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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Derek Kraus Sweeps Tucson Twins in Dominating Fashion


Via NASCAR Media

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson was twice as nice for the Derek Kraus Saturday night.

The Stratford, Wisconsin, native swept the Port of Tucson Twin 100s for his third and fourth K&N Pro Series victories of the season and first wins on the West coast.

Coming off a win in the second 100-lap championship race last week at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway — giving him two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins — Kraus and the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota established a goal to win both NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races and take command of the championship standings coming into Arizona.

They did exactly that.

“That was the goal coming into this race,” said Kraus in Victory Lane at Tucson Speedway. “Now we got the points lead going into the next K&N West race. That was really good and we’ll look to stay consistent the rest of the season. We just had to stay patient and it paid off at the end.”

In the first Tucson race, Kraus took the lead from pole sitter Tanner Gray going into Turn 1 and never relinquished the top spot, leading all 100 laps.

Gray, Hailie Deegan, Jagger Jones and Brittney Zamora rounded out the top five finishers in Race No. 1. Matt Levin, Trevor Huddleston, Todd Souza, Dustin Ash and John Wood completed the top 10.

Race No. 2 was a different story for Kraus, who didn’t grab the lead until past the halfway point. But once he did, it was smooth sailing to another victory.

“This one we had to work a little harder on,” he said following his fourth win this season and ninth of his career. “We didn’t get the lead until Lap 60 or so, but it was definitely a little more challenging than the first race. We saved a little bit of tires and them guys jumped out and used a little bit too much of the tires, they wore them out. And at the end we took advantage of that when we had good tires left.”

Gray came home second for the second consecutive race, with Zamora finishing a career-best third after leading 26 laps from the pole.

Trevor Huddleston and Matt Levin completed the top five, with Jagger Jones, Dustin Ash, Travis Milburn, Takuma Koga and Bill Kann rounding out the top 10.

Hailie Deegan, who entered the night leading the points, finished 15th after contact with Huddleston going into Turn 2 that spun her around and forced her behind the wall for repairs.

Kody Vanderwal finished 11th and 12th, respectively in the twin 100s, after sweeping the twin races last season at the 0.375-mile track.

Kraus, who leads the K&N Pro East standings by four points, has an 18-point cushion over Sunrise Ford/Bruncati Racing teammates Huddleston and Jones. Deegan fell to fourth, another five points back.

Port of Tucson Twin Race 1 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, May 22 at 4 p.m., with No. 2 scheduled to be broadcast the same day at 7 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series West event will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Colorado National Speedway.

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

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 1 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100 laps, 60.838 mph.
2. (1) Tanner Gray, Artesia, NM, Toyota, 100.
3. (5) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 100.
4. (4) Jagger Jones, Scottsdale, AZ, Ford, 100.
5. (3) Brittney Zamora, Kennewick, WA, Toyota, 100.
6. (11) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
7. (6) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 100.
8. (10) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 100.
9. (7) Dustin Ash, Las Vegas, Nev., Ford, 100.
10. (14) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 100.
11. (9) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 95.
12. (18) Ron Jay, Victoria, BC, Ford, 93.
13. (16) Bobby Hillis Jr, Phoenix,Ariz, Toyota, 92.
14. (15) Austin Thom, Dundee, OR, Chevrolet, 89.
15. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Toyota, 87.
16. (8) Travis Milburn, Eagle, ID, Ford, 68, accident.
17. (12) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 65, overheating.
18. (17) Billy Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 0, dns.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 36 minutes 59 seconds
Margin of Victory: 4.433 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gray * (89.725 mph, 15.046 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 15 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 131; 2. H. Deegan, 127; 3. J. Jones, 123; 4. T. Huddleston, 121; 5. M. Levin, 109; 6. T. Souza, 108; 7. B. Zamora, 108; 8. K. Vanderwal, 99; 9. T. Milburn, 95; 10. T. Gray, 85.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 2 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100 laps, 58.772 mph.
2. (7) Tanner Gray, Artesia, NM, Toyota, 100.
3. (1) Brittney Zamora, Kennewick, WA, Toyota, 100.
4. (8) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 100.
5. (6) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
6. (3) Jagger Jones, Scottsdale, AZ, Ford, 100.
7. (10) Dustin Ash, Las Vegas, Nev., Ford, 100.
8. (9) Travis Milburn, Eagle, ID, Ford, 100.
9. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Toyota, 100.
10. (15) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
11. (11) Austin Thom, Dundee, OR, Chevrolet, 100.
12. (4) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 98.
13. (14) Ron Jay, Victoria, BC, Chevrolet, 97.
14. (16) Bobby Hillis Jr, Phoenix,Ariz, Toyota, 96.
15. (5) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 95.
16. (12) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 0, electrical.
17. (17) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Ford, 0, dns.
18. (18) Billy Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 0, dns.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 38 minutes 17 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.612 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Zamora * (85.823 mph, 15.73 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 20 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Zamora 1-19; D. Ash 20-54; B. Zamora 55-61; D. Kraus 62-100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 179; 2. T. Huddleston, 161; 3. J. Jones, 161; 4. H. Deegan, 156; 5. B. Zamora, 150; 6. M. Levin, 148; 7. T. Souza, 136; 8. K. Vanderwal, 131; 9. T. Milburn, 131; 10. T. Gray, 127.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2019 Schedule Announced



Via NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule will kick off on the dirt of Las Vegas and culminate on the big stage in Phoenix, with a challenging mix of tracks in between that will test the top drivers and teams throughout the west.

The 14-race schedule will visit 13 different tracks in nine states from February to November. It will include two combination races with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three companion races with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“This is one of the most dynamic and diverse schedules we’ve had, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for fans of the series to watch their favorite drivers compete at a variety of venues,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “You have a tremendous mix of a dirt track, road course, historic bullrings and speedways that is sure to produce an exciting season.”

The 66th season of the series, which traces its roots back to the Pacific Coast Late Model Series, will kickoff with a distinct old school feel: racing stock cars on dirt. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the Star Nursery 100 on Thursday, Feb. 28, as part of the track’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR race weekend.

The inaugural Star Nursery 100 was won by eventual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Sheldon Creed and was the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race on a dirt track since 1979.

The 2019 titlist will be crowned in a much-anticipated return to ISM Raceway as part of the track’s NASCAR Playoff weekend in November. The 1-mile track recently completed a $178 million renovation project and hosts the penultimate round of the NASCAR national series playoffs.

The K&N Pro Series West last ran in Phoenix in 2015, when Todd Gilliland scored his first career NASCAR win as a prelude to back-to-back West title campaigns. The track was also the site of 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano’s first NASCAR win in 2007 as well as Ryan Blaney’s first NASCAR win in 2011.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will also return to another popular stop: Irwindale Speedway, on Saturday, March 30. The graduated banking on the half-mile speedway outside of Los Angeles has produced thrilling racing since it first opened in 1999; it has hosted 26 events between 1999-2011, and from 2014-17.

