Sunday, September 29, 2013

Veteran Driver Notches Third Win Of 2013

Greg Pursley celebrates at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque
Greg Pursley celebrates at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, N.M.
(J. Victor Decolongon III/Getty Images for NASCAR)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Greg Pursley spoiled Derek Thorn's quest for two consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series West wins at NAPA Speedway, taking the victory in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by NAPA AutoCare Centers on Saturday night.

Pursley, the 2011 series champion, now sets his sights on spoiling Thorn's quest for a series title.

Saturday’s victory marked Pursley’s fourth win of the season and 17th career series victory. With the win, he moved from third in points to second – 20 points behind Thorn, with three races remaining.

In an event in which many of the leaders opted to fall back early in the event, Pursley dropped from the front to just inside the top 10 and Thorn faded back to ride in fourth. Pursley appeared to start his charge forward just past the midway point of the race.

Pursley was up to seventh by Lap 85, fourth by Lap 100, third by Lap 116 and second a lap after that. Using a strong inside move on the 128th lap, he was able to charge in front Thorn, who had earned the Coors Light Pole earlier in the day.

Thorn finished second, with Cameron Hayley in third. Eric Holmes, making his 100th career series start, was fourth - with Michael Self taking fifth. Tyler Cuzick, Dylan Lupton, Chase Briscoe, Carl Harr and John Wood completed the top 10.

Thorn leads the standings with 510 points, followed by Pursley at 490, Hayley at 489, Self at 481 and Lupton at 440.

The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., on Oct. 12.



Saturday, September 28, 2013

NASCAR Race Mom Has Her Dale Jr. Ticket

Well, more accurately – NASCAR Race Mom opened her pocketbook and bought four tickets. Along with dreams of owning Dale Jr.’s 2013 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, the thought of actually meeting NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver would also be a NASCAR Dream come true.

However, on a more reality based note
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The Dale Jr. Foundation is a charity dedicated to giving underprivileged individuals with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals.


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The Dale Jr. Foundation supports over 300 charities nationally and locally, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Family Promise of Cabarrus County, Speedway Children's Charities, Ace and TJ's GRIN Kids, Barium Springs Home for Children, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Blessings in a Backpack, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, and more.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

W. Albuquerque K&N Pro Series Schedule

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NKNPS West Albuquerque
9/28/13 Schedule

8 a.m. Haulers enter
9 a.m. Registration opens
10 a.m. Garage opens & Inspection begins
1 p.m. Practice
2:15 p.m. Final Practice
6 p.m. Qualifying
7 p.m. Driver Autograph Session
8 p.m. RACE (150 Laps/ 75Miles)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Statistical Advance: Albuquerque


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2013) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visits NAPA Speedway near Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Sept. 28. 

Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Albuquerque, as well as some other statistical trends:

Taylor Cuzick signing autographs (Getty Images for NASCAR)

Analyzing The NAPA Auto Parts 150
At NAPA Speedway

Albuquerque Race Setup

  • Derek Thorn, who won the inaugural series visit to NAPA Speedway last year, holds a 19-point lead in the championship standings – with four races remaining.
  • Greg Pursley, the 2011 series champion, has moved up a spot to third in the standings. He has one win and two second-place finishes in the past three races.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West At Albuquerque

  • This race will mark just the second series visit to NAPA Speedway. The series made its inaugural visit to the track a year ago.
  • The track, formerly known as Sandia Motor Speedway, is a multipurpose motorsports facility located west of Albuquerque off of Interstate 40.

Albuquerque Data

Race: #12 of 15 (9/28/13)
Track Layout: .5-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps


1-lap Qualifying: Dylan Kwasniewski, 19.943 seconds, 90.257 mph, Sept. 29, 2012
150-lap Race: Derek Thorn, 1 hour 5 minutes 35 seconds, 69.987 mph, Sept. 29, 2012

Series Race Winners at Albuquerque

Derek Thorn...................................... 1

Series Pole Winners at Albuquerque

Dylan Kwasniewski............................ 1

Selected driver information:

Taylor Cuzick (No. 42 Freightliner of Arizona Chevrolet)
  • One top five, nine top 10s in 21 career series starts
  • Best career series finish of fourth, last year at Albuquerque
  • Best finish this season of sixth, at Monroe
  • Average finish this season of 14.36
  • Sixth in championship standings

