Monday, April 9, 2012

Inaugural Visit to Havasu 95 Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this week for its inaugural visit to Havasu 95 Speedway and the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Gene Price Motorsports on Saturday, April 14.

It’s the second event of the season and marks a transition from the largest oval track on this year’s schedule – the one-mile of Phoenix International Raceway, where the series opened its season last month – to one of the shortest tracks, the quarter-mile oval at Havasu.

/files/havasu_logo_copy_150.jpgDavid Mayhew led wire-to-wire for the win at Phoenix, providing a great start for his bid to earn the series title. He finished second in the championship standings in 2010, but last year opted to run a limited series schedule while tasting success running select events in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and starting his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race, in which he came away with a top 10 at Iowa in August. Those outings came through an affiliation with Kevin Harvick Inc., however with the changes to that team; Mayhew turned his attention this year to chasing the championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

“Our focus is to go out there and win all the races we can in the West and try to win the championship,” said Mayhew, who has not given up on a chance to race at the national level. “If something does come up, we’ll go that route – but for now we’re concentrating on the West championship. We’ve got the right stuff in place to go do it. So that’s our focus.”

Like most of the drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Mayhew will be getting his first look at Havasu 95 Speedway.

“I’m not really sure what to expect,” he said. “I’m hoping it’s going to be a good two-groove track. We’re going to go there with an open mind and see what happens in practice.”

Mayhew – who drives the No. 17 MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet for car owner Steve McGowan – lived in Atascadero, Calif., before moving to Bakersfield; where he runs a sign shop.

Source: Kevin Green

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