Monday, July 18, 2011

Road Racing At Portland

News & Notes:
Road Racing At Portland

Third and final road course event this season
for K&N Pro Series West

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visits Portland (Ore.) International Raceway on Sunday, July 24, for the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125.

The event, which will be televised to a national audience on SPEED at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 18, marks the third and final road course event of the season for the series.
Greg Pursley, who has a commanding 298-point lead in the championship standings, will be looking to keep his momentum rolling and add to the six wins he has scored in eight races this season. One of those wins was a victory on the road course at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah in April.

Second in the standings is series veteran Moses Smith. With a road racing background, Smith is hopeful of breaking through with his first career series win at Portland. Michael Self and Luis Martinez Jr. – who are third and fourth in points, respectively – are also looking for their first career win.

They are not the only ones hungry for a victory, however. With Pursley’s domination, it has left all the other series regulars without a win this season. Fifth in the standings is three-time series champion Eric Holmes – who had five wins a year ago, but has yet to visit Victory Lane in 2011.

In addition to the series regulars who will tackle the left and right turns on the 1.967-mile Portland track, the entry list is comprised of a contingent of drivers who each year focus primarily on the road course races. They include Brandon Davis, who won the Coors Light Pole at Infineon Raceway last month; Tom Klauer, who had a top-10 finish in his series debut a year ago at Portland; Kyle Kelley; Scott Ivie and Garland Self. The list also includes the legendary Hershel McGriff, who at the age of 83 has opted to just run the road course events in the series.

This event will also mark the return of Andrew Ranger to Portland International Raceway. Ranger, a two-time champion in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, competed at PIR with the Champ Car World Series in 2005 and 2006, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively.

Previous road course events this year were at Miller Motorsports Park and Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., – where NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano took the win.

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