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Monday, August 8, 2016

Havens Earns Impressive Idaho 200 Victory

Photo Courtesy ME Wright Photography

Post Falls, ID (August 8, 2016)–Short track racing was at its best this past Saturday night at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, ID for the 17th running of the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 200. The main event saw many lead changes, hard racing amongst the leaders and a few drivers coming from the back of the field. At the end of the night it was Braeden Havens coming out on top to win his first Idaho 200 en route to capturing his first Northwest Super Late Model Series victory.

Havens was able to hold off a hard charging Ryan Wells who came from the back of the field after a late race incident to finish second. Josh Roberts topped off the podium in third followed by Dave Garber and Glenn Knutson rounding out the Top-5.

The weekend started out with current points leader and two-time defending champion, Garrett Evans, winning the pole with a blistering time of 13.055-seconds. Young gun Joey Bird followed in second with a time of 13.075. Evans went on to draw for an eight-car invert putting Shane Mitchell and Bodie Morton on the front row.

Mitchell brought the field to the green flag and grab the hole-shot lead with the field heading into turn 1. Mitchell held the lead for the first 66 laps while drivers battled behind him. Evans worked his way through the field from his starting spot in row four and overtook Mitchell on lap 67 to grab the lead.

An incident at the front of the field on lap 72 involved three of the top seven cars including Bird, Morton and Clint Habart. Bird’s damage was too much and he would retire from the race after running in the fourth position.

Evans brought the field to the break at lap 100 holding off a hard-charging Wells who was running in second. The teams were given a long break while another class ran their feature. Teams were allowed to change two tires, add fuel and make any adjustments they needed while the time allowed.

The second-half featured Evans and Wells battling out with Wells trying to make passes to the outside but Evans holding him off. Lap 118 saw the caution come out and bunch the field back up for a restart. During the restart Evans grabbed the lead once again but would now be trying to hold off both Wells and Havens who was running third. As the drivers came back around during lap 125 Evans car slowed and Wells made contact with Evans sending him to the infield.

Both Evans and Wells were sent to the rear of the field for the incident. Havens gained the lead with Trevor Cristiani running in the second position on the restart. Havens held the lead for a few laps until Cristiani grabbed the inside and took the top spot. Garber would follow to the inside and move to second.

Cristiani’s lead didn’t last long as Garber worked himself into the lead on lap 139. Garber held the lead for the next 17 laps until Havens was able to work his way back to the bumper of Garber. The two drivers raced side-by-side making contact on several occasions while battling in a 20-lap stretch. On lap 181 Havens got a run to the outside and gained the lead.

The KRC Power Steering Power Move of the Race went to Wells who came from 17th to second in 40 laps as he passed Garber on lap 182. Havens worked hard but was able to hold off Wells in a final lap shootout to the front.

The JOES Racing Hard Charger was 2015 Rookie of the Year Glenn Knutson who advanced 14 positions from 19th to a top-5 finish.

Next up for the NWSLMS is the Park Model Homes 125 at Spokane County Super Oval August 20.

The Northwest Super Late Model Series Inc. is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Pacific Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Accelerated Graphics, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Racers Against Child Abuse, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing and Racing Dynamics. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com


NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
17th NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 200
Stateline Speedway .250-Mile Oval
200 laps 50 miles

Unofficial Finishing position/Car No./Name/Hometown/Laps completed
1. 83 Braeden Havens Medical Lake, WA 200
2. 5 Ryan Wells Hingham, MT 200
3. 9 Josh Roberts Ephrata, WA 200
4. 93 Dave Garber Spokane WA 200
5. 51 Glenn Knutson Quincy, WA 200
6. 90 Trevor Cristiani Nampa, ID 200
7. 16 Blake Williams Spokane, WA 200
8. 1K Mitch Kleyn Quincy, WA 200
9. 29 Jason O'Neil Spokane, WA 200
10. 52 Brittney Zamora Kennewick, WA 200
11. 77 Bodie Morton Kalispell, MT 200
12. 3 Barry Shingar Cranbrook, BC 200
13 88 Dirk Bennett Spokane, WA 197
14 38 Terry Armstrong Jr Hauser, ID 195
15 11 Ed Thomsen Pasco, WA 194
16 09 Clint Habart Cranbrook, BC 186
17 98 Chris Kellogg Spokane, WA 162
18 23 Corey Allard Sagle, ID 160
19 64G Garrett Evans East Wenatchee, WA 159
20 64j Jan Evans East Wenatchee, WA 152
21 99 Shane Mitchell East Wenatchee, WA 125
22 24 Joey Bird Spokane, WA 71
23. 15 Tom Plybon Spokane, WA 10
DNS 67 Alex Lessor Kalispell, MT DNS

