After running competitively in the Late Model Stock ranks and advancing to make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) debut in 2013, Brodie Kostecki will make the transition to the series full time in 2014. First up on the schedule will be the New Smyrna 150 Presented by JEGS at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Sunday, February 16 followed by the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway (FL) on Tuesday, February 18.
Headed into the series debut at the famed New Smyrna Speedway half-mile, the 16-year-old Kostecki knows it will not be an easy start to the season, but is grateful for the level playing field among teams who have never raced at the venue before.
“New Smyrna is going to be a tricky one for everyone,” said Kostecki. “No one has ever raced there with a K&N car before, so it's going to be tough for all the teams. All the crew chiefs, just like Doug (George, Kostecki's crew chief), will have their heads down, working hard to get a handle on New Smyrna. We've been gathering as much information as we can, including watching videos, just to prepare in case a curveball gets thrown to us.”
Just two days later, one of the quickest turn-around’s in series history, the team will take to the track once again, this time at Daytona International Speedway for the UNOH Battle at the Beach K&N East event.
“These two races are probably going to be what makes or breaks a team's goals because they're so close together,” said Kostecki. “If you have a bad race at New Smyrna, you have to bounce back quickly because we're racing at Daytona two days later. I think we'll be okay because we have a good game plan and a really solid team this year. I'm hoping to come out of those two races clean, with all the fenders on the car and with a couple solid finishes to start our season off strong.”
The UNOH Battle at the Beach will take place on the .37-mile flat oval located on the backstretch of the tri-oval of the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Configuration changes were made following the series' inaugural event at the venue in 2013 which now features different angles in the turns which will result in a slightly altered racing line.
“It's going to be a tough race,” said Kostecki. “That track can be compared to a Bowman Gray, where you don't have to necessarily have a winning car in order to win the race. You just have to be in the right spot at the right time. That race is going to be a huge mental game. You'll have to pace yourself and analyze different drivers throughout the race. You have to keep notes in your head about which drivers will race you clean and which may be a little more dangerous. You have to place yourself around the right people.”
The UNOH Battle at the Beach will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 beginning at 7:00 pm ET. The event will also be live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 6:45 pm ET and will be simulcast on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90. Sunday’s New Smyrna 150 Presented by JEGS will air in a condensed format on Saturday morning, February 22 at 9:00 am ET.
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