Baize Finishes 7th in Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway
Hunter Baize, who joined Martin-McClure Racing for his second season of full time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition, had high hopes entering the season-opening Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway. After securing a 29th-place finish in last year’s event, the Kentucky native knew a strong finish could set the tone for a solid championship campaign. Working in unity with his new crew, the driver capped successful weekend and finished the event in 7th position.
During the open test on Saturday, February 18, , Baize completed 80 laps providing his No. 13 EcoWater Systems of Naples / K&T Sports Cards and Memorabilia team ample time to make adjustments in preparation for the race event. Baize would go on to finish 14th and 12th, respectively, in the two practice sessions ahead of the 150-lap event. Baize later went on to qualify for the race event in 14th position.
After the drop of the green flag, Baize quickly worked his way through the field and planted himself solidly in the top-10. Running as high as 5th position, Baize survived multiple restarts and kept himself near that spot for the majority of the event, before completing the event in 7th position.
In practice, Balcaen was tasked with learning a new track as well as the handling characteristics of a heavier, full-bodied car. During the open test day on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, Balcaen took advantage of the opportunity to tackle these two tasks with grace and determination. Running as many laps as possible, Balcaen quickly acclimated herself to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race vehicle, building confidence with every completed lap.