Generations Gather At Holland

Generations Gather At Holland

New York Oval Hosts 55th Season; 15 Tracks Open In May

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A mainstay New York NASCAR short track opens its 55th season in May. Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex, a .375-mile paved banked oval, was a founding member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 1982 and is one of 15 series tracks opening in May.

Ron Bennett and two partners built the original third-mile dirt track during the winter of 1959-60. Three generations of the Bennett family are involved with the track today. Generations of drivers, crews and fans get together there on summertime Saturday nights and this year gets underway on May 24.

Bennett raced a dirt late model-type car known as a modern stock in 1958-59. He, along with partners Richard Knox and Gordon Becker, built the original Holland Speedway. Bennett was a 20-year-old pre-law student at the time. In the following years, the track was enlarged to .375-mile in 1964 and paved in 1968.

“People told us when we opened that the life expectancy of most tracks was five years,” Bennett recalled. “Guys just built tracks in cornfields. They were pretty raw and rules were inconsistent. There were no common denominators from track to track.

“We had no intention of being around for just five years,” Bennett said. “We were going to keep growing our track.

“When we opened I never dreamed that generations of families would be getting together here over the years, but that’s satisfying” Bennett said. “I still feel the excitement. I’ve always had a passion for racing.”

Bennett’s sons Tim with wife Amy, Ron Bennett Jr., and grandchildren are active in track operations today. Tim Bennett took over the reins of leadership in 1998.

“If Tim wasn’t interested in keeping track going, I probably would have sold it,” Bennett said. Tim Bennett, 44, is the track’s promoter, operator and manager. 

Among the many multi-generation teams at the track is the Skora family. George Skora III, 29, of Eden, N.Y., began anew at Holland in 2013. He returned to his home track after winning the 2012 NASCAR Late Model championship at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa. Last year, he posted his first career feature win at Holland and went on to win his first championship there in pro modifieds. Skora’s car owner is his father, George Skora Jr., 56, of Eden, N.Y., and the elder Skora was Holland’s 1984 Charger division champion.

“Racing was something we’ve always done as a family,” Skora III said. “Watching dad race was exciting for me as a kid. It kept me occupied. It probably kept me out of trouble. Today, Dad and I make a great team. That’s pretty special.”

Friends got Skora Jr. interested in racing at Holland as a 15-year-old in 1971. By the time he and wife Jolene married on Feb. 12, 1977, he was hooked. They went to the Daytona 500 as part of their honeymoon. He started his racing career by sharing a Charger car, driving on alternate weeks. He bought the car in 1984 and as a solo driver won the track championship. Skora III was born the following year.

“I grew up with friends at Holland. It was our home every Saturday night since I was four or five,” Skora III said. “I love driving and Holland is a great track.”

Skora Jr. raced late models full-time from 1986 through 1998. Skora III was racing go-karts at the time and moved into Holland’s super stock division in 2000 before progressing to late models in 2001. He placed third in track points in 2003 and second in 2004. After the last season of late model racing at Holland in 2006, Skora took the car to Lake Erie. He won the final Lake Erie late model championship in 2012 and left when the division was discontinued there. He’d been dabbling with a Holland pro modified, and drove it full-time for the first time last year.

“Dad always thought modifieds were the coolest cars, but we stuck with the late model because they were the premier division. When we talked about getting a modified he was all for it. Late models were cycling out around here and modifieds were coming around in popularity.

“We work together as a team. We take the car apart, put it back together, work on the set up and have a pretty good system. Communication is the most important thing and we’ve gotten pretty good at it.”

The Skoras also credit crew chief Kyle Kruger and crewman Tommy Winters for their success.

Skora Jr. said years of racing experience benefit the family racing efforts.

“When I started racing, I started learning,” Skora Jr. said. “I’m still learning. There are changes every year and you have to stay on top of it. With the modified we learned we had to be spot-on in the set up for handling in the corners. If you’re going to win races, you’re car has to handle well. I knew we had a good race car starting out last year. We never finished outside the top-five. We had good luck too, not getting into someone else’s wreck.”

They won the Holland title with two wins and 10 top-fives in 10 starts.

Skora Jr. is excited about the 2014 season. George III will be running full time in pro modifieds at Holland. They also have a new tour-type modified they’ll run occasionally and learn as much as they can.

“I’m a proud dad and car owner,” Skora Jr. said. “I still love racing just like I did the day of my first race. I love opening day just to hear the motors running again. George is an excellent driver. I’m probably the happiest dad at the track.”

Several other second-generation drivers are expected to compete in the pro modified division at Holland this year, Tim Bennett said. They include Scott Wylie, son of seven-time late model track champion Rick Wylie; past late model champion Mike Fiebelkorn Jr., and Jeff Brown Jr.

In the 1960s, the track hosted some NASCAR Grand American stock car races. Holland’s first NASCAR-sanctioned race was the Holland Hundred in 1967. In the modern era, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East have appeared there.

With the track and his law firm established, Ron Bennett went on to have a distinguished career with NASCAR as both northeast region director and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East director. He is a commercial business and municipal attorney. Tim and Amy’s two children are growing up at the track, as well. Tim and Ron’s sister, Julie, also has a son. The kids help with chores and represent the track’s third-generation of future leadership.

Tim Bennett has expanded the track’s corporate hospitality options that now include a swimming pool and deck overlooking the track; added a 45-machine vintage video game arcade that is expanding to include Xbox and Nintendo game with sponsorship from Oogi Games; and is now adding a fourth and fifth field to the Holland Paintball Adventure Park on track property. The speedway’s single event race-night record for hospitality guests is 3,800, Bennett said.

Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex operates on Saturdays and pro modifieds (an SK-style modified) is NASCAR Division I while the other divisions include Charger, Hornet and Figure 8.

Other tracks scheduled to open this weekend include:

May 2
Motordrome Speedway, a half-mile banked paved oval in Smithton, Pa., operates on Fridays and features late models. Other divisions: modified, street stock, charger, super compact. www.motordrome.com

May 3
Airborne Park Speedway, a .4-mile paved oval in Plattsburgh, N.Y., operates on Saturdays and dirt-style modifieds are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: late model, limited late model, renegade, mini-mod four. www.airborneparkspeedway.com

Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, a quarter-mile paved oval on Long Island, N.Y., operates on Saturdays and tour-type modifieds are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: late model, figure-8, charger. www.riverheadraceway.com

May 4
Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome, a .375-mile paved oval, operates on Fridays and modifieds are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: super stock, four cylinder. www.chemungspeedrome.net

Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a half-mile paved oval in West Haven, Vt., operates on Fridays and dirt-style modifieds are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: late model, renegade, mini stock. www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com

Tracks opening through the month include:

May 10
Barrie (Ontario) Speedway, a third-mile paved oval, operates on Saturdays and limited late models are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: thunder car, pure stock four. www.barriespeedway.com

Elko (Minn.) Speedway, a .375-mile paved oval, operates on Saturdays and super late models are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: big 8 sportsman, thunder car, power stock, mini stock. www.elkospeedway.com

May 15
Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway, a .538-mile paved oval, operates on Saturdays and late models are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: charger, mini stock, super truck. www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com

May 16
Spencer Speedway, a half-mile paved oval in Williamson, N.Y., operates on Fridays and modifieds are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: super six, four cylinder. www.spencerspeedway.org

May 24
Autodrome St. Eustache, a .4-mile paved oval in near Montreal in Quebec, Canada, operates on Saturdays and sportsmen are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: sports compact, mini legends. www.autodrome.ca

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, a third-mile paved oval in Scarborough, Maine, operates on Saturdays and the pro series division is NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: sport series, wildcat. www.beechridge.com

Lake Erie Speedway, a .375-mile paved oval in North East, Pa., operates on Saturdays and modifieds are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: street stocks, compacts. www.lakeeriespeedway.com

May 30
Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway, a .375-mile paved oval, operates on Fridays and small block Supermodifieds are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: late model sportsman, hobby stock, ironman. www.leeusaspeedway.com

May 31
Edmonton (Alberta) International Raceway, a quarter-mile paved oval, operates on Saturdays and super stocks are NASCAR Division I. Other divisions: thunder car, modified, feature stock, late model. www.edmontonraceway.com

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

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George Skora Jr. competed in the late model division at Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex 1986-1998. Skora family photo

PIT STOP: BMR Back Up Front

PIT STOP: BMR Back Up Front

Weekend Info – Touring & Weekly Schedules, Links & Notes

Editor’s Note: This is the second edition of “Pit Stops,” a weekly feature that will run on Wednesdays and is designed to be your one-stop shop for the week that was, and the upcoming weekend. The feature will continue to evolve to meet fans’ information needs. Have feedback? Let us know on Twitter at @NASCARHomeTrack or email us at HomeTracks@NASCAR.com.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• After a six-week break, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action for a busy May with three scheduled races, the first at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway on Saturday, May 3. The Stockton 150 will be the 24th running of the K&N West at the venerable quarter-mile facility since 1966. Cameron Hayley won last year’s event, but a first-time Stockton winner will be celebrated this week as none of the 14 all-time victors there are currently active. NASCAR Next drivers Dylan Lupton and Brandon McReynolds will be in action. They trail series veteran and championship points leader Greg Pursley by six points after two races.

Cole Custer’s second win of the season gave Bill McAnally Racing three NASCAR K&N Pro Series wins already. BMR has runner-up finishes in each of the last year years since the series returned to Stockton.

• The 2014-15 NASCAR Next class was revealed last week at Richmond International Raceway. The new group has already compiled 21 NASCAR regional touring series wins and hopes to join a distinguished list of Next alumni that have compiled 10 national series victories in the last two years. Newcomers to the group include Custer, Rubén García Jr., Austin Hill, Erik Jones, Jesse Little, Lupton and McReynolds, while Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Ryan Preece, Ben Rhodes and Kenzie Ruston return to the program.

• NASCAR Next alum Daniel Suárez continued his winning ways in 2014 when he took the checkered flag Sunday at Autódromo Monterrey in NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series action. He has won three of four races in Toyota Series action this season to go along with his two victories in five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts.

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Stockton 150 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway

RACE TIME: Saturday, May 3, 11:30 p.m. EDT (Approx.)

TWITTER: @S99Speedway, #Stockton150, #KNWest

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EVENT SCHEDULE

All times PT and subject to change.

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This Weekend’s Highlights

Irwindale (Calif.) Event Center: The multi-purpose speedplant’s half-mile paved oval hosts Armed Forces Appreciation Night on May 3. Pre-race appearances and presentations include the Patriot Guard Riders, the American Veterans Alliance and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. All members of the military (with identification) will be admitted for $5. Victor Hurtado, Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO) creative director, will sing the national anthem. Marine Corps veteran Alex Minsky, who lost a leg in Iraq, is the event’s grand marshal. Gates open at 4 p.m. An on-track autograph session starts at 5:45 p.m. and race time is 7 p.m. On track: super late models, race trucks, super stocks, mini stocks, skid plate cars. www.irwindalespeedway.com.

Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway: Barbara and Jim Cromarty celebrate their 30th anniversary of ownership at Riverhead Raceway May 3. Twin 30-lap features for NASCAR modifieds headline Saturday night’s event on the quarter-mile paved oval. The 65-year-old track is located on eastern Long Island. The Cromarty’s have operated Riverhead with NASCAR sanction since 1978 and became its sole owners in 1984. The Cromartys were personally recruited by Bill France Jr. to join NASCAR while they were operating Islip (N.Y.) Speedway in 1976. Riverhead Raceway was a founding track for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 1982. Gates open at 3 p.m. Time trials are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow. Also on track: late models, figure-8s, chargers, blunderbusts, super pro trucks, legends. www.riverheadraceway.com.

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Friday, May 2: K&N Pro Series East, 4:30 p.m., Richmond International Raceway.

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K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Stockton

K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Stockton

Analyzing The Stockton 150 At Stockton 99 Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway on Saturday, May 3 for the Stockton 150. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Stockton, as well as some other statistical trends:

Stockton Race Setup
• No driver currently entered in the race has led a lap at Stockton 99.
• Points leader Greg Pursley with 18 series career wins is looking for his first at Stockton. His previous best finish at the track was fourth in 2012.
• Dylan Lupton and Brandon McReynolds look to follow in the steps of Cole Custer, who won the April 26 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond, Va., and start their NASCAR Next tenure with a win.

Stockton 99 Speedway
History
• Stockton 99 Speedway was constructed in the spring of 1947 and the fifth-mile dirt track hosted its first race on May 27, 1947 as 99 Stadium.
• The track was paved and reconfigured to its .25-mile configuration prior to the 1948 season.
• The 1954 season was the first under the NASCAR banner.
• The first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event was hosted in 1966.
• The track was resurfaced in 2009.

Notebook
• This is the series’ 24th event at Stockton and third in three seasons.
• The Stockton 150 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Fri., May 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
• Fourteen different drivers, led by Jack McCoy with five, have won at Stockton.
• Sixteen different drivers, led by Jack McCoy with five, have won the pole position at the track.
• The most cautions for a K&N West race at Stockton is 11 in the April 2006 event while the fewest is one (1972). The most caution laps for a race is 63 in August 2004 and the fewest is four in the 1972 race.
• The average starting position for the winner is 2.79 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 4.27 in the last 19 Stockton races.
• The race has been won from the pole eight times, but just once in the last five events.
• Both Dodge and Ford have won six times at Stockton while Chevrolet has won four times.

EVENT INFORMATION

Stockton Data
Race: #3 of 14 (5/3/14)
Track Layout: .25-mile oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: Blended up to 14 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: Blended up to 17 degrees

Stockton Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Pole Winner: Cameron Hayley, Ford, 65.569 mph (13.726 seconds)
2013 Race Winner: Derek Thorn, Ford, 37.448 mph (1 hour, 0 minutes, 5 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Cameron Hayley, Ford, 13.726 seconds, 65.569 mph, May 4, 2013
150-Lap Race Record: Dick Bown, Plymouth, 40 minutes, 0 seconds, 56.250 mph, May 13, 1972

Stockton Leaders
Wins
Jack McCoy … 5
Mike David … 3
Dick Bown … 2
Jim Bown … 2
Austin Cameron … 2

Poles
Jack McCoy … 5
Jim Bown … 2
Mike Duncan … 2
Scott Lynch … 2

Laps Completed (1971-2013)
Mike David … 1,479
Mike Duncan … 1,478
Jack Sellers … 1,475

Laps Led (1971-2013)
Mike David … 404
Jack McCoy … 352
Jim Bown … 288

Selected Driver Information:
Josh Burdon (No. 36 Scorpus Racing America/Holleran’s Performance Toyota)
• Making K&N Pro Series West debut.
• Finished second in points in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Open Division last season.
• Made Whelen Euro Series debut in 2012 at Valencia, Spain.
• Has competed in Australian Formula 3 and Australian V8 Ute Series.

Taylor Cuzick (No. 42 Freightliner of Arizona Chevrolet)
• One top five, 13 top 10s in 27 career series starts.
• Sixth in points this season with a pair of top-10 finishes
• Finished 20th in his only Stockton start in 2013.
• Best career series finish of fourth came in 2012 at Albuquerque.
• Best 2013 finish was sixth at Albuquerque and Monroe.

Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Has four career K&N West starts to his credit.
• Holds down the 13th position in the season standings.
• Set to make Stockton track debut.
• Best career finish of 17th in this year’s opener at Phoenix.

