Kyle Tellstrom knows how to find his way to victory lane. He’s won multiple times in race cars that don’t have fenders on them. On Saturday, September 29, Tellstrom is hoping he can find his way to victory lane at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway in his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start.


The Lucas Oil Modified Series standout from Ukiah, California will be making his debut in a car out of the Patriot Motorsports stable owned by John Wood.


“He’s helped a number of drivers make their first starts in the series like Ryan Partridge,” Tellstrom explained. “I’m really excited for this opportunity and thankful that I’m getting the chance to run this race.”


Tellstrom said that he has been preparing the race car with his Late Model and Modified crew members.


“Long story short, John gave us a roller and all the pieces to get it together. Lee, Martin and I have been working on this car for almost two months. It’s been an interesting challenge but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’ve always worked on my own stuff and put in the time and effort to be successful which not many kids do these days. Most just rent a car, wreck them and go get another one.”


Tellstrom’s car continues to receive prep work in the shop. (Kyle Tellstrom photo)

The 23-year-old driver graduated from Boise State University this past spring. The campus sits just a few miles away from Meridian Speedway, the site of Saturday’s race. Due to being so close to the track for so long, Meridian has become a home away from home for Tellstrom. He believes having that experience at the track will help him out in his maiden K&N Pro Series West voyage.


“It’s literally a combination of both Ukiah and Lakeport Speedways back home where I grew up racing. Meridian suits my driving style extremely well. All the laps I’ve ran this season will definitely help me get up to speed because I won’t have to chase the race track all weekend.”


With that track experience in his back pocket, Tellstrom said he’s set a few lofty goals for his debut run. He said he believes that he should definitely finish in the top 10, but he’s hoping for even better.


“With a little luck I think we can battle for a top five. Of course at the end of the day I am going out there to win but we’re racing with strong competition between the Sunrise Ford cars and everyone with Bill McAnally Racing. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t mind battling it out with Derek Thorn for the win. He’s been a great friend and someone I’ve leaned on for advice a lot the last handful of years.”


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

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Modified Standout to Make K&N West Debut at Meridian