Early Incident Relegates Blake Koch To 40th Place

Blake Koch
Kaulig Racing driver Blake Koch finished 40th at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) on Saturday after starting 25th and gaining six positions on the start before getting caught in an incident on Lap 2. The impact crushed the radiator of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, forcing Koch to retire from the race.

“Our team has been working so hard to make our cars better,” said Koch. “We found some speed yesterday but have had our work cut out for us all weekend. Our team doesn’t deserve a weekend like this but I can’t say enough about them and the support of LeafFilter Gutter Protection. We will rebound next week in Vegas.”

Koch and the team started off the weekend with three practice sessions on Friday. The team made changes throughout the sessions and were able to improve on the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet by the final practice session of the day.

On Saturday morning, Koch reported he was a little loose during his qualifying, settling into a 25th-place starting position for Saturday afternoon’s 163-lap event.

Eager for the drop of the green flag, Koch and Crew Chief Chris Rice thanked the team for their hard work all weekend. By the time the first lap was completed, Koch had gained six positions to make his way up to 19th. On the following lap, a car in front of Koch spun and slid down the AMS banking, leaving no room for Koch to avoid the spinning car.

“On that incident, I saw Ty (Dillon) spinning and I was really loose into Turn 1 on that lap so I was trying to slow down as much as I could to sneak by on the bottom. At that point, he was rolling down the hill and I had nowhere to go.”

The contact caused heavy damage to the front end of the No. 11 LeafFilter Chevrolet Camaro, crushing the radiator. Koch came down pit road to assess the damage, which was decidedly too substantial to fix within NASCAR’s allotted timeframe of five minutes.

After a tough day at AMS, Koch is scored 19th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship standings. The team returns to racing action Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

About LeafFilter®
Since 2005, LeafFilter® has revolutionized the gutter protection industry. The company is proud to have grown from one small office in Hudson, Ohio to one of the largest home improvement companies in the nation and a leading choice in gutter systems. Once installed on a homeowner’s existing gutters, LeafFilter®  Gutter Protection eliminates gutter cleaning for life. The micro-mesh filter is 50 microns fine – so not even sand can get through. With more than 30 million feet of gutter guards installed on homes across America, LeafFilter® has the knowledge and expertise to guarantee that nothing but water will get into your gutters. To learn more about LeafFilter®, visit:  LeafFilter.com .

About Kaulig Racing™
Kaulig Racing™ is a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series team, owned by president and owner of LeafFilter Gutter Protection®, Matt Kaulig. Blake Koch, driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing™ entry, has more than 180 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Kaulig Racing™ currently has partnerships with some of America’s leading companies across a wide range of industries such as LeafFilter Gutter Protection®, Celsius, Salt Life and AQUAhydrate. To learn more about the team, visit KauligRacing.com.


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