1987 was the inaugural season of the NASCAR East Series. It wasn’t until 1993 that the first race was held at Watkins Glen International.

This year’s 2009 NASCAR Camping World East schedule consists of eleven events at ten different venues.

All tracks are ovals except for Lime Rock Park and Watkins Glen International, which are road courses.

  • April 11 - Greenville-Pickens Speedway
  • April 25 - Tri-County Motor Speedway
  • May 17 - Iowa Speedway
  • May 30 - South Boston Speedway
  • June 6 - Watkins Glen International
  • June 26 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 11 - Thompson International Speedway
  • August 1 - Adirondack International Speedway
  • August 15 - Lime Rock Park
  • September 18 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • September 25 - Dover International Speedway

The cars competing in the NASCAR Camping World East Series are constructed to specifications and rules common to most stock car series. The chassis is a steel tube frame design covered with a fiberglass body. Body styles are from manufacturers such as Dodge (Charger), Ford (Taurus), Toyota (Camry) and Chevrolet (Monte Carlo SS and Impala SS). Engine type and displacement are dictated by the make and model of the vehicle. The carbureted eight-cylinder motors produce approximately 550-horsepower. Depending on the gearing, these cars are estimated to have a top speed of 160-mph.

All race winners during the season, plus the champion, are invited to compete in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway in January 2010. The reward is also offered to competitors from other NASCAR-sanctioned series.

Round five of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World East Series was held at Watkins Glen International. The event was staged on the short course, a 2.450-mile layout with eleven turns. The 54-lap race was called the Tioga Downs Casino 125.

Series rookie Ryan Truex won round five of the NASCAR Camping World East Series at Watkins Glen International. His victory marked the fifth different winner in as many races. Truex drove the No. 00 NAPA Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing. His only road racing experience came from a test session at Virginia International Raceway. Truex qualified sixth fastest and made the pass for the lead on the last lap.
Matt Kobyluck won last year’s race at Watkins Glen International and was the reigning series champion. The driver of the No. 40 Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino Chevrolet Impala SS was struggling this year. However, he recorded the third-fastest time in qualifying, making the team optimistic. Kobyluck was third on the final lap, but when there was contact between Patrick Long and Ryan Truex, he finished second.
Another rookie in this year’s series was Brett Moffit. Moffit earned his first victory in the previous round at South Boston Speedway. At Watkins Glen International, Moffit qualified fourth fastest but had to start at the rear of the field after some changes were made to the No. 44 Castle Packs Power Chevrolet Impala SS. He caught the leaders and benefitted from the contact between Patrick Long and Ryan Truex to finish third.
Patrick Long was one of the ‘road race ringers’ entered in this year’s Watkins Glen event. Long’s racing resume includes numerous wins and three American Le Mans titles. He qualified fifth fastest in the No. 03 AASCO Chevrolet Impala SS but was in first place by lap-22. Long was leading on the final lap when there was contact with Ryan Truex. The impact sent him off course, causing Long to lose three positions and finish fourth.
Matt DiBenedetto got the call from Joe Gibbs Racing on Tuesday to drive the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Chevrolet Impala SS. The rookie’s first road racing experience was during Friday morning’s practice session. Despite his lack of familiarity with Watkins Glen International, DiBenedetto put the car on the pole. He would lead the race until the first round of stops and lose positions on the pit road. DiBenedetto finished fifth.
Another ‘road course ringer’ who entered the Tioga Downs Casino 125 was Eric Curran. Curran won a Sports Club of America National title in 1999 and was a front-runner in the World Challenge series. At Watkins Glen International, he drove the No. 36 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Monte Carlo and qualified ninth fastest. Curran pitted out of sequence and led six laps, but lost an engine and finished sixteenth.

16Ryan TruexNAPA / Toyota Camry54-
23Matt KobyluckMohegan Sun Resort & Casino / Chevrolet Impala SS54-
34Brett MoffittCastle Packs Power / Chevrolet Impala SS54-
45Patrick LongAASCO Motorsports / Chevrolet Impala SS54-
51Matt DiBenedettoZ-Line Designs / Chevrolet Impala SS54-
67Steve ParkWaste Management Recycle / Chevrolet Impala SS54-
711Eddie MacDonaldGrimm Construction / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS54-
88Alex KennedyMedia Master / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS54-
914Brian WongNortheastern University / Dodge Charger54-
1012Jonathan SmithFadden Racing / Chevrolet Impala SS54-
1113Dustin DelaneyDelaney Infrastructure / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS54-
1210Jason HolehouseKowabunga Jumps Bounce Rooms / Toyota Camry54-
1317George WhelenWhelen Engineering/Coca-Cola / Chevrolet Impala SS54-
1416Jody LavenderJoJo Enterprises/Custom Race Chassis / Ford Taurus53-
1520John SalemiPaverart / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS49-
169Eric CurranWhelen Engineering/ArmorCoat / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS48Engine
1719Matt KurzejewskiCosty's Auto Parts / Toyota Camry39Accident
1818Jason PatisonLucas Oil/E3 Spark Plugs / Chevrolet Impala SS35Transmission
1915Ryan DuffLaughlin Performance / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS20Engine
202Antonio PerezChivas/Telmex/Z-Line Designs / Dodge Charger13Engine
2121Tiffany DanielsWide Open Energy Drink / Dodge Charger5Engine

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