Blake Koch at Darlington Raceway… Blake Koch has six previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Darlington Raceway. He earned a track-best finish of 18th in 2011 after starting 26th. In 2016, Koch earned a track-best start of 16th and fought the handling of the No. 11 machine for much of the race. He persevered to finish 19th in that event.
Sounding Off – Blake Koch… “We feel really good going into Darlington this weekend, as well as the next three races. We are working on some different strategy with the cutoffs for the playoffs coming up. I’m pumped to honor Darrell Waltrip again with our paint scheme. He supports our race team tremendously and it’s important to me that we are staying loyal to that. I hope to put together a better run for him this year, which we are confident we can do.”
On the Car…The No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy Camaro will sport a red and white paint scheme, reminiscent of Darrell Waltrip’s 1985 championship-winning car, for this weekend’s Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway. Waltrip’s iconic No. 11 red and white machine captured three wins, 18 top-5 finishes, 21 top-10 finishes and four pole awards en route to the 1985 championship. The Owensboro, K.Y. native collected five wins, 18 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in 55 starts at Darlington Raceway.
2017 Season… Koch is currently eighth in the NXS Championship driver standings after 23 races. He has recorded one pole position, six top-10 starts, three top-10 finishes and 10 top-15 finishes. The Kaulig Racing driver has led 32 laps so far in 2017. Last week at Road America, Koch started 15th after qualifying was cancelled due to rain. He fought handling issues early, but bounced back to earn a career-best finish of seventh.
Meet Blake…Koch will meet with fans and sign autographs at the LeafFilter Gutter Protection display at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, September 2nd at 1:45 p.m ET.
Blake Koch NXS Career… Koch makes his 204th NXS start this weekend at Darlington Raceway. To date, Koch has a career-best NXS starting position of first at Talladega Superspeedway (May 2017), and a career-best NXS finish of seventh at Road America (August 2017).
Tune-In… The 147-lap Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 from Darlington Raceway will be televised live Saturday, September 2, 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.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!