Tyler Dippel eyes perfection in K&N East opener at New Smyrna

Hitting their stride at the end of the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) season, Rette Jones Racing (RJR) and Tyler Dippel head to New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway for Sunday night’s Jet Tools 150 looking to open the season with a popular win.
Dippel enters his third season of K&N East competition looking for his second career win and the first for Rette Jones Racing.
Last February, Dippel and the team had a strong car and contended for a top-five finish before being eliminated in a late-race accident.
The Wallkill, New York native though isn’t focused on what happened last February, but instead is prepared to look out the windshield of his No. 30 D and A Concrete Contractor / TYCAR Trenchless Technologies Ford Fusion.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in a K&N car this weekend, said Dippel who will make his 28th career start in Sunday night’s season-opener. “At the end of last season, we were really starting to put up some really good finishes and I think we can go to New Smyrna and pick up right where we left off.”
During the off-season, the RJR team put a huge emphasis on inspecting their Ford Fusions with a fine-tooth comb – knowing that Dippel needs all the components to contend for the K&N championship.
“The guys have worked hard since October and I’d like to repay them with a good finish on Sunday.
“It’s important for us to get off on the right foot at New Smyrna. It’s not an easy track though. You must carry the speed off the corner and prepare to make your move down the straightaways before you get back to the corner.
“My debut there in 2016 was pretty good and we had a shot at a good finish last year and got wiped out. Anything less than a top-five this weekend and I’d we’d all be disappointed. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Team co-owner and crew chief Mark Rette says his Mooresville, N.C.-based team is ready for battle on Sunday night and believes the experience that Dippel has acquired will pay dividends.
“2018 should be a good year for us and we’re looking forward to New Smyrna with Tyler,” spoke Rette. “Tyler has a good track record there and he should have a strong No. 30 D and A Concrete Contractor / TYCAR Trenchless Technologies Ford to leave his mark.
“Hopefully, it’s in Victory Lane!”
In addition to D and A Concrete Contractor and TYCAR Trenchless Technologies serving as the title marketing partners for the opening round of the season, Rette Jones Racing also welcomes Jones Group International, J-AAR Excavating, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems and Russo’s Tinting as associate partners for the first short track race of 2017.
They join Ford Performance and JRI who join RJR as technical partners this season.
RJR is co-owned by Canadian entrepreneur and race car driver Terry Jones.
In 27 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Dippel, 17, has earned one victory (Mobile Speedway, 2016), achieved three top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. The teenager has also 139 laps led in event competition.
The Jet Tools 150 (150 laps / 72 miles) is the first of 14 races on the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. An optional practice run is open for teams on Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Official practice begins for the one-day show on Sunday, February 11 from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in from 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:05 p.m. The event will take the green flag just after 7:30 p.m. that night. The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network with a to-be-announced time and date.
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