Race Contingency Awards-
Wheel Chill Fast Time- No. 64 Garrett Evans 13.055 ($200 award)
Wheel Chill Lucky “7” Award- No. Blake Williams (7th place finisher $25 award)
Wheel Chill 11- No. 77 Bodie Morton (11th place finisher $25 award)
JOES Racing Products Hard Charger- No. 51 Glenn Knutson (advanced from 19th to 5th)
JOES 12th Man Award- No. 12 Barry Shingar (finished in 12th place)
KRC Power Steering “Power Move Of the Race”-No. 5 Ryan Wells
Racers Against Child Abuse Hard Luck Award- No. 24 Joey Bird ($50 award)

2016 Top-10 NWSLMS Unofficial Points
Driver Total
1. Garrett Evans 242
2. Ryan Wells 206
3. Braeden Havens 196
4. Mitch Kleyn 188
5. Brittney Zamora 183
6. Ed Thomsen 174
7. Nicole Behar 152
8. Glenn Knutson 147
9. Clint Habart 139
10. Corey Allard 130

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Big Travels for Wells to Idaho 200



Via Northwest Super Late Model Series Media

Wenatchee, Wash. (August 4, 2016)–The journey to the Idaho 200 for Ryan Wells has been very long and bumpy this year but the Hingham, MT native hopes this weekend it all pays off. Wells will be one of twenty-five drivers looking to take home the hardware for the prestigious 17th NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 200 this weekend at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, ID.

Wells has traveled further than any other driver to compete in the series on a regular basis. So far this season Wells has traveled over 5,000 miles from his eastern Montana home as the series heads into the second-half of its season. The travels have paid off as Wells sits second in the 2016 NWSLMS championship points standings behind two-time title holder, Garrett Evans.

Wells has been focused on the set up of the car this season, he noted.

“I’m putting as much time into the car as I can this year, it has been my Achilles heel so far this season (finding a good set-up). I’ve just not been getting the car prepared the way I want it. I have a great crew but they have to travel long distances as well for race days.”

Sponsors are always important to small budget team especially when that team hails from a town with a population under 200 people like Hingham. Wells is grateful for the backing he’s had all season.

“I have to thank my sponsors because there is no way we could race and travel without the support they give us. Tom with Noel Transport, Green Nugget, Bird Race Engines, Racing Dynamics and most of all my Dad for all the help this season.”

Heading into the final four races of the NWSLSM season Evans has a large lead on Wells but that’s not slowing the Montana native down, he added.

“Mr. Evans has a pretty big lead and it will be very tough to catch him but my guys and I are going to give it 110% because that’s all we can do.”

Wells is looking for strong runs and a little change of luck this weekend.

“I feel like the Spokane race we had a really dominant car and kind of let that one go. I really want to get that ‘W’ this year and it’s tough to do with all these fields being so stout,” he explained. “Everyone better have their game on to beat the (my No.) 5 car these last four races because its go time! Checkers or Wreckers!”

The road to victory lane won’t be easy this weekend for Wells as a he will have a huge field of competition to get through with drivers like Evans who won the Idaho Tune-Up 150 back in June and has an Idaho 200 win in his career. Also in the mix will be 2013 Idaho 200 winner Blake Williams.

With the points battle close throughout the top-10 in the championship standings drivers like Mitch Kleyn, Brittney Zamora, Braeden Havens and Ed Thomsen will all be looking to close in on Evans and Wells in the title chase. Add in a big contingent of local drivers and the 25-car field will be duking it out for 22 spots to start the 17th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 200 Saturday Night.

Action gets underway Friday beginning with qualifying and heat races with a Hobby Stock Shootout race as the night’s finale. Saturday features the Idaho 200 main event and the Outlaw Mini Stock Super Series. For a complete weekend schedule and ticket information visit Stateline Speedway’s website at raceidaho.com

The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, KRC Power Steering, Racers Against Child Abuse, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP, Jefferson Pitts Racing and Racing Dynamics. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Idaho 200 Pre Race Notes



Via Northwest Super Late Model Series Media

RACE FACTS & NOTES OF INTEREST
WHAT: Idaho 200
Race No. 5 of 8

WHERE: Stateline Speedway
Post Falls, ID

WHEN: August 5 & 6, 2016

DISTANCE: 200 Laps/ 50 Miles

SANCTION: Northwest Super Late Model Series (NWSLMS)

PROMOTER: Stateline Speedway

THE RACETRACK: Stateline Stadium Speedway is a high-banked .250-mile oval with a Figure 8 track embedded as well. Elevated concrete grandstands make for amazing views of the action for spectators.