Other schedule highlights include:

Tucson Speedway in Arizona will again host twin 100-lap features, on Saturday, May 11. Kody Vanderwal scored the underdog sweep in the inaugural 2018 event.
The series will race on the road course at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, June 22, as part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend. Will Rodgers scored the win over a trio of Cup drivers in 2018.

Twice the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will go head-to-head with its East counterparts. The first is the annual stop at Iowa Speedway, on Friday, July 26, and the second as part of a doubleheader with the INDYCAR Series on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Gateway Motorsports Park, just outside of St. Louis.

The series will make its traditional summer visits to Colorado National Speedway (Saturday, June 8), Washington's Evergreen Speedway (Saturday, Aug. 17) and Oregon's Douglas County Speedway. Colorado has hosted the West series each of the last 12 seasons. Evergreen has held 56 races since 1965, including the last eight seasons. Douglas has held 16 West races, bringing the series to the fairgrounds each of the last three years.

Idaho's Meridian Speedway will bring the series back for the fifth consecutive year on Sept. 28, a run that included Hailie Deegan's historic first NASCAR win in 2018. It's followed by back-to-back California dates - first at the tight quarter-mile of All American Speedway in Roseville on Saturday, Oct. 12, and then the high-speed half-mile of Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield on Saturday, Oct. 26. All American has been part of the West series every season since 2008, while Kern will be hosting its 10th race since it opened in 2013.

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

2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Schedule
Date, Track, Location, Laps
Thurs., Feb. 28 Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nev. 100
Sat., March 30 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, Calif. 150
Sat., May 11 Tucson Speedway *Tucson, Ariz. 100s*
Sat, June 8 Colorado National Speedway Dacono, Colo. 175
Sat, June 22 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif. 64
Sat, June 29 Douglas County Speedway Roseburg, Ore. 150
Fri., July 26 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 150
Sat., Aug. 17 Evergreen Speedway Monroe, Wash. 175
Sat., Aug. 24 Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Ill. 120
Sat., Sept. 28 Meridian Speedway Meridian, Idaho 208
Sat., Oct. 12 All American Speedway Roseville, Calif. 150
Sat., Oct. 26 Kern County Raceway Park Bakersfield, Calif. 175
Sat., Nov. 9 ISM Raceway Avondale, Ariz. 100

* Twin 100-lap championship points races
Schedule subject to change

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Kody Vanderwal Doubles Up In The Desert



TUCSON, Ariz. — Kody Vanderwal was ecstatic and a little bit shocked when he pulled into Victory Lane at Tucson Speedway Saturday evening following his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win.

A couple hours later, he did it again.

The 17-year-old from LaSalle, Colorado, swept the Port of Tucson Twin 100s on the banked .375-mile oval. After a rookie season with a steep learning curve that saw him pick up two top fives in 14 starts and finish ninth in points, Vanderwal signaled he was a championship contender in his sophomore year with back-to-back victories.

They came in two entirely different fashions.

In the first 100-lap championship points race, he was out front for 89 laps. While most of the field played the tire conservation game, Vanderwal set a blistering pace — lapping all but the top seven cars before a caution on Lap 94 wiped out his sizable lead and set up a green-white-checkered finish. After surrendering the lead to Derek Thorn by a bumper on the white flag, Vanderwal was able to power off Turn 4 coming to the checker and just nose out Thorn for the victory.

Final margin of victory: .113 seconds.

Thorn’s teammate, Ryan Partridge, finished third. Derek Kraus was fourth, followed by former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Arizona champion Vanessa Robinson in fifth.

Devin Dodson, making his series’ debut, was sixth, while Cole Rouse, Hailie Deegan, Will Rodgers and Todd Souza rounded out the top 10.

After teams were able to make adjustments and reconsider strategy for the second 100-lap event, it was Partridge who was able to jump out and lead 59 laps before Thorn got by him. But Vanderwal charged late. After he couldn’t make the pass low, almost driving through the grass in Turn 4, found the outside groove in Turn 4 more to his liking several laps later to sail by Thorn with five to go.

Partridge was able to get by Thorn for second but his final run at Vanderwal fell .636 seconds short.

Rouse and Trevor Huddleston finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Robinson was sixth, followed by Rodgers, Deegan, Dodson and Norman. Kraus, who was penalized for jumping the start early in the race, was never able to make the lap up and finished 11th.

When the dust cleared at Tucson, Thorn emerged with the points lead by three over Partridge and five over Kraus. Rouse is just three points behind him in fourth, and Vanderwal moved up to fifth — only nine back of Thorn.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will visit another bullring next, Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California, for the Sunrise Ford 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, May 19.

The Port of Tucson Twin 150s will air on NBCSN. The first race will be Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. ET, while the second will air on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m..

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

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 1 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 100 laps, 72.038 mph.
2. (2) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 100.
3. (6) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 100.
4. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100.
5. (13) Vanessa Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M., Ford, 100.
6. (9) Devin Dodson, Ocean City, MD, Ford, 100.
7. (3) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 100.
8. (8) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 100.
9. (12) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 99.
10. (11) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 99.
11. (10) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 99.
12. (5) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
13. (7) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 98.
14. (15) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 97.
15. (17) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 97.
16. (14) Cassie Gannis, Phoenix, AZ, Chevrolet, 97.
17. (16) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 96.
18. (18) Hershel McGriff, Bridal Veil, Ore., Toyota, 94.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 31 minutes, 14 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.113 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kraus (84.396 mph, 15.996 seconds)
Caution Flags: 1 for 4 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-10; K. Vanderwal 11-98; D. Thorn 99; K. Vanderwal 100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 88; 2. D. Thorn, 85; 3. R. Partridge, 80; 4. C. Rouse, 79; 5. H. Deegan, 73; 6. K. Vanderwal, 71; 7. T. Huddleston, 71; 8. M. Levin, 65; 9. W. Rodgers, 63; 10. R. Norman, 62.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 2 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 100 laps, 60.647 mph.
2. (5) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 100.
3. (2) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 100.
4. (3) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 100.
5. (7) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Toyota, 100.
6. (12) Vanessa Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M., Ford, 100.
7. (11) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 100.
8. (6) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 100.
9. (13) Devin Dodson, Ocean City, MD, Ford, 100.
10. (9) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
11. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 99.
12. (8) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
13. (17) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
14. (10) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 97.
15. (15) Cassie Gannis, Phoenix, AZ, Chevrolet, 72, accident.
16. (14) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 52.
17. (16) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 40, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 37 minutes, 6 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.636 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kraus (84.170 mph, 16.039 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 19 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-5; R. Partridge 6-14; R. Norman 15-28; R. Partridge 29-87; D. Thorn 88-95; K. Vanderwal 96-100.
Standings: 1. D. Thorn, 127; 2. R. Partridge, 124; 3. D. Kraus, 122; 4. C. Rouse, 119; 5. K. Vanderwal, 118; 6. T. Huddleston, 110; 7. H. Deegan, 109; 8. W. Rodgers, 100; 9. R. Norman, 97; 10. M. Levin, 97.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Port of Tucson Twin 100s Ready To Roll Saturday Night



Via NASCAR Media

Twice the risk. Twice the reward.

