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Activity begins today at VIR

After several months of anticipation, the time has finally come.

Alton’s VIRginia International Raceway will host its first-ever NASCAR sanctioned race, the Biscuitville 125 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, this weekend.

Activity at VIR starts this morning at 8:30 a.m. with the first practice session for the cars competing in the Dixie Cup support series races. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East cars will go onto the track for the first time at 9:05 a.m.

Today’s activities will be devoted to practice and testing. Saturday’s activity starts at 8:30 a.m., with qualifying for the day’s first of two Dixie Cup races. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice will run from 9:05 a.m. until 10:20 a.m.

Drifting demonstrations are set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and a driver autograph session will be held at The Pavillion from 11 a.m. until 12 noon to give fans an opportunity to meet the competing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitors.

Qualifying for the day’s second support series Dixie Cup race will be held at 12:30 p.m. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams will qualify at 1:40 p.m.

The starting field for the Biscuitville 125 is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through NASCAR road race style group qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 55 laps (123.75 miles).

 Saturday’s second Dixie Cup race is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. Pre-race activities and driver introductions for the Biscuitville 125 will begin Saturday at 4:10 p.m. with the Biscuitville 125, which will feature the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers in a 55-lap race, getting the green flag at 4:35 p.m.

Twenty-five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams have filed entries for this weekend’s Biscuitville 125 including series points leader Dylan Kwasniewski of Las Vegas, Nev., former NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion and South Boston Speedway NASCAR Track Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, noted road racer Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Quebec, Canada.

In addition to his Lime Rock victory in 2010, Ranger has a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win at Sonoma, Calif., in that same season to go along with 14 career road course wins in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1. The two-time Canadian Tire Series champion has 24 top-five finishes in 27 road course starts north of the border.

Virginia residents Sam Hunt of Midlothian and Brandon Gdovic of Yorktown, both of whom has competed at South Boston Speedway are among the drivers entered in the race.Two rising young lady drivers, Kenzie Ruston of El Reno, Okla. and Mackena Bell of Carson City, Nev. Are also among the entrants.

This weekend is a historic weekend for VIR, which has come to be known as one of the top road courses in the world. This week marks the first time the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East series has visited the track, and Saturday’s Biscuitville 125 is the first road course event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East since July 2010 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. 

The Biscuitville 125 will be the 10th of 15 races on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It is also the third of three visits by the series to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This series has already competed at Richmond International Raceway in April and Langley Speedway in Hampton in June.