Showing posts with label Spokane County Raceway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spokane County Raceway. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Spokane County Raceway K&N West Race Cancelled



Via NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 30, 2018) –- The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Spokane County Raceway has been cancelled and will not be replaced on the schedule. The race was scheduled for Sunday July 15.

With the removal of the race, the West Series schedule will now be 14 points event for the championship.

The next race will be the West Series' annual race Saturday, June 9 for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Gilliland Leads Flag-to-Flag at Spokane County Raceway



SPOKANE, Wash. -- The rain may have tried, but Todd Gilliland owned the night at Spokane County Raceway.

Starting from pole for the sixth consecutive week, Gilliland went on to lead every one of 150 laps to score his 11th career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory as well as his fourth consecutive win.

It was the second straight race the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has led flag-to-flag after a dominating performance last time out at California's Irwindale Event Center.

His Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus was his closest competitor of the night, having multiple runs at the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota after the first half of the 150-lap feature. Despite the potential, the 15-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate came home second, tying his best career finish in the series.

Though it didn't affect Gilliland, the weather had quite the impact on the day's on-track events. Delaying the start of the race by nearly two hours, the race did not go green until the cars turned 102 laps behind the pace truck as a last ditch effort to dry the racing surface.

Stopping for fuel before the green, it was the Gilliland show from there on.

Behind the reigning champion, however, was some close competition and tough breaks for his competitors. A crash on Lap 14 with Blaine Perkins and Rich DeLong III brought out the race's first of two red flag periods. The second was due to a puddle of water dropped by one of the safety trucks during the cleanup.

Following the lengthy rain delay, the race didn't see the checkered flag until well after midnight on the West Coast.

Chris Eggleston came home third with Michael Self and Nicole Behar, who each battled close for those positions, rounding out the top five.

Matt Levin ties his career-best K&N Pro Series West effort in sixth followed by Garret Archer, Owen Riddle, Julia Landauer and Braeden Havens completing the top 10.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from Spokane County Raceway will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 18 at 10 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action Saturday, May 20 at California's Orange Show Speedway with the Orange Show 150. The green flag is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. PT.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Analyzing the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Spokane County Raceway



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season will continue Saturday with the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Spokane County Raceway in Washington. Below is a look at the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 and some of the selected participants.

NAPA 150 Race Setup:
• Reigning K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has won three consecutive races headed into the weekend, including a sweep of the twin 100s at California’s Irwindale Event Center.
• The NASCAR Next driver has a 13-point lead atop the standings over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston, who won the season opener at Arizona's Tucson Speedway.

At Spokane County Raceway:
History:
• Spokane County Raceway is a multi-purpose motorsports facility which includes a quarter-mile drag strip, a 2.3-mile road course and half-mile asphalt oval.
• The half-mile “Super Oval” hosts regional Super Late Model and Late Model events throughout the season.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ third event at Spokane and the first since 2013.
• Two different drivers have won previously at Spokane with Eric Holmes winning the inaugural event in 2011 and Greg Pursley winning the most recent event in 2013.
• Two different drivers have earned poles at Spokane — Dylan Kwasniewski (2011) and Cameron Hayley (2013).
• The record for most cautions in an event at Spokane is 11, set in 2011, when 47 laps were run under the yellow flag.
• The record for fewest cautions at Spokane was set in 2013 with four.
• There has been an average of 3.5 lead changes in K&N Pro Series West races at the track.

Spokane Data:
Race: #5 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, May 13, 8:15 p.m. PT
Airdate: NBCSN, Friday, May 19, 10 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .500-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps (56.25 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Pole Sitter: N/A
1-lap Qualifying Record: Cameron Hayley, Toyota, 97.720 mph, August 2013.
150-lap Race Record: Greg Pursley, Ford, 1 hour, 2 minutes, 11 seconds, (72.367 mph), August 2013.

