Blake Koch And Kaulig Racing Prepares For Bristol

Blake Koch

Blake Koch at Bristol Motor Speedway… Blake Koch has 12 previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). He earned a track-best start of 16th in April of 2016 and tied that earlier this season when the NXS visited BMS in April. He earned a track-best finish of eighth in this race last year (August 2016) after starting 17th. The last time Koch visited BMS in April, he finished ninth, earning his first top-10 of the 2017 season. Koch has recorded a total of two top-10 finishes at BMS.

Sounding Off – Blake Koch… “Statistically, Bristol seems like it’s our best racetrack after finishing eighth and ninth in the last two races there. We have good notes to go off of from  and I really like the PJ1 substance that Bristol put down on the track last race and plan to put down again. I love short tracks and think this weekend is a good opportunity for us to secure some more points and our position in the playoffs.”

2017 Season… Koch is currently tied for ninth in the NXS Championship standings after 21 races. He has recorded one pole position, six top-10 starts, two top-10 finishes and nine top-15 finishes. The Kaulig Racing driver has led 32 laps so far in 2017. Last week at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Koch scored a track-best start of third and finish of 11th after winning Stage 1, finishing 10th in Stage 2 and suffering major damage in the final stage before battling back to capture a top-15 finish. The stage win was his second of the 2017 season, earning him an additional playoff point.

Meet Blake…Koch and crew chief Chris Rice will serve as grand marshals for Thursday night’s Speedway Children’s Charities Night Race 5K presented by Bojangles at BMS. Koch will address the crowd, take photos and meet with fans at 8:15 p.m. ET before joining Chris Rice to give the command for the 8:30 p.m. ET start time. Registration is $25 with all proceeds benefitting local children through Speedway Children’s Charities. 

Koch will visit the NXS XFINITY Zone presented by Comcast at BMS on Friday, August 28th at 2:30 p.m. ET for a Q&A and autographs.

Koch will meet with fans and sign autographs at the LeafFilter Gutter Protection display in the BMS FanZone on Saturday, August 18th at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 202nd NXS start this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. To date, Koch has a career-best NXS starting position of first at Talladega Superspeedway (May 2017), and a career-best NXS finish of eighth at RIR (April 2016), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2016), Phoenix International Raceway (November 2016) and Iowa Speedway (July 2017).

Tune-In… The 300-lap Food City 300 from BMS will be televised live Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be broadcasted live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.

Keeping up with Kaulig Racing… To receive up-to-date information on the No. 11 NXS team, follow @KauligRacing on Twitter as well as on the Kaulig Racing™ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kauligracing, and the team’s website, www.kauligracing.com.

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Blake Koch Earns A Career Best Finish At Mid-Ohio

Blake Koch

Kaulig Racing driver Blake Koch earned a track-best start of third and a track-best finish of 11th on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The West Palm Beach, Fla. native won Stage 1 of the event, finished 10th in Stage 2 and rebounded from an incident on Lap 51 to finish 11th.

“It was awesome to win a stage today in front of all of the LeafFilter Gutter Protection employees who came out to their home track to support our team,” said Koch. “We had such a fast car this weekend and the team did a great job repairing the damage to the right rear to carry us to the finish. After a great points day, I’m excited to head to Bristol next week to get back to oval racing on a short track.”

After arriving in Ohio on Thursday to visit LeafFilter Gutter Protection’s corporate headquarters in Hudson, the team arrived at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday ready to lay down some fast laps in practice. Unfortunately, severe thunderstorms cancelled all on-track actitivty for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday, moving the team’s sole practice session to Saturday morning. Koch finished eighth in that practice session and carried that confidence into qualifying Saturday afternoon, scoring a track-best starting spot of third.

After the drop of the green flag, the field made one complete lap before the race was slowed by caution for oil on the track. Koch maintained the third position through a lengthy clean-up period. The race returned to green on Lap 8, but fell under caution and eventually a red flag with five laps remaining in Stage 1. When the red was lifted, the leader pitted and Koch assumed the second position for the restart with just two laps remaining in the stage. With just one lap remaining, Koch took the lead and maintained it to win Stage 1, capturing 10 stage points and one playoff point.