Dylan Lupton (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Go Pro/Lucas Oil Ford)
• One win, five top fives, 14 top 10s in 20 career series starts.
• Is third in points with a top five and two top 10s.
• Finished ninth in his only Stockton start a season ago.
• Was 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Picked up first series win in August 2013 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.
• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Thomas Martin (No. 5 MedActive Oral Relief Chevrolet)
• Has made 18 series career starts.
• Is 10th in championship standings.
• Best career series finish of 12th, in road course events at Fontana (2007) and Sonoma (2006).
• Set for Stockton debut.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Four wins, eight poles, 35 top fives and 53 top 10s in 74 career series starts.
• Ranks ninth in points after a runner-up finish at Irwindale on March 22.
• Finished third in his only Stockton start in 2012.
• Has also competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
• Won 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model title at Kern County Raceway Park.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Two top fives and four top 10s in four career K&N West starts.
• Trails points leader Greg Pursley by six.
• Set for Stockton debut.
• Competing fulltime in K&N West this season with Bill McAnally Racing.
• Three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N East starts.
• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford)
• 18 wins, 17 poles, 49 top fives, 64 top 10s in 87 career series starts.
• Leads championship standings by six points over Brandon McReynolds and Dylan Lupton.
• Best Stockton finish of fourth came in 2012.
• Has an average finish of 7.0 in three Stockton starts.
• Won 2011 series championship.
• Led series with five wins a season ago; has 15 victories in last three seasons.

Griffin Steinfeld (No. 14 NKSFB.com/Our Military Kids Toyota)
• Has five career K&N West starts.
• Ranks 14th in the season standings.
• Finished 14th in his lone Stockton start a season ago.
• Best career finish of 14th came last season at Stockton.

Giles Thornton (No. 12 TTC Racing Toyota)
• Three top fives, seven top 10s in 16 career series starts.
• Holds down the fourth position in the season standings.
• Finished seventh in his lone Stockton start a season ago.
• Best career finish of fourth, on two occasions in 2013 – Colorado and Spokane.

Luis Tyrrell (No. 74 Team Tyrrell Chevrolet)
• One top five, three top 10s in seven career series starts.
• Sits eighth in the championship standings after two events.
• Scored a fourth-place finish at Stockton in his 2013 series debut.
• Best career series finish of fourth, at Stockton in May 2013.

John Wood (No. 30 Holleran’s Performance Toyota)
• Has two top 10s in 38 career K&N West starts.
• Ranks 11th in points.
• Best Stockton finish was 12th in last year’s race.
• Has an average finish of 15.0 in two career Stockton starts.
• Scored first series career top-10 finish (10th) in West portion of Iowa combination race in August 2013.

K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Stockton

K&N Pro Series West Stat Advance: Stockton

Analyzing The Stockton 150 At Stockton 99 Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway on Saturday, May 3 for the Stockton 150. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Stockton, as well as some other statistical trends:

Stockton Race Setup
• No driver currently entered in the race has led a lap at Stockton 99.
• Points leader Greg Pursley with 18 series career wins is looking for his first at Stockton. His previous best finish at the track was fourth in 2012.
• Dylan Lupton and Brandon McReynolds look to follow in the steps of Cole Custer, who won the April 26 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond, Va., and start their NASCAR Next tenure with a win.

Stockton 99 Speedway
History
• Stockton 99 Speedway was constructed in the spring of 1947 and the fifth-mile dirt track hosted its first race on May 27, 1947 as 99 Stadium.
• The track was paved and reconfigured to its .25-mile configuration prior to the 1948 season.
• The 1954 season was the first under the NASCAR banner.
• The first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event was hosted in 1966.
• The track was resurfaced in 2009.

Notebook
• This is the series’ 23rd event at Stockton and third in three seasons.
• The Stockton 150 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Fri., May 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
• Fourteen different drivers, led by Jack McCoy with five, have won at Stockton.
• Sixteen different drivers, led by Jack McCoy with five, have won the pole position at the track.
• The most cautions for a K&N West race at Stockton is 11 in the April 2006 event while the fewest is one (1972). The most caution laps for a race is 63 in August 2004 and the fewest is four in the 1972 race.
• The average starting position for the winner is 2.79 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 4.27 in the last 19 Stockton races.
• The race has been won from the pole eight times, but just once in the last five events.
• Both Dodge and Ford have won six times at Stockton while Chevrolet has won four times.

EVENT INFORMATION

Stockton Data
Race: #3 of 14 (5/3/14)
Track Layout: .25-mile oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: Blended up to 14 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: Blended up to 17 degrees

Stockton Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Pole Winner: Cameron Hayley, Ford, 65.569 mph (13.726 seconds)
2013 Race Winner: Derek Thorn, Ford, 37.448 mph (1 hour, 0 minutes, 5 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Cameron Hayley, Ford, 13.726 seconds, 65.569 mph, May 4, 2013
150-Lap Race Record: Dick Bown, Plymouth, 40 minutes, 0 seconds, 56.250 mph, May 13, 1972

Stockton Leaders
Wins
Jack McCoy … 5
Mike David … 3
Dick Bown … 2
Jim Bown … 2
Austin Cameron … 2

Poles
Jack McCoy … 5
Jim Bown … 2
Mike Duncan … 2
Scott Lynch … 2

Laps Completed (1971-2013)
Mike David … 1,479
Mike Duncan … 1,478
Jack Sellers … 1,475

Laps Led (1971-2013)
Mike David … 404
Jack McCoy … 352
Jim Bown … 288

Selected Driver Information:
Josh Burdon (No. 36 Scorpus Racing America/Holleran’s Performance Toyota)
• Making K&N Pro Series West debut.
• Finished second in points in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Open Division last season.
• Made Whelen Euro Series debut in 2012 at Valencia, Spain.
• Has competed in Australian Formula 3 and Australian V8 Ute Series.

Taylor Cuzick (No. 42 Freightliner of Arizona Chevrolet)
• One top five, 13 top 10s in 27 career series starts.
• Sixth in points this season with a pair of top-10 finishes
• Finished 20th in his only Stockton start in 2013.
• Best career series finish of fourth came in 2012 at Albuquerque.
• Best 2013 finish was sixth at Albuquerque and Monroe.

Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Has four career K&N West starts to his credit.
• Holds down the 13th position in the season standings.
• Set to make Stockton track debut.
• Best career finish of 17th in this year’s opener at Phoenix.

Dylan Lupton (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Go Pro/Lucas Oil Ford)
• One win, five top fives, 14 top 10s in 20 career series starts.
• Is third in points with a top five and two top 10s.
• Finished ninth in his only Stockton start a season ago.
• Was 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Picked up first series win in August 2013 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.
• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Thomas Martin (No. 5 MedActive Oral Relief Chevrolet)
• Has made 18 series career starts.
• Is 10th in championship standings.
• Best career series finish of 12th, in road course events at Fontana (2007) and Sonoma (2006).
• Set for Stockton debut.

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Four wins, eight poles, 35 top fives and 53 top 10s in 74 career series starts.
• Ranks ninth in points after a runner-up finish at Irwindale on March 22.
• Finished third in his only Stockton start in 2012.
• Has also competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
• Won 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model title at Kern County Raceway Park.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Two top fives and four top 10s in four career K&N West starts.
• Trails points leader Greg Pursley by six.
• Set for Stockton debut.
• Competing fulltime in K&N West this season with Bill McAnally Racing.
• Three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N East starts.
• Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford)
• 18 wins, 17 poles, 49 top fives, 64 top 10s in 87 career series starts.
• Leads championship standings by six points over Brandon McReynolds and Dylan Lupton.
• Best Stockton finish of fourth came in 2012.
• Has an average finish of 7.0 in three Stockton starts.
• Won 2011 series championship.
• Led series with five wins a season ago; has 15 victories in last three seasons.

Griffin Steinfeld (No. 14 NKSFB.com/Our Military Kids Toyota)
• Has five career K&N West starts.
• Ranks 14th in the season standings.
• Finished 14th in his lone Stockton start a season ago.
• Best career finish of 14th came last season at Stockton.

Giles Thornton (No. 12 TTC Racing Toyota)
• Three top fives, seven top 10s in 16 career series starts.
• Holds down the fourth position in the season standings.
• Finished seventh in his lone Stockton start a season ago.
• Best career finish of fourth, on two occasions in 2013 – Colorado and Spokane.

Luis Tyrrell (No. 74 Team Tyrrell Chevrolet)
• One top five, three top 10s in seven career series starts.
• Sits eighth in the championship standings after two events.
• Scored a fourth-place finish at Stockton in his 2013 series debut.
• Best career series finish of fourth, at Stockton in May 2013.

John Wood (No. 30 Holleran’s Performance Toyota)
• Has two top 10s in 38 career K&N West starts.
• Ranks 11th in points.
• Best Stockton finish was 12th in last year’s race.
• Has an average finish of 15.0 in two career Stockton starts.
• Scored first series career top-10 finish (10th) in West portion of Iowa combination race in August 2013.

K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Stockton

K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Stockton

NASCAR Next’s McReynolds Getting Adjusted With BMR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Perfect fits are hard to come by, but Brandon McReynolds and Bill McAnally Racing may be just that.

At just 22 years of age, McReynolds has experience beyond his years. The Mooresville, N.C., driver grew up around the sport at its highest levels with his father, Larry McReynolds, a veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief and now television analyst with FOX Sports on its NASCAR coverage. The younger McReynolds also already has experience in four different NASCAR series – NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

This season, the K&N Pro Series West is home for McReynolds in the championship-winning stable at BMR. 

new_stockton_99_speedway_logo.jpg“It’s a little weird having a race shop so far away from home, but everyone at BMR has made me feel welcome and right at home,” said McReynolds. “I’ve spent a lot of time in California here recently getting ready for this next stretch of races.”

McReynolds enters that race as a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class that was introduced on April 25 in Richmond, Va. The program spotlights the sport’s emerging young stars and the well-spoken McReynolds is a good fit there, as well.

“It’s an honor to be selected for NASCAR Next,” he said. ‘I’m really looking forward to backing that up with a great season.”

Next up for the K&N Pro Series West is the Stockton 150 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. BMR picked up back-to-back Stockton wins in 2003-04 with Austin Cameron behind the wheel and Eric Holmes drove to runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2012. While the team hasn’t been to Victory Lane in the last seven Stockton events, the bar is set pretty high for McReynolds in his track debut.

“We tested at Stockton a couple of weeks ago and that was my first time there,” he stated. “It’s pretty small and there will be lots of beating and banging. The fans will enjoy it. It’s an interesting track in that you’re running the outside of three and four and down on the bottom in one and two. You don’t have that at a lot of small tracks.”

McReynolds opened the season with an eighth-place finish at Phoenix and a fourth-place showing at Irwindale after earning his first series start from the pole, but neither he nor the team are where they need to be yet according to the driver.

“We have some great speed in the cars, but we need to work on closing the deal,” he said. “It’s still really early in the season and this is my first full-time season since 2009, so I’m still getting to where I need to be. I’m confident we’ll get there.”

EVENT INFORMATION

FAST FACTS
The Race: The Stockton 150 is the third race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. It is the third of 12 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This is the series’ 23rd visit to the Northern California facility and third in three seasons.

The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps covering 37.5 miles.

