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Dominique Van Wieringen, No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion Bully Hill Vineyards 100
Aug 5, 2016 - updated Aug 5th, 2016 7:15am
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Race Information: Event: Bully Hill Vineyards 100, Friday, August 5 at 6:15 p.m. Local Time Track: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Qualifying: Friday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. Local Time Track Length: 2.45-mile paved road course
Welcome To The Empire State: Fresh off a respectable finish last weekend at Iowa Speedway, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East stays in action for a second consecutive weekend at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in the Empire State. Rookie Dominique Van Wieringen continues to rave in the spotlight and look for a historic performance with a stunning effort in Friday night’s Bully Hill Vineyards 100 for Rette Jones Racing (RJR).
Last Time Out; Iowa Speedway: After receiving her medical clearance to return to NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after a horrific crash last month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Van Wieringen recovered from an early race penalty to rally to a 10th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division during a combination with the West Series at Iowa Speedway. Van Wieringen also continued her string of strong qualifying efforts with a seventh place start in her Iowa Speedway debut.
Another Top-10 Performance: With her performance in the Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway, Van Wieringen matched her career-best finish in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition scored in the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway where she also finished 10th after starting third.
Back To Road Course Racing: For the second time this season, Van Wieringen will compete in a road course in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Earlier this year, she made her VIRginia International Raceway where she qualified 17th and raced her way inside the top-five before being collected in a late-race incident. After going to the garage for repairs, she returned to finish 18th, five laps down.
Put Me In Coach: For Friday night’s Bully Hill Vineyards 100, Van Wieringen will have NASCAR veteran Todd Bodine as her driver coach. Bodine, a two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has been conferring with Van Wieringen this weekend about what to expect in her Watkins Glen debut. Bodine, a native of nearby Chemung, New York scored his first career Sprint Cup Series pole at The Glen in 1997.
Remember This Qualifying Procedure: This weekend’s Bully Hill Vineyards 100 will revert back to a unique qualifying procedure. Instead of the traditional two-lap time trials, group qualifying procedures will be utilized. Each group will participate in a five-minute session and the fastest single lap speed of each car will determine the first 32 starting positions secured into the field by their qualifying lap / speed. The series utilized the same format at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April and New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.
Meet Dominique: Dominique Van Wieringen will join her NASCAR K&N Pro Series East colleagues for an autograph session at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Fri., Aug. 5 at 11:00 a.m. in The Bog. Attendees must have a wristband from the NASCAR 101 tent on The Midway.
Record Setter: Looking to become the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East female racer to win a series’ event, Van Wieringen is making noise of her own this season. Setting the record three times with the best starting position by a female competitor, she also holds the mark for the most laps led in K&N Pro Series East competition with 118 laps led in two races. In the second race of the season at Mobile, she led 30 circuits, before beating that record with a whopping 88 laps led at Stafford (CT.) Motor Speedway in June.
Looking For More: After scoring her second top-10 finish of her NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career last weekend at Iowa Speedway, Van Wieringen looks to Watkins Glen International to keep momentum rolling for her Rette Jones Racing as the 2016 season slowly beings to come to a close.
School’s Out… Sorta: While spring classes have wrapped up for Van Wieringen at the University of North Carolina Charlotte with three A’s and one B, she has chosen to stay focused in the books with a few summer classes to stay ahead of the curve for her busy racing schedule.
With one week remaining, she’ll start her senior year on Aug. 23. Van Wieringen is studying to become a mechanical engineer.
Proud Partnership: For the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, Rette Jones Racing is proud to welcome a partnership with NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) and Universal Technical Institute (UTI). Through a campus-based school system, UTI offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several brands, including NASCAR.
Students will learn everything you need to know to work on a wide variety of vehicles as part of their core training on top of 15 weeks of NASCAR-specific courses to learn racing fundamentals.
She’s Fast: In 10 races this season, Van Wieringen has mastered an average starting position of 6.5, qualifying third, second, 12th, second, 17th, fourth, third, second, 13th and seventh respectively. The Rette Jones Racing development driver holds an average finishing position of 16th.
Points Report: With four races remaining on the schedule, Dominique Van Wieringen sits 13th in the championship standings, while car owner Mark Rette occupies the same position in the car owner standings. Van Wieringen trails Justin Haley by 137 points for the championship lead. Just 24 markers separate her from 10th place in the standings currently held by John Holleman IV.