That’s what’s on the line Saturday, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to action at Tucson Speedway. The venerable .375-mile Arizona oval will play host to the Port of Tucson 100s — a pair of 100-lap sprints with championship points on the line for both races. Last year, the twins were at Irwindale Speedway in southern California, and Todd Gilliland swept them as the middle of a four-race win streak that gave him the championship lead he would never relinquish.

Tucson offers the opportunity for one of this year’s title contenders to do the same.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Derek Kraus got the jump on the competition in what is expected to be a tight, season-long battle for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship when he grabbed the season-opening victory at Kern County Raceway Park in California.

The 16-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin, will be challenged to maintain that hold on the top spot with a pair of 100-lap races Saturday at Tucson. Kraus finished sixth in his only previous start at Tucson last year.

Ryan Partridge won the 2016 event at the track and was fourth in 2015, while teammate Bruncati Racing teammate Derek Thorn was second in this year’s opener at Kern and will be making his first K&N Pro West start at Tucson.

Kraus’ Bill McAnally Racing teammate, 19-year-old Cole Rouse, has a fourth-place finish (2016) at Tucson, and Will Rodgers is a late addition in the No. 4 for Jefferson Pitts Racing. Rodgers, 23, was fifth at Tucson in 2015.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous K&N Pro Series West races at Tucson | K&N Pro Series West drivers’ career stats at Tucson

The twin 100-lap format allows for drivers to double up with a good day, but if misfortune should strike, it can be twice as painful in the points standings. With a tight pack of numerous drivers vying for the title, the points could swing considerably. Throw in the short distance, drivers will have to be up on the wheel at the drop of the initial green flag.

These are all ingredients for an exciting Saturday night.

RACE FACTS

RACE PORT OF TUCSON TWIN 100S
PLACE Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway
DATE Saturday, May 5
TIME 7 p.m. MT
TELEVISION NBCSN, Wednesday, May 9 – 6 p.m. ET (Race 1); NBCSN, Thursday, May 10 – 6 p.m. ET (Race 2)
TRACK LAYOUT .375-mile oval
2017 WINNER Chris Eggleston
2017 POLE Todd Gilliland
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage opens: 10 a.m. MT; Practice: 12:45-1:30 p.m. and 1:45-2:30 p.m.; Group qualifying: 4:45 p.m.; Port of Tucson 100 (first race): 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
TWITTER @TucsonSpeedway
HASHTAG #PortofTucsonTwin100s #KNWest

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, for each race, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 20 cars will secure starting positions based on the two-lap qualifying session for the PORT OF TUCSON TWIN 100 RACE 1. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 20th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

Starting positions for the PORT OF TUCSON TWIN 100’S RACE 2 will be determined by each car’s best lap time during the running of the PORT OF TUCSON TWIN 100s RACE 1.

Each of the PORT OF TUCSON 100 events will be 100 laps (38 miles).

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race for a total of eight (8) tires.

The maximum tire allotment available for Race 2 is as follows: Four (4) tires to begin the race for a total of four (4) tires. Teams will be allowed to run the tires from Race 1

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

NBCSN To Broadcast 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified Tour Races Featuring Next Generation of NASCAR Stars



Via NASCAR PR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – NBC Sports Group and NASCAR are partnering to deliver NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour coverage on NBCSN throughout the 2018 season. Today the organizations announced the full broadcast schedule, where fans can tune-in to see the next generation of drivers competing to make a name for themselves on the track.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to NBCSN on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 p.m. ET from Kern County Raceway Park, followed by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to NBCSN on Friday, April 20 at 1 a.m. ET from Bristol Motor Speedway.

NBCSN will air a total of 37 regional series events, culminating with championship races for all three series. Fans can tune-in to watch victors crowned in the K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, respectively, followed by the K&N Pro Series West Championship on Nov. 1. NASCAR’s touring series will also be featured in regular highlights and reports on “NASCAR America,” weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBCSN Broadcast Schedule
RACE DATESERIESTRACKTELECAST DATETIME (ET)
Thu, Mar 15K&N Pro WestKern CountyTue, Mar 2011 p.m.
Sat, Mar 17Whelen ModifiedMyrtle BeachWed, Mar 216 p.m.
Sat, Apr 14K&N Pro EastBristolFri, Apr 201 a.m.
Sat, Apr 28K&N Pro EastLangleyThu, May 0311 p.m.
Sat, May 05K&N Pro WestTucsonWed, May 096 p.m.
Sat, May 05K&N Pro WestTucsonThu, May 106 p.m.
Sat, May 12K&N Pro EastSouth BostonSun, May 201 p.m.
Sat, May 12K&N Pro EastSouth BostonSun, May 202 p.m.
Sat, May 19K&N Pro WestOrange ShowThu, May 246 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02K&N Pro EastMemphisWed, Jun 066 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02Whelen ModifiedSeekonkWed, Jun 067 p.m.
Sat, Jun 09K&N Pro WestColoradoThu, Jun 146 p.m.
Sat, Jun 16K&N Pro EastNew JerseyMon, June 18 *6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 23K&N Pro WestSonomaThu, Jun 286 p.m.
Sat, Jun 23Whelen ModifiedLangleyThu, Jun 287 p.m.
Sat, Jun 30K&N Pro WestDouglas CountyFri, Jul 061 p.m.
Sat, Jul 14K&N Pro EastThompsonTue, Jul 246 p.m.
Sun, Jul 15K&N Pro WestSpokaneTue, Jul 247 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21K&N Pro EastNew HampshireWed, Jul 256 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21Whelen ModifiedNew HampshireWed, Jul 257 p.m.
Sat, Jul 20Whelen ModifiedNew Hampshire (All-Star)Fri, Jul 276 p.m.
Fri, Jul 27K&N Pro (Combination)IowaThu, Aug 026 p.m.
Fri, Aug 03K&N Pro EastWatkins GlenWed, Aug 086 p.m.
Sat, Aug 11K&N Pro WestEvergreenWed, Aug 156 p.m.
Wed, Aug 15Whelen ModifiedBristolWed, Aug 226 p.m.
Fri, Aug 24K&N Pro (Combination)GatewayThu, Aug 306 p.m.
Sat, Sep 01Whelen ModifiedOswegoThu, Sep 066 p.m.
Sat, Sep 08Whelen ModifiedRiverheadThu, Sep 136 p.m.
Thu, Sep 13K&N Pro WestLas VegasFri, Sep 212:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22K&N Pro EastNew HampshireThu, Sep 276 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22Whelen ModifiedNew HampshireThu, Sep 277 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29K&N Pro WestMeridianFri, Oct 051 p.m.
Sun, Sep 30Whelen ModifiedStaffordFri, Oct 0511 p.m.
Fri, Oct 05K&N Pro EastDoverThu, Oct 116 p.m.
Sat, Oct 13K&N Pro WestAll AmericanThu, Oct 186 p.m.
Sun, Oct 14Whelen ModifiedThompsonThu, Oct 187 p.m.
Sat, Oct 27K&N Pro WestKern CountyThu, Nov 016 p.m.

