Moorseville, N.C. April 26, 2016 - The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) will be turning right for the first time this season on Saturday. The Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), located in Alton, Va., will mark the first road course event of the 2016 season, and HSMJM will look to add another win to the team's two victories this season.
Justin Haley, the only driver of the four to have extensive road course experience, will lead the charge for the four-car operation. Drivers Harrison Burton, Tyler Dippel and Hunter Baize will all make their NKNPSE road course debuts. All four HSMJM teams tested at the Virginia road course last week.
Justin Haley, driver of the No. 5... Haley has started his 2016 NKNPSE campaign strong with four straight top-10 finishes. The 16-year-old Indiana native enters the Biscuitville 125 as a favorite based on his late-race shot at the victory in this race one year ago. He is the only HSMJM driver with extensive experience turning right in a stock car. Once again this season, Haley is racing the TransAm GT2 class for Mike Cope Racing, giving him a leg up on the competition this weekend at VIR.
Haley on VIR... "I am super excited to get back to one of my favorite road course tracks. Racing at Virginia International Raceway with the K&N East Series is always one of the best races of the year. We had a good run there last year, but not the finish we deserved. Hopefully this year we can have the same sort of run with a better result."
Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 12... At Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway two weeks ago, the No. 12 DEX Imaging/Konica Minolta Toyota team looked the best it had all year, winning the pole for the Pitt Lite 125. Like many competitors in the NKNPSE, Burton has not yet competed in a NKNPSE road course race. Burton will once again lean on the extensive experience of his father, Jeff Burton, for advice about turning right.
Burton on VIR... "VIR is going to be a huge learning experience, but we are still going there to win the race. I will try to learn as quickly as possible and improve as a road racer throughout the weekend."
Hunter Baize, driver of the No. 13... Baize makes the trip to VIR for his first career start on a road course. Saturday's Biscuitville 125 will present many firsts for the Kentucky native. Turning right and shifting, among other details, are all things he hasn't previously done. Despite Baize's inexperience, his entire No. 13 Bicycle Playing Cards/Pine Mountain Firelog team is confident with how quickly its driver has adapted this year.
Baize on VIR... "I'm really excited to run my first road race. It's a completely different experience turning right as well as left, but we made really good gains during our test and I think we can come out of the Biscuitville 125 with a solid finish."
Tyler Dippel, driver of the No. 38... Already a winner in the NKNPSE, the now 16-year-old Dippel enters the Biscuitville 125 looking for his second trip to victory lane. While Dippel races many different cars on different tracks, this weekend will mark his road course debut. Like Burton and Baize, he hopes to adapt quickly to a new style of racing.
Dippel on VIR... "This weekend will be the first road course that I've ever raced on, so I'm really excited for VIR. I'm looking forward to it and with my team's success there in the past, I think we can come away with a good finish."
The Biscuitville 125 from VIR is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 30.On April 26, 2016