28 Teams and Drivers Already Entered for NASCAR K & N Mobile 150
With more than two weeks before the drop of the green flag of the
Inaugural NASCAR K & N Mobile 150 on March 12th, 28 teams
and drivers have already filed an entry for NASCARs return to
“In the four years we’ve been putting on this spring race we have
never had this many cars registered this far away from race
weekend,” offered race promoter Tommy Praytor. “Our grandstands are
filling up quickly and we expect to announce some sold out areas
before the weekend.”
The Drivers and Owners already entered are a veritable who’s who of
up and coming racers teamed with big time owners like former Music
Executive Max Siegel, Bill France’s grandson Ben Kennedy, NASCAR
Owner Harry Scott, Jr. and driver Justin Marks. Fans on the Gulf
cost will recognize Kyle Benjamin, Harrison Burton, Sarah Cornett-Ching
and Spencer Davis who have turned laps at Mobile and Pensacola.
We’ve put together a short biography for each driver entered so far.
Tickets are on sale for the Inaugural K & N Mobile 150 by calling
251-343-2929. Tonight is the second night of the Mobile 150 Throttle
to Bottle Tour at Judy’s Place on Highway 90-starts at 6:00!
1 Austin Theriault Shigeaki
Racing career began in 2007 at Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine.
Emerged from local track racing to running in NASCAR’s top
divisions, the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.
Theriault has also won in Michigan in the ARCA Series.
Collin Cabre Max
2015 Drive for Diversity Class with Rev Racing, now drives for
former Music Executive Max Siegel. Finished 10th in
points for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Season. Background is in
Sprint cars USAC, USCS AND AVSS Series.
02 Sarah Cornett-Ching Tony
Blanchard RACE 101
One of two female Canadians in the field, Ching is coming off a
career best season in the ARCA Series. Began her racing career at
the age of 12 and was the 2011 ARCA OK Tire Series Rookie of the
Year. After a full season of ARCA competition Ching is devoting 2016
to a full slate in the NASCAR K & N Series. Ching is one of the few
drivers in the field to have experience at Mobile Internationals
3 Kaz Grala Ben
Kennedy Kiklos Olive Oil
Won Legends Car Pro Division Winter Heat championship. Finished 23rd
in final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings with four wins,
14 top 5s and 21 top 10s in 28 starts competing at Motor Mile
Speedway, Southern National Motorsports Park, Myrtle Beach Speedway
and Kingsport Speedway. Grala’s car owner, Ben Kennedy
is the son of Lesa
France Kennedy and
Dr. Bruce Kennedy, grandson of Bill
France, Jr. and
great-grandson of Bill
France, Sr., the founder of NASCAR.
#04 Ronnie Bassett Jr. Ronnie Bassett
Sr. Bassett Gutter
Bassett made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville
Pickens Speedway in September 2013. Bassett became youngest
Bandolero national champion at the age of 10. Won 32 races in 2006
on way to Bandolero State Title. Bassett was the odd man out
finishing 3rd after being declared the winner at the Jet
Tools 150 at New Smyrna in the K&N East Pro-Series.
4 Ali Kern Max
Siegel Max Siegel INC
Career in motorsports began in 2000 with quad motorcross racing.
Racing career began in 2009 in the modified series at Sandusky
Speedway and select races at Lorian County Speedway. In 2010, she
became the youngest female to race in a NASCAR-sanctioned
development series event. That same year, she also made her K&N East
debut and finished 20th at Lee USA Speedway. Despite only
being 22, she has 15 years in racing.
5 JJ Haley Harry Scott
Jr. Braun Auto
Captured his first-ever win in a Late Model when he scored the
victory in the JEG/CRA All-Stars Tour Season Opener. He most
recently started the JJ Haley Foundation, a non-profit that works on
providing race fans in wheelchairs the opportunity to come out and
experience Trans-Am Series races. He became the youngest ARCA Racing
Series pole sitter on June 21, 2014 at the Akona 250 held at Elko
Speedway. Haley finished 6th in points in the 2015 NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East.
6 Ruben Garcia Mateos Max
Siegel Special Smiles
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Mateos competed in the NASCAR Mexico
Series from 2011-2015. He was the series' runner-up in 2014 and was
crowned the NASCAR Mexico Series champion in 2015. He has also
competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and was a member of the
2015-2016 NASCAR Next Class.
7 Codie Rohrbaugh Larry
Berg Grant County Mulch, INC.
Earned the 2013 Rookie of the Year in the Super Cup Stock Racing
Series, registering five top-tens and three top-five finishes in his
first season. Made his NASCAR K&N East series debut in 2015.
#7 Noah Gragson Jerry
Pitts Alert ID Colier’s
The Las Vegas native was the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the K
& N West Series and was the runner up in the Championship standings.
He won his first K & N West race at Tuscon Speedway. Finished 6th
in the opener at New Smyrna Speedway.
09 Christian Celaya Rodrigo San
Martin Alle Health
Celaya started his racing career in the desert as the 2014 Baja 250
Class 1600 Buggies champion. Finished fourth in the 2014 Baja 1000
Class 1600 Buggies. Finished second in the 2014 Buggy championship.
