OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. (May 1, 2015)-Nicole Behar made NASCAR history in her last start on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series as she became the highest finishing female driver in West Series history and equaled the overall mark for the division with her second-place showing at Irwindale Speedway earlier this month.
Now the 17-year old has just one more place to go in adding to her historic resume-notching a win on the series. That could come at the ultra-competitive Tucson Speedway this Saturday night as the K&N Pro Series runs the NAPA WildCat 150 at the Arizona track for the first time since 2001. The race marks Behar’s third start of the year and fourth consecutive run on a track she’s never competed at in her career.
“When we set out to compete on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series the challenge of running tracks that this Custom Welding and Fabrication Race Team had yet to see was out there. We’ve been able to do well so far in our West starts as I’ve only run two races (Stateline Speedway and Evergreen Speedway last season) at tracks where I know where to find the line and get the car comfortable prior to coming off the trailer,” Behar said. “Having a good crew and with (crew chief) Travis (Sharpe) leading the calls for the car we’re capable of competing with the top teams in the series. Our goals are still the same and that is to keep the car in one piece and go after it at the end of the night for a solid finish.”
Behar may have some Northwest luck on her side this weekend as three drivers from the region have claimed victories at Tucson Speedway in K&N Pro Series history including Washington state native. Dirk Stephens (1993).
“It’s a tough track from what we understand and that’s fine because it’s been awhile since the series has been there so everyone will be pretty much on the same page,” she explained. “We’ll work on getting our Ford Fusion to get good exit speed into the straightaways so I can get ready to enter the next corner while building a good repetition each lap. The practice sessions will be important for us to get dialed in for not only qualifying but also race trim as well.”
Putting together another solid finish to help with the championship points standings is the weekend’s goal, Behar added.
“We want to bring that Irwindale momentum with us into Tucson and keep it going to get into the top-10 in the points standings and gain some ground in the chase for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. A good run on Saturday night will help with both of those goals.”
Fans can keep up with all of the latest news regarding Nicole Behar Racing at nicolebehar.com or on the team’s Facebook page, Nicole Behar Racing. Updates for the NAPA WildCat150 at Tucson Speedway will be available at hometracks.nascar.com
-Nicole Behar Racing Press Release. Photo Credit: Nicole Behar