Super Late Model racing ends its season every year with the Snowball Derby at Pensacola's Florida's Five Flags Speedway in December. Only a few weeks later the birth of another new season takes place in the same state, but on the east coast.
New Smyrna Speedway, which is just south of Daytona Beach, is consistently the host site for the first show of the new season. The short off-season of asphalt short track racing comes to an end with the Red-Eye 100, which will celebrate its 29th running this Saturday at New Smyrna.
Bill McAnally Racing will mount a triple-threat as it launches its 2014 season with three entries in the opening event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Sunday.
BMR entries in the New Smyrna 150 will feature series rookie Nick Drake in the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Brandon McReynolds in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry and Patrick Staropoli in the No. 99 PEAK Toyota Camry.
“We are ready to get the 2014 season rolling,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We are headed to Florida with a very talented lineup of drivers for the K&N East season opener. We did some pre-season testing and look forward to great results this year for NAPA AUTO PARTS and Toyota and also for our fans.”
Drake – an 18-year-old from Mooresville, N.C. – will be making his series debut as he begins his quest for this year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the K&N Pro Series East. He is transitioning to stock cars from open-wheel racing, where he competed in the USAC National Sprint Car Series last year.
McReynolds, who is slated to run the full schedule for BMR in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West this season, will be making the first of two starts planned for him in the K&N East in 2014. The 22-year-old driver, who also hails from Mooresville, had one top-five and two top-10 finishes in two starts for BMR in the K&N West last year. In addition, he has registered two top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 12 starts in the K&N East. He has also competed in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, where he scored a victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2012.
Staropoli of Plantation, Fla., will be making his debut in the K&N East after competing in two races for BMR in the K&N West last season. The 24-year-old netted one top-five and two top-10 finishes in those events, which followed his winning the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge.
BMR – which has a long history of success in the K&N West with five series championships and a combined record of 50 series wins – announced last month that it is expanding into the K&N East this year. While Drake will race the full slate of 16 events, he will be teamed with Cole Custer at select events. Custer of Ladera Ranch, Calif., will drive the No. 00 NAPA/Haas Automation entry. He raced in the K&N East last year as a 15-year-old rookie – capturing two wins, two poles and finishing eighth in the overall championship standings. He also had one pole in two starts in 2013 in the K&N West.
It will be a busy start to the season for the three BMR teams, with the New Smyrna event being the first of a doubleheader to start the K&N East season. Drake, McReynolds and Staropoli will immediately head with the series to Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, Feb. 18, for the second annual UNOH Battle At The Beach.
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BMR Plans Triple Threat For K&N East Opener At New Smyrna
Drake, McReynolds and Staropoli