Taking a Look: The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Driver Roster
51 Assembles a List of the Drivers Competing in 2014 KNEast Campaign
By Elgin Traylor and Ally Fulson, Speed51.com
An impressive driver roster has already been penciled in for the 2014 season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. While the season opener is less than two weeks away at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida and an official entry list isn't expected from NASCAR until closer to the event, Speed51.com has assembled a list of the drivers competing either full-time or on a limited basis in 2014.
This list was put together using team and driver announcements on social media, websites or through team press releases, plus some phone calls from 51 staff to teams and drivers. There could be some additions that surprise all of us when the pit gates open at New Smyrna on February 16th.
Turner Motorsports (5)
TSM really reloaded the gun after a shuffle of drivers out of their organization. Defending champion Dylan Kwasniewski is now in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2014 showing that winners can and will advance in the TSM program.
Rhodes returns as the only TSM driver from a year ago and will now run a full time schedule. Cameron Hayley rides the pipe line from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with hopes of capturing the crown the way Kwasniewski did in 2013. Scott Heckert comes over from B.J. McLeod Motorsports and with a year under his belt, the Connecticut youngster could be a weekly contender. Brandon Jones had six K&N East starts in 2013 and had a pair of top 10 runs, so he shouldn't be overlooked in 2014. Kaz Grala is the raw rookie, but we expect that he will fit in well with the experience above him. This is one of several teams that could produce a champion and a rookie of the year with different drivers.
Hattori Racing Enterprises (2)
David Garbo Jr.
HRE moves back to a two car operation as Pulliam and Garbo team up to each run for Rookie of the year honors. Pulliam will have eye on him as he runs for points and the NASCAR Whelen All American Series crown. Brett Moffitt, who is thus far without a ride in 2014, was a weekly threat for victories and championships in his stint at HRE and the team was strong as a two-car effort a few years back with Moffitt and Sergio Pena, so they are capable of giving Pulliam and Garbo solid machines this season.