TOP 10 IN IDAHO 200
1. 100 JC Wofford
2. 24 Joey Bird
3. 73 Gary Lewis
4. 83. Braeden Havens
5. 9 Josh Roberts
6. 5 Ryan Wells
7. 05 Zach Moran
8. 96 Jake Bisset
9. 51 Glenn Knutson
10. 1 Mitch Kleyn

2016 Northwest Super Late Model Series Top 10 Points
1. Garrett Evans 208
2. Ryan Wells 160
3. Nicole Behar 152
4. Brittney Zamora 150
5. Mitch Kleyn 148
6. Ed Thomsen 146
7. Braeden Havens 144
8. Shelby Thompson 133
9. Clint Habart 112
10. Glenn Knutson 109

NOTES OF INTEREST:

The 17th Annual Idaho 200 will mark the second trip to Stateline Speedway for the 2016 season.
Big Field- Over 25 cars are expected for this weekend’s race. Only two drivers in the field have won the Idaho 200 before, Garrett Evans and Blake Williams.

Championship Watch- The series is starting the second half of the 2016 season and Garrett Evans leads the way in the championship standings after winning 3 of the first 4 races. Behind Evans there are close battles throughout the standings with many drivers looking for good finishes as the series heads into the second-half of the season.

“Watch out for the Bird on the track!!”- After a amazing performance last year and coming all the way through the field from the back of the pack to finish second, Joey Bird will be making his 2016 NWSLMS debut this weekend.

64 x 3-Yes, three cars in the field will show the 64 on the door. Two of the cars will be out of the Evans Racing stable with Garrett Evans in one and his 15 year-old son, Jan, driving the other. Montana young gun Brock Denny will be driving the other 64 car.

Momentum-Both Mitch Kleyn and Clint Habart will look to continue the success they had during the Idaho Tune Up 150 held in June where both drivers would capture there series best finishes of 3rd and 4th place.

Montana driver Ryan Wells will look for continued success at Stateline Speedway where he has captured a victory and multiple poles over the past few seasons. Wells currently sits second in the championship standings with four races remaining.

Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of the Year Watch- Brittney Zamora currently leads the way over Dirk Bennett. Drivers will get the opportunity to drop one race for the end of the year points.

STAT OF THE WEEK:
• It has been several seasons since an Idaho driver has won the Idaho 200. Eagle, ID native John Dillon was the last Gem State resident to win the race (2010). Could that change? Three drivers from Idaho will have a chance this weekend: Terry Armstrong Jr., Corey Allard and Trevor Cristiani.

UPCOMING ON THE NORTHWEST SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES:
The Northwest Super Late Model Series takes few weeks off but stays in the inland Northwest for Spokane Super Oval August 20th. The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many great sponsors including Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, Port City Race Cars, AR Bodies, Joes Racing Products, KRC Power Steering, Five Star Bodies, Longacre Racing Products, Wheel Chill, Racers Against Child Abuse, Atomic Screenprinting and Embroidery, Franks Racing Radio, BLP and Racing Dynamics. For more information on the series visit www.nwslmseries.com or visit the series on Facebook or Twitter. To contact the series please email northwestsuperlatemodels@gmail.com

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gilliland By Inches At Stateline



Via NASCAR Media

POST FALLS, Idaho (July 9, 2016) – They came across the finish line, two of NASCAR's rising young stars, leaning on one another as sparks flew and sheet metal crunched Saturday night. In the end, it was 16-year-old Todd Gilliland who took the checkered flag in the Toyota NAPA 150 and celebrated in Victory Lane on the quarter-mile, after edging fellow NASCAR Next driver Noah Gragson by inches.

Gilliland crossed the finish line .004 seconds in front of the 17-year-old from Las Vegas.

It was the only lap Gilliland's No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota led all night. But it was enough to give the third-generation driver from Sherrils Ford, North Carolina, his third West win and fourth K&N Pro win overall in his rookie season.

Multiple cautions pushed the race to a second green-white-checkered finish and to 166 laps.

Gragson led the final restart and was a nose ahead at the line taking the white flag. But Gilliland got a strong run off Turn 4 coming to the checkered, and powered forward despite having his car pinched against the outside wall by Gragson's No. 7 Speed Vegas/Alert ID/Colliers International Ford as they crossed under the flag stand.