Crew chief Chris Rice brought Koch down pit road under the stage caution for four fresh tires and fuel. A delayed entry into the pit box relegated Koch to a 24th-place position for the restart on Lap 23 to begin Stage 2.

Just five laps after the restart, Koch had raced his way up to the 19th position and was still running faster lap times than the leader.  He managed to avoid a wreck in front of him on Lap 32 as he climbed to the 14th position. He continued to pick off cars as the stage went on, eventually making the pass for the 10th position just before the stage ended on Lap 40. Koch earned one bonus point for his 10th-place stage finish.

Koch visited pit road under the stage caution for four fresh tires, fuel and to add some tape on the grille. He restarted ninth on Lap 44 to start the final stage of the Mid-Ohio Challenge.

The caution was displayed again on Lap 48 while Koch was running eighth.  The field returned to green on Lap 51. As the field worked Lap 51, Koch was tagged from behind and sent spinning across the course, collecting several cars and suffering severe damage to the right rear of his No. 11 Camaro. The team pitted twice to work on the damage before running out of time on the five-minute crash clock. With all parts and pieces on the No. 11 machine secured, Koch restarted 31st on Lap 57.

The caution was displayed for the seventh time on the restart lap, but Koch was able to gain several positions, putting him 23rd when the field returned to green on Lap 61. Koch continued to fight for position, advancing to the 16th position by the eighth caution flag on Lap 64.

Soon after the restart with eight laps remaining in the race, Koch had to maneuver through the grass to avoid a wreck in front of him. The field was eventually red flagged for the second time. When the race returned to caution, Koch was able to remove some of the grass from his grille by tucking under another car’s bumper. He restarted 13th with five laps remaining at Mid-Ohio.

Koch continued to pick off cars in the closing laps of the race, making bold moves to gain track position. After an eventful day, Koch eventually crossed the finish line 11th at the end of the Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Koch improved his track-best start by 10 positions and his track-best finish by one position today at Mid-Ohio. He earned his second stage win of the season, securing another playoff point for a total of two for the season.

Koch and the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection team leave Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course tied for ninth in the NXS championship standings. The team returns to racing actionFriday, August 18, 2017 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Blake Koch Is Hoping For A Dry Race Weekend At Mid-Ohio

Blake Koch

Blake Koch at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course… Blake Koch has four previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He earned a track-best start (13th) and finish (12th) in this race last year. Last year’s event saw periods of heavy rain followed by dry conditions, then eventually another period of heavy rain at the end of the race. While other cars struggled to stay on-track, Koch was able to glide his way to a track-best finish of 12th in the Mid-Ohio Challenge.

LeafFilter Gutter Protection’s Home Track…LeafFilter Gutter Protection, founded and owned by Kaulig Racing team owner Matt Kaulig, is headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, just 80 miles from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Kaulig originally moved to Northeast Ohio to attend the University of Akron, where he was a standout quarterback for the Zips. He remains heavily involved in the Akron Zips community as he provides aid for the school’s football programs and lends a helping-hand in sponsoring events.

Sounding Off – Blake Koch… “I did not enjoy racing in the rain last year, but we were really fast when the track was dry. It was just about survival when the rain came. I would say the hardest turn at Mid-Ohio is Turn 4 because you carry a lot of speed and it’s easy to wheel hop. You can also gain a lot of speed in that turn, so it’s important to really master your line each time. I’m excited to get back to LeafFilter Gutter Protection’s home track and hope it stays dry!”

2017 Season… Koch is currently 10th in the NXS Championship standings after 20 races. He has recorded one pole position, five top-10 starts, two top-10 finishes and eight top-15 finishes. The Kaulig Racing driver has led 29 laps so far in 2017. Last week at Watkins Glen International, Koch tied his track-best start of 14th and earned stage points in the first two stages of the event, finishing 10th and seventh, respectively. Koch ultimately finished 22nd when contact with a lapped car left him mired back in traffic with no opportunity to make up ground.

