Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sarah Cornett-Ching Racing update

As it continues its rapid growth, RACE 101 of Denver North Carolina is excited to welcome veteran crew chief Jerry Babb to head up their 2016 NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Racing) K&N Pro Series East program for Canadian driver Sarah Cornett-Ching. Jerry is a great addition to this team and having him take over the K&N program will allow me to focus on developing Sarah's career." said Tony Blanchard, team owner at RACE 101.

Most recently, Babb, a former driver and past track champion at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, worked with Bassett Racing drivers Ronnie and Dillon Bassett in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and in the past worked with current NASCAR “rising stars” Alex Bowman and John Hunter Nemecheck. "I am excited for this opportunity as it allows me to grow my company, Nu Style Motorventures, with the added bonus of Tony Blanchard to work with and learn from,” said Babb.  “One reason I am so intrigued by this young driver is her work ethic and the story behind how she got here.”

Sarah Cornett-Ching
The young driver Babb refers to is Sarah Cornett-Ching; the 24-year-old certified union welder from Summerland, British Columbia Canada had a dream to race professionally. Already a winner in late model competition at the tri-oval Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, British Columbia she scraped, saved, and sacrificed daily in order to have enough money simply to race a single event at Daytona. Sarah tested two years in a row at Daytona in preparation for her debut at the “World Center of Racing” and despite some engine issues, Sarah finished 31st in her ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) debut at Daytona International Speedway.
Sarah Cornett-Ching in action on the DuQuoin dirt
Cornett-Ching went on to make history as the highest finishing female rookie in the history of the ARCA Series presented by Menards, as she placed seventh overall in season points with five top ten finishes in twenty races. Sarah scored ARCA career-best eighth place finishes at Talladega Speedway and at Chicagoland Speedway, and ninth place finishes at Winchester Speedway, the New Jersey Motorsports Park and Michigan International Speedway.  Sarah became the highest-finishing female ARCA driver on a road course with her finish at New Jersey and her eleventh place finish at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds tied her with Christi Passmore as the highest finishing female driver on a dirt track.

For the 2016 racing season, Cornett-Ching will focus on the 14-race NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, chasing the Rookie of the Year title while racing in some ARCA Racing Series and CARS (Championship Auto Racing Series) Super Late Model Tour events along the way. “I’m really energized about running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series,” said Cornett-Ching “we raced a handful of events (three) with them last year, I really liked how the races were organized, the parity of the rules package and what it offered me as a driver. As my career continues to advance, I’ll be racing on some of the same tracks and with a lot of the same drivers and teams.”

Cornett-Ching will appear in the ARCA Lucas Oil 200 Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2016 and her first NASCAR K&N Pro East Series start of 2016 will be at New Smyrna Speedway in the “Jet Tools 150” part of the ‘World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing’ on February 14. As a warm-up and chance to learn the half-mile high-banked race track, Sarah ran a super late model in the ‘Redeye 100’ at New Smyrna Speedway on January 2 and finished in 11th position.

For more information, visit RACE 101’s website at and Sarah Cornett-Ching’s website at

Information for this article and photographs provided by Sarah Cornett-Ching Racing



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