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VIR joins NASCAR schedule

Alton’s Virginia International Raceway will host its first NASCAR touring series event Aug. 24 when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its debut at the legendary road racing facility.

According to NASCAR officials, the VIR event will replace the race previously announced for CNB Bank Raceway Park on July 20 in Clearfield, Pa.

With Virginia International Raceway joining the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East calendar, NASCAR’s top development series will now have two road course dates in 2013. The series was already scheduled for its inaugural event at Road Atlanta on Oct. 18 in Braselton, Ga.

“We are very pleased to welcome Virginia International Raceway to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East calendar,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. 

“Adding a premier road course facility like VIR is a great addition to an already diverse schedule of events.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is NASCAR’s top development series, and has produced such NASCAR stars as Martin Truex, Jr. and Joey Logano. Three of their most recent drivers now moving through the upper ranks of NASCAR racing are Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon and Ryan Truex.

“VIR is excited to be a part to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season,” VIR officials said in a prepared release.

“It will provide yet another dimension to the already diverse schedule in place for this season.”