Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Roseburg

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2016) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway this weekend after a six-year absence.

The series competed at the .375-mile oval on and off from 1968-2010 and celebrated nine different winners in that time. Notable champions Hershel McGriff and Eric Holmes are on the list of victors at the Roseburg, Oregon, track with Holmes collecting the most with three.

If there’s one team with an edge this weekend in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150, it’s Bill McAnally Racing. The team has won the last five races at Douglas County Speedway with Peyton Sellers, Brian Ickler and Holmes behind the wheel.

This streak will benefit current Bill McAnally Racing driver and K&N Pro Series West championship leader, Todd Gilliland who heads into the weekend on a three-race win streak. He holds a 12-point lead over Ryan Partridge and a 31-point lead over his teammate and the defending series champion, Chris Eggleston.

Both Partridge and Eggleston could prove to be threats to Gilliland's win streak, each having won at .375-mile ovals this season. Partridge in April at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway and Eggleston in June at his hometown track, Colorado National Speedway.

RACE: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150
PLACE: Douglas County Speedway, Roseburg, Oregon
TIME: 8 p.m. PT
TV SCHEDULE: NBCSN, Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile oval
2015 WINNER: did not race
2015 POLE WINNER: did not race
EVENT SCHEDULE: Garage opens: 9 a.m.; Practice: 12:30-1:15 p.m.; Final Practice: 1:45-2:30 p.m.; Qualifying: 5 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 5:30 p.m.; Driver Introductions: 7:45 p.m.; Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150: 8 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Germane Smith, gsmith@billmcanallyracing.com, (916) 676-0010
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com

Fast Facts:
The Race: The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 is the ninth race of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. It’s the eighth of 11 oval events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This will be the series’ 13th visit to the Roseburg, Oregon, facility.

The Procedure: The starting field is 22 cars, including provisionals. The first 18 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials with the remaining four spots being awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps covering 56.25 miles.

The Track: Located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, Oregon, the .375-mile oval is the state’s premier paved oval. This will be the tracks 13th visit to the track. Nine different winners have been celebrated in the previous 12 events.

The Records: Qualifying: Mike Davis, Ford, 119.276 mph, June 30, 2007. Race: Eric Holmes, 53 minutes 54 seconds (62.616 mph), July 11, 2008.

Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Race Notes:
Gragson Looks To Rebound: Noah Gragson will try to fight his way back into championship contention after his 16th place finish at Washington’s Evergreen Speedway. The 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada, driver fell to fifth in the standings and now sits 44 points out from Todd Gilliland. The NASCAR Next driver has a good shot at turning things around, he has a best average finish of fifth and ninth, respectively, at fellow .375-mile ovals Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway and Colorado National Speedway and has scored third and second place finishes this season at California’s Orange Show Speedway and Idaho’s Stateline Speedway.

Home State Advantage: Oregon natives Gracin Raz, Andrew Koens and Alan Cress are hoping for some luck in their home state this weekend. Raz, a series veteran for Jefferson Pitts Racing, is fourth in the championship standings, sitting 41 points back from Gilliland, and a successful weekend could propel him into the championship battle. Koens, will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut in front of his home town. The Roseburg, Oregon, driver will be pulling double duty this weekend as he will also be competing in Roseburg’s Modified Shootout. Alan Cress from Stayton, Oregon, will also make his series debut this weekend.

Another Female Contender: Vanessa Robinson, 26, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is scheduled to make her debut with Jefferson Pitts Racing at Roseburg. Robinson has a vast experience in dirt and asphalt racing and has collected many career highlights, including being crowned the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Arizona champion last year racing out of Tucson Speedway.