Category Leaders at Spokane:
Wins
Eric Holmes … 1
Greg Pursley … 1

Poles
Cameron Hayley … 1
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1

Laps Completed
Greg Pursley … 350
Michael Self … 350
Eric Holmes … 344
Daryl Harr … 338
Cameron Hayley … 338
Jack Sellers … 332

Laps Led
Dylan Kwasniewski … 105
Eric Holmes … 95
Michael Self … 78
Greg Pursley … 41
Cameron Hayley … 31

Selected Driver Highlights:
Garret Archer (No. 27 Recruit 4 Business/Dirt Fish Ford)
• Currently sits sixth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings with two top fives and three top 10s in four starts this season.
• Scored career-best finishes of third at both California’s Kern County Raceway Park and Irwindale Event Center this season.

Nicole Behar (No. 33 Custom Welding & Fabrication Toyota)
• Currently sits fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with one top five and four top 10s in four starts this season.
• Finished 10th in the final series standings in 2015, her only full season with the series.
• Is from Otis Orchards, Washington.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Has six career K&N Pro Series West wins with 23 top fives and 26 top 10s in 35 career starts.
• Was the 2015 series champion for Bill McAnally Racing.
• Won the season opener at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway in March.
• Has an average starting position of 2.0 and average finishing position of 2.2 in four races this season.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Won six of 14 races last season with 11 top fives and 13 top 10s en route to the K&N Pro Series West championship, to become the youngest champion in NASCAR history at 16 years, five months, and joining his grandfather, Butch Gilliland, as a K&N Pro Series West champion (1997).
• Enters the weekend on the strength of a three-race winning streak, the second of his career, with three wins, four top fives and four top 10s in four races this season.
• Has yet to finish worse than second in any series event to date.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
• Made his K&N Pro Series debut in the East opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and finished third.
• Sits fifth in the current standings with two top fives and three top 10s through four races.
• Finished a career-best second at Kern County in March.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Finished fourth in the final standings last season to become the highest finishing female driver in K&N Pro Series West history.
• Posted seven top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races last season as a rookie.
• Enters weekend off back-to-back top 10 finishes in the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at Irwindale in March.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Despite missing the season opener, he ranks 13th in the current standings with one top five and three top 10s in three starts.
• Is the only driver entered this weekend to have competed previously at Spokane with the series, where he’s finished sixth twice and led 78 laps in August of 2013.
• Has six career K&N Pro Series West wins, including two at both Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway and Iowa Speedway.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Solvang Brewing Company Ford)
• Competed in six races last season and is running for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title this year.
• Is one of only three drivers to finish in the top five in all four races thus far, ranking third in the overall standings.
• Posted a career best finish of third at Kern County in March.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland won the season opener last year at Irwindale Speedway, the first of two straight wins to open the year.
• Todd Gilliland swept the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at Irwindale in March and has won three straight races to date.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Arizona's Tucson Speedway.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

No Signs of Gilliland Slowing Down in Title Defense



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Every driver in every car not lettered with the No. 16 on the side will be out to stop the momentum of reigning series champion Todd Gilliland when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to action in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Spokane County Raceway in Washington on Saturday, May 13. The race marks the series’ first visit to Spokane since 2013.

A member of the 2016-2017 NASCAR NEXT class, Gilliland has won three of the first four races of the season, giving him nine wins over the last 15 months, and his sweep of the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at California’s Irwindale Event Center in late March built him a 13-point cushion over teammate Chris Eggleston atop the standings a quarter of the way through the schedule. Eggleston, who won the season opener at Arizona's Tucson Speedway, has been the only driver to slow the 16-year-old Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, teen’s march toward a second consecutive championship.

Gilliland became the youngest NASCAR champion, national or touring, in history by winning the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title.

While the two Bill McAnally Racing drivers have combined to win the first four races of the 2017 season and sits one-two atop the standings, they aren’t the only drivers off to a hot start. Rookie Will Rodgers is the only other driver to finish in the top five in every single race to date. Rodgers, 22, finished a career-best third at California’s Kern County Raceway Park before posting back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the twin features at Irwindale.