The Toyota NAPA 150 is the second NASCAR K&N Pro Series race to be decided by less than .01 seconds this season. Spencer Davis edged Justin Haley by .005 seconds in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Virginia's Dominion Speedway in May. Gragson was third in that race.

Chris Eggleston was third in a bittersweet finish. Earlier in the day, the defending series champion earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award. He led a race-high 73 laps. But he was collected in a spin by Gilliland on Lap 92. The two Bill McAnally Racing teammates quickly sliced back through the field, but it was Gilliland who got to the front first and Eggleston had to settle for a podium finish.

Gragson's teammate Gracin Raz overcame a black flag -- for jumping the restart while leading on Lap 91 -- to finish fourth, and Julia Landauer rounded out the top five.

Cole Rouse was sixth, followed by Riley Herbst, Will Rodgers, Matt Levin and championship points leader Ryan Partridge.

Partridge saw his chance for the win disappear on the first green-white-checkered attempt when he spun in Turn 4 coming to the white flag. Partridge got hung on the outside when Gilliland made it three-wide under Partridge and Gragson on the initial restart.

That set up the final duel between Gilliland and Gragson.

Partridge holds a three-point lead on Gilliland. Eggleston is 10 points behind Gilliland and Gragson is another four points back after seven of the series' 14 races.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will next race in the annual combination showdown with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 28.

The Toyota NAPA 150 will air on NBCSN on Friday, July 15 at 2 p.m. ET..

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Results
Saturday
At Stateline Speedway
Post Falls, ID
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (7) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 166 laps, 36.798 mph.
2. (3) Noah Gragson, Las Vegas, NV, Ford, 166.
3. (1) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 166.
4. (6) Gracin Raz, Lake Oswego, Ore., Ford, 166.
5. (9) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Toyota, 166.
6. (11) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Ford, 166.
7. (14) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 166.
8. (15) Will Rodgers, Murrieta, Calif., Chevrolet, 166.
9. (13) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 166.
10. (2) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 166.
11. (8) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 166.
12. (12) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Toyota, 166.
13. (17) Stafford Smith, Eagle, Idaho., Chevrolet, 163.
14. (5) Cole Moore, Granite Bay, Calif., Toyota, 163.
15. (10) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Ford, 159, overheating.
16. (4) Braeden Havens, Spokane, Wash., Chevrolet, 154, suspension.
17. (19) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Toyota, 154.
18. (16) Jesse Iwuji, Dallas, Texas, Toyota, 149.
19. (18) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 143, accident.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 7 minutes 40 seconds
Margin of Victory: .004 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: C.Eggleston (65.114 mph, 13.822 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 70 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. Eggleston 0; R. Partridge 1; C. Eggleston 2-73; G. Raz 74-90; C. Eggleston 91; R. Partridge 92-139; N. Gragson 140-165; T. Gilliland 166.
Standings: 1. R. Partridge, 291; 2. T. Gilliland, 288; 3. C. Eggleston, 278; 4. N. Gragson, 274; 5. G. Raz, 263; 6. J. Landauer, 258; 7. C. Rouse, 253; 8. R. Herbst, 250; 9. M. Levin, 228; 10. R. Norman, 223.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Analyzing the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Stateline Speedway



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2016) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action at Idaho’s Stateline Speedway Saturday for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150. Below is a look at the past performance of the series and selected drivers.

Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Race Setup:
• The race is the seventh event on a 14-race series schedule and the only visit to the .250-mile track.
• Nine of the 19 drivers scheduled to compete this weekend raced in last year’s Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150.
• This will be the K&N Pro Series West’s third visit to the track since 1985.
• Ryan Partridge heads into the weekend first in the championship standings.

At Stateline Speedway:
History
• Stateline has hosted four previous events, 1974, 1985, 2014 and 2015. The Post Falls, Idaho facility sits approximately 21 miles east of Spokane, Washington.
• Stateline Speedway was built in 1974 by Bill Eberle. The .250-mile oval track also has a figure 8 track embedded and raised concrete grandstands to allow better sightlines for the fans.
• Jimmy Insolo won the first series event at Stateline on July 1, 1974, beating out Chuck Wahl and Ernie Stierly. The series returned 11 years later on July 7, 1985, when Jim Robinson beat Rueben Garcia, father of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver and NASCAR Next alumnus Ruben Garcia Jr., for the checkered flag.
• James Bickford has won the last two K&N Pro Series West events at the Idaho short track. He earned his first series win at the track in 2014, passing veteran Greg Pursley with four laps to go to take the win.