Competed in ARCA's in 2014 on his way to the NASCAR K & N East
Series in 2015. Crew chief is former MIS Champion and NASCAR Camping
world Truck Series competitor Rick Crawford.
#12 Harrison Burton Justin
Marks Dex Imaging, Konica Minolta
Earned his first pole in the Late Model Series at the age of 11 and
won his first Pro-Late Model race at the age of 12. Then went on to
earn his first Super Late Model race at the age of 14 . Burton is no
stranger to the Gulf coast having raced at Mobile in Pensacola in a
Late Model. Burton is the son of Jeff Burton, a former NASCAR Spring
Cup driver and current NASCAR analyst for NBC.
#13 Hunter Baize Justin
Marks Bicycle Playing Cards
Finished third in the ARCA/CRA Super Series final standings last
season. Earned two wins at Indiana's Illiana Motor Speedway and
Michigan's Flat Rock Speedway. Finished ninth in his ARCA debut at
Michigan's Berlin Speedway and finished sixth on the dirt at
Illinois State Fairgrounds.
#14 Trey Hutchens III Bobby Hutchens Jr.
Fourth-generation competitor as father Bobby, grandfather Bud and
great grandfather Claude all have been involved in racing as a
driver, crew member or car owner. In 2015, won Sunoco Rookie of the
Year honors and was also voted Most Popular Driver in his first year
of competition in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
#27 Gracin Raz Jeff
Jefferson Montana Tech, Trinity EnergyIn
2014 Gracin caught the eye of NASCAR K&N Pro Series Crew Chief Jeff
Jefferson and was extended the opportunity to race two NASCAR K&N
Pro Series West events for Bill McAnally Racing. In Gracin’s first
K&N West event he out qualified all rookies and averaged a top 6.5
finish between both events.
#29 Jesse Little Mark Rette
Jesse's Dad, Chad Little, drove the #97 John Deere car for Roush
Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series and
is the Managing Director of Technical Inspection and Officiating for
Jesse has had 5 poles, 10 front row starts, and 16 Top 5 finishes.
In 2015 Jesse made his transition into K&N Pro Series with his debut
# 30 Dominique Van Wieringen Mark Rette
One of two female Canadians in the field, Wieringen was the first
female to lead a lap in the CRA/JEGS All-Star Series, also the first
female to win an Outlaw Super Late Model championship in the U.S.
#31 TBA Ted
Marsh Wheelen Engineering
#38 Tyler Dippel Harry Scott
Jr. East West Marine, TV Car
Began his racing career at the age of seven racing slingshot cars.
Became the youngest winner in the northeast area in the DIRTcar
Racing Series Last Season. As a rookie, he held the PASS Super Late
Model National points lead throughout the season. Dippel finished 8th
at the 2016 K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna.
#40 Kyle Benjamin Michael Hillman
Began driving full size race cars at just 14 years old. Has compiled
19 wins in various Go-Kart and Quarter Midget classes. Earned his
first K&N East win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He is a member
of the 2015-2016 NASCAR next class. Benjamin is well known on the
Gulf Coast having won first late model race at Mobile International
Speedway. He has also competed in Mobile in the ARCA Mobile 200.
Benjamin finished 4th in the Pro Series East opener at
New Smyrna and 9th in points for the 2015 K&N Pro Series
#41 Spencer Davis Douglas
Made his K&N debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at the age of 14.
Prior to competing in the K&N Series, he won the 2011 World Series
of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway and the 2014 Pro
Late Model race at New Smyrna’s Speedweeks. Davis finished runner up
in the Pro Series East opener at New Smyrna.
#42 Jairo Avila Max
Siegel Rev Racing
Competed in five NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events in 2014 and
earned four top-10 finishes. Earned his best K&N West finish,
seventh, at Stateline on July 12. He raced in two ARCA races in 2015
and competed in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International
Speedway. Avila is a member of the NASCAR drive for diversity
#43 David Calabrese Michael
Calabrese Diamondback Towing
Got his start at the age of 10 racing go-karts and continued to race
them for eight seasons before moving up to Modifieds. 2016 is his
first season of NASCAR K&N Series Competition. He is the first in
his family to have a career in auto racing.
#44 Dillon Bassett Ronnie Bassett
Sr. Bassett Gutter
Dillon Bassett finished sixth in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
debut at New Smyrna Speedway. Bassett finished 13th in the series
standings last season with one win, two top fives and four top 10s.
Bassett is the younger brother of Ronnie.
#46 TBA Richard Gdovic
#49 John Holleman IV Zeno Marshall,Jr
Midway Mobile Storage
Holleman made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at his hometown
track Bowman Gray in May 2014. Was the 2014 Super 6 Limited champion
of his series.
#66 Reid Wilson Barry Wilson
Wilson began his racing career at age 8 competing in the INEX
sanctioned Bandoleros. Wilson’s rookie year in Legends Young Lions
produced 2 Wins - 9 Top 5s - 14 Top 10s before moving on to the
NASCAR K&N East Pro Series.
#77 Clayton Green Steve Green
Green made his K&N East debut at New Smyrna on Feb. 14 and his first
K & N West start last season. On his way to the K & N series Green
was the Texas Bandolero and Legend car state champion.