Friday, July 8, 2011

Evergreen "200" News & Notes

Fast Facts:
Series Returns To Monroe Track hosted 50 NASCAR K&N West events between 1964 & 2008

Race:This event is the eighth of 14 events on the 2011 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps (125 miles).

Evergreen Speedway is a semi-banked .646-mile paved oval with turns banked eight degrees and four degrees banking in the straights. This event marks a return to the historic speedway that hosted 50 series events between 1964 and 2008.

Qualifying: Mike Duncan, Aug. 4, 2007, 99.691 mph, 23.328 seconds; Race: Roy Smith, July 12, 1981, 86.197 mph, 1 hour 29 minutes 56 seconds.

Pursley winning at pace not seen in recent history:
With five wins in the first seven races this season, Greg Pursley is notching victories at a pace not seen in recent history in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The series record for wins in season is held by Hershel McGriff, who had 12 victories in a 30-race season in 1972. Jack McCoy came close to that with 10 wins the following year and Jim Insolo had nine wins in 1978, which featured a 22-race schedule.

Since then, however, the most wins by a driver in a season is six – accomplished by Doug George in 1995 and Brendan Gaughan in 2001.

With a 14-race schedule this season, Pursley would have to win all the races in the second half of the season to tie McGriff’s record for wins in a season. While that may seem out of reach, Pursley could get a shot at McGriff’s record of five consecutive wins, which was also set in 1972. Pursley had three in a row in the first half of the year.

Tough battle for positions behind Pursley:
This event at Evergreen Speedway marks the start of the second half of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

This year’s championship chase is much different than in recent years, with Greg Pursley charging to a lead of 278 points in the first seven races. While he has established a big lead, there is a tight point battle behind him in the top 10 of the standings.

Series veteran Moses Smith has maintained the second spot and has 992 points. The four drivers behind him, meanwhile, are separated by just 15 points. David Mayhew is third with 934, Michael Self is fourth with 931, Luis Martinez Jr., is fifth with 921 and Brett Thompson is sixth with 919. Just 37 markers back in seventh is three-time series champion Eric Holmes at 882 points. Teenager Dylan Kwasniewski, the leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, is ninth with 828; followed by fellow rookie Ryan Philpott at 777.

Race Notes:
Barkshire back in action:
Jeff Barkshire, who scored his only career series win as a rookie when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last visited Evergreen Speedway in 2008, is set to return to competition. The Auburn, Wash., driver went on to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in ‘08 – but since then has only made four series starts.

Local competitor:
The entry list for the Evergreen 200 includes local driver Jason Fraser of Snohomish, Wash. Fraser made his first and only series start at Monroe in 2007, starting fifth and finishing 14th.


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