have at it in a Big Block.  Saturday night was the second in what Dippel says will be about five appearances at Lebanon Valley this year.  He made the best of it.

Paul Gilardi started from pole and immediately came under attack from last week’s runner-up, Brian Berger.  Berger tried to get underneath Gilardi, but could not do so before Mike Keeler hit the wall in turn 4, bringing out a yellow.

On the restart, Gilardi moved down low after the start-finish line to block Berger.  However, that move allowed Andy Bachetti to blast past on the outside from third to take the lead and pull out into the distance.

Behind Bachetti, a number of drivers were on the charge. Dippel, who started 13th, quickly moved up to fifth by lap 3 with Kenny Tremont, Jr. close in tow.  Brett Hearn’s charge was slower in nature, but still impressive.

Dippel took second position from Gilardi on lap 7 and took off after Bachetti.  The two seemed to be evenly matched, but Bachetti’s advantage disappeared when an incident involving Kyle Sheldon, Mike King and Matt Pupello in turn 2 brought out another yellow.

On the restart, Bachetti and Dippel began to battle amongst themselves.  Dippel initially tried the inside to get past, but was blocked.  Dippel then used Bachetti’s lost momentum against him to sweep past on the outside of turn 2 to take the lead on lap 12.

From there, Dippel was able to expand his lead to nearly two seconds.  However, the blistering pace meant lapped traffic.  Dippel had a little trouble with lapped cars, allowing Bachetti and Tremont into the mix. However, Dippel was able to hold on to take his first career Big Block Modified win.  At 16, he is the youngest driver ever to win a Big Block Modified feature at Lebanon Valley.

Afterwards, Dippel was elated.  “Oh man, [the car] was just so good,” Dippel said in the pits.  “Every little gap that opened, I just pounced right on it.  I had to go.  “[After] the restart, I was watching [Bachetti’s] line.  I had a run on him and he thought I was running the bottom.  I psyched him out so he blocked the bottom, then I went right by up top.”

Bachetti was right behind in second, but still believes that his team needs just a little bit more to be able to battle for wins on a weekly basis.  Tremont was a half-second behind Bachetti in third. Hearn had some troubles moving up through the field during the race.  After the lap 9 restart, he dropped back to eighth.  However, as the race continued on, Hearn was able to get past J.R. Heffner for fifth, then ran down Berger to take fourth in the final laps of the race.  Berger held on for fifth.


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Review: Virginia International Speedway Biscuitville 125 - Tyler Dippel 19th

May 2nd - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Dippel also entered the Biscuitville 125 at VIR with no prior road course experience. He qualified his No. 38 EastWest Marine/TyCar Chevrolet SS sixth and raced into the top five. With just seven laps remaining, he was in second place, behind his HSMJM teammate Haley. Dippel got a good restart and stayed with Haley but broke a transmission just a few moments later. Although an impressive drive, the 15-year-old was left with a disappointing 19th-place finish.

Dippel on VIR... "There isn't much to say except that it's really disappointing. The car was really good all weekend and it just kept getting better. I definitely started the weekend slow, but I feel like by the end of the weekend I was pretty comfortable. Right before we broke, I think we had a shot at the win. We'll regroup and head to Dominion for a win at the end of the month."


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Review: Bristol Motor Speedway Review: Pitt Lite 125 - Tyler Dippel 17th

April 18th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... New York native Tyler Dippel has posted top-10 finishes in all three of his career  NKNPSE starts, including a win on March 13 at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway. He entered the Pitt Lite 125 having never turned a lap at Bristol Motor Speedway. He adapted quickly, but a tire failure caused damage to the car in practice and forced the team to pull out the backup car. Another accident in qualifying saw his No. 38 EastWest Marine / TyCar HSMJM team travel back to the Mooresville, N.C., shop to prepare another car for the race. The engine, however, wasn't running well from the drop of the green flag on Saturday and left Dippel with a 17th-place finish. 

Dippel on Bristol... "This was heartbreaking for sure. It just wasn't a good weekend but at least the car is in one piece. My guys worked so hard just to make the start of this race. I can't thank them enough for that." 


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Review: Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Tyler Dippel 8th

March 26th - Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Dippel entered Greenville-Pickens Speedway looking for his second consecutive NKNPSE win after winning at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway on March 14. He qualified seventh and maintained a top-10 position throughout the race, but was never able to gain the proper track position to battle for another win. He went on to finish eighth, his third-consecutive top-10 finish.

Dippel on Greenville-Pickens... "It was a tough race. We didn't start the day off well, but my guys made great changes and, honestly, by the end of the race we were really good. We just didn't have any track position."


Q&A WITH YOUNG TYLER DIPPEL AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY’S “MARCH MADNESS MELTDOWN” AFTER WINNING HIS 1ST NASCAR K&N EAST RACE LAST SUNDAY – DTD EXCLUSIVE

March 23rd, 2016

Young Tyler Dippel won the NASCAR K&N East race last Sunday at the Mobile International Speedway in Alabama.  The driver from Walkill, N.Y., won the 150-lap main event in only his second career start in the series. The 15-year-old Dippel returned to his dirt track racing roots for the season opener at the New Egypt Speedway this past Saturday. Dippel, who was sporting a smile as wide as the Atlantic Ocean in the pits throughout the day, was making his first ever start at the New Jersey speedway. Numerous fans, crewman and fellow drivers stopped by during the day to offer up a handshake and hearty congratulations on his big win.