Notebook
• Braeden Havens is the only local driver slated to compete in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150. Havens set the K&N Pro Series West track qualifying record in 2014.
• Jim Robinson is the only driver to lead every lap in a series race at Stateline, accomplishing the feat in 1985.
• James Bickford is the only driver to have won a K&N Pro Series West race on the pole at Stateline.

Stateline Data:
Race: #7 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, July 9, 9 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .250-mile high banked oval
Race Length: 150 laps (37.5 miles)

Stateline Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: James Bickford
2015 Pole Sitter: James Bickford
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Braeden Havens, Chevrolet, 13.804 seconds (65.198 mph), July 12, 2014
150-Lap Race Record: Jim Robinson, Oldsmobile, 39 minutes 53 seconds (56.415 mph), July 7, 1985

Stateline Leaders:
Wins
James Bickford … 2
Jimmy Insolo … 1
Jim Robinson … 1

Poles
James Bickford … 1
Derrike Cope … 1
Sonny Easley … 1
Braeden Havens … 1

Laps Completed
Nicole Behar … 307
James Bickford … 307
David Mayhew … 307
Brandon McReynolds … 307
Rich DeLong III … 301

Laps Led
James Bickford … 155
Jim Robinson … 150
David Mayhew … 129

Select Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 50 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Heads into the Toyota/NAPA 150 ranked third in the standings with two wins and five top fives.
• In his first start at Stateline last year, he finished 11th after starting fourth.
• At the series other .250-mile, Idaho’s Meridian Speedway, last season he finished fourth.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is second in the championship standings with two wins and five top fives.
• This will be his first series start Stateline.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 SPEEDVEAGS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford)
• Is fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• He finished second at Stateline last season after starting 13th.
• At Meridian last season, he walked away with the win after starting on the pole.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Riley Herbst (No. 19 NAPA Batteries Toyota)
• Heads into the weekend ranked eighth with two top fives and four top 10s.
• This will be his first series start at the Post Falls, Idaho short track.
• Earned his best finish, fifth, the last time out at California’s Sonoma Raceway.

Julia Landauer (No. 54 Curb Records Toyota)
• Is sixth in the standings with two top fives and five top 10s.
• This will be her first K&N Pro Series West start at Stateline.
• Recorded her best finish, fifth, at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway and California’s Orange Show Speedway.

Matt Levin (No. 14 Risk Management Ford)
• Is ranked 10th in the standings headed into the weekend with three top 10s.
• He finished 14th at Stateline Speedway last season.
• At Meridian last year, he finished 12th after starting 19th.

Ron Norman (No. 30 Port of Tucson Ford)
• Is ninth in the standings with three top 10s.
• He finished sixth at Stateline last season after starting 14th.
• At the other .250-mile track on the schedule last year, Meridian, he finished 18th.

Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Heads into the weekend first in the championship standings with one win, five top fives and six top 10s.
• Last season at Stateline, he finished fourth after starting second.
• He finished 11th after starting seventh at Meridian Speedway last year.

Gracin Raz (No. 27 Montana Tech Ford)
• Is fifth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• He finished third after starting eighth at Stateline last season.
• At Meridian last season, he finished sixth.

Cole Rouse (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked seventh in the standings with two top fives and five top 10s.
• This will be his first K&N Pro Series West start at Stateline and a .250-mile oval.
• Collected his best finish, third, at California’s Kern County Raceway Park.

Other Driver Notes:
• Braeden Havens is slated to make his 18th NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start, his first of 2016. He has two starts at Stateline Speedway and finished fourth (2014) and 18th (2015). Havens also set the series track qualifying record in 2014.
• Cole Moore is scheduled to make his second start of the year with Bill McAnally Racing. In his season debut at Colorado National Speedway, he finished 14th after starting third.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 63rd for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across eight states.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland won the season opener at California’s Irwindale Speedway on March 19 after leading a total of 33 laps.
• Gilliland expanded his K&N Pro Series West win streak to three after winning the second race of the season at California’s Kern County Raceway Park.
• Ryan Partridge collected his first win of the year at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway after leading 127 laps.
• Chris Eggleston, the defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, picked up his first win of 2016 after gaining the lead with nine laps to go at California’s Orange Show Speedway.
• Eggleston made it two-for-two after leading 102 laps at his home track, Colorado National Speedway.
• Chase Elliott scored the first road course victory of the year at California’s Sonoma Raceway after passing Noah Gragson with two laps to go.

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
EVENT HASHTAG: #ToyotaNAPA150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142, bfranceschini@nascar.com

FAST FACTS:
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.

STATELINE SPEEDWAY RACE NOTES:
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.