 

Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 201st NXS start this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. To date, Koch has a career-best NXS starting position of first at Talladega Superspeedway (May 2017), and a career-best NXS finish of eighth at RIR (April 2016), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2016), Phoenix International Raceway (November 2016) and Iowa Speedway (July 2017).Tune-In… The 75-lap Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be televised live Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be broadcasted live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.

Keeping up with Kaulig Racing… To receive up-to-date information on the No. 11 NXS team, follow @KauligRacing on Twitter as well as on the Kaulig Racing™ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kauligracing, and the team’s website, www.kauligracing.com.

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Blake Koch Scores 5 Stage Points At Watkins Glen

Blake Koch
Kaulig Racing driver Blake Koch finished 22nd on Saturday at Watkins Glen International (WGI) in his 200th career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start. The West Palm Beach, Fla. native tied his track-best starting position of 14th and captured stage points in the first two stages before getting tangled with a lapped car near the end of the Zippo 200.

“We had some positive things come out of today, despite not taking home the finish we deserved,” said Koch. “We scored stage points in the first two stages, which is something we haven’t done yet this season and were in a great position until we got twisted up with a lapped car as the green-flag pit stops were cycling through. Our No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy was mostly uninjured so that’s great news heading into Mid-Ohio next week.”

The team made significant improvements to the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro during Friday’s two practice sessions, eventually posting the 15th-fastest time in the final practice session. Koch noted the improvement during his qualifying run Saturday morning, securing a 14th-place starting spot for the Zippo 200.

After the drop of the green flag, Koch reported that the car was a bit loose as he settled into the 17th position. The team did not pit during the Lap 4 caution period, allowing Koch to restart 16th on Lap 7. The caution was again displayed with three laps remaining in Stage 1 as several drivers had begun to pit. Koch was scored 10th as the stage ended under caution on Lap 20, earning him one stage point to be added to his race total.

The team made their first pit stop of the day under caution on Lap 21 for fresh tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. Koch restarted 20th on Lap 23 when Stage 2 began.

The race was slowed by caution for the third time on Lap 34 as Koch had raced his way up to the 10th position. He restarted ninth with two laps remaining in Stage 2. In the closing laps of the stage, Koch rocketed past two more cars, taking the stage flag from the seventh position and earning three stage points.

The team opted not to pit under caution to conserve track position. Koch reported that the car was handling much better as he was told to save fuel. He restarted seventh to begin the final stage of the event on Lap 43.

The team made their only green-flag pit stop of the day on Lap 51 for new tires and fuel. As stops continued to cycle through in the next two or so laps, Koch had a dust up with a lapped car, impeding his progress through the field. With no damage, Koch soldiered on and was scored 19th when the caution was displayed with five laps remaining in the race. The team pitted for the final time under that caution for fresh tires and fuel, putting Koch 24th for the restart with three laps remaining.

In the closing laps, Koch avoided chaos around him to gain two positions and cross the finish line 22nd.

Koch and the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection team leave WGI 10th in the NXS championship standings. The team returns to racing action Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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Blake Koch Loves Road Racing

Blake Koch

Blake Koch at Watkins Glen International… Blake Koch has five previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Watkins Glen International (WGI).  Koch earned a track-best starting position of 14th in 2016, but finished 35th after a multi-car pileup on Lap 17 ended the team’s day. Koch’s best finish of 18th at the track came in 2015 after starting 29th.

Milestone Weekend… Koch makes his 200th career NXS start this weekend at WGI. The West Palm Beach, Fla. native grew up racing dirt bikes, but did not drive a stock car until the age of 21. Koch joined NXS competition in 2011 and ran his first full NXS season in 2015. He also has six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts and 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts under his belt.

Sounding Off – Blake Koch… “I really do enjoy road course racing. This weekend at Watkins Glen will be different with the new downforce package for the XFINITY cars. The most difficult part of the track for me is typically the esses so we will make the most of practice and put all of the moving pieces together. We have great engines, brakes and people so we have all of the right ingredients for our No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy to run well at road courses.”

