AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -Fresh off a top-5 finish in the prestigious Montana 200, Braeden Havens gets back to work this weekend as he will be part of the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 200 held Saturday night at Stateline Speedway.
The race attracts the top late model teams from across the country with several local drivers also in the mix.
“The Idaho 200 is a race every late model driver wants to compete at each year,” Havens explained. “We ran with some of the best in the Montana 200 and Saturday night will be no different. Anyone that comes to Stateline for the Idaho 200 is here to win. Our team looks forward to continuing our strong season and challenge for another solid finish.”
Havens has the energy of his Stateline Speedway NASCAR K&N Pro Series pole award and a run inside the top-5 in the memory bank as he prepares for the weekend, he added.
“To know that this team prepares our race cars to be able to compete with the best racers around means so much to me as a driver. It allows me to go out and do my job and rely on them to be able to make changes to the car that only will make us better. I’ve got a teammate this year that’s had success over his career and that’s a big help as well. This weekend should be very good to our Western Rail team.”
That teammate, Shelby Thompson, has been a frontrunner in the Idaho 200 while also posting a win in the inaugural Spokane 200. Named as a teammate to Havens early this season, the Mead High School graduate is eager to tackle Stateline Speedway this weekend.
“We’ve run well (at Stateline) and this team is ready to get some of our tough luck behind us and get after a win this weekend. The team has given me a great car every time out and I’m ready to reward them with a solid run in this year’s Idaho 200,” Thompson said.
Each driver knows that setting the car up for qualifying is a big factor in how the overall weekend will turn out.
“Qualifying is everything for this race,” Havens said. “Last year we had a good car and started up front because of a great qualifying run but had a drive plate come apart so we pitted, got it fixed and got back out there to run inside the top-10. We know that if everything comes together that we can have another good night at Stateline.”
Thompson has made it into the 200 on time over the course of his career. Starting in the front of the field is one key to having success in the Idaho 200, he noted.
“You want to be in the front of the field that’s for sure. That lets you stay out of trouble and get through lapped traffic a little easier. The big thing is to make it to the 100-lap break on the lead lap, make some adjustments then get back out there and ride towards a push to the front with about 30 laps to go. I believe that our Western Rail team will be one to watch.”
Fans can follow Havens and Thompson’s progress in this weekend’s Idaho 200 at Killer “B” Racing on Facebook, via the Internet at killerb83.com or follow Braeden on Twitter @BraedenHavens
Near live coverage this weekend will be available at Speed51.com
– Killer “B” Racing press release and photo