The Track: Stockton 99 Speedway was constructed in the spring of 1947 and the fifth-mile dirt track hosted its first race on May 27, 1947 as 99 Stadium. The track was paved and reconfigured to its .25-mile configuration prior to the 1948 season. The 1954 season was the first under the NASCAR banner. The first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event was hosted in 1966. The .25-mile paved oval with blended banking of up to 14 degrees in Turn 1 and Turn 2 and up to 17 degrees in Turn 3 and Turn 4 was resurfaced in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record was set by Cameron Hayley on May 4, 2013 at 13.726 seconds (65.569 mph). The 150-lap race record was established by Dick Bown on May 13, 1972 at 40 minutes for an average speed of 56.250 mph.

STOCKTON RACE NOTES
Looking For First:
Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford) leads active series drivers with 18 career wins, but in three trips to Stockton 99 his best finish was fourth during the 2012 season. The former series champion finished 10th a season ago.

Back In The Fold: After taking a season off to concentrate on school, Jessica Brunelli (No. 88 Pick-n-Pull Chevrolet) competed in the Irwindale event and finished 18th. She scored her first K&N West top-10 finish (9th) at Stockton in 2012.

Busy Stretch: After a six-week break following the Irwindale event, the K&N Pro Series West has a busy month in May. After the Stockton 150 on May 3, teams will travel to the nation’s heartland for the first of two combination events with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Then, they jump right back into action the next week on May 24th at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

Home Tracks Update: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at Stockton 99 Speedway is underway for 2014. Michael Regelman has the early advantage in the Grand American Modified division while Matt Scott and Matthew Wendt have jumped out to the points lead in the Western Late Model and Super Stock divisions, respectively. Mark Borges and Joseph Reichmuth are tied atop the Pure Stock standings. 

LAST TIME OUT: NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway
Rookie Patrick Staropoli earned his first NASCAR win by leading the final 14 laps of the race. The Harvard graduate from Plantation, Fla., beat veterans David Mayhew and Greg Pursley to the line.
Brandon McReynolds scored his first K&N Pro Series West pole award and finished the race in fourth.
Brett Thompson led 102 laps which is 22 circuits more than he had led in his series career.
Staropoli, McReynolds and Ryan Partridge also led laps in the race and all three were out front for the first time in their series careers.

NEXT TIME OUT: Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway 
Bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday, May 17 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. It’s the first of two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/K&N Pro Series West combination events in the nation’s Heartland this season alongside the NASCAR Nationwide Series. A year ago in this event, Michael Self represented the K&N West and won to end a K&N East stronghold at the .875-mile oval. Dylan Kwasniewski finished second and was the top-finishing East driver while Brett Moffitt was third.

K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Stockton

K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Stockton

NASCAR Next’s McReynolds Getting Adjusted With BMR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Perfect fits are hard to come by, but Brandon McReynolds and Bill McAnally Racing may be just that.

At just 22 years of age, McReynolds has experience beyond his years. The Mooresville, N.C., driver grew up around the sport at its highest levels with his father, Larry McReynolds, a veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief and now television analyst with FOX Sports on its NASCAR coverage. The younger McReynolds also already has experience in four different NASCAR series – NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

This season, the K&N Pro Series West is home for McReynolds in the championship-winning stable at BMR. 

new_stockton_99_speedway_logo.jpg“It’s a little weird having a race shop so far away from home, but everyone at BMR has made me feel welcome and right at home,” said McReynolds. “I’ve spent a lot of time in California here recently getting ready for this next stretch of races.”

McReynolds enters that race as a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class that was introduced on April 25 in Richmond, Va. The program spotlights the sport’s emerging young stars and the well-spoken McReynolds is a good fit there, as well.

“It’s an honor to be selected for NASCAR Next,” he said. ‘I’m really looking forward to backing that up with a great season.”

Next up for the K&N Pro Series West is the Stockton 150 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. BMR picked up back-to-back Stockton wins in 2003-04 with Austin Cameron behind the wheel and Eric Holmes drove to runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2012. While the team hasn’t been to Victory Lane in the last seven Stockton events, the bar is set pretty high for McReynolds in his track debut.

“We tested at Stockton a couple of weeks ago and that was my first time there,” he stated. “It’s pretty small and there will be lots of beating and banging. The fans will enjoy it. It’s an interesting track in that you’re running the outside of three and four and down on the bottom in one and two. You don’t have that at a lot of small tracks.”

McReynolds opened the season with an eighth-place finish at Phoenix and a fourth-place showing at Irwindale after earning his first series start from the pole, but neither he nor the team are where they need to be yet according to the driver.

“We have some great speed in the cars, but we need to work on closing the deal,” he said. “It’s still really early in the season and this is my first full-time season since 2009, so I’m still getting to where I need to be. I’m confident we’ll get there.”

EVENT INFORMATION

FAST FACTS
The Race: The Stockton 150 is the third race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. It is the third of 12 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This is the series’ 23rd visit to the Northern California facility and third in three seasons.

The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps covering 37.5 miles.

The Track: Stockton 99 Speedway was constructed in the spring of 1947 and the fifth-mile dirt track hosted its first race on May 27, 1947 as 99 Stadium. The track was paved and reconfigured to its .25-mile configuration prior to the 1948 season. The 1954 season was the first under the NASCAR banner. The first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event was hosted in 1966. The .25-mile paved oval with blended banking of up to 14 degrees in Turn 1 and Turn 2 and up to 17 degrees in Turn 3 and Turn 4 was resurfaced in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record was set by Cameron Hayley on May 4, 2013 at 13.726 seconds (65.569 mph). The 150-lap race record was established by Dick Bown on May 13, 1972 at 40 minutes for an average speed of 56.250 mph.