A little background on the origin of this interview is that I had the opportunity to interview Dippel last year on a few occasions when him and his team ventured down to the NJ/PA area along with talking to him last year at Super Dirt Week. I am not saying we became friends but I have tried to keep up with Dippel throughout the year on how he was doing. We would talk occasionally through Facebook messenger during the season and also after the season had ended.

When Dippel announced his deal with Harry Scott Motorsports last December to run the full K & N East Series, I naturally sent him a Facebook message congratulating him on his exciting news. After a brief conversation I told him please don’t forget us old dirt track reporters when I need you to do an interview with you down the road. Especially after you win your first K&N race. Dippel’s response was “you got it Ken, that will be awesome. I can’t wait to do that interview.” Well after winning the race last Sunday I sent Tyler a message reminding him of our little deal and he said “no problem, glad it is sooner than later.”

I caught up with him on Saturday at New Egypt while he and the crew were preparing their modified for the day’s dirt track action. Tyler fresh off some testing at the Greenville-Pickens in his K&N series car was glad to take some time and answer a few questions.

DTD: With winning the K & N East Series race last Sunday. What do you think that will do for your career?

Tyler Dippel: “I think it’s opened up a lot of doors for me. Of course it’s just a huge confidence boost for me, I really needed a win. We’ve been struggling quite a bit but I think by the end of the season last year we started to get some top fives and running good. In Florida we ran good and that opened up some doors and gave us a real confidence boost not just for me but for the whole team.”

DTD: Now that your schedule is obviously much busier. How are you doing managing your time and school as well?

TD: “It’s just been really busy just doing schoolwork. Of course school comes first, I have to get all that done or there is no racing. I’ve been doing really good at school.  I am in advanced classes and I think I am scheduled to graduate in my junior year. When I am not in school I am usually at the race shop working on the Dirt Modified. It’s definitely a lot of work and it keeps me really busy.”

DTD: Has running the dirt car helped you with running the K&N car or is it the complete opposite?

TD: “I think running the dirt car helps you with running the K&N car and running the K&N car also helps me with running the dirt car. Running both dirt and asphalt makes you a better driver. It just gives you different aspects that you wouldn’t get on one that can help you transfer to the other. It just gives you both. The more seat time helps as well. So yes, running both will help me in becoming a better driver in the log run.”

DTD: Obviously a number of drivers have been by to congratulate you on your win. How has the fan reaction been since winning the K&N race last Sunday?

TD: “It’s just been amazing, all the supporters I have are ecstatic for me. They have been so happy for me and I would just like to all my fans too because without them we wouldn’t be here.”

DTD: Has dealing with the media differed from before now that you are running on a bigger stage?

TD: “Oh yeah, it’s been a little different. There’s definitely a lot more media now to deal with but I like it. It’s been really cool doing all the interviews and such, I really like it.”

DTD: Let’s face it, you have had your share of run ins with different veteran drivers on the dirt circuit. Has dealing with those issues helped you in your maturity process now that you running in the K&N East series?

TD: “Yeah, I think it has. I guess on the dirt circuit some people just don’t like the fact I am a kid and or just really can’t except it. I really don’t have any hard feelings for anyone. I feel like I have been a little mistreated on the track just because of my age. Eventually respect will come from the other people and we’ll move forward.”

Dippel seems to be on the right track to further enhance his career as a driver. The kid has a smart head on his shoulders, parents that are supportive but keep him grounded as well. He has the backing behind him to go along with his talent but no matter how much backing you have you still must have the talent to go with it and I think as Dippel matures into a man you will see that talent come to the forefront even more. The future definitely looks bright for the young man from Walkill, NY.


From Dirt to K&N East; Tyler Dippel Continues to Win and Impress

March 21st, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Story by Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — Performance Motorsports Network audio — Rich Corbett photo –

Some young drivers are just born with something that sets themselves apart from the crowd.

It’s nothing science can explain, it’s not something you can buy off the shelf and you can’t build it if you tried.

Tyler Dippel has that intangible “stuff” that looks as though it will make him successful for as far as his desires take him in his racing career. To this point, those desires have taken him from Wallkill, N.Y. — racing dirt tracks and big block modifieds — all the way up to NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, where Dippel won last Saturday at Mobile International Speedway in just his second start.  Proving that he indeed, has what it takes to be a success at the next level in his career.

Dippel spoke with Race Chaser Online recently about that success.

“I can’t even believe it. (To win) in our second start, that’s amazing,” said Dippel.

Dippel and team had to wait an extra day to even get the race in at Mobile, due to Mother Nature having her way with when the event would run to its completion. The teenager says it was well worth the wait, though, due to the race car his team brought to the track for him.

“It was one of those times where you get that perfect race car and you couldn’t make it any better. Everything just came together and the team is working really well together.”

