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NASCAR Night of Champions Honored K&N Pro Series East & West Series Title Winners

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NASCAR K&N Pro Series champions Ben Rhodes and Greg Pursley honored at Touring Series Night of Champions

NASCAR K&N Pro Series champions Ben Rhodes and Greg Pursley were among seven drivers honored during the Touring Series Night of Champions event in Charlotte, North Carolina

Anthony Kumpen, Andy Seuss, Abraham Calderon, LP Dumoulin, Doug Coby, Ben Rhodes and Greg Pursley at NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions

Pictured from left to right Anthony Kumpen, Andy Seuss, Abraham Calderon, LP Dumoulin, Doug Coby, Ben Rhodes and Greg Pursley on the stage of the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions

The NASCAR Touring Series Awards were held in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to honor seven different 2014 Champions. NASCAR president Mike Helton was in attendance to hand out the prestigious championship rings and awarded the series champion trophies. The seven champions combined for 14 wins, 67 top five finishes, and 86 top ten finishes in 95 races during the 2014 season.

The 2014 touring series title winners include Abraham Calderón of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota series. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion was Anthony Kumpen, with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship going to LP Dumoulin. The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion is Doug Coby and the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion is Andy Seuss, The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship went to Greg Pursley, and Ben Rhodes claimed the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship title.

Greg Pursley won his second touring series title and is the culmination of a successful racing career that included 20 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West wins in 99 starts. Greg has finished off what is perhaps his final season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in style. “As of right now, I guess I’m retired,” said Pursley. Pursley grabbed the series points lead after just the second race of the season and never relinquished it. “I’m very happy to go out as the champion on top,” commented Pursley.

Greg Pursley won his second touring series title

Greg Pursley won his second touring series title and as he claims to be retired, this is the culmination of a successful racing career that includes 20 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West wins

K&N presented the NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship winners at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

A K&N representative presented the NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship winners at the ceremony held in the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Ben Rhodes enjoyed an amazing 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race season by claiming five victories and clinching the series championship. Rhodes joins current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Ryan Truex, and Kyle Larson in winning both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the same season.

In addition to awarding the championship rings and awards, each series rookie of the year was honored. As mentioned before, Ben Rhodes claimed the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East while James Bickford claimed the rookie of the year award for the West series. NASCAR fans were able to vote for the Most Popular Driver award on the NASCAR.com website. Once again, Ben Rhodes was chosen for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Brandon McReynolds was chosen by fans as the most popular driver for the West Series.

Ben Rhodes enjoyed an amazing 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race season

Ben Rhodes enjoyed an amazing 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race season by claiming five victories, clinching the series championship, and winning Sunoco Rookie of the Year

Ben Rhodes has a fun loving personalityt

Ben Rhodes, seen here in his signature pose, has a fun loving personality which must have helped him win the Most Popular Driver award as decided by fans on the NASCAR.com website

In other exciting NASCAR K&N Pro Series news, a new body was revealed at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new NASCAR K&N Pro Series body was built with aerodynamics, safety and ease of repair in mind. The new body replaces the existing steel bodied NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars with a design that saves 35 lbs. and is much easier to repair. The new bodies, whether it’s for a Chevy, Ford, or Toyota, were designed with safety in mind. The new bodies use a fire resistant material, tethers to keep the hoods in place, insets for windshield center braces, and other safety improvements.

The new NASCAR K&N Pro Series bodies will not be used until the first race of the 2015 season; however officials are confident about the performance and durability of the new design. Wind tunnel testing shows that the new NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars compared favorably to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series cars and sport a modern look nearly identical to the Sprint Cup body. The car revealed at the 2014 SEMA Show was painted to resemble Ben Rhodes’ 2014 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet.

2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Greg Pursley shows off his new championship ring

2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Greg Pursley smiles as he shows off his new championship ring while posing in front of the championship trophy

2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series car body revealed at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series car body at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, was painted to resemble Ben Rhodes’ 2014 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet

2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes poses in front of the championship trophy

2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and Most Popular Driver Ben Rhodes poses in front of the championship trophy showing his championship ring


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