Koch closes to within single point of NASCAR Nationwide Rookie lead in Charlotte

NASCAR Nationwide driver Blake Koch closes the gap to only 1 point for the coveted "Rookie of the Year" title, marking one of the closest races NASCAR has ever seen.
PINK Daystar.com Car
PINK Daystar.com Car
Oct. 23, 2011 - PRLog -- CHARLOTTE, NC –  Last Friday night Blake Koch proved to the nation that real men do wear pink as he continued his quest towards the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Rookie of the Year title in grand fashion. Driving a bright pink #81 Daystar Dodge Challenger to raise awareness for breast cancer in the high profile Dollar General Stores 300 Miles of Courage at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, Koch earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award for the eighth time this season.

"I am really happy with the way we ran at Charlotte," said Koch. "It was great to get Rookie of the Race again; it's been awhile and the season is winding down. More importantly it was really special for me to driver the pink Daystar #81 Dodge to such a strong finish for my mom and to race awareness about breast cancer. We need a couple more runs like this in these last few races.”

Breast cancer is a disease that affects the lives of millions of women each year, robbing them of their strength, their joy and often times their hope to live. In 2010 alone, an estimated 261,100 women found out they had breast cancer. While there are some treatments available to those that battle the disease, there still is no actual cure which places thousands of women each year as victims of breast cancer's deadliest grasp. For Koch, the effects of breast cancer are something he and his family know firsthand, as Angie has battled the terrible disease not only once, but twice in her life. In Charlotte, Angie was in the Daystar Television Network pit area throughout the day to watch her son support her fight and a great cause.

Koch qualified 27th in last Friday's race. Using the combination of his great patience and controlled aggression behind the wheel, along with excellent pit stops and guidance from his spotter Chris Monez, Koch was a man on a mission from the waving of the green flag. When the checkered flag waved he rolled across the line in the 18th position to earn the Rookie of the Race Award. His rookie rival, Timmy Hill, finished 21st in the event.

With the finish, Koch is now just one point behind Hill in the closely contested Rookie of the Year standings. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates earn points based on their best 17 finishes of the season. Points are earned through entry points, competition points based on finish, top 10 bonus points, bonus points based on three segments of the season and a panel of voters at the completion of the season.

Only three events remain on the 2011 Nascar Nationwide season schedule. After a two week break, Koch and his counterparts will return to competition on November 5 at Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. The series will then roll into Phoenix International Raceway on November 12 for the Wypall 200, and will conclude in Koch's home state on November 19 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida for the Ford 300.

"These last three races are crucial for us to win Rookie of the Year," said Koch. "We need to have strong finishes in all three and keep ahead of Timmy. In nearly every race this year we have finished just a few positions of one another. It's going to be close right down to the end."

Blake Koch proudly carries one of the most unique title sponsorship in the sport of NASCAR and auto racing as a whole with the primary sponsorship of the Daystar Television Network. This Emmy award winning faith based network is dedicated to spreading the gospel 24 hours a day, seven days a week all around the globe through all media formats possible. Daystar is the fastest growing, and one of two of the largest, faith-based networks in the world today and can be viewed on all major and secondary satellites and cable systems. Daystar programming reaches over 200 countries into more than 100 million homes in the United States and 680 million homes globally.

To learn more about Blake Koch and his Daystar Racing Team, visit their official website at www.daystarracing.com. There you can find up to date statistics, photos, video and apparel on the site, all of which goes back to supporting the efforts of Koch and Team Daystar. Blake Koch can also be followed on both facebook and twitter. Find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/BlakeKacing and on twitter @BlakeKochRacing.
Don't forget, the polls are open to vote for the most popular NASCAR Nationwide driver in the 2011 racing season. Remember to vote for Blake Koch at the official site, http://nationwide.nascar.com/news/110705/2011-mpd-nationw....

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