2017 Season… Koch is currently 10th in the NXS Championship standings after 19 races. He has recorded one pole position, five top-10 starts, two top-10 finishes and eight top-15 finishes. The Kaulig Racing driver has led 29 laps so far in 2017. Last week at Iowa Speedway, Koch qualified a track-best seventh en route to a track-best finish and career-tying best finish of eighth.

Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 200th NXS start this weekend at WGI. To date, Koch has a career-best NXS starting position of first at Talladega Superspeedway (May 2017), and a career-best NXS finish of eighth at RIR (April 2016), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2016), Phoenix International Raceway (November 2016) and Iowa Speedway (July 2017).

Tune-In… The 82-lap Zippo 200 at The Glen from WGI will be televised live Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be broadcasted live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.

Keeping up with Kaulig Racing… To receive up-to-date information on the No. 11 NXS team, follow @KauligRacing on Twitter as well as on the Kaulig Racing™ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kauligracing, and the team’s website, www.kauligracing.com.

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Blake Koch Will Make His 200th NXS Start At Watkins Glen

Blake Koch
This Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race at Watkins Glen International (WGI) marks a milestone for Kaulig Racing driver Blake Koch. Koch, driver of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro will make his 200th career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start.

“When I started racing my goal was to make just one NASCAR start,” said Koch. “I never imagined I would have made 200. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and know the 300th will be here before I know it.”

Koch made his NXS debut in 2009 at Memphis Motorsports Park, where he finished a respectable 17th after starting 25th.  Koch went on to compete in one additional race in 2009 and one in 2010 before adding a 32-race schedule in 2011. From 2012 to 2014 Koch made more than 28 starts each season before completing his first fulltime season in 2015.

Koch’s relationship with LeafFilter Gutter Protection formed in 2015 and flourished, leading LeafFilter Gutter Protection owner and president Matt Kaulig to form Kaulig Racing in 2016. In the team’s first season of competition, Koch made the NXS playoffs, eventually finishing seventh and narrowly missing the cutoff to make the final round. He earned five top-10 finishes in the 2016 season and led a total of 16 laps.

“Meeting Matt Kaulig and his family and helping to form Kaulig Racing changed the course of my career,” said Koch. “It’s amazing what we have been able to accomplish in the short time Kaulig Racing has been a team and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

The West Palm Beach, Fla. native began his third fulltime season of NXS competition in 2017. He reached a career milestone earlier this season, earning the Coors Light Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway.

So far in 2017, Koch has recorded one pole, two top-10 finishes and has led a total of 29 laps. He sits 10th in the NXS Championship standings heading into this weekend’s event at Watkins Glen International (WGI).

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Blake Koch Snags A Career Best 8th Place Finish At Iowa

Blake Koch

Kaulig Racing driver Blake Koch tied his career-best NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) finish of eighth on Saturday at Iowa Speedway, which also was a track-best finish for the driver of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy Camaro. Koch started seventh in the US Cellular 250 on his way to score his second top-10 finish of the 2017 season and advance to 10th in the NXS Championship standings.

“It was awesome to have such a great weekend at one of my favorite tracks, said Koch.” “We unloaded with speed on Friday, which really gave us confidence for the rest of the weekend. I can’t thank my team enough for their hard word and for preparing such a fast LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy for this weekend. We look forward to carrying this momentum to Watkins Glen next week.”

Koch posted the 15th- and fifth-fastest practice speeds, respectively, in Friday’s two practice sessions at Iowa Speedway. The team was pleased with the speed and handling of the No. 11 Camaro and made few changes before Saturday morning’s group qualifying session.

Koch advanced to the final round of group qualifying before eventually securing a seventh-place starting position for Saturday afternoon’s event, his best at Iowa Speedway.

After the drop of the green flag, Koch had settled into the 10th position by Lap 25 and was quiet on the radio. He reported later in the run that his forward drive was good, but he needed to be freed up on center and exit. He crossed the finish line for Stage 1 in the 10th position on Lap 60, earning one bonus point for his race total.

Under the caution, crew chief Chris Rice brought Koch down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The West Palm Beach, Fla. native restarted 12th when the field returned to green to begin Stage 2 on Lap 67.