* Extended highlights of NJMP race will air on “NASCAR America”

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Eggleston Victorious At Tucson Speedway



Tucson, Ariz. (March 18, 2017) - It was a back-and-forth battle all day, but Chris Eggleston came out on top at Tucson Speedway.

Leading 80 of 150 laps in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150, Eggleston beat pole-sitter and defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, Todd Gilliland, to the line to take his sixth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory with his No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota.

The 27-year-old from Erie, Colorado native, said he stepped up his game for the second half of the event and is grateful to start the 2017 season off in Victory Lane after a doubtful off-season.

In a way, the same can be said for second-place finisher Gilliland. Leading the most laps of the night, the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, and his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota held off the pack on numerous late restarts to bring it home in the runner-up position for the second straight year at Tucson. The result also continues a streak of nine consecutive top-10 finishes for the NASCAR Next driver.

One of the drivers Gilliland had to hold off was 20-year-old Garrett Archer. In only his second K&N West start, the Maple Valley, Washington, driver jumped his No. 27 Recruit 4 Business Ford to the outside lane on the final restart, advancing from sixth to second until Gilliland re-passed him for the spot. Still, a third-place result is a positive way to kick off the year, he says.

In what was a relatively clean night of racing, there were still a handful of single-car spins that halted the action. Salvatore Iovino, who spun in final practice earlier in the day, continued to struggle with the car's handling, losing his No. 38 Infinite Wireless Chevrolet on three occasions in the 150-lapper.

He was not the only one, as Riley Herbst and Rich DeLong III also lost their cars on each end of the track.

On the positive end, Zane Smith came home with a top-five finish in fourth followed by Will Rodgers in fifth, while Derek Kraus, Brandon Schilling, Kody Vanderwal and Nicole Behar rounded out top 10.

Eggleston's victory at Tucson, also put him in the position to win $100,000. As a part of the NAPA 500 Challenge, should a driver win all four races, they will take home the steep money bonus.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action for race two of the NAPA 500 Challenge Thursday, March 23 at California's Kern County Raceway Park.

Contact:
Brooke Franceschini
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 631-6142
bfranceschini@nascar.com


NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA "150" Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Toyota, 150 laps, 54.938 mph.
2. (1) Todd Gilliland, Sherrils Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150.
3. (16) Garret Archer, Maple Valey, Wash, Ford, 150.
4. (4) Zane Smith, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford, 150.
5. (8) Will Rodgers, Murrieta, Calif., Ford, 150.
6. (3) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.
7. (14) Brandon Schilling, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Ford, 150.
8. (15) Kody Vanderwal, Ford, 150.
9. (6) Riley Herbst, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 150.
10. (12) Nicole Behar, Spokane, WA, Toyota, 150.
11. (10) Blaine Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 150.
12. (7) Julia Landauer, New York, N.Y., Ford, 150.
13. (9) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 150.
14. (5) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 150.
15. (13) Trevor Cristiani, Ukiah, Calif., Chevrolet, 149.
16. (18) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 148.
17. (20) Dan Phillippi, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 148.
18. (19) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Toyota, 147.
19. (23) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 145.
20. (21) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 145.
21. (22) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Chevrolet, 138.
22. (11) Todd Souza, Watsonville, Calif., Toyota, 111.
23. (24) Bobby Hillis, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 15, brakes.
24. (17) Justin Funkhouser, Paradise, CA, Chevrolet, 1, brakes.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 1 minute 26 seconds
Margin of Victory: .684 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gilliland (84.039 mph, 16.064 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 28 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Gilliland 1-4; C. Eggleston 5-24; T. Gilliland 25-30; C. Eggleston 31; T.
Gilliland 32-91; C. Eggleston 92-150.
Standings: 1. C. Eggleston, 48; 2. T. Gilliland, 43; 3. G. Archer, 41; 4. Z. Smith, 40;
5. W. Rodgers, 39; 6. D. Kraus, 38; 7. B. Schilling, 37; 8. K. Vanderwal, 36; 9. R.
Herbst, 35; 10. N. Behar, 34.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Analyzing the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Tucson Speedway


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2017) — The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West begins with the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 at Arizona's Tucson Speedway on Saturday, March 18. Below is a look at the NAPA Auto Parts 150 and some of the selected participants.

NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 Race Setup:
• For the first time since 1999, Tucson Speedway hosts the opening race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.
• Tucson becomes the third different track in as many years to host the season-opening event, and it is the first race in the four-race NAPA Challenge 500 series.
• Ryan Partridge swept the pole and the race win at the track last year.

At Tucson Speedway:
History:
• Tucson Speedway was built in 1968 and the surface was originally clay.
• Was named Raven Speedway from 1968-93 and then Tucson Raceway Park from 1993-2010.
• The track was closed in 2010 and was re-opened in 2013 at Tucson Speedway.
• Tucson re-joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.
• For several years, Tucson was the host of the “Winter Heat” series that launched the careers of such future NASCAR national series drivers as Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Matt Crafton.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ 14th event at Tucson and the third since 2001.
• Thirteen different drivers, led by Ron Hornaday Jr. with two victories, have won at Tucson.
• Nine different drivers, led by Butch Gilliland with five, have earned the pole award at the track.
• The most cautions for a K&N Pro Series West race is nine and occurred in June 1993 and January 1995, while the fewest cautions is two in May 2016.
• The most caution laps for a race is 51 in November 1994 and January 1995, while the fewest is 15 in May 2016.

Tucson Data:
Race: #1 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, March 18, 8:30 p.m. MT
Broadcast Date: Friday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval
Banking/Corners: Variable, between 8 and 12 degrees
Race Length: 150 laps (56.25 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Ryan Partridge
2016 Pole Sitter: Ryan Partridge
1-lap Qualifying Record: Butch Gilliland, Chevrolet, 15.284 seconds (88.328 mph), June 1996.
150-lap Race Record: Ryan Partridge, Ford, 54 minutes, 26 seconds, (64.483 mph), May 2016.