Carl Harr (No. 71 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet)
  • One top five, 19 top 10s in 71 career series starts
  • Best career series fifth, this season at Monroe
  • Average finish this season of 14.82
  • Seventh in championship standings
  • Finished 10th last year at Albuquerque

Daryl Harr (No. 2 iWorld Connect Chevrolet)
  • Six top fives, 35 top 10s in 115 career series starts
  • Best career series finish of second, earlier this year at Lebanon
  • Average finish this season of 16.18
  • Eighth in championship standings
  • Finished 19th last year at Albuquerque

Cameron Hayley (No. 24 Cabinets by Hayley/GPM Ford)
  • Six poles, 15 top fives, 22 top 10s in 30 career series starts
  • Best career series finish of second, on five occasions
  • Best finish this season of second, on three occasions
  • Has led 206 laps this year
  • Average finish this season of 5.0
  • Second in championship standings
  • Finished 15th last year at Albuquerque 

Eric Holmes (No. 16 NAPA Toyota)
  • Three-time series champion
  • 17 wins, 13 poles, 56 top fives, 75 top 10s in 99 career series starts
  • Best finish this season of fifth
  • Thirteenth in championship standings, with nine starts
  • Has led 21 laps this year
  • Finished third last year at Albuquerque

Dylan Lupton (No. 9 Video/Lupton Excavating/Sunrise Ford Ford)
  • Leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
  • One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s in 14 career series starts
  • Win was last month at Monroe
  • Has led six laps this year
  • Average finish this season of 9.63
  • Fifth in championship standings
  • Set for first start at Albuquerque

Greg Pursley (No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford)
  • 2011 series champion
  • 16 wins, 17 poles, 44 top fives, 59 top 10s in 81 career series starts
  • Three wins this season
  • Has led 220 laps this year
  • Average finish this season of 6.63
  • Third in championship standings
  • Finished eighth last year at Albuquerque

Michael Self (No. 21 RCR/Golden Gate Meat Chevrolet)
  • Six wins, 19 top fives, 30 top 10s in 54 career series starts
  • Three wins this season
  • Has led 204 laps this season
  • Average finish this season of 6.09
  • Fourth in championship standings
  • Finished 12th last year at Albuquerque

Derek Thorn (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford)
  • Five wins, two poles, 24 top fives, 27 top 10s in 32 career series starts
  • Three wins this season
  • Has led series high 447 laps this year
  • Average finish this season of 5.54
  • Leads the championship standings
  • Won his only start at Albuquerque
  • Led 67 laps at Albuquerque

John Wood (No. 30 Pegasus Towing & Transport Toyota)
  • One top 10 in 32 career series starts
  • Best career series finish of 10th, among West at Iowa earlier this season
  • Average finish this season of 17.91
  • Eleventh in championship standings
  • Finished 13th last year at Albuquerque

Giles Thornton (No. 12 TTC Racing Toyota)
  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
  • Three top fives, five top 10s in 10 career series starts
  • Best career finish of fourth, on two occasions this year
  • Average finish this season of 13.6
  • Ninth in championship standings, with 10 starts
  • Set for first start at Albuquerque

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NASCAR Driver, Brennan Newberry Visit Kid Patients

It may not be true every day, but this was a good day for some young patients at Children's Hospital at UMC.

NASCAR driver Brennan Newberry and BMX rider Ricardo Laguna stopped by on Tuesday to visit the kids.

Newberry showed them around his car while Laguna talked about making a living riding a bike.

Newberry also spent some time inside the hospital to visit children who were too sick to come outside.

K&N Pro Series West alumni, Brennan Newberry is in town for this weekend's NASCAR truck race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

At 23 years of age, Newberry from Bakersfield, California is in his second year in the Camping World Truck Series. He is eighteenth in the point standing.

NASCAR Fan - “Wild” Willie Seeley

NASCAR Fan “Wild” Willie Seeley
(Tony Dokoupil / NBC News)
NASCAR Fan “Wild” Willie Seeley of Manahawkin, New Jersey, has one piece of advice for the winner of last week’s $400 million Powerball pot in South Carolina: Run. “Just disappear,” he said, speaking from hard-won experience. “Get lost while you still can.”

Seeley, one of the Powerball lottery winners known as the "Ocean's 16," regrets how his life has changed since he hit the jackpot.

