Crew Chief: Chris Rice
Blake Koch at Homestead-Miami Speedway… As the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season comes to a close this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Blake Koch is more than excited to make the trip down south for the NXS 300 in his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro. Not only will Koch be surrounded by family and friends from his nearby hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla., but he will be returning to a track that he’s seen success at before. In six previous starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Koch has accumulated two top-10 starting spots, including a front row showing in 2013, as well as an 11th-place finish, also in 2013. Koch hopes that his previous success, paired with his recent accomplishments, will result in a prosperous homecoming.
Sounding Off- Blake Koch… “This is where I had my best career- start, second in 2013, with Chris Rice as my crew chief. I feel like Homestead really fits my driving style and it’s a home track for me, so I’ll have quite a few guests there.
Chassis Chatter… Kaulig Racing™ will roll out chassis No. 156 from it’s stable of RCR chassis for Saturday’s NXS 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This will be the first time chassis 156 has raced in 2016.
Previous Race Recap… Having his best race of the 2016 NXS season, Koch qualified a season-best fourth at Phoenix International Raceway. Fighting hard all night, Koch battled to his fifth top-10 finish of 2016, an eighth-place finish in the Ticket Galaxy 200.
2016 Season in Review…In 32 starts this season, Koch has five top-10 (Daytona, Richmond 1, Bristol 2, Kansas, Phoenix 2), 21 top-15, and 25 top-20 finishes. The NXS driver has completed 5127 of 5379 laps attempted (95.3%) and has a season-best start of fourth at Phoenix International Raceway in the fall, and a season-best finish of eighth at Richmond International Raceway in the spring, and Bristol Motor Speedway in the fall, as well as Phoenix International Raceway in the fall. Across 32 races, Koch has an Average Start of 13.2, and an Average Finish of 16.8.
Experience on the Box… Chris Rice, crew chief for Blake Koch and the No. 11 Kaulig Racing™ team, has 252 career NXS starts to his resume since 1999. Rice has called the shots for seven NXS races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, including a second-place qualifying effort and a 11th-place finish in his first-ever race as crew chief for Koch in 2013.
Blake Koch NXS Career… While the West Palm Beach, Fla. driver may be making his debut with Kaulig Racing™ during the 2016 season, Koch is not a stranger to the NXS. Making 179 career starts, 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 300 will be televised live Saturday, November 19, at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.
- On November 16, 2016