STOCKTON RACE NOTES
Looking For First:
Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford) leads active series drivers with 18 career wins, but in three trips to Stockton 99 his best finish was fourth during the 2012 season. The former series champion finished 10th a season ago.

Back In The Fold: After taking a season off to concentrate on school, Jessica Brunelli (No. 88 Pick-n-Pull Chevrolet) competed in the Irwindale event and finished 18th. She scored her first K&N West top-10 finish (9th) at Stockton in 2012.

Busy Stretch: After a six-week break following the Irwindale event, the K&N Pro Series West has a busy month in May. After the Stockton 150 on May 3, teams will travel to the nation’s heartland for the first of two combination events with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Then, they jump right back into action the next week on May 24th at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

Home Tracks Update: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at Stockton 99 Speedway is underway for 2014. Michael Regelman has the early advantage in the Grand American Modified division while Matt Scott and Matthew Wendt have jumped out to the points lead in the Western Late Model and Super Stock divisions, respectively. Mark Borges and Joseph Reichmuth are tied atop the Pure Stock standings. 

LAST TIME OUT: NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway
Rookie Patrick Staropoli earned his first NASCAR win by leading the final 14 laps of the race. The Harvard graduate from Plantation, Fla., beat veterans David Mayhew and Greg Pursley to the line.
Brandon McReynolds scored his first K&N Pro Series West pole award and finished the race in fourth.
Brett Thompson led 102 laps which is 22 circuits more than he had led in his series career.
Staropoli, McReynolds and Ryan Partridge also led laps in the race and all three were out front for the first time in their series careers.

NEXT TIME OUT: Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway 
Bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday, May 17 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. It’s the first of two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/K&N Pro Series West combination events in the nation’s Heartland this season alongside the NASCAR Nationwide Series. A year ago in this event, Michael Self represented the K&N West and won to end a K&N East stronghold at the .875-mile oval. Dylan Kwasniewski finished second and was the top-finishing East driver while Brett Moffitt was third.

Suárez Caps Wild Weekend With Win

Suárez Caps Wild Weekend With Win

Three-Race Weekend Ends With Home Town Toyota Series Victory

MONTERREY, Mexico – Daniel Suárez capped off a busy weekend with an emotional win on his home track.

The 22-year-old Monterrey, Mexico, native made it to the Autódromo Monterrey in time for Sunday’s NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series event, winning the Regia 240 in dramatic fashion for his third series win of the season and fifth NASCAR win of 2014.

On a day where temperatures eclipsed 100-degrees Fahrenheit, fuel management was an important factor at the one-mile bean-shaped oval. Rogelio López was leading with fewer than five laps to go, but a miscalculation left the veteran driver without gas, opening up a spot for Suárez who had been pressuring López in the closing laps. The late caution for López’s stopped vehicle extended the race, with Suárez holding off Héctor Aguirre and Antonio Pérez in a green-white-checkered finish.  

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to pass [López],” said Suárez. “He made a mistake and we were able to pass him. I think he had a problem with gasoline, we all did. Our team decided to turn the car on and off during cautions and I was able to save enough fuel to finish the race.”

“I’m a person that always likes to save gas, and it was a risk, but we were able to take full advantage of it.”

Aguirre and Pérez crossed the line shortly after Suárez to finish second and third respectively. It was the second top-five finish for Aguirre but the fourth consecutive top five for Pérez who has not finished worse than third so far this season. Pérez won the pole in qualifying held earlier in the day, less than 24 hours after he led the field in final practice. 

“I’m happy with Escuderia Telmex for giving Danny and me really fast cars,” Pérez said after the race. “We were once again the fastest cars on the track, but unfortunately the circumstances weren’t in our favor. Once again a bad strategy on our part kept us away from the victory, but we have to keep working and try to get the next one.” 

Homero Richards and Luis Felipe Montaño crossed the line fourth and fifth respectively. Rubén Pardo, 2012 champion Jorge Goeters, rookie Mario Domínguez, Rubén Garcia Jr. and Patrick Goeters completed the top 10.

It was a busy weekend for Suárez as he competed in three NASCAR events across three series and two countries. He began the weekend on Friday night with his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The Drive for Diversity program member was scheduled to run the Blue Ox 100 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East immediately following the Nationwide event, but heavy rain in the late afternoon caused the race to be postponed until Saturday morning. Moments after completing the K&N East event, Suárez drove to Charlotte for a rescheduled flight to Monterrey, Mexico. The NASCAR Next alumnus arrived in the northern Mexican city too late to participate in Saturday’s two practice sessions, but was still able to qualify eighth on Sunday, en route to his second consecutive Regia 240 victory. 

“Winning at home definitely has a different taste to it,” said Suárez. “To be able to win in front of everyone that’s seen me grow as a driver and seen me develop has a very sweet taste. I’m very grateful and thankful to Telcel Racing for giving me a very competitive car, Escuderia Telmex and everyone that makes this possible.”

In his post-race comments to the media, Suárez expressed gratitude to Escuderia Telmex teammate Pérez for practicing and setting up his car on Saturday. At one point during the final practice session, Pérez occupied two of the top three spots on the speed charts.

Suárez wasn’t the only young driver to visit Richmond over the weekend. On Friday afternoon, Garcia Jr. was named as one of the 12 drivers that will make up the 2014-2015 NASCAR Next program. Rain caused the 18-year-old driver to miss his connecting flight to Monterrey. The young driver arrived a day later than expected, but was able to fight fatigue and a cold to earn his third top-10 finish of the season. 