There are a lot of zeros in this money," said Paula Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery, at a press conference announcing her state’s winner last week. “It’s a life-changing event.

Seeley, one of the Powerball lottery winners
known as the "Ocean's 16," regrets how
his life has changed since he hit the jackpot.
(Eduardo Munoz / Reuters file)
But as Willie’s story makes clear, a life-changing ticket is also a complicated windfall. Willie’s share of the $450 million pot was divided by two other winning tickets, and further divided by 15 coworkers, all of whom bought a ticket through a pool at the county garage where Willie worked as a warehouse manager. After taxes he had less than $4 million to call his own, which, as he put it, “ain’t sh-t in today’s economy.”

Still, it was enough money for Willie and Donna to leave their jobs, Willie saying sayonara to the county, Donna resigning a dangerous nursing post at a psychiatric hospital.

However, Wild Willie lamented, “They put me in the National Enquirer, next to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. I mean I ain’t into all that.”

Not even for money? “Not for anything,” Willie said. “Would you want a camera following you around all day when you finally have the time to go hunting and fishing and do all the things you wanted to do?”

Before all this happened, he and Donna had bills but at least they could be themselves, watching Duck Dynasty, a finger looped over a bottle of Moosehead Lager, friends on the way over. He says he bought a shotgun “for protection” and still can’t act like a rich guy anyway. 

“I get cheap attacks,” he said. “You never heard of a cheap attack? It’s when you look at something you need, and think: Hell, I can’t afford that.”

“I do good deeds every day,” Powerball winner “Wild” Willie Seeley reported, “just like Dale Earnhardt. And just like him I don’t like bragging about it.”

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Albuquerque

Momentum has shifted back and forth this year among three of the top four drivers in the championship standings for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

With three wins each – Derek Thorn, Greg Pursley and Michael Self account for nine victories in 11 races so far. Each has appeared to have been the one to beat at various times this season.

Cameron Hayley - #24 K&N Pro Series West
17-year-old Canadian - Cameron Hayley - #24 K&N Pro Series West

Not to be overlooked, however, is Cameron Hayley. While still looking for his first victory in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition, the 17-year-old Canadian from Calgary, Alberta has turned in a solid performance this season. He has top 10 finishes in every race and is second in the standings.

All four drivers hope to get an edge in the championship battle this week when the series visits NAPA Speedway near Albuquerque, N.M., for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by NAPA AutoCare Centers on Saturday, Sept. 28. It is the 12th event on a 15-race schedule.

Thorn leads the standings, with a 19-point advantage over Hayley. Pursley has moved to third, 24 points out of first, while Self is 25 points out of the lead in fourth.

Hayley, a member of the prestigious NASCAR Next program, captured the spotlight at the beginning of this year – by winning the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach non-points event at Daytona International Speedway.

Although he has yet to get to Victory Lane in a series points event, the young second-year driver leads the series in a couple of categories. Wheeling the No. 24 Cabinets by Hayley/GPM Ford for championship car owner Gene Price, Hayley has won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing Co., six times – four more poles than any other driver. He has an average finish of 5.0, which also leads the series. He has eight top fives and 11 top 10s, including three second-place finishes, and has led 206 laps of competition.

In addition, Hayley and Pursley – teammates at Gene Price Motorsports – have qualified the two GPM cars side-by-side on the front row in five events this year.

RACE: NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by NAPA AutoCare Centers
PLACE: NAPA Speedway, Albuquerque, N.M.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 28
TIME: 8 p.m. MT
TRACK LAYOUT: .5-mile paved oval
2012 WINNER: Derek Thorn
2012 POLESITTER: Dylan Kwasniewski
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday: Practice 1-1:45 p.m., 2:15–3 p.m., Qualifying 6 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Charlie Fegan, 505-400-0611

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kwasniewski Dazed But Okay

At the age of 4 1/2 Dylan Kwasniewski jumped into the seat of his first kart in Norwalk, Connecticut. Capturing his first win shortly after turning 5, he was hooked on racing.  However, the life of a NASCAR Race Mom is not a bed of roses!

Dylan’s Mom posted on facebook:

Not the finish we hoped for in New Hampshire and a look at the scary side of what he does for a living. Just happy he's not hurt. On to Dover next week . . .