Category Leaders at Tucson:
Wins
Ron Hornaday Jr. … 2
Johnny Borneman … 1
Mike Chase … 1
Gary Collins ... 1
Butch Gilliland … 1
Doug George … 1
Noah Gragson … 1
Mark Krogh … 1
Ryan Partridge … 1
Bill Sedgwick … 1
Gary Smith … 1
Dirk Stephens … 1
Sean Woodside … 1

Poles
Butch Gilliland … 5
Ron Hornaday Jr. … 2
John Baker … 1
Jerry Cain … 1
Gary Collins … 1
Ron Norman … 1
Ryan Partridge … 1
Jason Small … 1
Gary Smith … 1
Laps Completed
Butch Gilliland … 1725
Scott Gaylord … 1395
Wayne Jacks … 1379
Bill McAnally … 1362

Laps Led
Ron Hornaday Jr. … 383
Butch Gilliland … 361
Mike Chase … 215
Ryan Partridge … 214
Gary Smith … 200

Selected Driver Highlights:
Nicole Behar (No. 33 Custom Welding & Fabrication Toyota)
• Finished 10th in the final K&N West standings in 2015, her only full season in the series, with two top fives and nine top 10s in 13 races.
• Finished fifth at Tucson in her only career start at the track.
• Qualified ninth in her only race at Tucson.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Has five career K&N West wins with 19 top fives and 22 top 10s in 31 career starts.
• Was the 2015 series champion as a rookie for Bill McAnally Racing.
• Finished third at Tucson last season for his best career finish at the track.
• Has two career top five starts at Tucson in as many races.

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 West championship, becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR touring series history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a K&N West champion (1997).
• Started fourth and finished second in his only career start at Tucson last season.
• Plans to run both the K&N West and K&N East schedules in 2017.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Lucas Oil/Eibach/Sunrise Ford)
• Finished fourth in the final standings last season to become the highest finishing female driver in K&N West history.
• Posted seven top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races as a rookie.
• Finished fifth in her only career start at Tucson after starting 12th.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
• Made his K&N Pro Series debut with the East at New Smyrna and finished third.
• Will run full-time as a rookie in the K&N West this season for car owner Bill McAnally.

Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Eibach/Sunrise Ford)
• Finished second in the final K&N West standings last year with three wins, 10 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races.
• Won both the pole and the race at Tucson, where he has two top fives in two career starts.
• Has led 214 of the last 312 laps contested at Tucson.

Vanessa Robinson (No. 55 Jefferson Pitts Racing Ford)
• Competed weekly in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model division at Tucson.
• Won the 2015 NWAAS Arizona state Rookie of the Year title.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Solvang Brewing Company Ford)
• Competed in six races a year ago and will run for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season.
• Posted career best finishes in back-to-back races at Utah Motorsports Campus last year.

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.
• This marks the first time since 1999 that the K&N Pro Series West season begins at Tucson Speedway.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Third-generation racer Todd Gilliland leads another talented field in his quest to repeat as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion when the 2017 season takes the green flag in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway on Saturday, March 18. Gilliland, who won six races a year ago and finished in the top 10 in 13 of 14 starts, will try to become the first repeat K&N Pro Series West champion since Mike Duncan went back-to-back in 2004-2005.

Gilliland will have his work cut out for him. 2015 series champion and Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston is also back this year to pursue the title, as is Ryan Partridge for car owner Bob Bruncati. Partridge finished just 13 points behind Gilliland in the overall standings last season, one year after finishing 13 points behind Eggleston for the championship, and won the Tucson event last year from the pole. In each of the two previous seasons, Partridge held the points lead late in the season before being chased down.

And while those three drivers have combined to win 11 races over the last two seasons, they are hardly the only ones who have hopes of holding the title trophy following the season finale in November.

Julia Landauer, who was the highest finishing female driver in West history a year ago, has joined forces with Partridge in the Bruncati camp. Nicole Behar is back to full-time competition this year following a year spent racing select events elsewhere in 2016, and Derek Kraus will compete out of the BMR stable following an impressive third-place finish in his debut with the K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna Speedway last month.

RACE: NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Interstate Batteries
PLACE: Tucson Speedway, Tucson, Arizona
DATE: Saturday, March 18
TIME: 8:30 p.m. MT
AIRDATE: Friday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT
TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: Ryan Partridge
2016 POLE WINNER: Ryan Partridge
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, March 18 – Garage opens: 11:30 a.m.; Practice: 3-3:45 p.m.; Final practice: 4:15-5 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6 p.m.; NAPA Auto Parts 150: 8:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Tim Rominger, (520) 248-0582, tim@tucsonspeedway.com
TWITTER: @TucsonSpeedway
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com.
RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 presented will be the first 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 (56.25 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

NAPA 500 Challenge: The NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 is the first race in a four-race “NAPA 500 Challenge Series.” With the K&N West competing in four events over an eight-day stretch to begin the season, NAPA is offering a $100,000 bonus to any driver to win all four races. $10,000 will be given to any driver who can finish in the top 3 in all four events; $5,000 to any driver finishing in the top 5 in all four; and $1,000 to a driver who finishes in the top 10 in all of them.

The Track: A semi-banked .375-mile asphalt oval, Tucson Speedway was known as Tucson Raceway Park until 1993 and was named Raven Speedway from 1968-93. The track was built in 1968 and originally has a clay surface. The track was closed in 2010 and was re-opened in 2013. Tucson re-joined the NACAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.

Race Winners: There have been 13 different winners in the 14 previous K&N West races at Tucson. Ron Hornaday Jr., with two wins, is the only repeat winner at the track, while Ryan Partridge is the only active driver to have previously won there.

Pole Winners: In the 14 previous events, there have been 10 different pole winners. Butch Gilliland owns four poles at Tucson, including the inaugural pole for the K&N West in 1993, while Ron Hornaday Jr. won two poles at the track. No other driver has more than one pole at Tucson.

NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 Notes:
Three-Car Team: Jefferson Pitts Racing will field three cars in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150 on Saturday, including a familiar face in a new seat. After running six races a year ago for car owner Dave Hanson, Will Rodgers will compete for the Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 7 for JPR. The former road racing specialist Rodgers, of Murrieta, California, finished seventh in two races at Utah Motorsports Campus last season. Vanessa Robinson, who competed at Tucson in the Whelen All-American Series the past two years and was the 2015 Arizona state Rookie of the Year with five top 10s in eight Super Late Model starts, will pilot the No. 55 for Jefferson Pitts. JPR also plans to field a Garrett Archer in the No. 27 this weekend.