The Regia 240 appeared to be the tale of two halves. The first 75 laps of the event had only one caution, which came in the opening laps. Near the halfway point, drivers began to alter their strategy and headed to pit road for green flag pit stops. The second half of the race saw six cautions, including the final yellow which brought about a green-white-checkered finish.

The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series will be back in action on Sunday, May 11 in San Luis Potosi. Suárez takes a 14-point advantage over Pérez into the fifth event of the season at the Autódromo Potosino.

RESULTS

nmts_042714_monterrey_daniel-suarez_car_shot.jpgDaniel Suárez took home his third NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series checkered flag on Sunday. Courtesy OCESA

Santos Wins Stafford Sizzler

Santos Wins Stafford Sizzler

Past Whelen Modified Tour Champ Scores 11th Career Win

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STAFFORD, Conn. – No one needed to show Bobby Santos the way to Victory Lane at Stafford Motor Speedway; he’s a frequent visitor.

The Franklin, Mass., driver won the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 on Sunday for his 11th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory with six of those coming at Stafford including three of the last four Spring Sizzlers.

Santos, who started in the eighth position, took the lead from rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. on Lap 115 and battled with Doug Coby, who won the 2006 and 2012 Spring Sizzlers, down the stretch to record the win. Coby looked left, right, over and under for a way around Santos in the closing laps, but had to settle for the runner-up finish.

Rowan Pennink crossed the line third followed by Woody Pitkat in the fourth spot while Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five. The remainder of the top 10 was five-time Spring Sizzler winner Ted Christopher, Donny Lia, Timmy Solomito, Matt Hirschman and Ron Silk. 

Santos, the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour champion, led a group of five drivers with top-10 finishes to own at least one tour title. The others were Coby, Christopher, Lia and Silk. 

Barrett claimed his first Whelen Modified Tour pole win on Saturday and finished 11th. 

NASCAR Next driver and defending tour champion Ryan Preece was looking for his first Spring Sizzler victory, but engine problems spoiled his day and he settled for a 24th-place finish.

The race had seven lead changes among five drivers which is the most at a Stafford race since having 10 on May 1, 2010. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Stafford for its next event in just under four weeks. The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 is set for Friday, May 23.

RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE REPLAY | AUDIO: BOBBY SANTOSAUDIO: SECOND-PLACE DOUG COBY | AUDIO: THIRD-PLACE ROWAN PENNINK

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Bobby Santos (44) edges Doug Coby at the line. Rich Schultz/Getty Images for NASCAR

QUALIFYING: Pérez Earns Pole For Regia 240

QUALIFYING: Pérez Earns Pole For Regia 240

First Pole In Monterrey, 11th Of Career

MONTERREY, Mexico – Team Telmex seems to know something the other teams don’t when it comes to setting up fast cars at the Autódromo Monterrey.

Antonio Pérez topped the field in NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Regia 240. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native posted a fast lap of 36.412 seconds (99.607 mph) to earn his first pole position of 2014.It was also Pérez’s 11th career pole and first at the one-mile paved oval track. Pérez topped the charts in Saturday’s final practice session.

Patrick Goeters was second quickest in the qualifying session with a fast-lap of 36.329 seconds (99.094 mph). José Luis Ramírez will start on the second row, behind Telmex teammate Pérez.Rubén Pardo qualified fourth, followed by Rubén Rovelo in fifth. The rest of the top 10 qualifiers included: Jorge Contreras Jr., Rodrigo Peralta, Daniel Suárez, Abraham Calderón and Mario Domínguez.

Jorge Goeters, who holds the record for the most NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series pole awards at the track with three, qualified 12th for the 15th series event in the northern mexican city.

The Regia 240 is scheduled to go green at approximately 1:45 p.m. ET.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

PRACTICE: Pérez Set To Tackle Monterrey

PRACTICE: Pérez Set To Tackle Monterrey

Telmex Leads Both Practice Sessions

MONTERREY, Mexico – A pair of Telmex teammates led the two NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series practice sessions on Saturday at the Autódromo Monterrey. 

Antonio Pérez posted a fast lap of 36.353 seconds (99.806 029) in final practice for the Regia 240. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native has two victories at the one-mile paved oval. His first came in 2007 and his second in his championship season of 2008.

Two-time Monterrey winner Rubén Rovelo finished second on the speed chart at 36.430 seconds (98.820 mph), just ahead of Hugo Oliveras at 36.479 seconds (98.687 mph).

José Luis Ramírez was fourth quickes and Abraham Calderón fifth. Patrick Goeters, Mario Domínguez, Homero Richards, Luis Felipe Montaño, and Pérez, practicing the No. 3 Telcel Toyota for Daniel Suárez who was traveling to Monterrey from the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events in Richmond, completed the Top 10. 

Ramírez, driver of the No. 5 Toyota for Telmex, led the first practice session, followed by Rovelo, Rafael Martínez, Domínguez, Pérez, Héctor Aguirre, Goeters, Richards, Contreras Jr. and Calderón rounded out the Top 10.

Qualifying for the Regia 240 is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the 150-lap event to follow at 1:45 p.m.

FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS (PDF) | FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS (PDF)

nmts_monterrey_042614_antonio-perez_car_shot.jpgAntonio Pérez will look to capture his first win of the season during Sunday’s Regia 240. Courtesy OCESA

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