After this weekend’s race, a dazed Kwasniewski wasn't entirely sure what had happened as the field came through the first two corners on an early-race restart.

“I really don't know what happened. I haven't seen a replay,” Kwasniewski said. “I just went to the inside of (Custer), and he got loose up the track and then started coming down. I think I just tried to avoid him from coming down, because I thought he was going to come across me. I spun myself out, maybe.

“We were good until we got hit down the straightway, but there's nothing you can do about it.”

Kwasniewski came to New Hampshire armed with a 40-point lead; he left just 23 points ahead with two races remaining. Moffitt, a previous winner at NHMS, finished seventh.

“It's disappointing, but going into these next few races we have to make sure we stay ahead of (Moffitt). That's all we've got to do,” Kwasniewski said, noting that he believes the team does now need to alter its approach to the final two events.

“It was pretty rough. I wasn't expecting it to happen. I spun out and came to a stop on the back straightaway. I thought we were going to be able to get it running again, and then all of a sudden we got T-boned in the side. It just sucks. It's hard for those guys to see what's going on.”

Kwasniewski is 18 years, 3 months, and 21 days old and with five wins this season, he is a NASCAR Next 9 Driver to watch.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FLAT OUT: Dylan K Series Debuts

Las Vegas' Dylan Kwasniewski stars in a new docu-series on AOL On
that followed him on and off the track during his first season in
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and his senior year in high school.

Original AOL On Docu-Series Premieres

The original, unscripted docu-series “Flat Out,” co-produced by NASCAR Productions and Vuguru, premiered Tuesday on AOL On. The series follows teenager Dylan Kwasniewski on his quest to become a top NASCAR driver while balancing family, friends and newfound celebrity as a high school senior.

All 10 episodes will launch on Tuesday at

All 10 episodes will launch on Tuesday at “Flat Out” is a product of the sanctioning body’s Los Angeles-based Entertainment Marketing Division. Led by NASCAR Vice President Zane Stoddard, NASCAR’s Entertainment Marketing Division is continually integrating NASCAR into mainstream pop culture in an effort to expand the sport’s reach to new fans.


Dylan Kwasniewski, a 17 year-old NASCAR prodigy, struggles to balance his racing schedule in North Carolina and end of his senior year of high school in Las Vegas. Every teenager's rite of passage, a senior prom, comes at a busy time for Dylan and he rushes to get everything finished for the big night.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Great Free Music and Enter to Win an iPad Mini

New: Linda B. is a 2nd place winner of this campaign and will receive a "WallTones iTunes pack w/unreleased track and exclusive pdf booklet.  Thank you again for participating in our giveaway!

I must confess that NASCAR Race Mom is not a huge music fan. In fact it has been a while since NRM has gotten really enthusiastic about a new group. However, take a listen to Huck Walton & The WallTones’ music FREE online and you will join in the delight.

The Band:

Huck Walton is the only offspring of Broadway star Ann Morrison and spent his childhood filled with professional acting, singing and dancing. As he entered college, he focused on writing and performing his own music and after a couple of years of traveling on tour in a guitar duo, Walton moved to L.A. with aspirations of forming a band.

Huck was introduced to Ann Seidler, (Music Director, Keyboardist and best friend) three years ago. Together they began to organically develop the sound of the band with a number of other musicians.

The act started to take shape a year in when bassist Mike Marigliano joined the group. Huck Walton & The WallTones became a band eight months ago when the sought after Anthony Sonetti took to the drums. It was then that Bruce Vanderveer picked up the WallTones and crafted the first of their singles.

The Giveaway:

Green Car Management, along with Sony/ATV, is releasing the band Huck Walton & The WallTones' debut iTunes singles. In celebration, they are launching a fun giveaway where one lucky reader is going to win an iPad Mini and a second reader is going to win the bands iTunes single pack and lifetime redemption code for 20% off all band products.

Enter the contest below via the "Sign Up" Link and be sure to list NASCAR Race Mom as the blog where you entered from! Each reader will receive one entry. All duplicates will be deleted.

To download a free single, simply click the “Pay with a Tweet Button” Below!

Remember, when Huck Walton and the WallTones become huge on the music scene – you heard it from NASCAR Race Mom first!