A quick caution flag on Lap 73 gave Koch time to tell the team he started off a little free in that run, but that the balance was coming to him. He restarted 11th on Lap 78.

When Stage 2 ended on Lap 120, Koch crossed the line in the 14th position. He reported to the team that the track conditions seemed to be changing as more rubber was laid down and that he needed more forward drive. He came down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment under the caution period for the end of Stage 2 before restarting 14th when Stage 3 began on Lap 128.

A nearly 50-lap green-flag run came to an end on Lap 170 when the caution was displayed. Koch, who was running 14th, told the team he thought he was overdriving his entry into Turn 3. Rice brought Koch down pit road under the caution period for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He restarted 12th on Lap 177, conscious of his drive into Turn 3.

Koch continued to work on his line around the track for the middle part of Stage 3 as he ran 13th. With 25 laps remaining in the event, the field fell under the first of four caution flags in the final laps of the race. The originally scheduled 250-lap event was extended by a green-white-checkered finish to Lap 253. On the final restart, Koch powered from the 12th position all the way up to eighth to record a track-best finish at Iowa Speedway and his second top-10 finish of the 2017 NXS season.

Koch and the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection team leave Iowa Speedway 10th in the NXS championship standings, a gain in one position over last week. The team returns to racing action Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at Watkins Glen International.

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Blake Koch Hopes To Beat His Last Finish At Iowa Speedway

Blake Koch

Blake Koch has 12 previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Iowa Speedway. Koch earned a track-best start and finish of 13th in this event in 2016. The last time Koch visited the track in June of 2017, he tied his career-best start of 13th. In that event, Koch finished 25th after getting caught a lap down when an untimely caution was displayed near the end of the race, just as the team had completed their final green-flag pit stop.

Sounding Off – Blake Koch… “We had a fast car the last time we were at Iowa so we know what we need to look for in our race-balance. I think our car was capable of a top-five finish, but the way the caution flew put us a lap down and mixed up the field. Iowa is one of our best racetracks. We have some great speed and can’t wait to get on track this weekend.”

2017 Season… Koch is currently 11th in the NXS Championship standings after 18 races. He has recorded one pole position, four top-10 starts, one top-10 finish and seven top-15 finishes. The Kaulig Racing driver has led 29 laps so far in 2017. Last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Koch finished 17th after starting 22nd and suffering damage to the right-front of the No. 11 machine early in the event. The team rebounded to finish just outside of the top 15.

Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 199th NXS start this weekend at Iowa Speedway. To date, Koch has a career-best NXS starting position of first at Talladega Superspeedway (May 2017), and a career-best NXS finish of eighth at RIR (April 2016), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2016) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 2016).

Tune-In… The 250-lap U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol from Iowa Speedway will be televised live Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and will be broadcasted live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.

Keeping up with Kaulig Racing… To receive up-to-date information on the No. 11 NXS team, follow @KauligRacing on Twitter as well as on the Kaulig Racing™ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kauligracing, and the team’s website, www.kauligracing.com.

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Blake Koch Earns A Hard Fought 17th Place Finish At Indy

Blake Koch
After starting 22nd and sustaining damage early in the Lilly Diabetes 250, Kaulig Racing driver Blake Koch rebounded to finish 17th in the 100-lap event at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The team ran as high as 11th after damage on Lap 48 affected the steering and overall front handling of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy.

“Today could have ended much worse than it did and for that I am very thankful,” said Koch. “I hate that we were put in the position to suffer damage early, but am so proud of how we handled the repairs and never gave up. We were headed for a top-10 finish at the end there, but the right-front handling just continued to deteriorate so bad in the last laps.  I’m really eager to get on track at Iowa next weekend and fight for a top-10 finish at one of my favorite tracks.”

Koch, who participated in a NASCAR-sanctioned test at IMS last year, felt confident heading into Friday’s practice sessions with the new race package.  The West Palm Beach, Fla. native finished 17th and 11th, respectively, in the two practice sessions and told the team that the track and changes to the cars felt much different than they did during last year’s test. The changes, which included a larger spoiler, restrictor plates on the engines and air ducts in the nose of the car, left many unknowns for the entire garage.