Well Represented: Robinson is one of three women among the 26 drivers entered in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150. Nicole Behar returns to full-time K&N Pro Series West competition this season for her family-owned team out of Spokane, Washington, while New York state driver Julia Landauer is slated to drive the No. 6 for Bob Bruncati for the first time. Landauer finished fourth in the final series standings in 2016, making her the highest-finishing female driver in series history.

Experience On The Box: Steve Portenga is the owner and crew chief for second-year driver Blaine Perkins and the No. 21 Four Star Fruit Chevrolet. And while the driver is still searching for his first win this season, Portenga has plenty of experience getting cars to Victory Lane. Portenga has won eight races as a crew chief and has three times led his cars to the top five in the final K&N West standings. He won three races with David Mayhew as his driver in 2014 en route to a third-place finish in the standings, having won a total of five races with Michael Self behind the wheel the previous two seasons.

First Time: Former National Football League linebacker Shawne Merriman, who played with both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills, will be a car owner for the first time this season. Merriman is the owner of the No. 36 that will be driven by Jesse Iwuji. Nicknamed “Lights Out” as a player, Merriman was a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection during his eight-year playing career.

Heading West: The first third of the K&N Pro Series West schedule coincides with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and its “NASCAR Goes West” swing, which continues through Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Four of the top six drivers in the Cup Series standings have won K&N West races in their careers — Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney — while Kevin Harvick (who is eighth in the current standings) was the 1998 series champion. Both Blaney and Logano won their first career NASCAR races in K&N West competition.

New Rules: Two new race and qualifying procedures will make their K&N Pro Series West debuts at Tucson. Qualifying times will be recorded through the group qualifying process, with NASCAR determining the number of groups that will run in five-minute segments. Drivers may run as many laps as they wish during their five-minute session, with their fastest posted lap counting for their qualifying time. The green-white-checkered finish is gone this season, too, replaced by the overtime line currently used in NASCAR’s national series. Once the field reaches the designated overtime line on the track, the race will be deemed official in case of a late caution flag.

NASCAR Home Tracks: Tucson Speedway is home to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing for a fourth consecutive season, including Super Late Model, Late Model and Modified divisions. The Super Late Models will compete in Saturday’s program along with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For February 4th



By Dave Grayson

TUCSON SPEEDWAY. 3/8 MILE. TUCSON, AZ. www.tucsonspeedway.com FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 2.3 - 2.4.17.

It's Chilly Willy time in Tucson. This annual event annually launches a new season of racing at the famed Arizona facility. Headlining the event will be the Super Late Models who will be running the Chilly Willy 150 which pays a whopping $10,000 to the driver who passes under the checkers first. Adding to the full racing evening will be the presence of the speedway's Modified and Pro Truck divisions along with a combined Bomber/Hobby Stock enduro event.

On Friday the spectator gates will open at 4pm followed by qualifying at 5pm and a series of heat races which will determine the line ups for Saturday night. On Saturday main event night the spectator gates will open at 5pm with the green flag falling over the Chilly Willy at 6pm. The evening will begin with a last chance race to complete the line up for the 150 lap Super Late main. The remainder of Saturday night's schedule includes the Bomber Enduro race, a 50 lap Modified main and the Chilly Willy 150. The evening will conclude with a 50 lap main from the speedway's Pro Trucks.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are only $13. Tickets for seniors, age 55 plus, and military personnel are $11, Kids tickets, age 11 to 16, are $8 with kids age ten and under admitted free. The speedway will also be offering a budget friendly family package, value priced at $32, which admits two adults and two kids age 11 to 16.

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ. www.havasu95speedway.com SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.

The Havasu 95 Speedway will be unlocking their spectator gates this Saturday afternoon and, never hesitating to present their well known sense of humor, will open the month of February by getting "Punxy". This is in honor of "Punxsutawney Phil", of Ground Hog Day fame, who last Thursday made his annual appearance and national weather prediction. This event is a day race. The spectator gates will open at 12pm with the "Punxy" racing receiving the green flag at 2pm. All of this racing fun, along with a very exciting racing line up, is being presented by Larson Equipment. The always challenging quarter mile paved oval is located within the SARA Park Complex in beautiful Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Saturday's on track action will be led by the speedway's Late Model division who will treat the fans to twin, 50 lap, main events. Also pegging the racing excitement meter will be appearances from the Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts, the Flowers Assisted Living Team Factory Stocks along with a special guest appearance from the Arizona Vintage Racing Association who will be displaying and racing their pristine restored sprint and midget cars.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, for this "Punxy" day of excitement are only $12. Tickets for seniors, age 55 plus, military personnel and the handicapped are $10 . Kid's tickets, age six to 16, are value priced at $6. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package, priced at $25, which admits two adults and two kids. Fans can also enjoy the special amenities of the speedway's VIP section, featuring the best seats in the house, for only $25. Fans are also invited to gather at "Pub 95" to enjoy happy hour, from 12 to 130pm, featuring $2 draft beers.

EVERGREEN SPEEDWAY. 5/8 3/8 & 1/5 MILE OVALS, 1/8 MILE DRAG STRIP & FIGURE 8 TRACK. MONROE, WA. www.evergreenspeedway.com SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.

The Evergreen Drift Winter Series will treat its fans to its tire burning, riding slide ways, action this Saturday. Evergreen Drift is your place to experience the excitement of drifting at its best.

Evergreen Drift includes both the 3/8ths and 5/8ths paved banks on the track layout. The Formula DRIFT layout is one of the fastest oval course on the circuit. On the 5/8ths bank, drivers hit speeds north of 90mph. Off the 5/8ths, the layout continues infield into a hard breaking zone. The transition is a left hand turn to a sharp low speed hairpin turn.

Home to the Northwest Grassroots Championship series and the only Formula Drift ProAm Affiliate series in the Northwest; they are one of the few venues in North America where you can go from a beginner to earning your professorial license without ever going to another track.
Drifters from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and beyond have been coming for nine seasons to slay tires, tap walls, and participate in the camaraderie of the local drift scene.

Join us for our next event and experience the energy and community of Evergreen Drift for yourself!
The action will run from 11am until 5pm. General admission tickets, age 7 and up, are only $10 with kids, age six and under admitted free. Driver entry fees are $60. All access pit passes are $15.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lucas Oil Modified Series Unveils Schedule For 2017 Season



Corona, California (January 19, 2017) - A 10-round battle for the championship, two lucrative special events and four dates combining the West Coast's top touring divisions are the highlights of the 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

It begins February 11 with the third Winter Showdown on the ultra-fast half-mile oval at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, and ends with the traditional West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring at Las Vegas (Nevada) Motor Speedway November 18.

Those special events, two of the four in which the exciting open-wheel Modifieds will share headline status with the SRL Southwest Tour's Super Late Models, are the bookends for the 10 races that will determine the series' Hoosier Tire West points champion.

