Saturday, June 23, 2018

K&N Pro Series West Shares The Road Course with #NASCAR Cup

K&N Pro Series West Shares The Road Course with #NASCAR Cup

Road To West Championship Goes Through Sonoma

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West’s annual trip to the road course at Sonoma Raceway usually draws its share of Cup Series drivers, and this year is no different. As the only other series on track, this is an opportunity for Cup drivers — especially the younger ones — to get extra track time before Sunday’s show. Past West race winners include Brian Vickers (2006), Joey Logano (2011), Kyle Larson (2014) and Chase Elliott (2016). 

The #NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Sonoma Raceway for the Carneros 200.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Sonoma Raceway
for the Carneros 200. (Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)


This year’s entry list includes Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron, along with Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. In addition, Cup veteran Aric Almirola will be making his second K&N Pro Series start. He won the East race at Dover in 2008.

Derek Thorn scored his first win and took over the #NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship points lead last time out.
Derek Thorn scored his first win and took over the NASCAR K&N Pro Series
West championship points lead last time out at Colorado National
Speedway on June 9. (Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship points leader, Derek Thorn, knows what’s at stake on the 2.52-mile road course in today’s Carneros 200. A good finish could propel the Bakersfield, California, driver forward to his second series title. Misfortune could spell doom, despite there still being eight races left on the schedule. 

“This race and the dirt race can be pivotal points in your championship run,” said Thorn, referencing the race at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both races are expected to have sizable fields — Sonoma has 31 entries — and a bad finish could be hard to overcome. “You have to go into it and hope lady luck is on your side. You can’t make any mistakes and your car has to be right and you have to take care of your car.”

 

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Today’s Schedule

  • Garage opens: 8:30 a.m. PT
  • Group qualifying: 10:15 a.m.
  • Carneros 200: 1:30 p.m.

The maximum starting field is 40 cars, for each race, including Provisionals.

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