Thursday, July 7, 2016

Field Chases Partridge As Series Returns To Quarter-Mile

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 5, 2016) – A new winner will be celebrating in Victory Lane at Idaho’s Stateline Speedway. And for the top eight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion contenders, a win could propel them back into championship contention. Or, in Ryan Partridge's case, further cement his points lead.

The series returns to the quarter-mile track in Post Falls, Idaho, Saturday for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150. For the past two seasons, Partridge's former Sunrise Ford Racing teammate James Bickford has earned the victory – recording his first career win in his seventh start in 2014 and collecting his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award en route to his second career win.

Partridge recently took the top spot in the standings from Todd Gilliland on the strength of his fifth top-five finish in six races. Last year at Stateline, the 28-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California, finished fourth.

Bill McAnally Racing teammates Chris Eggleston and Todd Gilliland are second and third in the standings, respectively. They will both be looking to bounce back after some bad luck at California’s Sonoma Raceway. This will be Gilliland’s, 17, first K&N Pro Series West start at the short track, while Eggleston, 25, finished 11th last year.

Jefferson Pitts Racing duo Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz finished second and third, respectively, last year at Stateline. They're third and fourth in the standings as well, part of a pack of drivers that includes Bill McAnally Racing trio Julia Landauer, Cole Rouse and Riley Herbst who are all within 24 points of third.

RACE: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150
PLACE: Stateline Speedway, Post Falls, Idaho
DATE: Saturday, July 9
TIME: 9 p.m. PT
TV SCHEDULE: NBCSN, Friday, July 15 at 2 p.m. PT/11 a.m. PT
TRACK LAYOUT: Quarter-mile oval
2015 WINNER: James Bickford
2015 POLE SITTER: James Bickford
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens – 10 a.m.; Practice – 1-1:45 p.m.; Final Practice – 2:15-3 p.m.; Driver/Crew Chief Meeting – 5:15 p.m.; Qualifying (2 Laps) – 6 p.m.; Driver Introductions – 8: 45 p.m.; Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 – 9 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Dean Boever, General Manager, (208) 659- 7355
TWITTER: @raceidaho
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142,

The Race: The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 is the seventh race of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. It’s the sixth of 11 oval events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This will be the series’ fifth visit to the Post Falls, Idaho facility and the third since July of 1985.

The Procedure: The starting field is 21 cars, including provisionals. The first 18 cars will qualify through two-lap times trials with the remaining three spots being awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps covering 37.5 miles.

The Track: Stateline was built in 1974. It first hosted a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event in 1974 when Jim Insolo bested Chuck Wahl for the checkered flag. The series returned to the .25-mile oval in 1985 and saw Jim Robinson best Ruben Garcia, father of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Next alumnus, Ruben Garcia Jr.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record was set by Braeden Havens on July 12, 2014 at 13.804 seconds (65.198 mph). The 150-lap record was established by Jim Robinson on July 7, 1985 at 39 minutes and 53 seconds for an average speed of 56.415 mph.

Short Track Racing: At a quarter-mile, Stateline Speedway is one of the shortest track on the 2-16 K&N Pro Series West schedule, the other being fellow Idaho track Meridian Speedway. Eight of the 19 drivers scheduled to compete this weekend has K&N Pro Series West experience at the Post Falls, Idaho track.

Ford’s Success At Stateline: For the past two visits to Stateline Speedway, a Ford has been piloted to Victory Lane. Ford hopes to keep its success going at the quarter-mile oval this weekend, with six Fords currently entered to compete in the Toyota/NAPA 150.

Haven Back With The K&N Pro Series West: Braeden Havens will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season debut this weekend in front of his hometown fans. The 22-year-old from Spokane, Washington, has made 17 series starts with two of those taking place at the Post Falls, Idaho, short track. Havens has a best finish of fourth at the track which he accomplished in 2014, the same year he set the series qualifying record at Stateline.

Iovino Set To Make Series Debut: Salvatore Iovino is set to make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut this weekend at Stateline Speedway. Iovino has one previous NASCAR start in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at fellow .250-mile oval, Meridian (Idaho) Speedway, where he finished 11th. He's competed in a variety of other racing series, such as the National Hot Rod Association where he competed in the Super Pro and Pro Dial divisions.