Blake Koch at Charlotte Motor Speedway… Blake Koch has seven previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). His best-career start (sixth) and finish (12th) came the last time the series raced at CMS in October 2016. In this race last season, Koch finished 14th after starting 18th.
Sounding Off- Blake Koch... “We had a really good test here earlier this month, so we learned some things that didn’t work and have a head start heading into this weekend. There’s a lot we can take from the 1.5-mile tracks earlier this season that we can apply to Charlotte. We’ve missed a little something at these tracks so far, but we are working really hard and know we will figure them out by playoff time. We had a huge confidence boost winning the pole in Talladega and will carry that momentum into this weekend.”
2017 Season… Koch is currently ninth in the NXS Championship standings after nine races. He’s recorded one top-10 and six top-15 finishes so far in 2017. Koch earned his first-career NXS pole at Talladega Superspeedway the last time the NXS was on track with a speed of 183.49 mph. Unfortunately, Koch’s day was cut short after getting caught up in a multi-car incident with five laps remaining in Stage 2, relegating him to a 31st-place finish.
Kaulig Racing Fan Day… Kaulig Racing welcomes fans to the Welcome, N.C. race shop on Wednesday, May 24th from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m for Fan Day. The celebration will include shop tours throughout the day, ceremonial hanging of the Talladega Superspeedway pole-winner banner at 11:30 a.m., autographs from Blake Koch at noon, and an unveil of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection specialty paint scheme for this weekend’s race at CMS.
Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 190th NXS start this weekend at CMS. 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 sign autographs for fans during Uptown Charlotte’s Speed Street Festival on Friday, May 26th from 6 – 7 p.m. More info on the 600 Festival events can be found here.
Koch will meet with fans and sign autographs at the LeafFilter Gutter Protection display in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone on Saturday, May 27th at 9:15 a.m. ET.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!