Even still, the win wasn’t all peaches and cream for the 15-year-old driver.

Despite growing up being chased by Northeast Dirt Modified legends like Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson and others, Dippel still found himself vulnerable on several late-race restarts at Mobile.

“I’ve probably never been more nervous in a race car to tell you the truth,” he said of having to perform restart after restart late in the race. “I was just thinking (I had to make) clean shifts, keep (my) cool and don’t make any mistakes.”

With all of that said, Dippel reflected on the transition between racing on dirt with the Super DIRTcar Series to now competing at the K&N East level — with a potential trajectory toward NASCAR’s top three series.

“The driving aspect isn’t that much different, believe it or not,” he admitted. “On the pavement you’ve got to be really consistent and hit your same mark every single lap for 150 laps … and if you mess up you’re going to lose a significant amount of time. In the dirt car, you kind of search around and move around the track because the (areas of) grip moves around. The motor department was (actually) kind of a downgrade because the dirt modified has so much power under the hood.”

Dippel has won some big races in his dirt modified, but to win in NASCAR’s playground for development drivers and up-and-coming talent? That trophy immediately moved to the top of the young rising star’s list of career wins.

“This has definitely been the biggest win of my career and I’m so thankful for that. I really can’t believe everything has come together so quick.”

As Dippel and his HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team look ahead to next weekend’s race at Greenville Pickens Speedway, they took some time to test at GPS this past Wednesday — learning more and continuing to gel as a team.

“We learned a lot during that test but we still have a lot of work to do. We have some car handling issues to figure out but that test was really valuable and I think we’ll come out on race day even stronger.”

Dippel has come out swinging in 2016 and certainly turned a lot of heads with a win in his second career K&N Easts event. He has aligned himself with some of the best in the business, and the fruits of those labors have already started paying off.

It’s also a pretty good story to trace back to the grassroots level of motorsports — to show any driver at that level with hard work and a won’t quit fire behind the wheel can fulfill their goals in the sport.

Dippel is giving fans in the Northeast a lot to cheer about and only time will tell, just how far the kid from Wallkill, NY can go in his budding NASCAR career.


From Dirt to Mobile, Tyler Dippel Finds K&N East Victory Lane

March 13th, 2016

Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway is a far cry from the dirt tracks of Upstate New York that Tyler Dippel grew up racing on, but on Sunday night Dippel found himself celebrating in victory lane, just as he has done many times in the past.  This time instead of climbing out of a Big-Block Dirt Modified he was climbing out the driver’s side window of a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East stock car.

The 15-year-old driver took the lead in the inaugural Mobile 150 on lap 31 and never relinquished the top spot despite challenges from multiple drivers throughout the course of the afternoon.

“It’s just such an unreal feeling,” Dippel told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane.  “I just never could have imagined this in my second start.  It’s just so unreal.  I have a great team, a great crew chief, just a great group of guys and they gave me the car to do it today.”

Dippel started from the fifth position and quickly made his way to the front of the pack.  He drove under early leader Dominique Van Wieringen off of turn two and from there it was the Tyler Dippel Show for the rest of the afternoon.

But don’t let the box score fool you.  Dippel had to deal with charges from Collin Cabre, Austin Theriault, Spencer Davis and Harrison Burton throughout the race, and he also had to deal with multiple restarts in the late stages of the race, including a green-white-checkered.

Cabre was running second behind Dippel when he went off the race track in turn four to set up what was the only green-white-checkered restart.

Dippel said that he was more than a little bit nervous when he knew he would have to deal with the late restart.

“I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous,” Dippel said.  “I was just thinking clean shifts, a good restart and we have this thing.”

Cabre seemed like he might have been the only driver that could challenge Dippel, at least it appeared that way on the short runs, but what he described as a blown right-front tire ended Cabre’s chances when he went driving straight over the turn three banking and down the hill.

“We just took a hard right off the race track right there,” Cabre said.  “There’s like a service road out there and then there’s the flat ground and we landed on both of them.  It was two big hits.  I think the car is okay, but I’m pretty sore.  My tailbone on the landing is what hurts the most.  If it gets any worse we’ll go do something about it, but if not we’ll be alright.  We’re race car drivers.”

For the restart it was polesitter Spencer Davis on the outside of Dippel.  Davis got a decent jump, but Dippel was just too strong and he powered ahead off of turn two leaving Davis to fight for second with Austin Theriault.

Davis prevailed in that battle, but it was Dippel who prevailed in the war.  Davis, Jesse Little, Theriault and Kaz Grala completed the top five.

“I’m happy to be here, be in the top five, and I’m really happy my car is in one piece too,” said Davis who has finished second in both races to start the season.

Davis will head to the second race of the season as the points leader thanks to his two runner-up finishes, which is something that he said he’s ecstatic about.

“I’ve always dreamed of leading NASCAR in points in any level,” said the Georgia driver.  “It’s a little bit of a sigh of relief to come out of here with the points lead.  Some people view it as a bit of a headache, but there’s no place I’d rather be than first.”

For an on-demand replay of our Race Central Live coverage on NASCAR Home Tracks of all of Sunday’s action from the Mobile 150, click here.

-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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