BLAKE KOCH RACES AT HIS HOME TRACK IN HOMESTEAD THIS WEEKEND FOR A SHOT AT NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

“3-way battle in season finale at Homestead for NNS Rookie of the Year.”

Blake Koch
Blake Koch

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

Home race for Blake…..Blake Koch grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, just one-and-a half hours north of Homestead-Miami Speedway. All of Blake’s friends and family will be on hand this weekend to cheer Blake on in his quest to become 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.

Blake Koch on Homestead…..“This is going to be one of the biggest races of my career and I’m so glad my family will be there to cheer me on. My crew chief, John Monsam, has been making my Daystar.com No. 81 faster and faster each week and we’ve got to keep that going at Homestead. Winning Rookie of the Year would be a dream come true and I’m going to do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.”

Can Blake Win Roty?.....Even after beating Timmy Hill five races in a row, Blake now finds himself trailing Ryan Truex by three points heading into the season finale. The 8th place finish by Truex earned him three bonus points for finishing in the top-10, putting him three ahead of Koch and Hill. There is a lot that goes into the voting process for winning the Rookie of the Year title so anything still can happen at Homestead. Even if Blake does not end up actually winning the prestigious award, it was still a banner year for both Blake and the MacDonald Motorsports team. Both turned a lot of heads throughout the season and should be very proud of their efforts.

Phoenix Wrap-Up…..This past weekend in Phoenix, Blake and his Daystar.com No. 81 team had arguably their best performance of the season. Blake matched his best qualifying result of his career by gridding 13th for second consecutive week. Koch was equally as strong during the race, running in the top-20 all day long and recording his career best finish on an oval with a 14th place result.

Vote for Blake for NNS Most Popular Driver…..Remember to vote every day for Blake Koch for NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver. Vote at: nationwide.nascar.com