The 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule was released Monday morning and it has stirred up quite a buzz. Returning are the usual suspects such as Kern County (CA) Raceway Park, Evergreen Speedway (WA), Iowa Speedway (IA) and more. But one event in September drew in everyone’s attention. The stock cars of the west are going dirt racing.


Yes, that’s right. The stock cars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be hitting the dirt at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on September 13.


300x250-51-network-2017The event has already led to drivers such as Justin Haley, Karsyn Elledge and Chase Cabre tweeting that they’re looking for one-off rides for the special dirt event in Sin City.


Two-time K&N West champion Todd Gilliland as of now will not be at the event after leaving Bill McAnally Racing, but the teenager said he’s hoping to find a way to race the event.


“I’d like to,” Gilliland told powered by JEGS.  “It’s going to be a big event, especially with it being NASCAR weekend out there. It’s going to be cool, but it’s also going to be tough for these teams to build cars specifically for this race.”


Derek Kraus won the season finale at Kern County to close out his rookie season. He is expected to be racing full-time in 2018 with the West series, and he said he can’t wait to hit the dirt.


“I’m excited for it,” said the 16-year-old Wisconsin native.  “I think it’ll be really fun. It’s something new and it’ll be something I’ve never done before. My dad raced dirt, so I’m sure he can give me a little bit of help. But it’ll be a bit different than what he raced. I bet it’ll be really fun.”


Kraus said he will have a big learning curve ahead of him due to very limited experience on dirt when he was much younger.


“It’ll definitely be different for sure. The closest I’ve gotten to that is a go-kart on dirt and you don’t really get that sideways. It’ll be different, so I guess I’ll just do what I can do and try my best. But I’m pretty sure it’ll be a lot of fun.”


The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will hit the dirt in Vegas on September 13th. The full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule can be found here.


-By Rob Blount, Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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