Sunday, October 28, 2018

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Wraps-Up

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Wraps-Up

Thorn Wins Championship / Kraus Wins Race / Deegan with Pole and ROY Honors

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West completed its 2018 season under the lights Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park with the ‘NAPA AUTO PARTS 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.’

Derek Thorn – 2018 #NASCAR K&N Pro Series Champion

Derek Thorn – 2018 K&N Pro Series Champion

After four years away from full-time action in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Derek Thorn came back to the Sunrise Ford team to chase a championship.

With just one race left on the schedule, the Lakeport, California, driver found himself in the exact position he was hoping he would be in. Thorn entered last night’s race leading the championship standings by 26 points.



The forty points he earned after finishing fifth yesterday was more than he needed.

The five year hiatus we had, the guys have come a long way in the shop,” Thorn said. “There were some races we were competing for wins, and some we were competing just to finish in the top five. To keep a championship hope alive, you have be able to capitalize on every opportunity, and make the most of the bad days.”

The thirty-two-year-old Lakeport, California driver won his first championship in 2013. Impressively, in his three full-time seasons, Thorn can boast of two championships and a third-place series finish.


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Derek Kraus Wins the ‘NAPA AUTO PARTS 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.’ #NASCAR

Derek Kraus Wins the ‘NAPA AUTO PARTS 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.’

Derek Kraus, just seventeen, won the season-finale, grabbing his fourth win and sweeping the two races at the California oval. The victory was the fifth consecutive at Kern for the No. 16 out of the Bill McAnally Racing stable — with Kraus winning the last three and former champion Todd Gilliland winning the two previous events.


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Hailie Deegan Making #NASCAR History

Hailie Deegan Making NASCAR History

Hallie Deegan, who drives the No. 19 Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry had a record-setting season. The 17-year-old – who hails from Temecula, California – made history this year in by becoming the first female driver to win a series race and the first woman to win a pole award in the series. Yesterday’s pole proved that her success was not just a ‘fluke.’

With two laps remaining last night, Deegan suffered contacting with another competitor fighting for third. She would have to settle for a six-place finish. However, she took the coveted ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award with one win, five top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes.




Kraus and Deegan are both members of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars. The finished fourth and fifth in the championship points standings respectively.

KNWest Final Championship Standings


  Driver Races Win Points Diff
1   Derek Thorn 14 2 586
2   Ryan Partridge 14 1 559 -27
3   Cole Rouse 14 1 557 -29
4   Derek Kraus 14 4 543 -43
5   Hailie Deegan 14 1 514 -72
6   Trevor Huddleston 14 0 504 -82
7   Kody Vanderwal 14 2 479 -107
8   Matt Levin 13 0 426 -160
9   Takuma Koga 14 0 399 -187
10   Todd Souza 9 0 272 -314
11   Bill Kann 8 0 258 -328
12   Will Rodgers 7 1 230 -356
13   Rich DeLong III 6 0 168 -418
14   Ron Norman 5 0 160 -426
15   Jesse Iwuji 6 0 156 -430
16   Travis Milburn 5 0 149 -437
17   Vanessa Robinson 4 0 143 -443
18   Devin Dodson 4 0 142 -444
19   Nick Joanides 4 0 139 -447
20   Cole Keatts 3 0 113 -473

Thorn, Kraus, and Deegan and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West top finishers and special award winners will be honored at NASCAR Awards Charlotte on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

Kern County KNWest Race Results

Fin St # Driver Car Laps
1 2 16   Derek Kraus Toyota 175
2 3 9   Ryan Partridge Ford 175
3 6 22   Trevor Huddleston * Ford 175
4 4 17   David Mayhew Chevrolet 175
5 7 6   Derek Thorn Ford 175
6 1 19   Hailie Deegan * Toyota 175
7 5 99   Cole Rouse Toyota 175
8 8 43   Kody Vanderwal Ford 175
9 9 13   Todd Souza Toyota 175
10 10 10   Matt Levin Chevrolet 174
11 14 18   Bill Kann Chevrolet 172
12 15 11   Takuma Koga Chevrolet 168
13 13 77   Nick Joanides Toyota 167
14 17 36   Taylor Canfield * Ford 167
15 11 40   Ron Norman Chevrolet 165
16 16 84   Rich DeLong III Chevrolet 137
17 12 8   Travis Milburn Toyota 31
18 18 39   Keith McGee * Toyota 16




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