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Sarah Cornett-Ching NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 125 Preview

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Sarah Cornett-Ching NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 125 Preview

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
August 6, 2015

Sarah Cornett-Ching
Sarah Cornett-Ching, No. 02 RACE 101 Chevrolet Impala, Bully Hill Vineyards 125 Fast Facts

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race No. 10, Bully Hill Vineyards 125, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Watkins Glen, New York

Race Information: Event: Bully Hill Vineyards 125, Friday, August 7 at 6:15 p.m. Local Time Track: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Qualifying: Friday, August 7 at 2:40 p.m. Local Time Track Length: 2.45-mile road course

Welcome Back: For the third time this season, Canadian stock car driver Sarah Cornett-Ching will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division driving the No. 02 RACE 101 Chevrolet in Friday afternoon’s Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Road Course Details: Sarah Cornett-Ching has only one road course race under her belt, but it was an impressive performance. In May, she made her debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park, where she rallied from a 15th place starting position to finish ninth, becoming the highest finishing female on a road course in ARCA.

Busy Lady: This weekend will be incredibly busy for Sarah Cornett-Ching. In addition to competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, immediately after the race, she and her RACE 101 team will head west and drive overnight to Marne, Michigan where she’ll continue her full-time duties behind the wheel of the No. 2 RACE 101 Chevrolet.

More #NASCAR Races Ahead: In the coming weeks, RACE 101 will announce a handful of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races to be added to Cornett-Ching’s already busy racing schedule. She’ll complete her full-time responsibilities on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour before making the No. 02 RACE 101 program top priority.

Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Recap: This past Saturday, Cornett-Ching competed in a double-header at the 2.5-mile triangle of Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. For the first time this season, the likable driver returned to a track where she had prior experience on the tour. The seat time paid off with an 11th place qualifying effort. Quickly in the ModSpace 125, she raced into the top-10 until an untimely caution shortly after green flag pit stops trapped Cornett-Ching and her team one lap down.

Did You Know? Before focusing on her stock car career in the United States, Cornett-Ching enjoyed a blockbuster career in her native country of Canada. In addition to being a two-time champion in various racing series in 2005 and 2007, Cornett-Ching enjoyed a successful career in the Canada West Coast Sportsman Series.

Avid Charity Supporters: Sarah Cornett-Ching and RACE 101 are avid supporters of the charity Pit Stops For Hope (PS4H). Pit Stops for Hope (PS4H) began as a collaboration of Richard Childress Racing pit crews teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, NC.

The goal is to defeat childhood hunger in the state of North Carolina. 100% of the donations PS4H receives from various means goes directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and the Salvation Army. They believe that in a land as abundant as America, there should not be one child that is food-insecure. PS4H is doing their part to end childhood hunger issues and encourages other racers, teams, fans and media to help them. Find out how by visiting PitStopsForHope.org.

Chasing ARCA Records: While Cornett-Ching and her Tony Blanchard led team are chasing a record to become the highest finishing female in ARCA championship points, she’s also chasing a Rookie of the Year title where she currently stands second overall. In the championship effort, Cornett-Ching sits sixth overall, which would tie Shawna Robinson as the highest finishing position in history for a full-time female competitor.

Not Just A Racer: Before turning her concentration to a full-time driving career, the Summerland, British Columbia native was a certified welder by trade in her home country of Canada. In fact, Cornett-Ching hones her skill at the team's Denver, North Carolina, shop on occasion.

Cornett-Ching graduated from Okanagan College in Canada in 2014 as a certified Red Seal B Pressure Welder. Her skills have allowed her to serve as a welding tutor for members of her RACE 101 team.

Stay Social With Sarah: Sarah Cornett-Ching is active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with her @scornettching. The latest information on her racing career, as well an inside look at RACE 101 is available on her Facebook page at Facebook.com/SCCracing.

RACE 101 Motorsports, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Pre-Race Quotes: Sarah Cornett-Ching, driver of the No. 02 RACE 101 Chevrolet:

On NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Tour: “I’m excited to be back on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour. Every time I come in race, I’m always treated with respect and dignity. Our RACE 101 team really appreciates all NASCAR K&N Pro Series East director Chris Wright does to make us feel welcome and make the race transitions as smooth as possible.”

On Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International: “Much like I’ve had to do a lot this year, this will be another new track for me. I’m hoping that my experience at New Jersey Motorsports Park will help as far as rhythm is concerned. I’ve been studying in-car cameras from prior NASCAR races at Watkins Glen, plus getting some experience on iRacing myself so I know what to expect when practice starts on Friday. I’m anxious to get things going.”

On Double Duty: “It’s going to be a busy weekend for sure, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Hopefully we can have a good day at Watkins Glen on Friday that will carry some momentum for our ARCA race Saturday night at Berlin. I feel so blessed to get these opportunities, so I definitely want to do my part behind the wheel.”

On Goals For Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International: “We would be ecstatic with a top-10 finish, but if we can have a good solid day of staying on the track and on the lead lap, we’ll take whatever we can get. This race this weekend is to prepare for my future. There’s a lot of great talent in the K&N East Series, so I plan to learn while I race and earn the Race 101 team the best finish possible.”

RACE 101 Motorsports, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Pre-Race Quotes: Tony Blanchard, driver coach, mentor and owner of the No. 02 RACE 101 Chevrolet:

On Sarah Cornett Ching’s K&N East Program: “As our schedule and funding provides, we want to keep Sarah in the race car as much as possible. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour is full of some of the sport’s next biggest stars and I consider her a part of that class. We’re excited for Watkins Glen on Friday and hope for a good day in our No. 02 RACE 101 Chevrolet.”

On Outlook For Watkins Glen: “Much like we’ve discussed with Sarah, we have goals, but we’re keeping those goals in check. We’d like to leave Watkins Glen with a top-10 or as close to it as possible, but this is racing. Anything can happen. As long as we can be productive and have a solid showing, it will be a good day and mission accomplished.”


Sarah Cornett-Ching, Watkins Glen International Prior Performance Record:

No prior NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race starts at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

The Bully Hill Vineyards 125 (51 Laps / 125.124 Miles) is the 10th of 14 races on the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Friday, August 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. A final practice session has been etched in a short time later from 10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:40 p.m. The event will take the green flag just after 6:15 p.m. The event will not be televised live, but will be tape-delayed on NBC Sports Network on Thursday, August 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Fast Links:

Driver: Sarah Cornett-Ching on Twitter @scornettching or visit sccracing.com or on Facebook.

Marketing Partner: RACE 101: RACE 101.

Sanction: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: NASCARHomeTracks.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sarah Cornett-Ching, driver of the No. 02 RACE 101 Chevrolet for owner Tony Blanchard in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.


Tony Blanchard

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