NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race No. 9,
United Site Services 70 New Hampshire Motor Speedway,
Loudon, New Hampshire
Race Information: Event: United Site Services 70, Saturday, July 16 at 6:45 p.m. Local Time Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Qualifying: Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Local Time Track Length: 1.058-mile paved oval.
Welcome To The Granite State: After a much deserved weekend off, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) returns to actions this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Granite state. Rookie sensation Dominique Van Wieringen continues to rave in the spotlight and look for an explosive performance with a historic effort in Saturday afternoon’s United Site Services 70 for Rette Jones Racing (RJR).
Last Time Out; Columbus Motor Speedway: During Independence Day weekend, Rette Jones Racing rookie Dominique Van Wieringen put on another spectacular performance in the NAPA 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, the result was more of the same for the talented rookie as she found herself a victim during the second half of the race resulting in a 13th place finish. Before the race, the sensation posted her third second-place qualifying run of the season, beating her own previous record set at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April.
New Car Smell: This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, crew chief and co-car owner Mark Rette has brought Dominique Van Wieringen a brand new race car for her New Hampshire Motor Speedway debut. This Ford Fusion has been specifically built for NHMS competition. The team also hopes to utilize this same chassis at Iowa Speedway in two weeks.
Remember This Qualifying Procedure: This weekend’s United Site Services 70 for will revert back to a unique qualifying procedure. Instead of the traditional two-lap time trials, group qualifying similar to road course procedures, will be utilized. Each group will participate in a five-minute session and the fastest single lap speed of each car will determine the first 32 starting positions secured into the field by their qualifying lap / speed. The series utilized the same format at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April.
Record Setter: Looking to become the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East female racer to win a series’ event, Van Wieringen is making noise of her own this season. Setting the record three times with the best starting position by a female competitor, she also holds the mark for the most laps led in K&N Pro Series East competition with 118 laps led in two races. In the second race of the season at Mobile, she led 30 circuits, before beating that record with a whopping 88 laps led at Stafford (CT.) Motor Speedway.
Looking For More: After scoring her first top-10 finish of her NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career in her debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February, Van Wieringen looks to start the second half the way she did the first with a career-best finish inSaturday night’s United Site Services 70.
Rette Jones Racing x2: For Saturday night’s event, Rette Jones Racing will field two entries for the ninth race of the season. In addition to Van Wieringen in the team’s flagship No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion, K&N winner Jesse Little will drive the No. 29 Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment Toyota Camry for his second K&N start of 2016.
School’s Out… Sorta: While spring classes have wrapped up for Van Wieringen at the University of North Carolina Charlotte with three A’s and one B, she has chosen to stay focused in the books with a few summer class to stay ahead of the curve for her busy racing schedule. Now a senior, Van Wieringen is studying to become a mechanical engineer.
Proud Partnership: For the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, Rette Jones Racing is proud to welcome a partnership with NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) and Universal Technical Institute (UTI). Through a campus-based school system, UTI offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several brands, including NASCAR.
Students will learn everything you need to know to work on a wide variety of vehicles as part of their core training on top of 15 weeks of NASCAR-specific courses to learn racing fundamentals.
She’s Fast: In the eight races of the season, Van Wieringen has mastered an average starting position of 5.6, qualifying third, second, 12th, second, 17th, fourth, third and second respectively. The Rette Jones Racing development driver holds an average finishing position of 16th with six races remaining this season.
Points Report: With six races remaining on the schedule, Dominique Van Wieringen sits 14th in the championship standings, while car owner Mark Rette occupies the same position in the car owner standings. Van Wieringen trails Justin Haley by 107 points for the championship lead. Just nine markers separate her from 10th place in the standings currently held by Ruben Garcia Jr.
Up To Speed With Dominique: Van Wieringen has set many accolades, despite her youth. She was the first female to lead a lap in the CRA / JEGS All-Star Series and the first rookie to win a JEGS / CRA All-Star Series point’s race. In addition, Van Wieringen was the first female to win an Outlaw Super Late Model championship in the United States, while holding the current record at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway for the most laps led (74) by a female competitor.