Those 10 races will take the series back to the eight tracks in four states that produced the closest points race in the series' 11-year history in 2016. A record eight different drivers had parked in the winner's circle and the points lead had changed hands a record four times before Lakeside, California's, Matthew Hicks emerged with a 4-point win over Taylor Miinch, with Scott Winters 10 points back in third.

The smallest winning margin previously had been the 12 points that separated champion Jim Mardis and runner-up Austin Barnes in 2011.

"We're looking forward to another extremely competitive season," series promoter Greg Scheidecker said. "We think the tracks in our series offer the most varied racing you'll find in any touring series and the results would seem to indicate it's also the best racing you'll find. That's ultimately a tribute to our drivers and teams, of course, but we've tried to help them as much as possible by maintaining continuity and familiarity.

"The dates of this year's races almost mirror last year's, but we have changed the track rotation a little. One reason for that was so we could say yes to the opportunity to headline the show at Kern County on the weekend before the Fourth of July, and we had to make a change at Orange Show Speedway. We've moved that race two weeks later, to September 23, because of a date conflict with the National Orange Show that would have impacted our race teams and fans.

"Changing the date there means we'll close the regular season with three events in five weeks. That's asking a lot of our teams, but they've shown over and over that they're the best around. It definitely will add some drama to those last three races."

The 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series:

February 11 - Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California*
March 11 - Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
April 8 - Tucson Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Tucson, Arizona
May 20 - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas
June 10 - Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
July 1 - Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California
July 22 - Rocky Mountain Raceways, 3/8-mile oval, West Valley City, Utah
August 19 - Irwindale Speedway, 1/2 mile oval, Irwindale, California
September 23 - Orange Show Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, San Bernardino, California
October 7 - Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
October 28 - Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
November 18 - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas*

* - indicates non-points races

Race distances, purses and other details will be announced when they are finalized.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Schedule In Place For Another Close, Exciting Title Fight



Corona, California (January 6, 2017) – A 10-round battle for the championship, two lucrative special events and four dates combining the West Coast's top touring divisions are the highlights of the 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

It begins February 11 with the third Winter Showdown on the ultra-fast half-mile oval at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, and ends with the traditional West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring at Las Vegas (Nevada) Motor Speedway November 18.

Those special events, two of the four in which the exciting open-wheel Modifieds will share headline status with the SRL Southwest Tour's Super Late Models, are the bookends for the 10 races that will determine the series' Hoosier Tire West points champion.

Those 10 races will take the series back to the eight tracks in four states that produced the closest points race in the series' 11-year history in 2016. A record eight different drivers had parked in the winner's circle and the points lead had changed hands a record four times before Lakeside, California's, Matthew Hicks emerged with a 4-point win over Taylor Miinch, with Scott Winters 10 points back in third.

The smallest winning margin previously had been the 12 points that separated champion Jim Mardis and runner-up Austin Barnes in 2011.

"We're looking forward to another extremely competitive season," series promoter Greg Scheidecker said. "We think the tracks in our series offer the most varied racing you'll find in any touring series and the results would seem to indicate it's also the best racing you'll find. That's ultimately a tribute to our drivers and teams, of course, but we've tried to help them as much as possible by maintaining continuity and familiarity.

"The dates of this year's races almost mirror last year's, but we have changed the track rotation a little. One reason for that was so we could say yes to the opportunity to headline the show at Kern County on the weekend before the Fourth of July, and we had to make a change at Orange Show Speedway. We've moved that race two weeks later, to September 23, because of a date conflict with the National Orange Show that would have impacted our race teams and fans.

"Changing the date there means we'll close the regular season with three events in five weeks. That's asking a lot of our teams, but they've shown over and over that they're the best around. It definitely will add some drama to those last three races."

The 2017 schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series:

February 11 – Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California*
March 11 – Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
April 8 – Tucson Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Tucson, Arizona
May 20 – The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas
June 10 – Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
July 1 – Kern County Raceway Park, 1/2-mile oval, Bakersfield, California
July 22 – Rocky Mountain Raceways, 3/8-mile oval, West Valley City, Utah
August 19 – Irwindale Speedway, 1/2 mile oval, Irwindale, California
September 23 – Orange Show Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, San Bernardino, California
October 7 – Madera Speedway, 1/3-mile oval, Madera, California
October 28 – Havasu 95 Speedway, 1/4-mile oval, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
November 18 – The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 3/8-mile oval, Las Vegas*

* -- indicates non-points races

Race distances, purses and other details will be announced when they are finalized.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Schedule Announced



Bakersfield, CA –The SPEARS (SRL) Southwest Tour Series is proud to announce its schedule of events for 2017. The ten-race schedule will kick off in a big way, with the $30,000 to win Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway on February 11th. The Winter Showdown will be a non-points event for the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and the Lucas Oil Modifieds. The 2017 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series point’s championship will begin on March 25th at Irwindale Speedway and end at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 18th.

The opening round of the 2017 championship will be a “double-header”, featuring the SPEARS Southwest Tour and the NASCAR K&N Series competing together on the same night on March 25th at Irwindale.

The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will then stop at Kern County Raceway on April 22nd, for the first of two points paying events hosted by the west Bakersfield half-mile oval.

The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series twice in 2017, on May 20th and November 18th; both events will feature the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

After a break in the schedule, the series will then make its only stop of 2017 at Madera Speedway on July 15th.

August 19th will mark the second appearance of the season at Irwindale Speedway, when the series will again be paired up with the Lucas Oil Modifieds.

On September 2nd, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will team up with the Northwest Super Late Model Series for a $10,000 to win co-sanctioned event at Rocky Mountain Raceways, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The series will then travel to Tucson Speedway once again to compete on the historical 1/3-mile oval on September 30th.

The series will return to Kern County Raceway on October 28th. The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will finish up its championship season once again with the “Championship Finale” at the Bullring on November 18th.

“We finished 2016 really strong, and 2017 is looking even better,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “We have great race teams that compete in our series, a great staff and our schedule visits the premier race tracks in the west. We’re very confident that 2017 is going to be a record year for the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series.”

For 2017, the “Winner’s Bonus” program will continue, which insures that each SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event will pay at least $5,000 to win. And, for the sixth consecutive year, the “SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program” will award teams a minimum of $1,000 for starting a SPEARS Southwest Tour Series main event after they have competed in three consecutive series races.

Celebrating its seventeenth season, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will begin the 2017 season with the Winter Showdown on February 11th, and close out its championship at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 18th.

For more information, go to www.srlsouthwesttour.com.



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About the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series:
Celebrating its seventeenth season in 2017, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. http://www.srlsouthwesttour.com. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.