As a blogger, my integrity is one of the most valuable things NASCAR Race Mom owns. Therefore, reviews / posts will contain both positive and negative aspects as is appropriate. To put it in a simpler manner, this post is meant to help my readers (editorial) more than to help a brand (advertising). However, it should be noted that NASCAR Race Mom is working with Green Car Management, along with Sony/ATV, to promote the band Huck Walton & The WallTones' debut iTunes singles. 
1st prize is an iPad Mini (from all entries on all blogs hosting - 1 winner), 2nd is the "WallTones iTunes pack w/unreleased track and exclusive pdf booklet (1 winner from each blog host). Closing 09/24.

Toyota's Doublemint #18 could "Triple Kyle's Pleasure, Triple Our Fun!

Kyle Busch has won two NASCAR races this weekend.

Kyle Busch won his 34th career Truck Series race Friday night, beating Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway before running out of gas on his way to Victory Lane.  Then Kyle pleased the crowd with a crazy victory burn-out . . . . with the upper portion of his torso outside the driver's window!

In Saturday's Dollar General 300, Busch won his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 20 starts this season, leading 195 of the 200 laps in claiming the record 61st victory of his career.

What will Sunday bring? With a win in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race, and Saturday's dominant performance in the Nationwide Series, Busch is in position for his first sweep of all three series in 2013.

What do you think. . . . can Ms. Busch’s baby boy do it. Makes for exciting NASCAR . . . . could be NASCAR Historical Moment! 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Social Media Updates
from the K&N Pro Series West!

Bob Butcher's Facebook - 14 September 2013 08:15
A lap of practice this morning. To note this year is the huge dirt hills obstructing much of the 2.2 mile East course this year. The hills are built for the motorcycle events this year but certainly curtail fan view from grandstands as well as control tower plus the need for more spotters around the course for the drivers. The West course way down past the starter's stand is unchanged. Our old K&N course using both East &West courses at over 4 miles is affected also. — at Miller Motorsports Park.


Bob Butcher's Facebook 19 hours ago 
Thanks for at least half of the technical inspection line being under a huge tent today. Unfortunately the template part is out in the weather...sun one minute then pouring rain the next hour off and on. — at Miller Motorsports Park.

Larry Collie's Facebook 2 hours ago
Today's view

Kaye Reshaw's Facebook 2 hours ago
Well. We had a motor problem at the track . Guys are busy putting new one in. With Eric Holmes as the driver, we should be good!

Derek Thorn's Facebook 1 hour ago
Nothing like a cracked oil pan to get Robert Dornback and Mike Fisk excited about working on a Saturday. But on a high note we were fastest in practice.

Cameron Haley Motorsports' Facebook 5 minutes ago
Past tech with flying colors!

Gene Price Motorsports' Facebook 17 hours ago
Third team??

Micheal Self's Facebook Yesterday
Awesome day and half in Chicago with the NASCAR Next group. Jumping back on a plane to SLC to get ready to do some K&N West Road Racing tomorrow

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th
Lucky for the #24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Team

It could not have happened to an nicer nor classier NASCAR Driver.

After penalizing Michael Waltrip Racing's trio of drivers 50 points apiece Monday and removing Martin Truex Jr. from the Chase for Ryan Newman in the final wild-card slot, NASCAR concluded a review of Front Row Motorsports' communications in which the team hinted at brokering a deal with Penske Racing in order to let Joey Logano gain a spot.

Front Row Motorsports and Penske Racing organizations were placed on probation (which encompasses all drivers and crewmembers).

NASCAR also decided to give Jeff Gordon a Chase spot because both incidents were hindrances to the No. 24 Chevrolet. 

Gordon -  #24 Team Just Never Gave Up
Just two day earlier Gordon stated, “I’ll admit, as teams we’re all trying to figure out how to get ourselves in the Chase and when the Chase comes, what can we do to help our teammate win the championship?” Gordon said. “So, those things are out there. They happen. The difference is that there are lines that are drawn and to me, that’s where this crossed over the line, but it’s going to happen again so it has to be addressed in a big way.”

Gordon finished eighth at Richmond, two positions shy of qualifying for this year’s 10-race affair. The fallout in the days since hasn’t made his situation any easier.

“It’s been a roller-coaster week,” he said, “just like the race was as well; we’re in, we’re out. Then seeing all that went on; I didn’t even know when I was interviewed and after the race what people were saying and what was going on there. Then to see it all unfold this week and Twitter blowing up and Facebook and all those things, I’ve got to say the passion of the fans has really, really inspired me.

