DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West makes its second ever trip to Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday, May 24 for the Armed Forces 150 on Memorial Day weekend. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Kern County, as well as some other statistical trends:
Kern County Race Setup
• Greg Pursley won the K&N Pro Series West’s inaugural visit to the Southern California half-mile track in October 2013.
• David Mayhew has scored the last two series wins at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway and Iowa Speedway in Newton as the top-finishing K&N West competitor.
• Just nine points separate Mayhew, who is second in the season standings, and Brandon McReynolds in fifth. Pursley leads the way with a 12-point advantage over Mayhew.
Kern County Raceway Park
• Construction on Kern County Raceway Park was started in 2006, but was halted in 2008 during the economic downturn. A new ownership group later completed the project and the first race was held on May 18, 2013.
• The facility sits on 120 acres southwest of Bakersfield, Calif.
• The track is part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series family.
• The first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event was staged on Oct. 26, 2013.
• This is the series’ second event at Kern County.
• The Armed Forces 150 video will be streamed live at www.FansChoice.tv.
• Greg Pursley owns the lone series victory at Kern County after starting third.
• Gray Gaulding won the inaugural pole at the Southern California half-mile oval and finished 21st after being involved in a late-race accident.
• Last season’s race had four caution periods for 24 laps.
• Three drivers – Pursley, Gaulding and Derek Thorn – have led laps at the track.
Kern County Data
Race: #5 of 14 (5/24/14)
Track Layout: .5-mile oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)
Banking/Turns: Progressive, 12-14 degrees
Banking/Straights: Eight degrees
Kern County Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Pole Winner: Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 100.514 mph (17.908 seconds)
2013 Race Winner: Greg Pursley, Ford, 63.589 mph (1 hour, 10 minutes, 46 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Gray Gaulding, 17.908 seconds, 100.514 mph, Oct. 26, 2013
150-Lap Race Record: Greg Pursley, Ford, 1 hour, 10 minutes, 46 seconds, 63.589 mph, Oct. 26, 2013
|Armed Forces 150 Trackside Report|
Kern County Leaders
Greg Pursley … 1
Gray Gaulding … 1
11 drivers … 150
Greg Pursley … 90
Gray Gaulding … 59
Derek Thorn … 1
Selected Driver Information:
James Bickford (No. 66 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford)
• Has one top five and two top-10 finishes in just four career K&N West starts.
• Is ninth in the championship standings.
• Looking to make Kern County track debut.
• Earned a top-five finish (4th) among West entries on May 17 at Iowa Speedway; recorded first career top 10 (10th) on May 3 at Stockton 99 Speedway.
• Won NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model track championship at All American Speedway last season.
Taylor Cuzick (No. 42 Freightliner of Arizona Chevrolet)
• One top five, 15 top 10s in 29 career K&N West starts.
• Holds down the sixth position in the season standings.
• Finished 23rd last season in his series track debut.
• Best career series finish of fourth came in 2012 at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, N.M.
• Best 2013 finish was sixth at Albuquerque and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.
Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Country Girl Saloon/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Has six career K&N West starts to his credit.
• Holds down the 12th position in the season standings.
• Finished 28th a season ago at Kern County.
• Best career finish of 15th came in the May visit to Iowa Speedway.
Anthony Giannone (No. 54 MGP Connecting Rods Toyota)
• Has a pair of top-10 finishes in 14 career K&N West starts.
• Sits 11th in the driver standings.
• Finished 26th a season ago at Kern County.
• Best career finish of seventh came in the May visit to Iowa Speedway.
Jesse Little (No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet)
• Has seven top fives and 10 top 10s in 27 career NKNPS East races with a best finish of third on two occasions, most recently at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., in June 2013.
• Currently owns the eighth position in the K&N East championship standings.
• Has a second-place finish in his only career K&N West start in November 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway.
• Finished 19th a season ago in this event.
• Best finish in three Iowa starts is fifth in August 2013.
• Was 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the K&N Pro Series East.
• Made K&N Pro Series West, in which his father, Chad, was the 1987 champion, debut in November 2013 at Phoenix.
• Member of 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.
Dylan Lupton (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Go Pro/Lucas Oil Ford)
• One win, six top fives, 16 top 10s in 22 career K&N West starts.
• Is third in the championship driver standings.
• Finished seventh last season’s Kern County event.
• 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 Care Chevrolet)
• Has one top five and two top 10s in 20 career K&N West starts.
• Is seventh in championship standings.
• Looking to make first series start at Kern County.
• Best career series finish of fifth on May 3, 2014 at Stockton.
David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet)
• Six wins, nine poles, 37 top fives and 55 top 10s in 76 career K&N West starts.
• Ranks second in points after posting consecutive wins at Stockton 99 Speedway and Iowa.
• Finished fourth in the October 2013 Kern County race.
• 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)
• Three top fives and five top 10s in six career K&N West starts.
• Occupies the fifth position in the season standings.
• Making first appearance at Kern County Raceway Park.
• 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 Chevrolet)
• 18 wins, 17 poles, 51 top fives, 66 top 10s in 89 career K&N West starts.
• Leads championship standings by 12 points over David Mayhew.
• Won the series’ inaugural race at Kern County in October 2013.
• Has led a series-best 90 laps at the Southern California half-mile.
• Won 2011 series championship.
• Led series with five wins a season ago; has 15 victories dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign.
Giles Thornton (No. 12 TTC Racing Toyota)
• Four top fives, eight top 10s in 18 K&N West career starts.
• Sits fourth in the championship standings.
• Finished 25th in the 2013 Kern County event.
• Best career finish of third on May 3 at Stockton.
Luis Tyrrell (No. 74 Rodan Builders Chevrolet)
• One top five, four top 10s in nine career K&N West starts.
• Sits eighth in the championship standings after four events.
• Scored a 14th-place finish in last year’s inaugural event at Kern County.
• Best career series finish of fourth, at Stockton in May 2013.
John Wood (No. 36 Holleran's Performance Toyota)
• Has two top 10s in 40 career K&N West starts.
• Ranks 10th in points.
• Posted a 24th-place finish in his 2013 Kern County debut.
• Scored first series career top-10 finish (10th) in West portion of Iowa combination race in August 2013.
Up To Speed
• The 2014 season is the 61st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2014 schedule features 14 races at 11 different tracks across seven states.
• Cole Custer won the season opener at Phoenix from the pole.
• Patrick Staropoli collected his first career win at Irwindale while Brandon McReynolds nabbed his first career pole award.
• David Mayhew returned to Victory Lane for the first time since March 2012 at Phoenix with a win from the pole at Stockton.
• Mayhew collected his second straight series win by being the top-finishing K&N West driver in the combination event with the K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway. Staropoli was the top-qualifying West competitor.