Up To Speed With Dominique: Van Wieringen has set many accolades, despite her youth. She was the first female to lead a lap in the CRA / JEGS All-Star Series and the first rookie to win a JEGS / CRA All-Star Series point’s race. In addition, Van Wieringen was the first female to win an Outlaw Super Late Model championship in the United States, while holding the current record at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway for the most laps led (74) by a female competitor.
Female Flavor: The Bully Hill Vineyards 100 won’t be lacking a female presence on Friday night. Van Wieringen is one of two females set to compete in the 11th race of the season. Joining Van Wieringen is Rev Racing’s Ali Kern. Both females are running for the championship title with Van Wieringen leading the duo in the championship standings by one position or 10 points.
Sponsorship Lineup: In addition to Durobyte and NASCAR Technical Institute, Rette Jones Racing also welcomes Jones Group International, J-AAR Excavating, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Pro System Brakes and Russo’s Tinting as associate partners this season. RJR is co-owned by successful entrepreneur and race car driver Terry Jones.
Watkins Glen Fast Fact: This is the 23rd K&N East Pro Series race to be held at Watkins Glen, dating back to 1993 — including 16 previous standalone events and six combination races with the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Vermont’s Bobby Dragon won the first series race held at the track on June 6, 1993. After a four-year absence from Watkins Glen, the series return to the track in 2014 and has raced there once each season since.
Watkins Glen International was established on the streets of Watkins Glen, New York, in 1948 when law student Cameron Argetsinger dreamed of bringing European style competition to the village where he spent his summer vacations. He drew up a challenging course that encompassed asphalt, cement and dirt roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen.
Stay Social With Dominique: Van Wieringen is active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with her @DominiqueRacing. You can also like her exclusive fan page on Facebook.com. Her team, Rette Jones Racing is also active on Twitter. Follow them @RetteJones30.
Chassis Intel: Mark Rette, crew chief and co-owner of Rette Jones Racing will utilize chassis number 004 to the 2.45-mile paved road course this weekend. This Ford Fusion is appearing in its second race of the season. This chassis was last utilized at VIRginia International Raceway.
Rette Jones Racing, Watkins Glen International, Pre-Race Quotes:
Dominique Van Wieringen, driver of the No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion:
On Iowa Speedway: “We had a penalty at the start of the race for changing lanes before the start / finish line, so we were really playing catchup from there. Thankfully, the Rette Jones Racing team brought me a fast race car, but we were just too behind and couldn’t get caught back up.
“Still though, I learned a lot about Iowa last weekend. It’s a neat little short track and produces some great racing, I just wish we had a little better finish to speak of.”
On Watkins Glen International: “We’re going back to a road course, so I’m really optimistic. It’s without a doubt a new challenge for me, but I’m going into it with an open mind and the mentality of doing the best I can in our No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion. At VIR earlier this year, we didn’t qualify great, but we raced strong and just were at the wrong place at the wrong time. On Friday, I hope for the opposite.”
On Second Top-10 Finish Of Season: “You know after all the bad luck we’ve had this season, I’m glad to leave Iowa with a top-10 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It’s a 10th and we’ll take it and hope we can build on it for the rest of the season. I can’t believe we have four more races left, so we’ll just stay focused and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
Rette Jones Racing, Watkins Glen International, Pre-Race Quotes:
Mark Rette, mentor and co-owner of the No. 30 Durobyte / NTI-UTI Ford Fusion:
On Iowa Speedway: “We had some really high hopes for Iowa Speedway, but Dominique was penalized at the start of the race and we were found ourselves spending the whole race chasing to get back where we were at the start of the race. We finished 10th in the East division and while we hoped for a little better finish, it’s definitely something to build on for the rest of the year.”
On Watkins Glen International: “It’s the second of three road course races this season and Dominique really impressed me at Virginia International Raceway earlier this year with her finesse and speed. I think if we can go to Watkins Glen and she can do the same again, we should be in good shape. Watkins Glen is a very fast road course, but I think we’ll be fine and look forward to getting our third top-10 of the year.”
Dominique Van Wieringen, Watkins Glen NKNPSE Performance Record:
Dominique Van Wieringen will make her 11th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start this weekend at Watkins Glen International, no prior starts.
The Bully Hill Vineyards 100 (41 laps / 100.45 miles) is the 11th of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice is set for Friday, August 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for a short time later at 2:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag later that night shortly after 6:15 p.m. ET. The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) on Thurs, Aug. 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Driver: Follow Dominique Van Wieringen on Twitter @DominiqueRacing or visit Dominiqueracing.com and like her on Facebook.com.
Team: Rette Jones Racing on Twitter @RetteJones30.
Sanction: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East: NASCARHometracks.com.