NASCAR K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Monroe
Thorn Sets Pace Heading Into Second Half Of Season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2013) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has passed the midway point of its season as it visits the Pacific Northwest this week for the NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota at Evergreen Speedway.
The event marks a traditional series stop at the historic track that is part of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash. The venue has a long heritage that includes the label, “The Super Speedway of the West.”
Derek Thorn leads the championship standings by 12 points as the series heads into the final seven events of the 15-race schedule. The Lakeport, Calif., driver registered eight consecutive top-five finishes – including three wins – through the first eight races. Thorn, who pilots the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford for car owner Bob Bruncati, came away with a third-place finish last year in his first visit to Monroe.
Michael Self, also with three wins this year, trails Thorn in the standings – 346 to 334. The driver of the No. 21 RCR/Golden Gate Meat Co. Chevrolet from Park City, Utah, will be looking to add to his runner-up Monroe finish from a year ago.
Fifteen points back of the leader is Cameron Hayley, who opened the season by winning the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach non-points event at Daytona International Speedway and has been in contention for his first career series points win at multiple events through the first half of the season. The 17-year-old from Calgary, Alberta drives the No. 24 Cabinets By Hayley Ford for championship car owner Gene Price. Hayley finished 19th last year in his first visit to Monroe.
Hayley’s teammate at Gene Price Motorsports, Greg Pursley, is 36 points out of first place in the standings. Pursley, the 2011 series champion, finished sixth at Monroe last year in the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford.
This year’s leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Dylan Lupton, is 56 markers back of first in the overall standings. The Wilton, Calif., driver – who wheels the No. 9 Vadio/Lupton Excavating/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford – is a teammate to Thorn in the Bruncati camp.
The balance of the top 10 drivers in the standings feature Carl Harr of Edmonton, Alberta in the No. 2 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet; Taylor Cuzick of Tolleson, Ariz., in the No. 42 Freightliner of Arizona Chevrolet: Daryl Harr of Edmonton, Alberta in the No. 71 iWorld Connect Chevrolet; Dylan Hutchison of Fair Oaks, Calif., in the No. 5 Karl Kustom/Bay Bio Diesel Chevrolet; and 15-year-old series rookie Giles Thornton of Whitefish, Mont., in the No. 12 TTC Racing Chevrolet.
RACE: NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota
PLACE: Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Wash.
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 17
TIME: 6 p.m. PT
TV SCHEDULE: Fox Sports 1, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .646-mile oval
2012 WINNER: Eric Holmes
2012 POLESITTER: Greg Pursley
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday: Practice 12-12:45 p.m., 1:15–2 p.m., Qualifying 4:15 p.m.
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPA150
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The Race: This event is the ninth of 15 events on the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps.
The Track: Evergreen Speedway is a semi-banked .646-mile paved oval with turns banked eight degrees and four degrees banking in the straights.
Records: Qualifying: Greg Pursley, July 10, 2011, 101.862 mph, 22.831 seconds; Race: Ray Elder, July 6, 1975, 80.071 mph, 1 hour 10 minutes 15 seconds.
History: Evergreen Speedway has hosted 52 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races, dating back to 1964.
MONROE RACE NOTES
Havens Returns To Series: Braeden Havens is returning to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Monroe. The Spokane, Wash., driver – who celebrates his 20th birthday on Tuesday – has a career-best finish of seventh in nine series starts.
Admiraal Back In Action: Kelly Admiraal, who scored a career best seventh-place finish in his last series start at Sonoma, is set to compete at Monroe. It will mark the fifth career series start for the 18-year-old Edmonton, Alberta driver who also races a limited schedule in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
Tifft Heads West: The entry list for Monroe includes Matt Tifft of Hinkley, Ohio. The 17-year-old driver, who competes as a rookie in the K&N East this season, is also slated to run select K&N West races in the second half of the season.
Schoonover Series Debut: Joshua Schoonover of Carlsbad, Calif., plans to make his series debut at Monroe. The Southern California driver competed in a truck division at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2011.
Milestones: Several drivers will be celebrating career marks at Evergreen Speedway. Carl Harr is set to make his 70th career start. Harr, driver of the No. 2 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet, competes in the series as part of a two-car team with his son, Daryl. The Edmonton, Alberta driver made his series debut on March 1, 2001 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Derek Thorn is slated to make his 30th career start in the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford. The 27-year-old Lakeport, Calif., driver made his first series start at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 24, 2011. Also set to make his 30th series start is John Wood, driver of the No. 30 Cook’s Collision/Pegasus Towing Toyota. Wood of Eagle, Idaho made his series debut at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 24, 1997.
LAST TIME OUT: Iowa
Another Victory For Pursley: Greg Pursley was the top finishing K&N West driver, fourth overall, in the Pork Be Inspired 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Aug. 2. It marked his second win this season and 15th career win, moving him into a four-way tie for 10th on the list of all-time career series victories. Also on the list with 15 wins are Austin Cameron, Parnelli Jones and Roy Smith.
Hayley Takes Fourth Pole: Cameron Hayley set the fast time in qualifying among K&N West drivers at Iowa, marking the fourth time this season for him to take home the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co.
Top West Rookie: Giles Thornton was the top finishing rookie among K&N West competitors at Iowa, becoming the sixth different freshman driver to garner the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award in eight races this season.