Blake Koch at Daytona International Speedway… Blake Koch has nine previous starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) with his best start and finish (ninth-place) at DIS coming a year ago in this event. The last time the NXS visited DIS, Koch finished 22nd after starting 16th and getting collected in a multi-car incident in the closing laps of the race.
Sounding Off- Blake Koch… “With our new rules package we have no idea what to expect but I’m so excited to get on track at Daytona and figure it out. Our expectations for 2017 are much different than 2016. 2016 gave me a ton of confidence in my LeafFilter Gutter Protection® team and in my own abilities, so we will all hold ourselves to a higher standard to improve on what we were able to accomplish in our first season.”
On the Car… LeafFilter Gutter Protection of Hudson, Ohio returns as the primary sponsor of Blake Koch’s No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro for the entire 2017 NXS season. LeafFilter and Blake Koch’s partnership began in 2014, which led to the development of Kaulig Racing™ in 2016 by LeafFilter Gutter Protection’s founder and CEO, Matt Kaulig.
2016 Season in Review… Koch wrapped up the 2016 season seventh in the NXS championship standings after accumulating five top-10 finishes, leading 16 laps and making the inaugural NXS playoffs. In Kaulig Racing’s first year of competition, the team narrowly missed advancing to the final round of the playoffs.
Experience on the Box… Veteran Crew Chief and Kaulig Racing General Manager Chris Rice returns atop the pit box to call the shots for the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection team in 2017. Rice’s career as a crew chief includes over 250 NXS races spanning over 14 seasons, with one win in 2003.
Blake Koch NXS Career… While the West Palm Beach, Fla. native may be starting his sophomore season with Kaulig Racing, Koch is no stranger to the NASCAR XFINITY Series. After coming off a career-best championship finish of seventh in 2016, Koch makes his 181st NXS start this weekend. To date, Koch has a career-best starting position of second at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 2013), and a career-best finish of eighth at Richmond International Raceway (April 2016), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 2016) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 2016).
Tune-In… The NXS Powershares QQQ 300 from DIS will be televised live Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and will be broadcasted live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.
Meet Blake… Koch will make several public appearances during the Powershares QQQ 300 weekend at DIS. First, Koch will participate in a Q&A session in the UNOH FanZone at DIS on Friday, February 24th at 4:00 p.m. ET. Tickets for the UNOH FanZone can be purchased here.
On Saturday, February 25th at 1:30 p.m. ET, Koch will appear at the Team Chevy stage in the DIS midway followed by an appearance at the XFINITY Zone at 1:45 p.m. ET.
Keeping up with Kaulig Racing… To receive up-to-date information on the No. 11 NXS team, follow @KauligRacing on Twitter as well as on the Kaulig Racing™ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kauligracing, and the team’s website, www.kauligracing.com.
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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.
- On February 22, 2017