“I’ve always known I’ve had a lot of great fans out there and supportive fans but I had no idea what level that really went to until I could see the anger and disappointment that I felt also through my fans.”

Well Jeff Gordon fans, including NASCAR Race Mom, are very happy that this NASCAR Rollercoaster ride ended on such a positive high!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Now The Real NASCAR Penalties Loom Dark

Two of Michael Waltrip Racing's sponsors are reviewing their relationships with the race team following the organization's attempt to manipulate the finish at Richmond.

NAPA Auto Parts posted on its Facebook page Wednesday it is disappointed a partner would make ''such a significant error in judgment.'' NAPA is the sponsor for Martin Truex Jr., who was kicked out of the Chase for the Sprint Car championship when NASCAR sanctioned MWR for its actions in Saturday night's race. NAPA added it has launched a review of its future partnership with MWR.

Additionally, Clint Bowyer's sponsor, 5-Hour Energy tweeted it is reviewing its sponsorship relations internally.

It is going to be an interesting 2014 NASCAR Season.

Michael Waltrip spoke exclusively to FOX Sports 1's NASCAR Race Hub on Tuesday. In part one of his sitdown with Bob Dillner, Waltrip addressed the heavy punishment handed out to Michael Waltrip Racing following the controvery at Richmond International Raceway.

What Bowyer and MWR officials allegedly did was akin to stealing or points shaving.  It was not only unprofessional but crossed the line of fair play and common decency. While NASCAR's penalties were significant, losing a sponsor can put the ending Period to a team.
NASCAR Race Mom thinks that Michael Waltrip made the fatal mistake of forgetting about the all important NASCAR Fans and essential NASCAR Sponsors!

K&N Pro Series West - Fun Facts MMP

Pursley will be going for his fourth straight Miller Motorsports Park win when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visits the road course on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Greg Pursley (left) consults with his crew chief Jerry Pitts. (Getty Images for NASCAR)


The Race: This is the 11th of 15 events on the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through NASCAR road racing style (group) qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 50 laps (110 miles).

The Track: Miller Motorsports Park is a multi-purpose road course with four possible configurations. The series will be competing on the 2.2-mile course. The track is located adjacent to Tooele County’s Deseret Peak Recreation Complex, approximately 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.

Records: Qualifying: Andrew Ranger, April 30, 2011, 85.192 mph, 92.966 seconds; Race: Greg Pursley, April 28, 2012, 66.387 mph, 1 hours 39 minutes 25 seconds.

History: This will mark the seventh annual visit by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to Miller Motorsports Park. The first four events were run on the 3.048-mile outer course. Subsequent series races have been run on the 2.2-mile course.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We Can All Relate To Pena's Predicament

"Sock monster never gives me a break"

Tweet from K&N Pro Series Driver Sergio Peña's Verified Twitter Account @SergPena (

I think we can all relate to this dilemma!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Click on Map for Larger Version
NASCAR Race Mom loves this Map from the NASCAR Site.  I enjoy remembering the tracks that I have had the pleasure of visiting for NASCAR Races; what rich memories!

To date, NASCAR Race Mom has visited Infineon Raceway; Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Auto Club Speedway; Phoenix International Raceway; Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway!

What a dream come true it would be if NRM could attend races at the remaining sixteen tracks. That would be the Ultimate Fan Experience!

NASCAR Pro Series at Miller Motorsports Park

On September 14-15, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be joined by the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA and the Discount Tire/Air Power Invitational for two days of great road racing.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, founded in 1954, showcases up-and-coming talent and utilizes cars similar to those that race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. It is considered the last stepping-stone to the “big-time” NASCAR series. California’s Greg Pursley, who was the series champion in 2011, has won here for the past three years and will be looking to add a fourth win in 2013. Park City’s Michael Self, a 22-year-old who got his start racing karts and attending the Ford Racing School at Miller Motorsports Park, is currently third in the points and hoping to get a victory at his home track.

