AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Braeden Havens, the 2011 Inland Northwest Super Stock Association champion, has made the most of his starts on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series since he debuted in 2012 including a third-place finish in the series Rookie of the Year standings.
Last season behind the wheel of his Killer “B” Racing team’s Chevrolet, Havens scored a career-best fourth-place run at Evergreen Speedway in only his tenth start on the series. Havens has taken the green flag 12 times as a competitor on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with one top-5 and five top-10 finishes to his credit.
Always looking for races that he can compete at that are close to the team’s Eastern Washington base, this marks the second year in a row and third overall that the 20-year old will race at one of his two home tracks. The NAPA Auto Parts/ Toyota 150 takes place Saturday night at Stateline Speedway and marks the first time the series has competed on the quarter-mile bullring since 1985.
“Stateline is s great track for the series,” Havens said. “It has two grooves for racing and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars will get around the place at a pretty good clip. We’ve tested out there already and are happy with what we had. I know my crew led by Chuck Carruthers are making some final adjustments for the weekend and I can’t wait to run one of my two home tracks here in the Spokane area.”
During testing Havens and his Western Rail team spent time working on braking through the corners, a key to success that the college sophomore has learned over years of racing at Stateline, he explained.
“One of the biggest things you have to do at Stateline is keep the car under you and be able to have a good brake package that lets you tap it to slow down just a bit then have the horsepower to get out of the turn and into the straightaways. We spent the time to dial in the brakes and I really like what Chuck has put together in that department.”
The competition level on NASCAR K&N Pro Series is some of the best in the country. To compete on the series brings out the best in every driver and Havens is no different, he noted.
“When you unload at a K&N Pro Series race you have to be at your best. The drivers in this series work hard to be at the top of their game because the practice time is so limited (during race day). This weekend the series gets an extra day of practice (Friday) so that only helps those teams that have been running all year long to get dialed in. Our team has found a good fit in the schedule we ran last year and will again this season and that’s to have the best people around us and have a great car prepared when we leave the shop. Two of our three starts last year earned us some great finishes and we’re confident we can have that kind of success this year starting with Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts/ Toyota 150.”
Fans can follow Havens progress during the weekend by logging onto hometracks.nascar.comNews and photos are also available at Killer "B" Racing on Facebook, via the Internet at killerb83.com or follow Braeden on Twitter @BraedenHavens.
Photo from Thompson Motorsports in 2012