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Turner Scott Motorsports NKNPSE Preview: Iowa Speedway
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2014 - 06:43 AM
Turner Scott Motorsports NKNPSE Preview: Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway...Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) visits Iowa Speedway this weekend for the Casey's General Stores 150, the sixth race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) season. This race is different than the previous five, as both the NKNPSE and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) cars will be competing at the same time, although for separate positions on the race track and points among each respective series. This happens twice each season, with both races taking place at Iowa Speedway. TSM heads into Iowa Speedway coming off a race at Richmond International Raceway in which three drivers brought home top-10 finishes. Ben Rhodes led the charge with a second-place result. Cameron Hayley and Brandon Jones were able to bring home top-10 finishes as well at Richmond, finishing sixth and seventh respectively. Kaz Grala and Scott Heckert suffered some in-race setbacks, although both were able to salvage finishes inside the top 20. Four of the five TSM drivers competing in the Casey's General Stores 150 have made starts at Iowa Speedway, however it will mark the first-career start for Kaz Grala.


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Kaz Grala...Grala enters Iowa Speedway coming off an impressive performance at Richmond. Grala and the No. 31 OzLINK Chevrolet were able to overcome some extensive damage suffered early on in the Blue Ox 100, and recover to bring home a 14th-place finish. Grala will look to avoid problems this weekend as the 15-year-old makes his first-career start at Iowa Speedway. Heading into the Casey's General Stores 150, Grala sits seventh in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.

Kaz Grala on his first-career start at Iowa Speedway:
"The No. 31 OzLINK team has had a short break since our last race at Richmond, and we're headed all the way out to Iowa for this weekend's combined K&N East and West race. This will be the longest track in length so far this season, and the largest oval track I've ever raced on. The team has been working hard to get the car ready, and we think we have a great piece to bring out there. This will be my first K&N combination event, so I can't wait to get there and see how the West guys race."

Brandon Jones...Jones comes into the Casey's General Stores 150 looking to build upon his third top-10 finish of 2014. The 17-year-old comes into Iowa Speedway with not only a lot of momentum, but also experience. Jones has two-career starts at Iowa Speedway in the NKNPSE with a career-best eighth-place finish, as well as one race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), where Jones finished 20th in just his second NCWTS start. Jones heads into Iowa Speedway sitting eighth in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.

Brandon Jones on returning to Iowa Speedway:
"Last year we had great cars at both Iowa races, and I'm really looking forward to getting back there again this season. I know my entire No. 33 Wolfpack Energy Services team is going to give me a fast car. Hopefully we can stay out of trouble all race and contend for the win."

Scott Heckert...Heckert comes into Iowa Speedway looking to use his previous experience in the Casey's General Store's 150. Heckert has two previous starts at Iowa Speedway, both in the NKNPSE and both in 2013. In those starts, Heckert brought home a pair of 18th-place finishes. The 20-year-old looks to improve upon that as he makes his first start at Iowa with TSM. Heckert currently sits 18th in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.

Scott Heckert on his chances at Iowa Speedway:
"We had a really strong car at Richmond, and I know that will carry over to Iowa. It's my favorite track on the schedule, so I'm really looking forward to going back. My entire Turner Scott Motorsports team has been hard at work in the shop building us fast racecars all season long. Hopefully we can put together a complete weekend at Iowa and get a solid finish."

Ben Rhodes...Rhodes has gotten off to a tremendous start in 2014, as the NASCAR Next driver is coming off his fourth top-five finish of the season. Rhodes looks to continue the early-season success, heading back to a track in which he scored two top 10s in the NKNPSE in 2013. Rhodes earned a third-place finish in his first-ever start at Iowa Speedway last season, and followed that up with an eighth-place finish his second time around. The 17-year-old comes into Iowa Speedway leading the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings by 18 points.

Ben Rhodes on coming back to Iowa Speedway:
"We ran extremely well in the second K&N race at Iowa Speedway in 2013 until a late-race tire issue shuffled us back. When I first went to Iowa, it wasn't one my favorite tracks, but the more I raced on it, the more I began to enjoy it. After gaining experience with two races there last year I feel like we have a chance to do great things this time out. The track has multiple grooves, which produces excellent side-by-side racing. That is great for us drivers, as well as the race fans."

Cameron Hayley...Hayley comes into the Casey's General Stores 150 with quite a bit of momentum on his side. Hayley brought home his third top-10 of 2014 at Richmond and looks to build upon that at a track where he has four starts. All of Hayley's starts at Iowa Speedway have come in the NKNPSW. In those four starts, Hayley has compiled three top fives and four top 10s, with an average finish of 3.2. The 17-year-old looks to continue upon his previous success in the Casey's General Stores 150 while making his first-career start at the track in the NKNPSE. Hayley comes into Iowa Speedway sitting third in the NKNPSE Driver Point Standings.

Cameron Hayley on racing again at Iowa Speedway:
"It will be really nice to race at a track that I have been to before. Iowa Speedway is a really strong track for me, personally, having run there multiple times over the past few seasons. I believe we will have an awesome car for the race, and I know my crew can get it done. Our whole No. 98 Cabinets by Hayley team has been so strong all year, but we just haven't had the luck we needed to get us to victory lane. Iowa will definitely be a place where we can change that luck and get the win."

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