Female Flavor: The United Site Services 70 won’t be lacking a female presence on Saturday. Van Wieringen is one of two females set to compete in the ninth race of the season. Joining Van Wieringen is Rev Racing’s Ali Kern. Both females are running for the championship title with Van Wieringen leading the duo in the championship standings by one positions or six points.
Sponsorship Lineup: In addition to Durobyte and NASCAR Technical Institute, Rette Jones Racing also welcomes Jones Group International, J-AAR Excavating, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Pro System Brakes and Russo’s Tinting as associate partners this season. RJR is co-owned by successful entrepreneur and race car driver Terry Jones.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Fast Fact: This is the 70th race for the K&N Pro Series East at the 1.058-mile slightly banked oval, dating back to September 1990. This is the third straight year the series has raced on the summer stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, after running on the September weekend in 2012 and 2013. It’s the largest oval on the K&N Pro Series East schedule.
Stay Social With Dominique: Van Wieringen is active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with her @DominiqueRacing. Her team, Rette Jones Racing is also active on Twitter. Follow them @RetteJones30.
Chassis Intel: Mark Rette, crew chief and co-owner of Rette Jones Racing will debut chassis number 002 to the 1.0-mile paved oval this weekend. This Ford Fusion is appearing in its first race with RJR. Chassis number 001 will serve as the team’s backup last ran at Columbus Motor Speedway on July 2 in its 10th race of competition.
Rette Jones Racing, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Pre-Race Quotes: Dominique Van Wieringen, driver of the No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion:
On Columbus Motor Speedway: “Shoot. It seems like the same old story for us. Another fast car with a heartbreaking finish. I’m just hoping our luck will turn around sooner or later. This Rette Jones Racing has been working hard to bring very fast race cars to the track and we’ve been doing our job by a performance side, but circumstances out of control have left us with unfinished business to many times this season. Hopefully, Columbus was the last time we’ll have to experience that this season.”
On New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “Yeah, I’m excited about going to New Hampshire this weekend. It’s another new venue for me, but we should be pretty fast. I’ve heard that New Hampshire is a very flat track with tight corners. With our tight schedule this weekend, we need to do our job to make sure we’re competitive right off the bat and get a good starting spot for the race and back it up with a (hopefully) better finish.”
On Debuting New Car At NHMS: “Mark (Rette, crew chief and co-car owner) is very excited about this new car this weekend at New Hampshire. We took it to Caraway Speedway a couple weeks to shake it down and I immediately felt comfortable. I have a good feeling about the race this weekend!”
Rette Jones Racing, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Pre-Race Quotes: Mark Rette, mentor and co-owner of the No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion:
On Columbus Motor Speedway: “In our one-year anniversary with Rette Jones Racing, we started the race much like we finished it in July 2015, but unfortunately didn’t have the same result when the checkered flag waved. I can’t begin to say how good Dominique has been this season, but for one reason or another and most of them not even close to being her fault – circumstances have robbed her of a good finish. We looked assured a top-five run and ended up 13th. We all were disappointed to say the least.”
On New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “I have little doubt in my mind that Dominique can go to New Hampshire this weekend and debut in style with our No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion. I’m really stoked about bringing this new car to the race track and hope we’re able to not only be fast but contending for our first career K&N win on Saturday.”
Dominique Van Wieringen, New Hampshire NKNPSE Performance Record:
Dominique Van Wieringen will make her ninth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, no prior starts.
The United Site Services 70 (70 laps / 70 miles) is the ninth of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice is set for Friday, July 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. with a final practice etched in from 6:55 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Group qualifying is set for a short time later at 7:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag the next day, Saturday, July 16 around6:45 p.m. (ET) following the NASCAR XFINITY Series AutoLotto 200. The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network on Thursday, July 21 at 11:00 p.m. ET.
Driver: Dominique Van Wieringen on Twitter @DominiqueRacing.
Team: Rette Jones Racing on Twitter @RetteJones30.
Sanction: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: NASCARHometracks.com.
Credit: Mark Rette