The weekend’s schedule includes practice and qualifying on Friday for the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA and the Discount Tire/Air Power Invitational with free admission for everyone. Saturday will be the only day that the NASCAR K&N Pro Series will be on track, with practice, qualifying and racing all on that one day. The Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA and the Discount Tire/Air Power Invitational will have the track to themselves on Sunday.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West guys always put on a great show, and it almost never fails that there’s some last-lap drama that results in a surprise ending. Don’t miss it! Tickets are priced at $25 for adults on Saturday, $10 for adults on Sunday or $30 for the weekend. Kids aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge. There will be a $5 parking fee on Saturday, but the parking fee will be waived on Sunday. Also, there is a 50-percent discount on tickets for Tooele County residents and military personnel.

Social Connect: #knprowest | #nascar | #utahgrandprix | #ioncamera

Thursday, September 5, 2013

88-Year-Old Grandmother Celebrates Her Birthday Driving a Racecar

Frances Anderson, left, jokes with her grandson Jim Boucher
before her on-track adventure. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
On September 1, 2013 spectators in the infield of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway may have noticed a peculiar occurrence involving car No. 8 as it sped past the pit area along the eastern straightaway: a petite, wrinkled left hand performing a parade wave out of the driver’s side window.

Frances Anderson, who lives in Belmont and turns 88 years old today, seemed less enthralled with accelerating than with checking off one of the last items on an extensive bucket list, which has included trips to 45 states and more than 20 countries. There was the rafting vacation in Canada, the twin-engine flight over Alaskan glaciers, the Blarney Stone she kissed in Ireland, and the hilltop fortress she hiked to in Israel.

“This is just another thing,” she said yesterday, shrugging. Anderson has 11 grandchildren, and two on the way.

The plan, conceived by Anderson and organized with help from her five children, was this: eight laps around the track alone in a professional stock car, ideally topping out around 88 miles per hour, to commemorate her impending special occasion.

Anderson, who has two artificial hips and a pacemaker, had arrived at the infield about 11 a.m., and was still waiting for a vehicle by quarter to one. She wore a jumpsuit and sat in a folding chair in the pit area, an entourage of a dozen family members and close friends standing around her.

“I’m a little nervous,” she admitted. An employee had mentioned earlier two minor crashes that had occurred on the track in the morning.

Jon Haney, a driving instructor who had coached Anderson – when to accelerate, when to brake, how to maneuver on the track – said he wasn’t too worried.

“I’m more concerned with these young guys who play X-Box and come out thinking they know what they’re doing,” he said.

Haney said Anderson was the oldest woman to race the track.

Just before 1 p.m., her car arrived at the pit stop. It was red and blue and had the name “Budweiser” emblazoned on the side. A young man with cut-off sleeves and a Chevy emblem tattooed on his arm helped Anderson into the vehicle. He fastened several straps across her body, and she glanced over at her support group.

“You know where my papers are,” she said, joking.

The ride itself was perhaps less exciting than her family had expected.

“I think she’s actually slowing down,” her son Fred Anderson said as she passed the pit area for the fourth or so time. A handful of other cars on the high side of the track whizzed past her.

Afterward, when Anderson emerged from her car, a crowd of mostly strangers waiting to drive themselves or witness others do so gave her an ovation. She hoisted a detachable steering wheel into the air and beamed. Then she found her old folding chair and unzipped the top of her jumpsuit. Her cheeks were flush and someone handed her a bottled water.

“I didn’t chicken out, did I?” she said, looking at a few friends.

“No, you didn’t,” they replied.


Side Note:

December 3, 2011 – NASCAR Race Mom (Oma) participated in the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPE) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
To report that NASCAR Race Mom was anxious would be an understatement. I was downright scared. However, I was the oldest of the group and wanted to represent my generation well! I was determined not to chicken out as well. 

The Richard Petty Staff informed us that our No. 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal racecars were capable of driving about 170 miles per hour. However, we would be limited to the 130-135 range. I remained petrified while I struggled through the window to get into the racecar; then a strange kind of calm settled over me. 

Lap after lap, the Richard Petty Experience became more and more fun and exciting. Before I knew it we were pulling into the pits. I was not the fastest on the track, but to my surprise, NASCAR Race Mom was not the slowest either! 

The experience really supplied me with an altered and more cognizant perspective as to what a real racer faces in each race. I cannot imagine the difficulty of doing what I did with forty-two other drivers trying to pass you. 

Oma would recommend the Richard Petty Driving experience to all NASCAR fans! It was the funniest off-season activity I had and I would love to tackle the challenge again. I bet I could go even faster!