Part of Gilliland’s success this season, without question, has been his ability to start up front. He’s won all four pole positions this season and hasn’t finished worse than second. In his young K&N Pro Series West career, Gilliland has 10 wins, 10 poles, 16 top fives and 18 top 10s in just 19 starts. He’s only finished outside the top 10 once — at California’s Sonoma Raceway last June, a 24th-place finish that he followed by winning the next three consecutive races. That streak matches his current career-best three-race winning streak.

RACE: NAPA 150
PLACE: Spokane County Raceway, Spokane, Washington
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 8:15 p.m., PT
AIRDATE: NBCSN, Friday, May 13 at 10 p.m. PT
TRACK LAYOUT: .500-mile asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: N/A
2016 POLE WINNER: N/A
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 13 – Garage opens: 11 a.m.; Practice: 3-3:45 p.m., 4-4:45 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:15 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6:25 p.m.; NAPA 150: 8:15 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Germane Smith, (916) 676-0010 or gsmith@billmcanallyracing.com
TWITTER: @spokaneraceway
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com

FAST FACTS:
The Race: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be the fifth of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

The Track: A .500-mile asphalt oval, Spokane County Raceway is a multi-use venue that includes a paved oval for stock car racing, a 2.3-mile road course and a full quarter-mile drag strip.

Race Winners: There have been two different winners in the two previous K&N Pro Series West races held at Spokane. Eric Holmes won the inaugural series race at the track in 2011, while Greg Pursley won the most recent event held there in 2013.

Pole Winners: In the two previous events at Spokane, there have also been two different pole winners. Dylan Kwasniewski won the pole in 2011, while Cameron Hayley was the pole winner for the 2013 event.

Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Notes:
Home Track Advantage: When Spokane’s Nicole Behar finished second at California’s Irwindale Event Center in 2015, she posted the highest race finish in series history by a woman. Behar, returning to full-time K&N Pro Series West competition this season, is hoping that her first series visit to her home track will provide her first career win.

Behar sits fourth in the current standings with four straight top-10 finishes to begin the season, equaling a career-best stretch she first accomplished from July to August in 2015. The 19-year old driver has proven an ability to drive through the field — improving better than 10 spots each race from her average starting position of 17.2.

Return Engagement: Park City, Utah, driver Michael Self has made an impressive return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West this season.
After missing the season opener, Self has aligned with longtime series owner Bob Bruncati to drive the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford, and he’s been off to a strong start with his new ride. In his first start in the series since the 2013 season finale, Self finished sixth at California’s Kern County Raceway Park and then went on to post finishes of sixth and third, respectively, in the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at Irwindale two days later.

Self won six races from 2012-2013 in the series and finished a career-high of fourth in the final standings in 2013. He never finished outside the top 10 in the standings in any of the four full seasons he competed in from 2010-2013.

Rookie Crop: A total of four rookies sit in the top nine positions in the K&N Pro Series West standings heading into Spokane. Will Rodgers ranks third overall with top-five finishes in all four races to start the season, while Derek Kraus and Garrett Archer are fifth and sixth, respectively. Both Kraus and Archer have three top 10s already this season. Kody Vanderwal is ninth in the standings with a pair of top-10 finishes.

Championship Pedigree: While no champion’s title run contained a win at Spokane during the 2011 and 2013 campaigns, two of the most accomplished drivers in K&N Pro Series West history earned wins in the only two races held at the half-mile track. Three-time series champion Eric Holmes won the inaugural K&N West race at Spokane in 2011, leading 95 of the 200 laps, while two-time champion Greg Pursley won the most recent event at the track in 2013.

Qualifying also provided a glimpse into the NASCAR future, with Dylan Kwasniewski — a future series champion and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver — won the pole for in 2011 and Cameron Hayley sitting on in 2013. Hayley spent three seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and finished a career best of sixth in the final 2015 standings.