“I think overall this new package really produced some great racing and presented everyone with challenges they weren’t expecting,” said Koch. “I applaud NASCAR for making changes to make the racing better and hope the fans feel the same way I do about how today played out.”

After firing off from the 22nd position on Saturday afternoon, Koch quickly gained ground and was scored 18th by Lap 10 of the event. He reported to crew chief Chris Rice that he was a little tight. He came down pit road for adjustments under NASCAR’s competition caution on Lap 15 for four fresh tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. Koch restarted 18th on Lap 20, with 10 laps remaining in Stage 1.

Just two laps after the restart, Koch had made his way up to the 11th position, but lost drafting help by the time Stage 1 ended on Lap 30. He finished the stage in the 15th position, but told Rice that the previous changes had helped the handling of his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy. During the caution period, the team pitted for fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The team’s quick work on pit road allowed Koch to restart 13th on Lap 35 to begin Stage 2.

Just three laps after the restart, Koch sustained right-front damage after another driver spun in front of him. The team brought Koch down pit road on Lap 40 to assess the damage, lifting the hood to study the drive shaft. The team made subsequent stops on Laps 41 and 42 to continue damage repair and fill the car with fuel.

Despite making several trips down pit road, Koch remained on the lead lap and restarted 31st on Lap 44. By the next caution flag on Lap 48, Koch had raced his way up to 23rd and said he had lost some downforce but was able to keep battling back. The team pitted on Lap 50 to clean the grille of the car and make a wedge adjustment, putting Koch 27th for the restart on Lap 52.

With two laps to go in Stage 2, the caution flag flew as Koch ran 12th and had his eyes on the top 10. Unfortunately, the stage ended under caution with Koch in the 11th position. The team took the opportunity to come down pit road under caution on Lap 61 for fresh tires and fuel. After removing the right-front wheel, the team found it had been bent and may have been contributing to Koch’s handling issues. He restarted 16th on Lap 63 to begin the final stage of the event.

Koch raced his way up to 14th by Lap 65 and continued to gain ground, running 13th with 10 laps to go. In the closing laps of the event, Koch reported that the damage to the right-front had really affected the handling of the No. 11 Camaro. Even with severe cosmetic and mechanical damage to the car, Koch persevered to cross the finish line 17th at IMS in his fourth career start at the track.

Koch and the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection team leave IMS 11th in the NXS championship standings. The team returns to racing action Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Iowa Speedway.

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Blake Koch Is Hoping For A Career Best Finish At Indy

Blake Koch

Blake Koch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway… Blake Koch has three previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). His best start (17th) and finish (15th) at the track came in last year’s race. In that event, Koch fought the handling the car at the beginning of the race, but found his groove to capture a career-best finish at the track.

Sounding Off – Blake Koch… “There’s nothing like Indy. There’s so much history there and it’s unlike any other racetrack. We got to test the new rules package and I’m really excited to see how it plays out. I anticipate close racing, but not pack-racing. I think we will be bumper-to-bumper the entire race, so it should be really exciting for the fans.”

2017 Season… Koch is currently 11th in the NXS Championship standings after 17 races. He has recorded one pole position, four top-10 starts, one top-10 finish and seven top-15 finishes. The Kaulig Racing driver has led 29 laps so far in 2017. Last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Koch earned a 13th-place finish after starting 15th.

Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 198th NXS start this weekend at IMS. To date, Koch has a career-best NXS starting position of first at Talladega Superspeedway (May 2017), and a career-best NXS finish of eighth at RIR (April 2016), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2016) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 2016).Meet Blake…Koch will meet fans and sign autographs at the LeafFilter Gutter Protection display at IMS on Saturday, July 22nd at 10:30 a.m. ET.

He will participate in the NXS autograph session in the IMS infield pavilion on Saturday, July 22nd at 11:00 a.m. ET.  Wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00 AM on a first-come, first-served basis in the Plaza.

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