Friday, October 11, 2013

K&N West Roseville - Fast Facts


NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at
All American Speedway in Roseville, California

The Race: This event is the 13th 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 (50 miles).

The Track: All American Speedway is a .333-mile paved oval with eight degrees banking in Turns 1 and 2. Turns 3 and 4 have progressive banking, beginning at 10 degrees and graduating to 14 degrees. The track hosted five NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events between 1977 and 1982, when it was a quarter-mile oval and nine races since it was renovated prior to the 2008 season.

Records: Qualifying: Jason Bowles, April 4, 2009, 88.218 mph, 13.589 sec.; Race: Eric Holmes, April 4, 2009, 67.576 mph, 44 minutes 21 seconds.


Waltrip Returns: Michael Waltrip is set to make his second start this season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, competing at All American Speedway for Bill McAnally Racing – which is based nearby. It will mark the eighth career series start for Waltrip, a two-time winner of the Daytona 500. He finished 11th at Spokane (Wash.) County Raceway in August. His only series win came at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., in 1997.

Veteran Motorsports Reporter Honored As Grand Marshal: Long-time motorsports announcer and reporter Dr. Dick Berggren will be honored as the Grand Marshal for the Roseville race. Berggren was a pit reporter for NASCAR on Fox for more than a decade before retiring last year. During his announcing career, he worked NASCAR races for ESPN, CBS, TBS and TNN. He also served as the editor of Stock Car Racing magazine and later started Speedway Illustrated.

Las Vegas Champion: Fresh from winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model championship at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jay Beasley is set to make his second start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Beasley, who has been selected to participate in the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, wrapped up the super late model title with a win on Saturday.

Local Driver To Make Series Debut: Local driver Jason Romero – who won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model championship at All American Speedway, as well as titles in the mini stock division there – is slated to make his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on Saturday.

Tyrrell Is Back: Luis Tyrrell, who has one top five and two top 10 finishes in two series starts, is set to compete at All American Speedway. The 17-year-old is from Brisbane, Calif.

Second Start For Staropoli: Patrick Staropoli, who won the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge earlier this year, returns for his second race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In the PEAK Challenge, nine stock car racing hopefuls competed for the chance to become a Michael Waltrip Racing development driver. Staropoli, who finished fifth in his series debut at Spokane, will again be driving a Bill McAnally Racing entry.

Other Drivers Make Their Return: Several other drivers entered in the Roseville race are also preparing for their second series start. Phyl Zubizareta of Boise, Idaho, returns after finishing 11th in his first race at Monroe, Wash., in August. After being sidelined with mechanical trouble last week at Albuquerque, N.M., Jim Weiler of Sonoma, Calif., is set for another start. Shane Golobic is also set to make his second appearance in the series. Golobic – a sprint car driver from Fremont, Calif. – failed to qualify in making his series debut in May.

Media Get Chance Behind The Wheel: Media members from the Sacramento area will get a chance to get behind the wheel of a stock car at All American Speedway this week. Bill McAnally Racing Promotions will have two stock cars at the track on Wednesday morning to give local media a chance to get a first-hand account of what it’s like to wheel a stock car around the banked third-mile oval.

Big Day Of Competition: Race promoter, Bill McAnally Racing Promotions, has put together another great lineup of competition for the Roseville event. In addition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models will be in competing and the Legends of the Pacific will also be in action.

Benefit For Breast Cancer Endowment: As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds from the Roseville event will go to the Placer County Breast Cancer Endowment, a local non-profit organization.

LAST TIME OUT: Albuquerque

Another Win For Pursley: Greg Pursley scored his fourth win of the season and 17th of his career with a victory in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by NAPA AutoCare Centers at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 28. With it, he moved into a tie with Eric Holmes and Bill Sedgwick for eighth on the list of all-time career series wins.

Thorn Takes The Pole: Derek Thorn turned the fastest lap during qualifying at Albuquerque to garner the Coors Light Pole Award. It marked his second pole of the year and third career pole.

Leading The Way: The father and son team of Carl and Daryl Harr were up front, running 1-2, for a considerable portion of the race at Albuquerque. Carl led 51 laps before eventually finishing ninth. Daryl ran second to his father and went on to finish 14th.

Strong Debut: Several newcomers to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West had a notable debut at Albuquerque. Eighteen-year-old Chase Briscoe of Mitchell, Ind., started sixth and finished eighth. JD White of Liberal, Kan., led six laps before finishing 11th. Jay Beasley of Las Vegas started eighth and ran in the top 10 throughout the event before being sidelined late with electrical trouble.

Career Mark: Series veteran John Wood came away from Albuquerque with a top 10, matching his career best finish of 10th.

NEXT TIME OUT: Bakersfield

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make its inaugural visit to Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, Calif., for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 on Saturday, Oct. 26.The high-banked, half-mile track – which opened earlier this year – is located west of Bakersfield, along Interstate 5.

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