2017 Schedule of Events

February 8th to 11th – 3rd Annual WINTER SHOWDOWN
Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA (non-points event)

March 25th – Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA

April 22nd – Kern County Raceway Park
Bakersfield, CA

May 20th - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV

July 15th – Madera Speedway
Madera, CA

August 19th - Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA

September 2nd – Rocky Mountain Raceways
Salt Lake City, UT

September 30th – Tucson Speedway
Tucson, AZ

October 28th – Kern County Raceway Park
Bakersfield, CA

November 18th- The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway - Las Vegas, NV

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For November 26th



Happy Thanksgiving fellow racing fans. After enjoying the warmth and fellowship of spending Thanksgiving day with family and friends, you might want to consider a racing road trip where two paved oval tracks, located in Arizona, will be presenting some very good shows this Saturday.

TUCSON SPEEDWAY. 3/8 MILE TUCSON, AZ. www.tucsonspeedway.com SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH.

Tucson will be presenting their annual "Turkey Shoot" show this Saturday night featuring two of their very best divisions running special length main events. Highlighting the evening will the super fast Super Late Models who will be running a 125 lap main event that pays $3,500 to the winner. Adding to the on track excitement will be the speedway's very popular Pro Truck division who will be treating their fans to a 50 lap main event that pays $1,000 to win. Adding to the Saturday night fun will be Auto Soccer and high flying, bar banging, moto and quad jumping. The spectator gates will open at 5pm with the racing going green at 7pm.

All of this racing is also budget friendly. General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are only $12. Tickets for seniors, age 55 plus, and military personnel are $10. Tickets for juniors, age 11 to 16, are $7. Kids age ten and under will be admitted free but must be accompanied by a paid adult. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package, value priced at $30, that admits two adults and two juniors.

HAVASU 95 SPEEDAY. 1/4 MILE. LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ. www.havasu95speedway.com SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH.

The Havasu 95 Speedway will be presenting their traditional Thanksgiving weekend special racing show, with the very clever name of "Nitro Turkey Racing", this Saturday afternoon. This event is a special day race. The spectator gates will open at 12pm with the racing action receiving the green flag at 2pm. This full day of winter season racing is being presented by the Anderson Group and Pinstriping By Chris, (909 208 7016). The famed quarter mile paved oval is located within the Sara Park complex in beautiful Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Providing the on track action will be the speedway's Late Model division, the Office Cocktail Lounge Bandoleros, the Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stocks, and the Flower Assisted Living Team Factory Stocks. There will also be a special appearance from the Pony Stocks with many of their team towing in from Southern California the location of their home track: the Orange Show Speedway.

General admission tickets, age 17 plus, are $12 and $10 for seniors, age 55 plus, military personnel and the handicapped. Kid's tickets, age six to 16, are $6. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package, value priced at $25, which admits two adults and two kids. Fans can also enjoy the special amenities of the speedway's VIP package, featuring the best seats in the house, for only $25.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dave Grayson's Hot Racing Tickets For November 12th



EVERGREEN SPEEDWAY. MONROE, WA. www.evergreenspeedway.com SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH & 13TH.

Their stock car racing program may be wrapped up for the year but that doesn't mean there's a weekend of fun waiting for you at the Evergreen Speedway.

On Saturday Evergreen will be hosting the North West Racers Swap Meet located under the main grandstands. The gates will open at 730 am to allow sellers to set up. The gates will open to the public at 9 am. The swap meet is free to both buyers and sellers. To reserve a seller's space contact bruce@evergreenspeedway.com

Next on the Saturday schedule is Evergreen Auto Cross. This fun form of racing allows you to race against the clock in your own car on a closed race course. The Auto Cross is open to all makes and models of cars and driver skill levels.

Registration will open at 10 am. The back gate and tech opens at 1030 am followed by the mandatory driver's meeting at 1130am. The track will turn hot from 12 to 9 pm. Entry fee for drivers is $60. Pit passes are $10.

On Sunday, Evergreen will present Open Drift. Drift what you drive is open to all drivers and skill levels and the event will be held come rain or shine. Driver entry fee is $60.

All access pass, age 16 plus, is $15. Minors must have a parent or guardian fill out a waiver. Fans can also watch the action from the grandstands free of charge.

Registration will open at 830 am, tech at 9 am and the driver's meeting at 1030 am. The track will go hot from 11 am to 6 pm.

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY. 1/4 MILE. LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ. www.havasu95speedway.com SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH.

The Havasu 95 Speedway will unlock its gates this Saturday evening to present the latest round of their 2016-2017 winter racing series. This special evening is titled " Racing For Our Troops". Veterans and active duty personnel from America's armed forces will receive $2 discounts on their tickets. It's one more way for the speedway to thank our troops, past and present, for their service to our country.
Saturday night will also be the start of the speedway's annual Toys 4 Tots Bicycle Drive. The ultra successful campaign in past years has raised funding in order to provide the Christmas morning surprise of a brand new bike to children from needy families, This special evening is being presented by the Mojave State Bank.

The quarter mile paved oval is located within the Sara Park complex in beautiful Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The spectator gates will open at 4pm followed by racing at 6pm. This speedway specializes in good racing shows and Saturday night's race agenda is loaded with plenty of driving talent. Providing the on track action will be the speedway's Get It In Gear Street Stocks, Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts and the Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stocks. The racing action is going to be enhanced by special two special guest divisions: the Arizona Vintage Racing Association's collection of midget and sprint cars along with the always exciting Southwest Tour Trucks.

General admission adult tickets, age 17 plus, are $12. Tickets for seniors, age 55 plus, handicapped patrons and military personnel are $10 but, remember, military personnel will be entitled to the additional "Racing For Our Troops" discount. Kid's tickets, age six to 16, are $6. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family pack, priced at $25, which admits two adults and two kids. Fans can also enjoy the special amenities of the speedway's VIP section, featuring the best seats in the house, for $25.

IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER. 1/8 MILE DRAG STRIP. IRWINDALE, CA. www.irwindalespeedway.com THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH.

Once again the Irwindale Event Center will convert a portion of their 1/2 mile oval into a 1/8th mile drag strip in order to present their NHRA Thursday Night Thunder program. The street legal drags program was created to send the message: RACE THE STRIP, AND NOT THE STREET. The program is open to all types of vehicles: from professional race cars to the car you drive to work in.

NHRA Thursday Night Thunder is also budget friendly. For $20 a driver can race all night. $10 will allow spectators to watch the racing all night. The spectator gates will open at 4pm with racing from 5 to 10 pm.

TUCSON SPEEDWAY. TUCSON, AZ. www.tucsonspeedwaycom. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12TH.

Tucson Speedway will be the scene of automotive bargains and exquisite classic cars during Saturday's TSRA, Tucson Street Rod Association, Swap Meet and Car Show. The event will run from 630 am to 3 pm.

The event will feature automotive and motorcycle parts, antiques, toys, arts and crafts, food concessions and the car show. The event is free to buyers. For more information regarding the rental of retail booths, call Randy at 520 991 3600 or Rick at 520 484 1717.